Kate Middleton joins Prince William for mental health minute  

Kate Middleton looked elegant in a blue Altuzarra dress first worn in 2016 as she joined Prince William to record a radio message broadcast to the nation today in which they urged Britons to ‘get someone out of the loneliness’.

In a special recorded message broadcast this morning on all UK radio stations, the Duke, 39, and Duchess of Cambridge, 40, called on the nation to ‘lift someone out of loneliness’ by encouraging small acts of kindness to help someone who may be feeling lonely, which can help us feel less alone.

In the post, Kate called on people to ‘call someone, text or knock on her door’ and Prince William echoed that sentiment, encouraging people to ‘suggest we meet for a coffee or a walk” if they think they may be feeling lonely because “these little things can make a big difference and help us all feel less lonely”.

In a snap from the recording of the audio clip, the Duchess appeared stylish in a £1,700 blue polka dot dress by New York designer Altuzarra as she recorded the message at her Kensington Palace home .

Kate Middleton looked elegant in a blue Altuzarra dress first worn in 2016 as she joined Prince William to record a radio message broadcast to the nation today in which they urged Britons to ‘get someone out of the loneliness’.

The Duchess first wore the dress in 2016 during a visit to Harlow in Essex, and repeated the outfit during the Covid-19 pandemic for a video message.

She finished the look with one of her trademark hairstyles – a fluff, with soft curls in her dark brown locks and soft makeup.

Joseph Altuzarra launched his brand in 2008, aiming to make “the sophisticated modern woman feel attractive, strong and confident”.

The 33-year-old former ballet dancer honed his craft at Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schoule in New York, before returning to Paris to become Riccardo Tisci’s first assistant at Givenchy.

The Duchess appeared stylish in a £1,700 blue polka dot dress by New York designer Altuzarra which was first worn in 2016 (pictured, during a visit to Essex)

The Duchess appeared stylish in a £1,700 blue polka dot dress by New York designer Altuzarra which was first worn in 2016 (pictured, during a visit to Essex)

When she first wore the designer, it was seen as a bold choice for the royal, who often plays it safe in high street designs.

In the post shared today, Prince William and Kate each shared a line introducing themselves as ‘Catherine and William’.

The Duke acknowledged ‘we can all feel lonely at times’, adding: ‘The past two years have really reminded us of the importance of human connections.

The full transcript of the Duke and Duchess’ mental health minute – from casually showing up to asking the Brits to ‘meet up for a cup of tea’

Duchess of Cambridge: Hello. I am Katherine

Duke of Cambridge: And I’m William and we’d like to talk

Duchess: Just a minute on loneliness.

Duke: We’re all in different places right now.

Duchess: Not just physically but mentally.

Duke: And we can all feel lonely sometimes.

Duchess: It doesn’t matter who – or where – we are.

Duke: We can feel it for many different reasons.

Duchess: But we can all help each other feel less isolated and more connected.

Duke: These last two years have really reminded us of the importance of human relationships.

Duchess: So if you think someone you know might be feeling lonely, just call them, text them, or knock on their door.

Duke: Maybe suggest we meet for a cup of tea or a walk.

Duchess: Because those little acts of kindness can make a big difference and help us all feel less alone.

Duke: So, excuse me for interrupting every radio station in the country.

Duchess: But if we interrupt the lives of those who feel alone.

Duke: We can help them out of loneliness.

The Duchess added: “These small acts of kindness can make a big difference and help us all feel less alone.”

While many people will experience loneliness in their lives, the Duke and Duchess reminded listeners that there are simple things we can do and it may seem easier to help others get out of the woods. loneliness, which can also help us feel more connected.

In the shared snap of the couple recording the post, Prince William and Kate can be seen balancing their scripts on the Earthshot Prize and Hold Still photobooks.

Meanwhile, there was a photo of them alongside their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken at their Anmer Hall home and released as their 2020 Christmas card, the back -plan.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have supported the Mental Health Minute in Mental Health Awareness Week for the past five years, and this year, in the most powerful Minute yet, they will express the full message, reaching approximately 20 million listeners.

Broadcast on more than 500 stations during Mental Health Awareness Week, this year’s ‘Mental Health Minute’, created by Radiocentre and the Royal Foundation, supports Better Health – Every Mind Matters, which offers advice on tackling against loneliness and provides NHS-approved advice to help people take care of their mental well-being.

Lucy Barrett, Client Director of Radiocentre, said: “When we recorded the very first Mental Minute five years ago, it was clear from the start how important this subject mattered to the millions of people listening to it. Although it reaches a wide audience, radio has a unique ability to bring people together and we hope this year’s message will encourage people to understand that loneliness should not be ignored. We are very grateful to the radio stations and their loyal listeners for continuing the national conversation on mental health.

Minister for Civil Society and Youth Nigel Huddleston of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are great champions of mental health awareness and we are extremely grateful to have their support through the Mental Health Minute.

“We know that loneliness has a disproportionate impact on our young people and this campaign offers easy-to-use tips people can follow to improve their wellbeing.”

Gillian Keegan, Minister of State for Care and Mental Health at the Department of Health and Social Care, said: “Young people are very resilient, but we know they are often at risk of feeling isolated.

“We are accelerating the deployment of mental health support teams in schools and expanding community services, and there are many helpful tips and resources on the Better Health – Every Mind Matters website.

“We also recently opened a call for evidence to gather opinions from people of all ages to inform a new 10-year mental health plan to keep the nation in positive mental well-being.”

The post was shared today days after the Duchess said no mother was ‘safe from anxiety and depression’ in a new video to mark becoming the boss of a ‘fantastic organization’ supporting women’s mental health.

The post was shared amid a busy time for the royal couple, who took part in a whirlwind two-day tour of Scotland earlier this week.

The post was shared amid a busy time for the royal couple, who took part in a whirlwind two-day tour of Scotland earlier this week.

Kate said it was crucial that those ‘struggling’ received the ‘right support at the right time’ and also urged society to play its part, saying everyone needed to help ‘parents and carers, and all who are raising children today”. .

Her words were spoken in a recorded video message to mark her new role as patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA), announced during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, which ends on Sunday.

In the video, the royal donned a midi dress by Italian fashion brand Max Mara. The £630 dress featured long sleeves with lace detailing to the arms and chest. The delicate blue floral pattern of the fabric is printed on a cream background.

The mother-of-three has focused on early childhood support and mental health in her royal career.

Meanwhile, Prince William has long advocated for increased mental health support and runs the Heads Together charity with his wife Kate.

He also openly discussed times he struggled with his own mental health, including a time he helped save the life of a seriously injured boy while working for the air ambulance and his grief after the death of his mother in 1997.

The post was shared amid a busy time for the royal couple, who took part in a whirlwind two-day tour of Scotland earlier this week.

Kate and William visited St John’s Primary School in Port Glasgow where they took part in a Roots of Empathy session and spoke with participating pupils and teachers.

Later, William and Kate visited the Wheatley Group site in Kennishead to see first-hand how they are transforming the lives of disadvantaged or vulnerable people, including those at risk of homelessness, before heading to the University of Glasgow.

The following day, the Duke met Heart of Midlothian Football Club chief executive Andrew McKinlay and chairwoman Ann Budge during a visit to their ground in Edinburgh to discuss mental health in sport.

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