Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Cambridges Attend Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit

Ahead of tomorrow's World Mental Health Day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended day one of the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit at London's County Hall on the South Bank.


The outing marks William and Kate's first official joint engagement since the Duchess returned from maternity leave with a visit to the Sayers Croft Forest School last week. The summit has been described as "the next step in a journey to a new level of co-operation so that we can improve mental health around the world."


The Duke and Duchess joined political figures, leading academics and policy-makers with one common goal: better mental health for all. The meeting will help countries work together to deal with stigma attached to mental health and address other issues to do with mental ill-health. The summit is being co-hosted by the UK Government.


Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life and by 2020 the World Health Organization estimates that mental health conditions will account for 15% of cases of disease in the world. Mental illness is also the biggest cause of lost economic output, with an estimated cost to the global community of nearly US$2.5 trillion a year, which is expected to increase to US$6 trillion by 2030.


Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

"This summit is a landmark moment in changing the way mental illness is perceived and treated globally. The world must unite and take this opportunity to deliver parity for mental health so it is treated the same as physical health.
Countries from across the world are in London today to agree action to tackle one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. Whether it’s challenging discrimination, promoting wellbeing at work, adopting new technologies, or empowering young people to take steps to a healthier future, long-lasting commitments will be made at this summit which will be a step towards achieving better mental health care for all."

The couple attended a workstream on 'Children, Young People and the Next Generation' where they heard presentations on two case studies of active mental health programmes from Slovenia and the USA.


More on the workshop:

"When discussing mental health or psycho-social disability we know that early intervention is key, we also know that experiences in childhood can have significant impact in later life. This workshop will consider childhood adversity and early intervention; it will look at how best to prevent mental health conditions in the first instance and support those with early symptoms to avoid those escalating. This workshop will also look at how much more we need to do for young people today, and ask whether technology is a source of help, or harm."

The workstream reflected one of the six key themes being discussed at the summit. Other themes include; Caring societies, A just society, Mental health services around the world, Research and the future of mental health and Economics and investment. Below, William and Kate visited the exhibition area and met representatives from a number of organisations to hear more about their mental health campaigns and programmes.


The couple viewed the work of Dairo Vargas, a contemporary fine artist from Colombia who will be painting an original piece of art at the Summit, inspired by the day's events.


More from the Mail Online:

He chatted to the couple before boldly asking if they would like to add their own special touch to the two metre by two metre artwork, entitled Someone to Turn To, and William immediately demurred and pushed Kate forward saying: ‘My wife, she’s the arty one!’
Laughing Kate, who studied History of Art at St Andrew’s, where she first met her husband, took the brush and joked: ‘Where can you hide it?’. ‘What colour is it?’ asked William. ‘It’s white.‘ Mr Vargas pointed to an area on one of the figure’s shoulders to which a slightly nervous Kate replied: ‘Fine?’. ‘It’s almost ruined the picture,’ joked her husband.
William was then encouraged to take his turn and said: ‘No, this is probably how you ruin a picture. Does it matter where I go?’ ‘You are allowed to go anywhere,’ encouraged Kate. ‘This is a great, great compliment. It’s great to have some creative reason in which the same [mental health] conversations are going on.’ Mr Vargas, who is based in London, later described the couple as ‘great, very fun’. 

The video below begins with footage from the meeting.


The painting 'Someone To Turn To'.


Dairo Vargas is a contemporary fine artist who specialises in abstract landscape and portraiture. While the two themes are very different in mood and style, his paintings reflect ethereal qualities of nature and the human physical form. Accepting his first commission at sixteen gave him the confidence to develop as an artist. London-based Vargas graduated from Kensington and Chelsea college of Art in 2008 and is now one of the most promising emerging artists of today. Despite a busy international exhibition schedule, he partners with a number of children’s charities in Britain and abroad, mentoring young people, while also teaching adult art classes for recreation and rehabilitation.


The Duke and Duchess visited a Friendship Bench, part of an innovative programme from Zimbabwe which has taught elderly Zimbabwean women the skills to become city lay health workers.


The Friendship Bench Project aims to reduce the mental health treatment gap by using a cognitive behavioural therapy based approach at primary care level to address 'kufungisisa'. Kufungisisa, the local term for depression, is literally translated into “thinking too much”.


The Duke and Duchess discussed the project with United for Global Mental Health CEO Alisha London.


