4th February 2021—Kensington Palace released a video showing the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) chatting with staff from Ribbon Academy, Murton, County Durham. Ribbon Academy works with Place2Be, a charity that provides mental health support in schools. The video was released to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week 2021.
The Duchess spoke one-on-one with teachers from the academy using Zoom (video conferencing software—the virtual engagement took place during a national lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic). She heard about the important work they have been doing to support children and their families throughout the pandemic. Kate, who is Patron of Place2Be, also thanked the teachers:
“You are a lifeline to so many families out there. I know it takes an awful lot of effort, energy, and patience. Thank you for the hard work you do on a day-to-day basis for the children that you look after.”The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess brought back her blue tweed jacket by Rebecca Taylor. The piece features a concealed snap front with a split collar, patch pockets, a ruffle hem and a frayed finish throughout. A hint of sparkle runs through the blue tweed fabric.
Kate first wore the piece in February 2017 for a visit to Ronald McDonald House at Evelina London’s Children’s Hospital. As you may expect, it is now sold out. If you’d like to buy this exact jacket, eBay is your best bet.
Kate’s gold and pink gemstone earrings are from Missoma, a London-based jewellery company started by two sisters and their mother. The earrings feature a hand-cut Rhodochrosite gemstone set in 18ct gold vermeil on Sterling silver.
The Duchess first debuted the pretty pink earrings at a public engagement in September 2020—the Duke and Duchess met with communities affected by COVID-19 and thanked individuals and businesses who’ve gone above and beyond to help others during the pandemic.