The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited North Wales for a series of engagements throughout the region. Today’s events focused on supporting youth mental health as part of their Autumn program.
William and Kate, in her Reiss “Angel” coat and Aquatalia “Rhumba” boots, boarded the Royal Helicopter early this morning for the 240 mile journey to Caernarfon, where they began the day. They enjoyed a warm welcome at Caernarfon Square, where they did a short walkabout to meet with locals.
The first engagement of the day was with Gisda, a Welsh charity supporting vulnerable, at-risk, and homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 25. William and Kate sat and chatted with staff, volunteers, and people who benefit from the charity. Homelessness is a cause that Prince William is particularly passionate about.
Next, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge viewed a photography exhibit in collaboration with Wales’ Mind program. You may remember that the Duchess of Cambridge attended an event with Mind earlier this year. William and Kate met with young people who are helped by the local Mind charity through art programs and viewed the photography exhibit, entitled “Mute: Are you being heard?”
Then, it was off to beautiful Snowdonia where the Duke and Duchess met with the Mountain Rescue Services. Mind and the Mountain Rescue Services work together to support youth mental health through volunteer programs. William and Kate met with some of the young volunteers to learn about their services.
The fun bit of the day took place with the Mountain Rescue Services when William and Kate tried their hand at abseiling. After a quick change into windbreakers and hiking boots (Kate chose her trusty Brasher boots, seen in 2012), they were ready to explore the local outdoor recreation area. As William scaled down, Kate held his rope and said, “you know I do actually love you!” as she teased him. Kate had a good laugh and smile as she abseiled down, safely in the hands of professionals!
The final event of the day took place with the Men’s Shed project. The Men’s Shed organization provides a friendly social environment for men throughout the nation. They are encouraged to speak up for their own issues and the issues of others, and are provided a safe place for friendship and understanding. Some activities include vegetable gardening and furniture refinishing.
Today’s events proved what a powerhouse William and Catherine are together. Hundreds of people came out to see them throughout Wales. Their dedication to mental health over the past few weeks has brought wonderful attention to many charities, such as Gisda, Mind, the Mountain Rescue Services, and the Men’s Shed project.