Our mum crush this week has lived what most would consider a fairytale and the fulfilment of the dream most little girls have — marrying a prince charming and becoming a real princess. And she did it wearing a beautiful tiara, bespoke wedding gown and with a gorgeous engagement ring on her finger.
The person we’re talking about is Kate Middleton, otherwise officially known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess captured the hearts of many around the world and an estimated audience of more than two billion people around the world tuned in to see Prince William, who happens to be our dad crush of the week, make her his wife.
She’s always impeccably dressed and was named one of Vogue’s best dressed women of 2016. It’s no surprise that her wedding dress, which was elegant without being revealing and custom designed by Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, was copied by many other women who love it for it’s classy look.
She sealed her place as a style icon when she made the cover of British Vogue’s special 100th year anniversary edition.
She was always impeccably dressed even before she married her prince and now that she’s in the public eye, her dress sense seems to have gotten even better. She never fails to look put together, and all her looks are classic, simple and elegant. And she doesn’t just wear high end luxury brands; many of her pieces come from high street labels. This has led many to copy her style. What we love most is how easily relatable she is — she rewears her clothes and is not at all ashamed of it.
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the @nationalportraitgallery to view the #Vogue100: A Century of Style exhibition. This is the first time Her Royal Highness has see the two photographic portraits of herself displayed in the gallery, which were taken as part of a wider spread in @britishvogue's centenary June issue.
The Duchess looked amazing even after giving birth to her first child, Prince George.
And she repeated that task yet again with when the couple welcomed their second child, Princess Charlotte.
Like her husband, the duchess uses her powerful influence as a public figure for good. She’s a strong advocate for mental health awareness.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Royal Film Performance 2015 – the World Premiere of the 24th James Bond adventure SPECTRE. The Royal Film Performance is held annually in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, and this year Shelterbox and Save the Children, two charities nominated by Their Royal Highnesses, will also benefit.
The Duchess also gave a speech in which she praised the incredible young people and all they have achieved. "Tonight, we are celebrating the truly remarkable work taking place across Place2Be schools in support of children’s mental health," HRH said. "Without many of the inspiring people gathered here this evening, countless children would not receive the transformational support in their schools. It is because of so many of you, that in their time of need, children have the help, care and attention that will get them through tough times in their lives. "You have not only faced challenges but you've had the resilience to overcome them. You have also, in your willingness to have open conversations, become young mental health pioneers."
She’s also been working closely with many institutions and foundations such as The Nelson Trust Women’s Centre, and is a patron of charities such as Action on Addiction and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She even wrote a foreword in support of a Heads Together campaign that she, Prince William and Prince Harry are all avid supporters of.
After meeting staff and inmates at HM Prison Eastwood Park, The Duchess visited The Nelson's Trust Women's Centre, an organisation which provides support to vulnerable women and which works closely with Eastwood Park to provide ongoing support to women and their families, on departure from prison. Today's engagements follow a visit to HMP Send last September, where The Duchess joined Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), an addiction charity working to help prisoners addicted to drugs and alcohol. This visit continues to build on similar themes, as The Duchess seeks to broaden her understanding of problems such as addiction, poor mental health, and family breakdown and what support can be offered to vulnerable families to help break the cycles which are so often at the heart of these issues.
The Duchess of Cambridge has written a foreword for the new GCHQ puzzle book, proceeds of which will support the @heads_together campaign to change the conversation on mental health. The Duchess says in the foreword: I have always been immensely proud of my grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. She and her twin sister, Mary, served with thousands of other young women as part of the great Allied effort to break enemy codes. They rarely talked about their wartime service, but we now know just how important the men and women of Bletchley Park were, as they tackled some of the hardest problems facing the country. In a new century, their successors at GCHQ continue this intellectual tradition. Like their Bletchley predecessors, they have become well known for valuing neurodiversity and understanding the importance of mental wellbeing. William, Harry and I are very grateful that this book is supporting our Heads Together Campaign. I hope it will not only amuse and challenge readers, but help to promote an open discussion of mental health problems, which can affect anyone, regardless of age or background. Together, we are aiming to change the national conversation around mental health from stigma and fear to openness and understanding. Those who buy this book and support the Heads Together campaign will be playing a part in helping people get the important mental health care they deserve. ?Press Association.
The Duchess took part in a discussion on addiction and mental health with experts from the Trimbos Institute and representatives from Action on Addiction, and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – two charities for which she is a patron of. It was hosted by the British Ambassador Sir Geoffrey Adams at the residence in The Hague.
This morning The Duke and Duchess visited the Salaam Baalak Trust in New Delhi, an NGO that works to rescue and support young children arriving in the city alone and living on the streets. Their Royal Highnesses visited the Trust's Contact Centre near the railway station, and one of the temporary shelters for boys nearby where they met some of children that live there #RoyalVisitIndia
The Duchess of Cambridge is guest editing The Huffington Post UK today to highlight the importance of children's mental health. In a blog published on HuffPost today The Duchess, explains why she is getting behind #YoungMindsMatter. Read it here: www.Huffingtonpost.co.uk #YoungMindsMatter is an initiative that discusses the problems, causes and most importantly the solutions to the stigma surrounding the UK's mental health problem amongst children.
However, at the end of the day, she’s still first and foremost a mum and wife, and she loves spending quality time with the family! She makes it a point to bring her little ones around with her, taking them on official visits whenever possible. The family most recently concluded a Royal Canadian tour last September (2016).
The Duke and Duchess were delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Prince George and Princess Charlotte to the people of Canada. It was wonderful for George and Charlotte to get to play with children from Canadian military families. Thank you to the Military Family Resource Centre and the team at Government House, Victoria. We hope everyone enjoys the photos! #RoyalVisitCanada
Even as she continues to live out the fairy tale as a princess, we anticipate that we’ll still be looking to her as a style icon and an elegant public figure for years to come. We look forward to following her amazing life as she brings up the next king to the British throne.
For last week’s mom crush, click here.