Duchess of Cambridge chose Chic and Smart Style for Shout UK Volunteer Celebration

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
Shout UK

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Give Us Shout‘s Crisis Volunteer celebration event at the Troubadour Theatre in London. The event brought together people from across the UK who volunteer around the clock with Shout to support people in crisis.

Shout is one of the UK’s most innovative and pioneering digital mental health support services, making it easier for people in crisis to get help. It is a text messaging service for people in crisis that is free to use, confidential and available 24/7.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
Shout UK

Upon arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were welcomed by the Shout UK Team. Shout UK was launched by The Royal Foundation as a legacy of the Heads Together Campaign, after three years of research and planning with a £3 million investment.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
Shout UK

It was launched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex in May 2019. It allows people to open up a text chat with a volunteer working remotely, most likely at home, who has been trained to listen, reassure and guide people.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Give Us Shout's Crisis Volunteer celebration event in London
The Royal Foundation

At the time of launch, Prince William said, “As texting is private and silent, it opens up a whole new way to find help. You can have a conversation anywhere, at any time: at school, at home, anywhere.” About the service, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “It’s able to offer support when it is crucially needed and the opportunity to turn lives around. This really is an important step for those desperately in need.

The volunteers are supported by clinically-trained supervisors. They need to be over 18, complete 25 hours of online training and commit to between two and four hours volunteering each week. The conversations remain anonymous until the client wants to give away his information or would like to see qualified psychotherapists.

 

BBC Presenter Tina Daheley was hosting the event that recognized the national network of volunteers who put efforts to make a difference to the lives of thousands of vulnerable people across the UK. As volunteers access their shifts from computers in their own homes, this event will be an excellent opportunity for this virtual community to meet and see the scale of the national network they have joined.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Give Us Shout's Crisis Volunteer celebration event in London
Shout UK

The service is powered by the Crisis Text Line. Since the service went live, Shout 85258 Crisis Volunteers have had 145,000 conversations via text with people in crisis, exchanging 6 million messages. Crisis Text Line has been operating in the US since August 2013 and has processed over 100 million messages since inception. It’s founder and CEO Nancy Lublin sits on the board of Shout Crisis Text Line in the UK.

Heads Together

This annual volunteer day is focussed on celebrating the hundreds of trained Crisis Volunteers who operate the 24/7 service taking shifts in their homes across the UK, under clinical supervision. Shout aims to encourage people to reach out for support at an early stage, without fear or shame.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
Shout UK

During the visit, the Duke and Duchess received a brief update on the scale and impact of Shout. William and Catherine heard that 75 per cent of people who contact Shout are under 25, and that the most frequent subjects raised in those conversations are suicide (37 per cent), depression (36 per cent), relationships (29 per cent), anxiety (31 per cent), isolation (19 per cent) and self-harm (17 per cent).

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met people who answered the royal couple’s public appeal to volunteer with the service. An amazing 13,000 people registered an interest with Shout following the appeal and 3,000 enrolled in training. Shout 85258 now has 1,500 Crisis Volunteers active on the platform with more training, graduating and joining the platform each week.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
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William and Catherine also met mental health campaigners, Shout staff members and supporters. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers who are at the heart of the service. They are trained to create a safe space for people experiencing mental health challenges. The programme is unique with the training and volunteering all done online, under the supervision of qualified clinicians. Working remotely, volunteers are part of a supportive and connected online community of 1,000, with the ambition of boosting that community to 4,000 by the end of the year.

