Thursday, 4 February 2021

Duchess Kate Praises Teachers For Being "A Lifeline"

As part of Children's Mental Health Week, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to teachers from Ribbon Academy in County Durham in her capacity as patron of Place2Be.

The Duchess praised teachers for "being a lifeline" and "fantastic" during the pandemic, telling Louise Tweedie she's "passionate about all the work that teachers up and down the country are doing. You are doing the most amazing job" Kate added: "Everyone can recognise that schools are doing an amazing job, as parents as well you really recognise what a vital role you do play for us on a day-to-day basis. Having remote learning going on as well must be hugely challenging to juggle both for a school as well."

People reports:

'Teacher Hannah Rispin told Kate that Place2Be was crucial for everyone in the school, not just the kids. "You can't pour from an empty cup, so how can we fill the children's cups up, give them all of this love, give them this enthusiasm if we're not doing it ourselves?" she said.

When Kate asked how are the kids are handling remote learning, Rispin, who called her children "shining stars," shared her first lesson is always math. But for the first 10 minutes, "all they want to do is tell me what they've been doing that morning," she said. "'Miss, guess what? My dad let me try a little bit of coffee,' 'Guess what I'm making?' Chocolate brownies or whatever they've been making!"

Kate spoke to Chris Reay who attended Place2Be sessions as a child following a very challenging time in his life. When Kate asked what he does to stay positive during the pandemic he spoke of his newfound love of walking. The Duchess replied "Well done you", adding "It's so important that you're looked after too and have the appropriate networks and support systems to make really sure you can really do the best job you possibly can." 

Before the virtual call, which took place on Tuesday, the Court Circular noted the Duchess spoke to Place2Be's Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Roche. I recall one of the first (if not the first) "lockdown" images of Kate, wearing a pink Marks & Spencer suit, came last March when the Palace released a photo from a phone call. It was the very beginning of a drastic change in royal schedules -- one we see continuing almost a year later.

Indeed, Kate's final engagement before restrictions become a part of daily life was a glittering evening event at Buckingham Palace celebrating the charity's 25th anniversary. Kate wore her divine sparkling blue Jenny Packham gown from the 2016 Bollywood Gala. I know we all look forward to a time when evening events are back on the calendar.

In a video message recorded outside Anmer Hall for Children's Mental Health Week, Kate said, "While this is Children’s Mental Health Week, there has never been a more important time to talk about parental wellbeing and mental health too. Last year you told me just how important this was, that many of us find it hard to prioritise. This is a hugely challenging time for us all, so please look after yourself, too."

This year's theme - Express Yourself - is all about creativity.

The Palace has been sharing several creations from the impressive pupils of Ribbon Academy.

Parents and children around the world are being encouraged to create drawings and artwork this week and to share them using #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek on Twitter and Instagram.

The Duchess wore her blue tweed Rebecca Taylor suit for the virtual call. We first saw it during a day of engagements in February 2017. 

The Sparkle Tweed Ruffle Jacket originally retailed for $495 before going on sale for $199 and selling out. It is described: "Loosely structured, this tweed jacket blends feminine details with classic style. Concealed snap front with spilt collar, patch pockets, ruffle hem and frayed finish throughout - all with a hint of sparkle."

It appears the Duchess accessorised with her £85 Missoma rhodochrosite gold mini pyramid charm hoop earrings.

If you would like to donate or find out more about Children's Mental Health Week, please click here.


  1. From VF

    the Duchess of Cambridge, patron of the charity Place2Be, has helped to make this year’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week the most successful one to date. Place2Be, which founded the weeklong campaign in 2015, reported this week that they have seen record numbers of children and parents take an interest in the week and a 700% increase in traffic to the campaign website compared to the same week in 2020.

    The Kate effect is not about clothes...

    1. What good news to hear and well said VF! THIS is what it is all about! cc

  2. It's lovely to see her at work. It's a great cause and she looks wonderful.

  3. I hope Kate and her team are aware of the great feedback she has received the last year. People have been able to see her in a more relaxed setting, and the way she interacts with people.

    Kate can wear just about anything and look good, but I think fitted jackets look professional and show off her athletic build.

    Also, the children's art work is adorable.

  4. Susan in Florida6 February 2021 at 20:25

    She doing a wonderful job keeping up with her patronage’s during this time. Thank you Charlotte for keeping up this blog so we can watch her grow into her role.

  5. Not nearly as important as all the worthwhile work she is doing, but it’s a treat to see so many clothes from the past reappear. She really does take good care of her clothes; they always look so good even some from years ago.

  6. She is doing a fantastic job on these video calls. She has really become very professional and at ease in working this way. I think it will translate into more relaxed and polished public speaking for her in the future as well as in TV interviews or campaigns. She looks great in that blue. The art work is lovely to see, so expressive.

  7. Zora from Prague8 February 2021 at 23:10

    Kate is great! I want to be a teacher in the UK and hear from her! 😇

  8. Kate is lovely as always, so sincere and gentle. I don't normally pay that much attention to accessories, but just have to say that absolutely adore those earrings!

  9. My youngest had a look at the pictures drawn by the children and he said..."Wow, that's how i like my art!" Cheers C.

  10. The duchess of the is love and looking from it she doing a great job and I think that she a great speaker now I more than love her now ...


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