Earlier today Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Cambridge accepted an invitation to guest-edit the Huffington Post UK for a day in mid-February to highlight the importance of mental health in young people. A team of contributors including leading figures from the mental health sector as well as young people, parents and teachers commissioned by the Duchess will be welcomed to Kensington Palace.
|Kensington Palace Twitter Feed|
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said:
'The Duchess of Cambridge has made the mental health of young children a key focus of her work in recent years. She is delighted that the Huffington Post will help put a spotlight on this important issue.'
Stephen Hull, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK said:
'We are thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge is joining the HuffPost UK team for a day as a guest editor. Dealing with mental health issues has been a major editorial focus for us and I'm very excited to be working together on such an important project.'
For those unfamiliar with the news site, here's a look at today's front page.
|Huffington Post UK|
It's a very interesting opportunity to spread the word and something entirely different from most royal engagements. As something entirely unexpected, given the Cambridges fraught relationship with the media, it's good to see them building a relationship with the news site and collaborating for the benefit of mental health. Kate's sister Pippa Middleton has written articles for Vanity Fair and the Daily Telegraph, so she'll probably be on hand to offer tips. I expect a few photos will be released by the Palace on the day.
There were varied responses to the news from royal reporters including Richard Palmer, Emily Andrews and Rebecca English.
|Richard Palmer/Emily Andrews/Rebecca English|
The question many have asked via social media is, will this be Kate's first official engagement of 2016? It's difficult to know, as occasionally more newsworthy engagements are announced further in advance than others. On the other hand it's entirely possible the Cambridges will join the Middletons for their annual trip to Mustique (it's a family event, and I can't imagine they will miss it). The holiday usually takes place in late January and the they would return in plenty of time for the "mid-February" engagement with the Huffington Post.
Also this evening, we're holding our final polls asking you to vote for Kate's best sartorial selections of 2015. We begin with Kate's separates looks. We've opted to stick to more formal attire for the options as last year's readers noted the difficulty in choosing between a casual jeans look and a skirt suit. First up, we have bespoke slim-fitted, dogtooth wool, tailored coat and mini dogtooth wool kilt by Scottish designer Christopher Kane. We already included the coat in our coats poll but given the popularity of the look it seemed appropriate to include it with the kilt here.
Next, we have the spot-print skirt suit Kate wore to the sign the book of condolence for the tragedy in Paris.
Kate wore her red Luisa Spagnoli suit for the Queen's Christmas luncheon and subsequently for an audience at Buckingham Palace where Prince Philip passed on his patronage of the RAF Air Cadets to Kate.
Lastly, we have Kate's new Michael Kors skirt suit. The virgin wool plaid blazer is described as a "vintage-inspired equestrian silhouette" with notched lapels, long sleeves, four-button closure and plaid knit print. The matching slate/claret skirt is crafted from heritage guncheck wool with the trumpet silhouette offering a flattering feminine fit.
In our penultimate poll we're asking you to vote for Kate's best designer. I've kept the number of options down to five - selecting the most frequently worn and discussed designers of the year. First up, it's Alexander McQueen. Most notably, Kate chose a beautiful cream coatdress by Sarah Burton for Princess Charlotte's christening.
It's been a fantastic year for Jenny Packham in terms of dressing the Duchess. From presenting Charlotte outside the hospital in a pretty white and yellow floral print dress to dazzling gowns for the state banquet and the Bond premiere, the British designer has once again proven she's the 'go-to' for Kate for red-carpet events.
Canadian designer Erdem is next on our list. Kate wore two designs by the brand: the floral print 'Darla' for the Goring's birthday celebrations, and the much talked-about 'Alouette' gown for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner.
Kate also chose two designs from Catherine Walker.
The Duchess showcased two lace dresses by Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana. I've included them in the poll for several reasons: it's a new brand for the Duchess, I suspect we'll see more of them, and it's interesting to see how the looks fared with readers.
Our last poll is just for fun - Vote for Kate's Best Tiara. I had thought it would be a considerable amount of time before the Duchess would wear more than one tiara in a year. As a tiara lover, I was delighted to be proven wrong. Kate wore the Papyrus/Lotus Flower tiara for her state banquet debut. It's a beautiful piece steeped in royal history.
Kate surprised us all when she wore the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara for the Annual Diplomatic Reception. Royal fans had hoped the tiara would be loaned to Kate one day. It looked fantastic on Kate and I look forward to seeing it fully at some point this year (hopefully).
I'm very excited to see your winning choices. Remember, you can still vote in our other polls if you haven't done so by visiting our Polls Page.
Before we leave you, we have couple notes concerning the blog in general. The first concerns candid/paparazzi photographs. A number of you have been in touch sharing your views and enquiring about the blog's policy moving forward. As we always have, we will continue to publish candids of Kate, however, photos of George and Charlotte with Maria or Carole will not be published. In instances where the children are photographed with Kate and they are taken in a public place I will review it on a case-by-case basis and on some occasions will just cover Kate. I've given this quite a lot of thought in recent days and feel it's the best way to cover Kate whilst respecting the children's privacy. Thank you for your understanding!
As I'm sure you've noticed the comments section has veered off track over the past week. There's been ongoing personal attacks and it's becoming very unpleasant. I hope to see that change without issues from the previous post being carried forth to this one. Let's make 2016 the best year yet with the wonderful group of people we have in the community. Feel free to debate and discuss whilst always agreeing to disagree in a respectful manner. Respecting each other is absolutely key to making this an enjoyable place to visit.
With that, I thank you for reading and wish you all a lovely weekend! We'll be back announcing the winner of our polls next! :)