Kate Middleton made her first appearance since announcing her third pregnancy yesterday, October 10. Kate joined Prince William and Prince Harry for a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark World Mental Health Day.
The royal trio met representatives from mental health organizations across the UK to recognize their work in raising awareness of mental health. William gave a speech before introducing Stephen Fry, who also spoke.
“On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, I am delighted to welcome you all to Buckingham Palace. Tonight, we are here to celebrate decades of tireless campaigning; after thousands of people have given their time and energy; and after many brave individuals have had the courage to come forward and share their stories, mental health is no longer a Cinderella issue. You have all been invited to the palace to recognise that in the UK, we now accept that the health of our minds is as essential as the health of our bodies. Tonight, on the evening of World Mental Health Day, we celebrate that while there is more work to do, the walls of judgement and stigma around mental illness are finally falling.
“Catherine, Harry and I are proud to stand up in support of this community. All three of us have seen that mental health is at the heart of so many of the issues we are passionate about. Catherine has been inspired by the work being done to support children, parents and teachers to prioritise mental health from the earliest years of life. Harry has seen first-hand that recovery from emotional challenges is every bit as important as recovery from physical injury for our veterans. And through my work with homelessness and responding to emergencies both as a Search and Rescue and HEMS pilot, I have seen how serious the consequences of poor mental health can be.
“We know that none of the recent work we have supported through our Heads Together campaign would have been possible without the people in this very room. It was organisations represented here that fought quietly for decades to challenge the notion that mental health was not as important as physical health. It was you that supported people who were often the victims of prejudice and misunderstanding at times when they just needed help, advice, and care. It was the mental health community in this country that has pushed this issue to its tipping point.”
Kate debuted a new Temperley London lace, ruffled monstrosity. Kate wore the “Eclipse” dress in light blue ($875), which was “inspired by Elizabethan and Baroque portraits of ladies wearing high necklines and ruffles” and features corded lace, black velvet trims, and a pleated skirt spliced with cotton-voile panels. And buttons. Kate loves buttons. And lace. And ruffles. Sigh. I really dislike this dress.
Kate chose her Gianvito Rossi black pumps and Mulberry Bayswater clutch to accompany the dress, and brought back her Kiki McDonough blue topaz drop earrings she’s worn a few times this year.
Kate was showing a slight “baby bump” in her Temperley dress. I’m actually surprised Kate is showing already since she didn’t have a “bump” this early in her pregnancies with George or Charlotte. As of now there is no due month which means she’s not passed the 12 week mark yet.
I am wondering if Kate will return to royal duties after today, or how long it will be before she does. An aide said: “The Duchess’ condition is improving but she is still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. She is delighted to be able to be here tonight.”