Amid the Worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are practising social distancing just like the other members of the Royal Family. But even while staying home, the royal couple is working from home. William and Catherine are keeping up with their charities from home.
Kensington Palace released two pictures of William and Catherine in which the Duke is talking to the Mind Charity’s CEO Paul Farmer and the Duchess is talking to the CEO of her patronage Place2Be Catherine Roche.
The pictures were taken last week when the couple visited the Ambulance Centre in London. Kensington Palace said, “Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health – in recent weeks the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time.” The Duke and Duchess released a statement about the new guidance from Public Health England with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak,
The last few weeks have been anxious and unsettling for everyone. We have to take time to support each other and find ways to look after our mental health.
It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being. By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead.
Rebecca English reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to support the launch of a £5million scheme today to support the nation’s mental health at a time of high anxiety during the coronavirus lockdown.
They urge people to follow guidance from Public Health England by using video calls to keep in touch with family and friends, sticking to regular routines, and focusing on favourite hobbies or learning something new. The Cambridges’ intervention is part of a Government initiative that will see £5million awarded to mental health charities to expand support services.
Minister for Mental Health Nadine Dorries, who has recovered from Covid-19, said: ‘When I discovered I had coronavirus I felt anxious and scared. For those who already suffer from anxiety or other mental health issues this may present new and difficult challenges. It’s imperative that we stay home if we are to beat coronavirus and save lives. I know how important it is that people have support to look after their mental health and this guidance will be of huge value.’
Today’s pictures gave us another glimpse of the beautiful London residence of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Kensington Palace.
We last get some clear pictures of the inside in 2016 when the couple welcomed Ex-US President and First Lady Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.
The avid reader inside me was jumping up and down when I saw the picture as it shows the classic collection of Catherine’s antique desk. Thanks to Emma on Twitter for quickly iding all the books and quickly discovering that they are a collection of Penguin clothbound books designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. Duchess has the following books on her desk:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Sonnets and a Lover’s Complaint by William Shakespeare, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy, Middlemarch by George Elliot, The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.#ClapForOurCarers #ClapForNHS pic.twitter.com/XnaUPJyDoX
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 26, 2020
On 26th March, when the whole United Kingdom was clapping to appreciate the NHS, William and Catherine shared a cute video of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis clapping with the nation.
Last week, Clarence House confirmed that Prince Charles has suffered from Coronavirus. Palace said, “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been showing “mild symptoms”. He is in self-isolation at his Scotland residence with Duchess Camilla. British Prime Minister Borris Johnson has also been tested Positive.
Today it also came out that the Queen’s footman at Windsor Castle is also tested positive. It’s been reported that the Footman has been in direct contact with the Queen. From Daily Mail,
The man, who has not been named, is self-isolating at home but it has raised questions over whether he came into contact with Her Majesty while infected.
Buckingham Palace aides have confirmed the Queen, 93, is in good health as she remains in lockdown with her husband Prince Philip, 98, at Windsor Castle.
I urge all of you to stay inside and stay safe.