The Duchess of Cambridge has shown support for school teachers in a rare speech during an official royal engagement.
Kate Middleton, who’s currently expecting her third child, launched a new initiative as part of her Heads Together charity, which she founded together with husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry.
To mark the launch of their new mental health project for children, the mum-of-two went to Roe Green Junior School in Brent and made a speech to explain why the new project is important.
Starting off by saying that early intervention is key when dealing with mental health issues, Kate then went on to add that supporting those close to children is also important as they are the ones who can really help tackle the problem.
The new initiate is an online resource called ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’, which is available to all primary school teachers and staff, and provides advice and practical ideas that can be used in the classroom.
In her speech, the Duchess of Cambridge said: ‘When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood.
‘My own commitment is to the youngest and most vulnerable in their early years – babies, toddlers and primary school-age pupils – and to supporting those who care for them, including teachers.
‘The ultimate goal is that no primary school teacher, anywhere in the country, should in future have to wonder where to turn when it comes to the wellbeing of children in their care.’
Kate’s other half, Prince William, also made an important speech on the same day, at a meeting the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting.
Kate was greeted by the pupils at Roe Green Junior School
He was there to deliver the keynote speech, discussing collaboration, compassion and trust within the charity sector, and mentioned his mother Princess Diana, who was known for her charitable efforts for various causes.
‘I remember being taken by my mother to a homelessness shelter at a young age, her explaining to me why the people I met there matter, why no society can be healthy unless we take other people seriously’, Prince William said.