The event will also see the launch of a short film from Time to Change called ‘It’s time to talk (about mental health)’. The film features A-list American actress Glenn Close and contributors from Nigeria, India, Kenya and the UK. Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: "After generations of mental health being the poor relation to physical health, many of us hope that this first ever global mental health summit will be a tipping point that prioritises more action on mental health. We’ve made major progress on mental health stigma in England, and hope the Summit acts as a springboard for change across all countries and cultures, so that there is no shame attached to mental health anywhere in the world."


The Duchess departing.


The Duchess brought back the much loved lavender Emilia Wickstead dress she wore in Hamburg last year. The dress proved so popular, it was crowned the most popular look of the Poland/Germany visit during a post-tour poll on the blog. It's a lovely colour and really pops in photos.


The dress proved so popular the designer decided to release it and appropriately name it the 'Kate' dress.


Exclusive to Matches Fashion, the £1,420 piece is described as "Emilia Wickstead's wool-crepe Kate dress is an elegantly versatile choice for the social season. It's tailored in the UK with a flattering boat neckline and long darts throughout the front and back of the bodice, then lined with black crepe to ensure a smooth fit." It's available in very limited sizing in navy, pink and red.


Kate's stylish new bag is the lilac Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag (with thanks to Kate's Closet). The £495 croc bag is described as: "Encapsulating timeless vintage-inspired styling, our Midi Mayfair Bag is hand-crafted from the finest deep shine croc print Italian calf leather. Both versatile and luxurious, the structured boxy design features three inner compartments secured with our enduring shield lock clasp. What's more, sumptuous black leather complements any outfit, and makes an exquisite transitional piece from day to night. The flawless finish of the leather's rich, glassy shine and the shimmering grosgrain lining give this accessory a truly elegant feel."


It can be pre-ordered here.


The Mayfair is available in several colours including black, purple and green.


The Duchess wore her trusty Gianvito Rossi praline pumps.


And accessorised with her Mappin & Webb Empress necklace and earrings.


Tomorrow, the Duchess will make her first visit as Royal Patron of the V&A to open the museum's new Photography Centre. Kate will tour the opening display at the Photography Centre entitled Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital.

107 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden9 October 2018 at 11:35

    Yay! So nice to see her back again! And this perfect engagement! Love seeing their continued support on this issue!

    Nice work look as well. Not setting the fashion world on fire but it's not supposed to! And I like the new bag!

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  2. Wow im in love with the bag hmm its nice too see the duchess have joint enagements hmm i love the classical dress

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  3. Zora from Prague9 October 2018 at 11:48

    Kate looks great and I'm happy about this repeat! Last time we saw her in this dress was pre-baby Louis! :-) Looking forward for the full post.

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    1. One of my favorite Kate dresses, so I'm not unhappy about this repeat either, Zora. She looks fantastic!

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    2. Zora from Prague9 October 2018 at 13:37

      :) I wonder whether it's the colour, the cut or the overall style that I like the most, Erika, and the answer is probably the colour... so gentle/fresh/positive! It suits her perfectly!

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    3. Yes, for me, I think it's the color as well. It's everything you say, Zora, and it pops in the photographs as Charlotte points plus and she wears it well. Just so very pretty. I haven't liked one of her dresses this much since the LK Bennet Lasa she wore in Austalia.

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    4. Zora from Prague9 October 2018 at 20:04

      Oooh, that one! I had to google it, and thank you for mentioning it - it was so beautiful!! 😍

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    5. Very beautiful! The vivid blue pops against the white while the flower placement looks as if the wind is blowing petals across her dress. Sigh 😊

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    6. Zora from Prague9 October 2018 at 22:42

      Exactly! I love your description - I'm imagining Kate walking through a storm of blue petals that are landing on her! πŸ™‚

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    7. Doesn't get much better than that 😊

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  4. Love that bag & she looks so fresh; her hair is amazing!

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  5. She looks fantastic and I love the purse!

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  6. One of my favorite dresses! πŸ’—

    And to me she looks better than ever and more like the post wedding Kate :) Maybe because of her longer hair.

    Great that she is back!

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    1. I agree, she looks more like herself than she has in a while! Maybe it's the lighter highlights in her hair? Or the casual waves vs formal up-do? Whatever it is, I LOVE it!