Shout UK

During the event, the Duke and Duchess joined Shout volunteers,  who spend approximately 200 hours a year volunteering with Shout, in the theatre to watch a special performance before joining a group photo with volunteers to encourage everyone to spread the word about Shout. If you are in the UK and would like to volunteer then click here.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Ian Russell, whose daughter Molly took her own life after viewing graphic material on Instagram. William and Catherine pledged their support to the grieving family. Roya Nikka on Twitter reported that “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continue to lend their support to the family of Molly Russell, who took her own life at 14 after viewing images of self-harm on social media. Today William and Kate spoke with Molly’s father, Ian, William telling him: “If we can help you in any way, please let us know“.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
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Speaking at the event Prince William said, “Catherine and I, and Harry and Meghan couldn’t be more proud of what Shout has accomplished. We’re hugely proud and hugely grateful to all of you for being part of this.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
Kensington Palace Instagram

Before leaving, Duchess was presented with a beautiful posy.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Smythe Blazer, Joseph Trouse, Gianvito Rossi Pumps with Mappin & Webb earrings and necklace to the Shout UK Volunteer celebrations
Shout UK

For the day, stepping away from her signature style, Duchess of Cambridge opted a very chic and smart look.

Smythe 2 Button Blazer
Smythe 2 Button Blazer

She brought back her Smythe 2 Button Blazer that she first wore to the Coach Core Facilities in Essex in October 2018.

Duchess of Cambridge UFO White Top
UFO White Top

Underneath the blazer, she was wearing a white top that looks like her white silk top she wore in December 2018 during Cyprus visit.  Thanks to Pranjali Pandey for noticing it.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Joseph Zoom cady slim pants to the Shout UK Volunteer Celebratiosn in London
Joseph Zoom cady slim pants

The new element of today’s look was Joseph Zoom cady slim red pants. (Ided by Emma and Caroline Parr on Twitter). The $515 pants available now for $360 are described as, “slim-fitting Zoom pants from Joseph will anchor an array of looks, from day to night. Presented in a ruby hue, this Italian-made design is shaped with a mid-rise fit and falls into straight legs that slightly taper toward the ankle”.

It looks like Duchess was wearing $35.90 Zara Leather Belt with Buckle.

Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps
Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps

Catherine was wearing her Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps debuted in March 2019 for the first time when she visited Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre.

Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings
Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings
Mappin & Webb Empress Diamond Pendant Necklace
Mappin & Webb Empress Diamond Pendant Necklace

Duchess of Cambridge finished her look with Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings and Mappin & Webb Empress Diamond Pendant Necklace.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Shout UK volunteer celebration
Kensington Palace Instagram

I will leave you with this lovely photograph of Catherine shared by the Kensington Palace on its Instagram page. Next, we will see Duchess on Friday at the opening of the NOOK.

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The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Annual Remembrance Day Service

Duchess of Cambridge at the remembrande day service in 2019
Duchess of Cambridge at the remembrande day service in 2019
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Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the British Queen Elizabeth II and the members of the Royal Family to honour the brave soldiers who laid their lives for nation during World War. Remembrance Day Service is one of the most sombre events of the Royal Calender.

Duchess of Cambridge at Remembrance Day service
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Every year at Whitehall, British Monarch lays the wreath at The Cenotaph memorial in central London’s Whitehall to pay tribute to country’s war dead on Remembrance Day, a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919. The Cenotaph was unveiled by King George V on 11 November 1920 at the same ceremony which saw the Unknown Warrior laid to rest.

Duchess of Cambridge at the remembrande day service in 2019
The Royal Family

This year’s service also marks the great battles of Monte Cassino, Kohima & Imphal and D-Day in 1944 (end of the Second World War) and remembring the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought these battles.

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The Queen and The Royal Family were joined by the more than 10,000 people from across the country on the Mall and made their way around St James’ Park for Remembrance Sunday as part of a ‘nation’s thank you’ to those who fought in the Great War. World War Two veteran Ron Freer, 104, who is blind, will be the oldest person marching at the Cenotaph this year.

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On behalf of Her Majesty, Prince of Wales Charles laid the wreath at Cenotaph. An Equerry laid a wreath on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh.

Duchess of Cambridge at the remembrande day service in 2019
The Royal Family

Her Majesty the Queen was joined by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, both future Queen Consorts, at the balcony of Foreign Office.

