It’s been a big week for the Duchess of Cambridge, who celebrated her 36th birthday and saw her youngest child Charlotte off to her first day of nursery school. Adding to the flurry of events, Kate Middleton yesterday embarked on her first official engagement of 2018.
The Duchess visited the Reach Academy in Feltham, London to continue her support of children’s mental health. Kate is the royal patron of charity Place2Be, which provides children’s mental health services to schools around England, including the Reach Academy. Place2Be offers support for children up to 18 that are suffering from bullying, domestic violence, trauma, neglect and family complications.
Arriving at Reach Academy, Kate was greeted with an assembly performance of Nina Simone’s hit song I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free. She then joined nursery children for an art class, taking the time to play with the youth and trying her own hand at painting.
The Duchess was given a tour of the school and spoke with parents about the benefits of Place2Be’s support system. She also talked to Place2Be staff and asked a group of teenage students about the effects of social media on mental health. “Do you feel that social media puts a lot of pressure on young people?” she asked. After listening to their response, she said “from what we’ve been learning from the work we’ve been doing it can get so addictive,” The Daily Mail reports.
Kate is due to have her third child in April this year.