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    2. Maybe she is so happy that she has her three children and she never has to go through that HG suffering again. Just kidding but , who knows, it could be true. I know if I were she, I would be incredibly happy about that.

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    3. Erika, I have had similar thoughts; I think we are looking at a very happy lady. Seven plus years later, she has much to be thankful for.

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    4. Absolutely, royalfan!

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  7. Good to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge back at work together and for a great cause. Thanks, Charlotte. Looking forward to the full post.

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  8. So happy she’s back! Love the dress and purse so much!!! Makes me smile!!!!

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  9. Lovely rewear and different accessories to change the look up. I always adore an appearance of the Mapping and Webb earrings and necklace.

    The bag is similar in design to her Chanel calfskin and enamel we first saw in Paris last year but I think this is prettier. Nice and practical for a conference and bonus it is from a British company.

    Sigh at the reappearance of those pumps but they work with this particular outfit and cute bag. So I don't mind them so much here :)

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  10. Kate and William look wonderful! And his tie coordinates with her dress πŸ˜‰
    Love her handbag as well.

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  11. So happy to see her today with William. Somehow I dreamed that she would repeat this dress today- it's such a nice color for her. Could bag envy be creeping in from Meghan just like the rest of us?

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    1. i sort of wonder if that bag was a gift, actually (perhaps from someone else we know...). It's beautiful, but it's not her usual style.

      Annie
      NY, USA

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden9 October 2018 at 14:33

      She has carried similar bags before and since they are coming more back in style it's not shocking we see her with them more. They are from a standard brand for her, in her standard colours so I think it's most likely just an extension of her current style.

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    3. @HoosierLori and Annie: Catherine has worn this style bag before. See her burgundy Chanel calfskin and enamel handle bag debuted in Paris March 2017:
      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2017/03/first-look-duchess-in-chanel.html?m=1

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-cambridges-join-queen-for-sunday.html?m=1

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    4. Small handle-carried bags are very much on trend right now, but maybe she got inspiration from her sister-in-law!

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    5. oh, don't spoil my fun! :-P
      i'm imagining a lovely friendship where she receives this gift and then plans an outfit around it to show it off on her first joint outing with William after a baby. perhaps a completely false narrative, but wouldn't it be nice?

      Annie
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    6. Anon 20:02, I like your scenario! :) Let's imagine it was a "Happy getting back into appearances gift" from a special girlfriend.... who mayor may not possibly be related???? We can foster our imagination. :)

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  12. Excellent engagement for both William and Kate. Love to see their continued focus on mental health!

    I loved this dress the first time she wore it and I fell in love with it all over again today! And the bag... gorgeous! What a great way to show that she's already back in her pre-pregnancy clothes almost 6 months after having baby Louis :)

    Love Avee in SA

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  13. Wow, this is amazing! Great to see these two supporting causes close to their hearts together. They really shine when they are together ant they look as if they understood each other without words, which is perfect.
    Kate´s natural and elegant beauty is beyond my understanding, and I think she looks better than ever. She looks so content, confident, and full of energy. And she is in a great shape, obviously.
    The dress is nice and I love the new bag! It is nice to see two repeats refreshed by a spark of new and unusual (for Kate) piece.
    Ella

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    1. Ella I love your comments, it pretty much sums up everything so well! Particularly the way William and Kate work together, they truly do enjoy each other and this is a great first joint engagement!! Kate is absolutely glowing, her hair is amazing (its the perfect length and volume),and her enthusiasm for what she is doing evident. I think Kate's choice in clothing is thoughtful for this engagement and applaud her doing repeats with new little twists to freshen the look; keeps it interesting without making it all about the clothes. Love the exchange between Kate, William and the artist. Above all else, love the initiative and that they are promoting "Everyone, everywhere should have someone to turn to"!! It is so true and so needed. Great post, it brings a smile to me today...so glad to see Kate back. cc

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    2. Thank you so much CeCe, I am really happy you see it the same way! :)
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  14. I totally admire her, always well dressed and so elegant. Great engagement, and beautiful couple, I love them!
    Federica

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  15. She looks beautiful! This is one of my all-time favorite dresses!

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  16. This is perhaps my favorite dress of hers ever!!!!! I adore it and she looks so happy and healthy! So glad to have her back!!