Duchess of Cambridge at the remembrande day service in 2019
Kensington Palace Twitter

Prince William and Prince Harry followed their father and laid wreaths at Cenotaph to honour the fallen soldiers followed by politicians and dignitaries while Queen watched from the balcony.

 

The service began with a 2 minutes silence marked by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery’s single shot on Horse Guards Parade. The silence was ended by a gun salute and the Royal Marines buglers sounding the Last Post. This year marks 100 years since the first two-minute silence on November 11, 1919, marking the moment the First World War came to an end a year earlier. Starting at the same time as the two-minute silence, the service at the Cenotaph honoured the armed forces community, British and Commonwealth veterans, the allies who fought alongside the UK and the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two world wars and later conflicts.

A video of the service.

Duchess of Cambridge at the remembrande day service in 2019 wore black military style coat, philip treacy hat, Queen's Bahrain earrings and the codebreakers brooch
The Royal Family

It was Catherine’s 9th attendance at the annual event. She has attended it every year since her wedding in 2011. For the day, Duchess of Cambridge chose another military-style black coat. As per the Daily Mail report it was a from Catherine’s go-to designer Alexander McQueen.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Black Philip Treacy hat at the 2019 remembrance day service
Black Philip Treacy hat/ The Royal Family

She was wearing a black Philip Treacy velvet hat with a veil. Thanks to Gabi on Twitter for the id. It looks like the black version of her pink Philip Treacy hat she wore at the wedding of Princess Eugenie in October 2018.

Queen's Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings
Queen’s Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings

Duchess paired her look with Queen’s Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings. Duchess was also seen picking up a black clutch after the service. Due to the lack of clear pictures, I could not identify it.

Duchess of Cambridge wore The Codebreakers Brooch
The Codebreakers Brooch

Catherine honoured her GrandMother and Great Aunts who worked during World War II as Codebreakers at Bletchley Park by wearing the Codebreakers brooch. The £29.99 brooch is inspired by the rotors of the Enigma machines, from which Allied cryptologists successfully decrypted a vast number of enemy messages during the Second World War, the Codebreakers brooch is an extraordinary tribute to the work of those in signal intelligence.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual Festival of Remembrance with the Royal family. Next, we will see her on November 15th at the opening of the Nook. The beginning and end of the two minutes’ silence will be marked by the firing of a gun by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen at the Annual Festival of Remembrance

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and the members of the British Royal Family to lead the nation during the period of remembrance, The Royal Family attended the annual Festival of Remembrance hosted by the Royal British Legion at the Royal Albert Hall.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
Kensington Palace Twitter

The royals joined the family members of army men and women to remember the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth from so many different nations, cultures, religions and communities who came together and stood shoulder to shoulder to defend our freedom and way of life.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual festival of remembrance
The British Legion

This years’ Festival of Remembrance is marking 75th anniversaries of the great battles of Monte Cassino, Kohima & Imphal and D-Day in 1944 (end of the Second World War) and remembring the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought these battles.

 

The festival also marks the 100 anniversary of GCHQ and the role of the secret services whose courage and work is so often unknown. Government Communications Headquarters, commonly known as GCHQ, is an intelligence and security organisation responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance to the government and armed forces of the United Kingdom. There was a unique tribute to the some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944.

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Tonight was the 92nd Festival of Remembrance since its birth in 1927. Every year since 1927, The Royal British Legion’s annual festival commemorates the British soldiers who laid their lives for nation during World War at Royal Albert Hall on the eve of the Remembrance Sunday – the second Sunday of November.

The Royal British Legion

It includes a matinee open to members of the public and an evening event for members of the Legion, their families, officials and royals.

History of The Royal Festival of Remembrance
The Royal Albert Hall

The very first Festival of Remembrance was called ‘In Memory 1914-1918 – A Cenotaph In Sound’, in aid of The British Legion on Field Marshal Earl Haig’s Appeal for Ex-Service Men of all Ranks, and was held on 11 November 1923. A royal delegate including HRH The Prince of Wales was in attendance to hear John Foulds’ new composition, A World Requiem: A Cenotaph in Sound, performed by a chorus and orchestra.

