A new PSA released by Place2Be, a UK organization that supports children’s mental health in school, features the Duchess of Cambridge.
In the video, Kate Middleton speaks out in support of children who may be facing stress or anxiety as a result of issues such as bullying, family violence, or tragedy. This week, from February 16-22, marks the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week (in the U.S., it’s May 3-9).
“Without support, the effects of these challenges can be traumatic, leading to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self harm,” Middleton says. “The stigma around mental health means that many children do not get the support that they so badly need … We need to help young people and their parents understand that it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health.”
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Baby Prince George, the son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge–as well as the future king of England–was christened Wednesday in an unusually private ceremony at St. James’ Palace. In attendance were his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince Harry, and Catherine’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, plus her siblings, James and Pippa. More from CNN.com:
George was dressed in an elaborate lace and satin christening gown that’s a replica of one made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter.
Being baptized into the church is more significant for George than for most people, since he is in line to become king, which would also make him the supreme governor of the Church of England.
The occasion was kept uncharacteristically small, in a shift away from the larger ceremonies that his father and grandfather enjoyed at Buckingham Palace….
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, greeted the guests as they arrived at the chapel.
The royal baby, who was born in July, has seven godparents, among them Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, and close friends of the couple.
They include Oliver Baker, who got to know William and Catherine at St. Andrew’s University, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who went to school with Catherine, and William van Cutsem, a childhood friend of William.
The other godparents are Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former private secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry; Julia Samuel, who was a good friend of William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales; and Earl Grosvenor, son of the Duke of Westminster.
The replica christening gown was brought into use in 2008 to help preserve the 170-year-old original, used until then for every royal christening, including those of Prince William and his father, Charles.
The venue for the christening also has a special significance for Prince William. The body of his mother, Diana, rested in the Chapel Royal for five days before her funeral in 1997.
After the service, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, held a private tea at Clarence House. The guests were served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from William and Catherine’s 2011 wedding cake.
In his first official interview since the birth of his son George on July 22, Prince William talked with CNN about life at home with the new baby, who he says is “a little fighter” who doesn’t love to sleep. William added that his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is doing “a fantastic job” as a new mom, and he admitted that he was nervous about putting baby George in the car for that first ride home from the hospital. More from CNN:
Fathers around the world watched in disbelief as William, surrounded by hundreds of press photographers, deftly secured his son’s car seat in the back of his vehicle on the first try—but the prince admitted there was more than luck involved in the maneuver.
“Believe, me it wasn’t my first time,” William said, “and I know there’s been some speculation about that. I had to practice, I really did—I was terrified it was going to fall off or the door wasn’t going to close properly.”
While the pictures of William climbing behind the wheel and driving his young family home from the hospital may have reinforced perceptions that he’ll bring a more modern approach to Britain’s monarchy, the future king told CNN it was simply more about doing things his way.
He said: “I am as independent as I want to be, same as Catherine and Harry. We’ve all grown up differently to other generations and I very much feel if that I can do it myself, I want to do it myself.”
“There are times where you can’t do it yourself and the system takes over, or it’s appropriate to do things differently. But I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me.”
While the future king may have prevailed on the issue of driving his family home, he says he was less successful at avoiding that hallowed tradition of new parenthood: changing the first diaper.
“I did the first nappy, it’s a badge of honor,” he joked. “I wasn’t allowed to get away with that. I had every midwife staring at me, saying: ‘You do it, you do it.’”
The baby’s name will likely not be divulged for days, and people who placed bets on girls’ names were immediately disappointed. Because the baby will one day be the king of England, traditional names are most likely to be chosen.
Last week, royal watchers were anxiously engaged in what got dubbed “The Great Kate Wait,” as her alleged due date of July 13 and then July 19 passed without any news. Monday morning brought the excitement back, as news broke that the royal couple had entered the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, with Kate in the early stages of an apparently normal labor.
Keep watching the Live Royal Baby Watch video stream, powered by the UK-based Press Association,which will be live streaming during core times until we’re given five minutes’ notice of the couple’s departure with the baby. William and Kate will make an official presentation of the baby, but–fair warning!–you might not see the baby’s face.
In the meantime, watch Rosie Pope’s tribute to the new prince:
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital early this morning, where the Duchess was admitted in the early stages of labor, the Prince’s office has announced. The couple arrived around 7:30 a.m. local time, and the statement said that the Duchess, formerly Kate Middleton, was experiencing normal labor.
The London hospital is where Princes William and Harry were both born. The child, whose gender is not yet known, will be the heir to the British throne. News sources report that it could be as long as 10 days before the baby’s name is announced.
Keep an eye on the hospital with a Live Royal Baby Watch video stream, powered by the UK-based Press Association, which went live as soon as Kate is admitted to the hospital. Once we know Kate has given birth, we will be streaming 10 minutes before the “White Announcement Envelope,” in which the details of the baby’s birth are presented outside the hospital and put in the car to be taken to Buckingham Palace.
From there, we will be live streaming during core times until we’re given five minutes’ notice of the couple’s departure with the baby. William and Kate will make an official presentation of the baby, but–fair warning!–you might not see the baby’s face.