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  17. Silvia from Tuscany9 October 2018 at 13:49

    Happy to see her involved in such an important issue! As for her look,I think she's fantastic! Fresh, lovely in her simplicity. I like the dress, a nice repeat, and it suits her better than ever. Her hair also is perfect. Best piece: the bag!
    Can't wait for the full post!

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  18. This may be my all time favorite dress of Kate's. And her hair is glorious! She and William look great today.

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  19. Pale lavender is not exactly Kate’s best color, especially with her summer tan, but I love the design, the fit, and the expert construction of this dress. It is a perfect repeat for the occasion, and the bag is very nice. A bit more makeup could help Kate wear this color, but in moderation since she is at work in daytime. Her hair is longer but still controllable. I hope she does not grow it any longer. Kate and Wiiliam look so nice together. I look forward to the rest of the post.

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    1. Color is incredibly sujective, Patricia, isn't it. I'm looking at the pictures thinking, wow, this is really her color, especially with the tan. So funny.

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    2. Kate looks better in the lavender indoors, and in the Hamburg picture when her skin was paler. I also liked her hair better in Hamburg. But I am glad she chose this dress because it suits her so well, and her figure is now perfect.

      It sounds as though the conference was fun as well as instructive. I like that it seems to emphasize mental health rather than mental illness. Kate and William seemed to enjoy it very much.

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    3. Yes, it seemed to have been a very positive event that they enjoyed taking part in. I liked that they each added a swipe of paint to the painting.

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    4. I agree about the hair colour and the tan. Not the biggest fan of the dress in general. The colour and the cut+fabric don’t go together well in my opinion. A flowy dress would match the lavender better.
      Kate looks more invested and happy at the engagement than I have seen her in a long time.
      C.

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    5. Definitely subjective. :-) I think this color works very well with Kate's hair and complexion. And I do like the color of this bag much more than the red clutch.

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    6. I like this bag better too, royalfan. The cool icy lilac shade complements the bright lilac of the dress nicely.

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  20. She looks glorious. Hair, dress, shoes, bag-- on point. Color of the dress is a little springy for me, but that is such a minor quibble I feel silly mentioning it. She also is glowing. She looks radiant. I love this look!

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    1. the material of the dress is fall though and the color just pops which makes her stand out

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  21. It's really a wonderful dress and I like seeing it again. The color and fit are just beautiful.

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  22. I’m glad to see Kate’s continued work bringing awareness to mental health issues by attending conferences like this. I love purple and this is a great dress on her.

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  23. I love this dress but my problem with it the last time Kate wore it was with the bra underneath. I see that has been remedied! It looks much better today.

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  24. I love that she recycled this Emilia dress from the Germany tour

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  25. I love everything about it! Man, I've missed seeing her! She looks amazing - like she's glowing. -AZ

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  26. She looks amazing...love the dress, color of the dress, the fit...most of all, love the bag

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  27. Haha I was just thinking the same thing that William said in the video when Kate added her touch to the painting, “It’s almost ruined the picture”. So funny!

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  28. SierrafromMontana9 October 2018 at 15:29

    I really love that Kate and Wills are advocating for mental health. My manfriend, as I call him, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) two years ago and is still recovering today. I've learned how your mental health can affect your health and how people have a very difficult time understanding an illness they can't seen, including too the point of disbelief. Not only is his mental health a day by day basis, but as a care giver, I constantly have to be aware of how I'm feeling and how I'm handling things. Thank god for my therapist is all I have to say. I think this such a great cause and that my own country needs to start focusing on mental health issues.

    Kate also looks lovely and engaged. Bravo!

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  29. I always love the engagements that surround mental health. They are so important and they prove how important the royal family is in this day and age. And as a person who has struggled with mental health, I am so appreciative that they do these and bring attention to questions that affect so many.

    Absolutely love this outfit! It is one of my favourite dresses Kate has ever worn and I've been waiting for this dress to return. I do prefer the accessorising that she had in Hamburg over today, but honestly I am just happy over the return of this dress.

    Also, I noticed that Prince William is also repeating his outfit from Hamburg! He's wearing the same tie and, if not the same than at least a similar, suit!

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  30. Caroline in Montana9 October 2018 at 16:04

    What a great event! very happy they are supporting mental health. she looks wonderful, love her hair and the earing's and necklace is some of my favorite jewelry! I have some serious bag envy for her new bag:) I honestly don't really remember this dress from the first time around, its not really a stand out to me, but I really like the hem, it seems floaty, and I like how fitted the bodice is, she is really in great shape for having a 6 month old. and wills looks great too. nice to see both William and harry getting refreshed in the clothes department! they are (can be!) their wives greatest accessories:)

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  31. She truly is a future Queen of England. She is glowing.