History of The Royal Festival of Remembrance
The Royal Albert Hall

In 1927 the concert was simply renamed the Remembrance Festival’ and featured community songs including Pack up Your TroublesTake Me Back to Dear Old Blighty, and Tipperary. The event ended with a service that has now become familiar, featuring The Last Post and ending in God Save the King/Queen.

The Royal Albert Hall

Her Majesty who took the patronage of Royal British Legion in 1952, made her first visit to the Hall aged 26, following her accession to the throne, on 8 November 1952 for the British Legion Festival of Remembrance. Since then she has missed only 2 events.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal Family

It was not until 1971 that the British Legion were permitted to use the prefix ‘royal’, following a Royal Charter bestowed to the organisation on 29 May 1971. The festival was promptly renamed Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which it has proudly held every year since then. Although the festival was originally only intended to honour those who died in the First World War, it now includes tributes to the war dead from more recent conflicts.

History of Royal Albert Hall Hammercloth
The Royal Albert Hall

The Monarch and the members of the Royal Family watch the festival from the royal box of the hall. A very interesting fact about the royal box is that whenever the reigning monarch visits the Hall, the hammer cloth –  a beautiful and very heavy velvet curtain bearing the Royal Coat of Arms and the initials of the reigning monarch of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, is hung from the balcony in the Royal Box and taken down immediately after the visit. The currently used hammer cloth was made by the Royal School of Needlework(RSN) in 1876- the date is embroidered on the lower left of its hem. Learn more about the hammer cloth here. You can find out more about the historical event at the official website of the Royal Albert Hall here.

Royal Family attended the annual Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall
The Royal British Legion

During the remembrance period, the members of the royal family wear a red poppy. The red poppy is a sign of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. Click here to support the appeal.

The Royal British Legion

The event began once the Queen took her seat in the royal box with her family. The British Royal Family has a very strong relationship with the country’s Military – The Duke of Edinburgh served in Navy for a long time, The Duke of Cambridge was a helicopter pilot serving the rescue team, Prince Harry served during the Afghanistan war 2 times, Prince Andrew served during the Falkland Wars.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box. The three brothers of Duchess of Cambridge ‘s great-grandmother fought and died in the first world war. Catherine visited the Imperial War Museum last year to learn more about them. Her grandmother Valerie Glassborow and Great Aunt Mary worked at the Bletchley Park during the Second World War. She visited Bletchley Park earlier this year to mark the D-Day.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance

Huw Edwards – a Welsh journalist, presenter, and newsreader, was the host of the evening. He welcomed the gathering with the opening remark, “At this year’s Festival, we’ll be pay tribute tonight to the WW2 generation… and we’ll be marking some of the notable campaigns of 1944, which changed the course of the war.”

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion

The performances included Louise Dearman who opened the event with a performance of ‘The Impossible Dream’ with the Tri-Service Band after which the Personnel from RFA Mounts Bay – who delivered essential aid to people in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, enter the Royal Albert Hall.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion

The Torch of Remembrance was carried by 3rd Officer Sarah Stevens.  The citation was read by Captain Rob Anders, Commanding Officer of RFA Mounts Bay, “We honour the Commonwealth nations and our allies who joined Britain in defending its freedoms, values and way of life.”

The Royal British Legion

Next, the Band of HM Royal Marines performed Norwegian Pirate.

The Royal British Legion

Colin Thackery & Chelsea Pensioners Choir performed The Old Brigade for the entrance of the Chelsea Pensioners. Introducing the commemorations of the battles that took place towards the end of the war in 1944, Hue Edwards said, “It’s been three-quarters of a century since 1944 – the pivotal year in the allied effort of WW2.”

