Raising awareness in mental health is understood to be something both William and Kate feel passionate about tackling and the couple plan to undertake a number of engagements in this area, including a day of events in Scotland later this month, which will have a mental health theme. A royal source told People's Simon Perry: "There will be plenty more from both of them through the autumn over this issue. The couple feel there is a real momentum building and people are ready to talk about it. They are feeling energized about it."
This year's World Mental Health Day theme in the UK is 'Dignity in Mental Health', and in the US the focus is on removing the stigma: 'I am Stigma Free'.
At Mind, they work to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. On their website they describe their goal perfectly: "We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect".
The work of the charity has received support from celebrities and public figures, with actor Stephen Fry becoming Mind's president in September 2011. He has been very open about his own experience of bipolar disorder and as president promotes causes and advocates on the organisation's behalf. You can read his personal take on his website. Ambassadors of Mind include Tony Blair's former director of communications Alistair Campbell, comedian Ruby Wax, and popstar Frankie Bridge.
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Speaking ahead of the royal visit, Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said:
'Their support will shine a spotlight on mental health and we hope it will spark conversations in households across the country, amplifying the vital message that it’s time to talk about mental health. We hope it will encourage people to think about the little things we can all do to make a difference to anyone experiencing a mental health problem'
A student who was delighted to meet the Duchess said "amazing to meet you". Kate commented the work she's doing is "amazing".
Speaking to a young teenager Kate said:
'Did you find it hard to tell your mother about it, not wanting to worry your mother. I always find you never want to worry your family about anything.'
In order to further their understanding of mental health issues the Cambridges met young people who have battled their own problems.
Prince William described the volunteers as "heroes". More from People's story:
'Claudia Denington, a volunteer for MIND, told PEOPLE that the royal couple were "really down-to-earth. "Before they walked in it was really nerve wracking but as soon as they were sitting down it felt completely normal," she said. "I kept doing a double take! But they really put everyone at ease. They genuinely wanted to hear about our personal experiences."
When someone thanked the couple for shining a light on mental health issues, Denington added: "Will said, 'Actually you guys are the real heroes and it's you that we want to hear from, it's not about us.' "
"They were so down to-earth and just normal people, like any other couple. They were really genuine and I was shocked at Will in particular at how much empathy he had. You could just tell in his face that he had been impacted, that he really felt for people."
The Duke and Duchess laugh as Kate offers William the bouquet she was presented with.
A lovely photo of the couple.
If you wish to donate to Mind please click here or alternatively for those in the UK text SUPPORT to 70660 to give £3.
The Duchess wore her Tory Burch 'Paulina' dress - a garment she selected for a playdate with Prince George in New Zealand during the 2014 tour. I thought there was a very strong possibility Kate would opt to re-wear a piece that had been publicly seen before for today's event to ensure her sartorial choices didn't detract from the engagement.
The Paulina Open-Knit Dress is from the designer's Resort 2014 Collection. The €435 black and white print dress features a pleated skirt, a concealed zip fastening and delicate fringing. It is completely sold out and not expected to become available again.
For those interested in emulating the look, the talented Kate's Closet shared an excellent Repli-Kate of the dress a few days ago. The Max Studio High Contrast Fit and Flare Dress is made from the same fabric as Kate's dress and it's currently reduced from $118 to $35 at Saks Off 5th.
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The Duchess wore her black suede Stuart Weitzman Power Pumps.
And carried her black suede Mulberry clutch.
There was some confusion regarding Kate's gorgeous new earrings. Kiki McDonough tweeted Kate wore the Lauren Leaf earrings today.
However, on closer inspection the wonderful Susan from What Kate Wore discovered they are in fact the very similar Lauren Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings. The £2,200 earrings are described as "Beautiful and elegantly small these 18ct yellow gold and pave diamond leaf motif drop earrings are from our new Lauren Collection inspired by the British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson."
You can view a video from the event here.
In case you missed it, we're asking readers to vote for their favourite state banquet look for the Duchess; please click here to submit your vote. Also, this evening, Wales will take on Australia at Twickenham Stadium in the Rugby World Cup. I think there's a good chance William and Kate may attend, and if so we'll see you later :)