What a royal trio! Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate, were joined by Prince Harry on Monday, May 16, at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to launch their Heads Together campaign to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health.
The royal gang are spearheading the new campaign with a team of charity partners to make sure prejudice and fear no longer stand in the way of people getting the help they need.
But while the event has a very serious and important aim, there was time for the three young royals to have some fun at the various stands set up by the mental health charities who will be working in partnership with their campaign, with Kate Middleton, 34, and Prince Harry, 31, trying their hand at boxing!
According to boxing instructor Duke, who gave Middleton some boxing instruction at the Mind Charity’s stall, the mom-of-two took to contact sport like a duck to water. “She has a mean right hand!” the boxer added.
— Mind (@MindCharity) May 16, 2016
Prince Harry’s attempts (evidently not his first!) were even more impressive. “Perhaps a tougher customer than the Duchess!” the charity captioned some photographs of the Prince squaring up for a battle, via Twitter.
— Mind (@MindCharity) May 16, 2016
While Middleton might not have had the upper hand when it came to boxing, she definitely outshone her two handsome princes in the fashion stakes. Looking stunning in a Banana Republic skirt and a Goat “Binky” blouse, the 34-year-old royal wore her hair down, with her pretty long bangs flowing at the side of her face.
Prince William, 33, looked dapper, yet casual, in a white shirt and navy blazer, while his brother, Harry, dressed similarly, also wearing a white shirt, unbuttoned at the neck, but opting for a slightly paler blue for his jacket.
The three members of the royal family will use the event to outline their personal interest in establishing the campaign, and to set their ambitious targets of what they want Heads Together to achieve.
The morning’s activities will allow their Royal Highnesses to see firsthand the innovative approaches their charity partners will use to help create this new national conversation on mental health.
Another stand that caught the eye of the royal visitors early on was The Mix — a radio station and website offering support to those under 25 years old. Prince William requested his “favorite running track,” “Heartbeat Loud” by Andy C while his wife asked them to play Emeli Sande‘s “Heaven.” Prince Harry’s choice? “Running” by Naughty Boy and Beyoncé.
— Heads Together (@heads_together) May 16, 2016
The big-hearted trio are determined rid the stigma around mental health problems so people will never be prevented from getting the help they need, and friends and families know how to support those suffering.
Talking at the event, Prince William explained his interest in the area. “Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.”
“Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health,” continued his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. “This fear of judgement stops people from getting the help they need, which can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help everyone feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, and to have the practical tools to support their friends and family,” she added.
“As the year progresses, the three of us – working with all of you in this room and others who join us along the way – want to come up with practical ways of providing everyone who needs help with the right support and care,” continued Prince Harry. “We want to build on the great work that others are already doing, but make it even more ambitious. By putting our heads together, we can all make a big difference.”
Through their new initiative, the young royals will be working in partnership with Best Beginnings, CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably, Contact (a military mental health coalition), Mind, Place2Be, The Mix and YoungMinds.