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  32. Sarah from Calif.9 October 2018 at 16:10

    Woohoo!Love it!

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  33. I love this dress, the colour, fit and simplicity of it. She looks beautiful. I also love that she is repeating outfits, she has so many lovely ones that deserve a second outing,. It’s being reported that Kate and Meghan will wear repeats to the wedding on Friday, it’s apparently a tradition started by Kate not to upstage the bride. So I can’t wait to see what they will wear. Sinead

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    1. Reported they will wear repeats...Where did you hear this? Where do they report this?

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    2. I do not believe anyone would even think "what should I wear not to upstage the bride". Silly thinking. Kates closets are bulging with many great choices and I would think not a great deal of planning goes into it.

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    3. Back in the day it was said that Diana wore a repeat outfit to the wedding of Sarah and Andrew for the same reason.

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    4. Camilla Tominey , a very respected Royal journalist reported this today on This Morning, a UK morning tv show. I was watching it. They are covering the wedding on Friday. Sinead

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    5. It's hard to upstage a woman in a long white dress and veil (and in this case, possibly a tiara). My MIL tried at my wedding, though, with her white outfit, so I guess one never knows. ;)

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    6. I don't think we'd previously seen the outfit Diana wore to Sarah's wedding.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2018 at 11:59

      Sorry, just had to laugh at Camilla being called respected...

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    8. I think it's likely that Kate will recycle for the wedding. I'm sure she's well aware that there's interest in her even if she wears a paper bag, but recycling is a nice gesture for someone in her position. It's a nice "dash of humility" IMO. :-)

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  34. I loved this dress the first time around. It has a nice flow as she walks while still showing off her girlish figure. Happy to see that she has picked up her purse game and is moving forward with current trends of vintage styles. Little needs to be said of the return of her hair color, length and style - perfection.

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  35. Valuable information and interesting statistics. So much work to be done in the area of Mental Health. Thank you, Charlotte. The Duchess of Cambridge looked lovely and I’m glad that she and her husband are invested in this important work.

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  36. Maybe my favorite day dress of hers paired with my least favorite pair of shoes. I HATE these praline pumps -- they make it look like she's wearing brown socks. But she looks great and it's nice to see her doing engagements again. I love this length of hair too. Not too long, not too short.

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    1. Have to agree with you on the shoes, Ivy.

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    2. I loathe those praline shoes too! I feel like they bring down so many otherwise lovely outfits. I was hoping they would have an accident during her maternity leave!

      But I will say this is the first time ever I think they look OK as they work nicely with that darling bag.

      Now I just hope we don't see them again this week ^_^

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    3. Nicole from France9 October 2018 at 22:19

      The shoes are fine, IMO , lovely delicate and unusual colour , but they do not’match with the dress colour ! They would look better with green or light beige shades ....

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    4. I also hate the direction she's moving in with the hose. I used to marvel at her clear, shimmery hose. But ever since shes gotten these praline pumps she favors thicker, tanner hose that don't match her skin tone but match the color of her pumps.

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    5. But at least she's not wearing those nude L K Bennett Sledge (platform-style) shoes that we saw her wearing so many times some years ago! Indeed, they became like her 'school uniform shoes'!

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    6. @Sally: oh I adore those shoes and I am on the look out for some for myself ever since (sadly almost impossible with a UK 2 shoe size).
      C.

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  37. What a great and important engagement for them both to be attending and developing the whole issue of Mental Health on a wider scale.
    Like many it's lovely to see her again in this simple and elegant outfit. It's got a great silhouette and the colour really suits her. I'm all for her using these pops of colour when she's on an important high profile event (just like the Queen we need to see her and she stands out) and go back to her neautrals for when she's amongst the family.

    I wonder what she's going to wear at the wedding on Friday? My guess will be the pale blue version of the Coat dress she wore to Meghan's (think she wore to the RAF celebration flypast) but mix it up with one of her new hats pale blue from Trooping the colour. Think this will be a typical Kate thing to repeat and it will be a nice balance. She has been tending to wear complimentary colours to the bridal party though (Pippa, Meghan and recently Sophie Carter's) so I guess it will depend on that!!

