Cambridge Review – week 10, 2018

News

It was reported this week that the Duchess’ due date is April 23rd. Since Kensington Palace only said April, and everyone is expecting it to be late April, it can very well be true. However, the Duchess has been late with both of her previous pregnancies, as Prince George arrived late July instead of mid-July, and Princess Charlotte arrived in May instead of April, we won’t know for sure when the baby will be born until the baby is born.


Engagements

On March 6th, The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Pegasus Primary School in Oxford. During the visit, she learned more about the activities from the charity FamilyLinks. They work to empower children, parents, families, schools and workplaces to give priority to positive emotional health, by delivering innovative, high quality training to health and social care services, third sector organisations, schools and universities. HRH met with parents and talked about how they have overcome problems in their family with the help of FamilyLinks.

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On the same day, the Duke held an investure at Buckingham Palace. He also attended a reception for BAFTA at Kensington Palace. Both of the engagements were unannounced.

The next day, the Duchess of Cambridge officialy opened the new Place2Be headquarters in London. HRH has been Royal Patron of Place2Be since 2012. Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic support to children in schools, working alongside school leaders, teachers and parents. At the new headquaters, Place2Be will train more counsellors, teachers and school leaders to help pupils in schools with their mental health problems. The Duchess met with professionals who finished the Place2Be counselling programs, and joined children who have had help by Place2Be.

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Cambridge Review – week 4, 2018

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The Duke and Duchess have been preparing for their upcoming tour through Sweden and Norway this week. A full itinerary can be read here.

In the other news, it has been speculated that the Duchess of Cambridge donated about seven inches of her hair to a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer after she had a haircut last summer. The story has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Palace.

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Engagements

On January 23rd, The Duke of Cambridge delivered a great keynote speech at the Charity Commission Annual Public Meeting. A video can be seen below and the entire speech can be read here. The Duke spoke about the difficult time charities are going through at the moment and mentioned the need to grow and stabilize current charities instead of creating new ones. It can be deduced from his words that bringing charities together is a key focus for the Royal Family in the years to come.

On the same day, the Duchess launched a new mental health project for young children during a visit to Roe Green Junior School in Brent.  The programme is part of the HeadsTogether campaign and is called Mentally Healthy Schools. It will be launched as a website – which will be available to every primary school in the UK – to give teachers and staff the clarity and practical resources they need to support pupils with mental health issues at their school. The Duchess deliverd a speech to mark the launch of the new programme, which will help children in the entire country with their mental health problems. The speech in full can be read here. Her patronages Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre are supporting the programme.

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Duchess of Cambridge launches new mental health programme for HeadsTogether

The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting the Roe Green Junior School in Brent, London, to launch a new pilot programme for children’s mental health at schools. The programme is part of the HeadsTogether campaign and is called Mentally Healthy Schools. It will be launched as a website – which will be available to every primary school in the UK – to give teachers and staff the clarity and practical resources they need to support pupils with mental health issues at their school. In this way, teachers won’t have to give up lots their time searching for good information on the internet, which is very difficult. The Anna Freud Centre and Place2Be, both charities have the Duchess as their patron, are supporting the programme.

The HeadsTogether campaign was launched in May 2016 to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and the Duke and Duchess and prince Harry have been working very hard for this campaign since its launch. Catherine was especially interested in children’s mental health and maternal mental health from the beginning. Intentionally, the campaign was set to end after the London Marathon 2017, but because of its enormous success, it was decided to go on with the campaign to reach even more people across the country. The Duke and Duchess and prince Harry are still working for the campaign and have all three launched a special programme for their own area of interest since.

The Duchess was welcomed by pupils on arrival this morning. She was presented with flowers.

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HRH talked to teachers, pupils and representatives from the HeadsTogether charity partners about the importance of mental health support at schools. She was joined by UK Minister for School Standarts Nick Gibb.

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Cambridge Review: week 2, 2018

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The Cambridges returned to London this week to start school and official engagements again in the new year. Princess Charlotte marked a very important milestone on Monday, she attended her first day at Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington. Two adorable photographs were released for the occassion. Prince George started school again on Thursday, which happened to be his mother’s 36th birthday.

Furthermore, it was announced that the Duchess’ two patronages, The Art Room and Place2Be, are planning to merge and continue under the name Place2Be to be able to reach more children and young people with their support in the future. HRH will remain their Royal Patron.


Engagements

The Duchess of Cambridge started the year on Wednesday with a visit to Reach Academy in Feltham for her patronage Place2Be. She met children and parents to talk about the support the school offers in collaboration with Place2Be and joined an art class in the nursery.

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The Duchess of Cambridge visits Reach Academy in Feltham for Place2Be

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Reach Academy in Feltham today for her patronage Place2Be. The visit was the first official engagement in the new year for the pregnant Duchess, who is due to give birth to her third child in April. It’s been a very special week for the Duchess: on Monday, her daughter started nursery school and on Tuesday, she celebrated her 36th birthday.

The Reach Academy in Feltham is a school working in partnership with Place2Be and other organisations to support children and their families throughout their entire school career. Her Royal Highness has been a patron for the charity Place2Be since 2013. Place2Be, which is focussing on children’s mental health and giving children and their families support during childhood. Place2Be is a leading children’s mental health charity in the UK providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. The charity works directly with more than 280 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales. Place2Be is also one of the Heads Together charity partners. Heads Together is a campaign started in 2016 to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and the Duke and Duchess and prince Harry have been working very hard for this campaign since its launch. Catherine was especially interested in children’s mental health and maternal mental health.

Reach Academy was opened in 2012. It is a small school that believes that communication between home and school is extremely important, and because of its relatively small size, the parents and children are able to get to know every other family in their year. The school serves pupils ranging from 2 years old to 12 years old and is working with several organisations like Place2Be to give the children and their families a lot of support.

The Duchess was very warmly welcomed by pupils at arrival. She chatted with them for a bit before entering the school building.

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