A day after horrible events in London, Kate kept to the British motto of “Keep Calm and Carry On” while kicking off a maternal mental health campaign today with Best Beginnings, a charity partner of Heads Together at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Regent’s Park.
There were definitely signs of heightened security at today’s engagement.
Kate’s commenced her visit with a powerful speech, where she spoke of her condolences to the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack: “I know you would all want to join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those sadly affected by yesterday’s terrible attack in Westminster. We will be thinking of all the families, as we discuss the important issues we’re here to talk about.”
Kate spoke of the challenges associated with motherhood, even for those like herself who has nannies and housekeepers. Her message that maternal mental health issues occur to everyone was one that undoubtedly resonated with all mothers. “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge – even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not.”
Following her speech, she met with various people who had benefitted from using the services of Best Beginnings.
It was touching to see the Duchess speak about a topic she is obviously passionate about, and to help decrease the often challenging stigma related to mental health – especially for new mothers. If you missed Kate’s poignant maternal mental health speech, it is definitely worth taking the time to watch.
For today’s events, Kate wore all items we have seen before – not surprising after all the new pieces we saw débuted in Paris. She wore the Eponine London skirt and jacket combination that we saw débuted last year at the XLP Mentoring engagement. She paired the red and white checked suit with her trusty L.K. Bennett Nina Trench Leather clutch, Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps in praline and Kiki McDonough Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings.
It was a fresh look for her first engagement of Spring 2017, and one that many royal watchers have claimed to be most in line with her personal style.
For details on Kate’s next scheduled engagement, be sure to check out the WWKD calendar.