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    1. Just an opinion but I believe from what I have read and heard via documentaries the Queen wears very bright and all over color in an effort to be seen. She is not a women of great height and I have learned this is the reason for her color choices. I do not think that is the case with Kate. In person, she is hard to miss considering her height especially with pumps.

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    2. I'm wondering as well Mr. D. Mainly because I just love guessing. So there are two repeats I would love to see, the first is the beautiful sheath arrival dress in Canada during 2016. Of course she could change up the hat and accessories. And the other is the pretty light blue Emilia Wickstead she wore when visiting Luxembourg.

      And speaking of lovely blue outfits, there's the Catherine Walker light blue coat dress with white floral trim that she wore the Queen's 90th birthday.

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  38. Wonderful to see William and Kate, they both look fabulous. Kate is truly shining these days. Her beauty and glamour are on full display. They have a great rapport.

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  39. SO happy she is back she looks great!


    On a non kate note has anyone seen where you could watch Princess Eug wedding on Saturday in Canada???

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    1. TLC is showing twice at 4:30 am and repeat at 7 am if you get that network in Canada.

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    2. Caroline in Montana9 October 2018 at 19:27

      i thought her wedding was on Friday?!

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    3. Zora from Prague9 October 2018 at 19:58

      Yes, it's on Friday the 12th!

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    4. Sorry I missed typed its Friday. I get my days mixed up...im hopping its on TLC but its not listed yet so im keeping my fingers crossed.

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    5. Thanks for the heads up USA Granny! TLC is starting the live coverage at 1:30 am on Friday here on the West Coast (California). There will be a repeat of the coverage a few hours later.

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  40. Love seeing them again! On an un-related note, I'm watching The Crown again and notice that before Andrew is named the Queen tells Margaret, "Well, we briefly considered George but then there's been too many of those and anyway, no one could live up to Papa. Then we thought of Louis but that's a bit too...(Margaret interrupts and says "foreign" and the Queen agrees)." This was filmed after Prince George was born but before Louis. Obviously that conversation may have never taken place in reality but I thought it notable that The Crown's writer's mention the name "Louis" when that wasn't a name guessed very often by us. :) Anyone know if there's any truth to the Queen ever considering the name Louis for her children? I mean, I could see why with Mountbatten being so important to them. Anyway, mainly thought it was just neat the writer's used that name well before Prince Louis was born. :)

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  41. Love it! This is class!!! So wonderful to have her back!

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  42. Absolutely gorgeous, and I love the new handbag, much better than the usual clutch!

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  43. Wow she looks wonderful. I really like this dress, the fit is great. Her hair looks gorgeous. Love when she laughs, her face really is so expressive. Wonderful engagement and cause.

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  44. (I originally posted this under a different name accidentally (my default google name that my son set years ago and I can't seem to change it lol)) Love seeing them again! On an un-related note, I'm watching The Crown again and notice that before Andrew is named the Queen tells Margaret, "Well, we briefly considered George but then there's been too many of those and anyway, no one could live up to Papa. Then we thought of Louis but that's a bit too...(Margaret interrupts and says "foreign" and the Queen agrees)." This was filmed after Prince George was born but before Louis. Obviously that conversation may have never taken place in reality but I thought it notable that The Crown's writer's mention the name "Louis" when that wasn't a name guessed very often by us. :) Anyone know if there's any truth to the Queen ever considering the name Louis for her children? I mean, I could see why with Mountbatten being so important to them. Anyway, mainly thought it was just neat the writer's used that name well before Prince Louis was born. :)

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  45. She must know how much we all love this dress. She looks so healthy and happy. Great to see her out and about supporting such important causes. I know she will find the perfect balance between family and work. Thanks Charlotte for the post..

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  46. The Duchess looks fantastic today. Love the fact she recycles. This dress is elegant. Love her accessories, her shoe colour I think is nice, but her bag I just love it is so chic!. Lovely to see her wearing jewellery today. More importantly the World Mental health summit, whatever attention can be brought to a illness that doesn't discriminate and so horrid to its sufferers.Thank you for the blog, it is always so informative and up to date!

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  47. I can‘t believe how healthy and beautiful she looks after all she has gone through.I have been suffering from HG for 8 weeks now and already have no power left- it’s incredible the Duchess did it three times...

