Prince William and Kate Middleton just arrived in Scotland and kicked off their two-day visit, which will see them have multiple mental health engagements as the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week.
Their first visit was to St John’s Primary School in Port Glasgow, where the two royals sat in on a Roots of Empathy session and met with students involved in the program. This shares a lot of work and research with Kate’s long-term work on early childhood, which shows how well social and emotional development at a young age supports us to thrive as adults.
For the visit Kate looked stylish yet simple, going with an all-blue outfit, from the elegant top and trousers to the matching heels.
As the couple began their visit to the school, located near the banks of the River Clyde in Port Glasgow, the Duke joked “Can you get my wife out of here before she gets broody?”
During their visit, they took part in a Roots of Empathy session, a program developed in Canada and run by Action for Children, whose goal is to help children from the ages 5 to 13 build empathy. The session featured a mother and her young baby interacting between themselves and the pupils, with the two royals seated among the children, as all of them built a better understanding of the baby’s needs and emotions.
The royals also met with older students who have already completed the program and heard their reflections and experiences and understand how the sessions have benefitted them.
Next up the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went to the Wheatley Group site in Kennishead. There they got a first-hand look in how the organization, the Wheatley Group, transforms the lives of disadvantaged or vulnerable people, such as those at risk of homelessness. This engagement, in turn, hit closer to Williams work, as the Prince has been working on the issue of homelessness for some time and has done multiple projects on it.
There the royals, who are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, spoke with users of the service who have in some way been helped by the employment support the project provides, as well as meeting with young people and families that have been helped by the Wheatley Group, in the form of education bursaries for example.
William and Kate were also invited to one of the new-build homes constructed by Wheatley Homes Glasgow. They met with a family living there who are now enjoying the good quality, permanent housing.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined a class teaching primary school pupils empathy in Port Glasgow. Teaching children emotional literacy is very much part of the Duchess’s agenda for the early years. pic.twitter.com/trqCsMnUKt— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) May 11, 2022
For their last engagement of the day in Scotland, Prince WIlliam and Kate headed to the University of Glasgow to talk with students about mental health and wellbeing.
Quite the busy first day for the two royals and it seems that the second day will only continue with this pace. But it is nothing when it comes to important causes and weeks such as this.