Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn (as they are known is Scotland), traveled to Dundee, Scotland for a day of appearances. Their main focus for the day is their new hot topic for fall: children’s mental health.
Last night, the Earl and Countess stayed at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews – where they “enjoyed a romantic meal together” – before heading to Dundee today, October 23, for their appearances.
The couple’s first stop was Dundee Rep Theatre where they did a walkabout outside before heading inside where they met the staff and crew behind the piece, “In Her Shadows”, which is “a visual performance that explores a young woman’s relationship with her depression – and highlights the stigmas surround the illness”. The couple also met families who attended a Family Fun Day at the theatre.
During the walkabout, one person asked Kate if William was still riding his motorcycle. Kate said: “He’s still riding it. It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it. I’m terrified. Hopefully, I’m going to keep George off it.”
I feel like this is a such a cliched, “wife” thing to say, but I’m not going to lie, if it were my husband and/or son (or daughter), I’d feel the same way. I’m not a fan of motorcycles.
The next stop on the Strathearns schedule was a See Me workshop. See Me is Scotland’s program to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination and are funded by Scottish Government and Comic Relief and managed by SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and The Mental Health Foundation.
During the workshop, William told the group:
“It seems to me sad that society does not seem to listen enough, all the suggestions here and all the evidence you’re giving us is very much that society doesn’t seem to listen. And yet it’s the most basic fundamental point of families and communities, whatever to listen to each other. And so I think what this mental health piece will do, will be able to really raise everyone’s awareness, that we should just stop and listen and take a note of what’s around us and those around us and pay more attention. And hopefully that will help more people come forward.”
Because of that awkward feeling when one does not know what to say to someone who suffers from mental health issues, people would rather not talk about it. And while it is difficult for someone who suffers from mental health issues to accept help because other people just don’t understand what your suffering is like, I think a lot of times people just want to feel like they aren’t alone in the world (I know I do), and having others say they’ve been through similar suffering does help one feel less alone in their own suffering.
The next stop was The Corner to participate in an anti-bullying workshop with RespectMe. The Corner is a drop-in center which offers services and support in mental health, sexual health, drugs, smoking, and alcohol (among other things). RespectMe is another anti-bullying organization, like See Me, which is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by SAMH.
During the RespectMe workshop, they watched a video about the dangers of social media and William asked whether they thought social media companies did enough to prevent bullying online and he was told they feared that the introduction of a dislike button on Facebook could be a disaster. I, too, think the dislike button could end up having negative side effects but from what I understand Facebook is still figuring out how the dislike button will work so it’s a ways off still. The only reason Facebook is even considering a dislike button is because so many people have asked for it for so many years. If they introduce a dislike button and people hate it, they will remove it, I’m sure.
The Strathearns then traveled to Discovery Point where the RRS Discovery is docked. The ship was built in Dundee and carried Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first Antarctic expedition in 1901. William and Kate were greeted on the docks by pupils from Dunblane Primary School.
The final stop of the day was at Abertay University where William and Kate met with BAFTA Young Game Designers winners. William and Kate got to try out the games and apparently William chuckled as Kate tried one out.
As someone who is learning computer programming and has built my own little web app using Laravel and Bootstrap, I look at computer games and think “So many methods, so many loops, so much rendering, mind blown”. Granted, these kids aren’t making Arkham Knight, but still. Way to go, kids.
Kate wore Scottish designer Christopher Kane for the trip to Scotland. Kate wore a blue coat with a black turtleneck and blue skirt underneath. The coat is a bespoke slim fitted dogtooth wool coat with a belt, and the skirt is the same fabric as a slim fitted kilt also with a belt. The kilt is pretty short – many inches above the knee. Kate wore black tights and those Aquatalia “Rhumba” boots she has worn numerous times.
Kate carried her Stuart Weitzman black suede clutch she debuted at the Rugby World Cup opening. She also carried then wore her Cornelia James “Imogen” gloves. To go with the blue coat, Kate chose the sapphire and diamond “Diana” earrings.
Speaking of the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, this blue Christopher Kane coat looks pretty similar to that blue Reiss coat Kate wore to that event, right? I mean, she even accessorized with black tights and black accessories then, too. I much prefer the Reiss coat to this Kane coat, personally.
William looks like he wore the same navy suit he wore to the creative industry event on Wednesday. This time switching things up with a blue shirt and a different red tie.
BTW, Victoria Murphy at the Mirror posted the below photo with the caption: “Wouldn’t say the crowds are huge outside Dundee rep theatre today, around 200 perhaps.”
PS. This is the second post of the day – go here to check out Prince Harry if you want a break from the week of the Cambridges.