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    1. Awww Anna you poor thing!
      I had HG too recently, and baby was born June 1st. I'm really wishing you all the best as I know how much of a soul crusher HG is. If it makes you feel better, some people recover from it at 15ish weeks. I didn't, but my HG became just usual morning sickness where I was only affected until about 1pm of a day when I was about 35 weeks pregnant.

      The only things that made a slight improvement for me was being in a cool room, lights down, and sucking on frozen juice or ice blocks. Lying on the shower floor with water running on me (with hubby's supervision) helped. And ondansetron combined with unisome and maxolon (these are Australian medication names) all together also took the edge off so I was able to watch TV or read without vomiting while it worked. The unisome did knock me out though if I took a full dose. And in extremes, a good hit of IV fluids made me feel almost brand new for a little while. If you are able to, little bites or sips of something calorie dense but not too heavy will help keep strength up. After taking the pill cocktail I tended to have custard, rice pudding or something similar and even if it came back up it wasn't unpleasant as other foods could be πŸ™ŠπŸ™ŠπŸ™Š
      Don't forget your prenatals if you can choke it down πŸ™‚
      Even with HG I still gained 22kg!! And still holding on to about 12 of them. I don't know how Kate does it, she's superhuman.

      I hope that you feel better soon ❤️πŸ™‚πŸ’•

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind words Chrystal-I really appreciate that you try to cheer me up!You are totally right:A soul crasher it is....I’ve been admitted to hospital for the third time now,so beeing picked up from the bathroom floor sounds quite familiar to me.That‘s a situation where you would really need someone professional to talk to as your thoughts and feelings go totally crazy ...but unfortunately here in Germany it is still considered as „morning sickness that every woman has to endure“ and neither mental support nor medicaments are given to you.(At least that is what I have experienced). I think that is the case in many parts of the world and I had hoped that the Duchess -after having experienced it herself-would support some kind of research organization for HG or at least would put a focus on mental health problems of women suffering from HG...But nevertheless you are right Chrystal-superwoman she is indeed!And maybe her own experiences with HG were even the kick off to her mental health campaigns in general. That leaves me with congratulating you for „surviving“ those 35 weeks and of course for having your little oneπŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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  48. She looks so well, fit and enjoying herself. This is a perfect dress, I'm a fan of the praline pumps, and the new little handbag sticks the landing. Good for her.

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  49. Intrigued By Royals10 October 2018 at 01:30

    Good look, good event, and a picture of Kate laughing! All is well in the world! Ha!

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  50. Kate and William seem to really enjoy being together and seem more relaxed. I thought they were really great today.

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  51. Such a lovely couple! Love them together! And she looks absolutely great! I cannot get over the fact that she just had a baby! She looks gorgeous! 😊❤️😊

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  52. I'm so happy to see this dress again. I have one sort of similar, but with short sleeves and it's pink.

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  53. Tammy from California10 October 2018 at 15:17

    These two are best friends and it’s so nice to see.

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  54. It's great to see them together! Kate's dress is lovely, but I wonder why this time she didn't go with blue, as it is related to the mental health awareness and campaign. Maybe this type of purple is related as well, because two years ago for mental health day, she chose a similar pink/purple flower dress and last year she wore the blue lace Temperley dress. She might alternate the colors! All beautiful of course.
    I think that for the wedding on Friday she will choose a dark blue dress and coat.
    Can't wait to see Princess Eugenie and all!

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  55. Please forgive me Charlotte, but since you do not have a page devoted to Princess Eugenie, I am hoping you would not mind my posting a snippet about the upcoming royal wedd8ng here. KP just released a list of attendants, so since George and Caharlotte are attends, there is a link to Duchess Kate’s page. Beyond William and Kate’s children, the list of royal attendants is quite spectacular. Traditionally, weddings have always been about the bride and the bride’s family, and since Princess Eugenie is the first officially titled royal princess in the UK to marry, since Princess Anne, this is quite an awesome event. I hope that Princess Eugenie goes full on princess in terms of her gown and styling - wouldn’t it be lovely if she wears something borrowed from her Granny? It is such a show of love and family support that she has chosen so many of her cousins, the Queens grand and great-grandchildren to attend her - what a glorious day this will be for the royal family!

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  56. wow so stunning i adore her hair and outfit thanks Charlotte

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