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion

Sharing their experiences and recollections of the Italian campaign, the Monte Cassino veterans James Knox and Otton Hulacki said, “Churchill made the mistake of calling it the soft belly of Europe.” Daniel Mays read the Red Poppies at Monte Cassino poem as a newsreel of the battle plays.

The Royal British Legion

44 veterans representing the battles and campaigns fought during 1944, from Arnhem to Warsaw, were joined on the floor by currently serving personnel to rousing and emotional applause.

The Royal British Legion

Next, Jeff Goldblum took to the stage to perform a very beautifully choreographed rendition of ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’.

The Royal British Legion

After the artistically stunning performance, Blake Kubena and Jessica Aizlewood read the stories of Berlin Blockade. Then the candy bomber 99-years old Gail Halvorsen and Berliner Vera Mitschrich, who were on either side of the blockade as a young child in Berlin during the war, met each other on stage.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
Kensington Palace Instagram

They were welcomed with emotional but happy applause from the gathering and the royal family. From the British Legion’s website,

The Berlin Blockade was the firing pistol that began the Cold War. The Second World War allies occupying a divided Germany, and a divided Berlin, were no longer able to bridge the ideological divide of the democratic and capitalist West and the totalitarian and communist East. This divide was to have far-reaching consequences both for the people of West Berlin and for the rest of Europe.

In June 1948 Britain, France and the USA announced they would unite western Germany, creating a new free and democratic country, with a new currency, the Deutschemark. The Soviet Union fearing a united democratic western Germany announced that the joint administration of Berlin would end and on 24 June began a blockade of West Berlin, cutting off all land routes and waterways in and out of the city.

To break the blockade and to deter future Soviet aggression on 26 June Britain, the US and France began flying in supplies to the over 2,000,000 citizens of West Berlin. It was to be the largest airlift in history and the first recognisable humanitarian operation carried out by the Armed Forces.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion

After the performance of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the families of the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the war entered the hall.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion

JJ Doherty had wanted to be a Paratrooper from a young age. He was killed by a Taliban attack just 2 days after his 20th birthday. His brother Fin leads the bereaved families. James Blunt, who once served in the army alongside Prince Harry, performed a very emotional song ‘Monsters’.

The Royal British Legion

As the flags of the Commonwealth Countries entered the hall and the drums were laid, Leona Lewis performed ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. Royal Brisith Legion President Lt General James Bashall gave the exhortation at the festival.

The event ended with the sound of the Last post. A two minutes silence was observed as the poppies fell on everyone.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the Festival of Remembrance
The Royal Family

Duchess of Cambridge opted for a navy dress. The calf-length dress, that is a new addition to her wardrobe was topped with a black velvet belt. The dress could be a bespoke piece but the label is still unidentified. I personally believe it could be a Jenny Packham number as the silhouette of the dress matches with her Jenny Packham Black Fern Dress.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Zara Sparkly Headband at The annual Festival of Remembrance
Zara Sparkly Headband

Catherine debuted a new black headband tonight. She chose Zara Sparkly Padded Headband. Thanks to Kristen and Katie on Twitter for the id.  The Padded headband with tonal sparkly appliqué is available online for US$29.90

Duchess of Cambridge wore Jimmy Choo Black Velvet Romy Pumps at the festival of remembrance
Jimmy Choo Black Velvet Romy Pumps

She was wearing her Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Pumps debuted at the same event in 2018.

Duchess of Cambridge carried a new black Alexander McQueen Clutch at the festival of remembrance
Alexander McQueen Clutch/Chris Jackson via Getty Images

Catherine carried a new black Alexander McQueen Clutch. Thanks to Gabi on twitter for the id. The clutch looks like the bespoke piece that has the same clasp as the Alexander Mcqueen Beetle Box Clutch.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Queen’s Diamond and Pearl Small Earrings
Canadian Heritage

Duchess of Cambridge finished her look with Queen’s Diamond and Pearl Small Earrings that she first wore in September 2016 during Canada tour.

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Catherine paid the tribute to the fallen with three poppies pinned on what looked like her Oak Leaf Acorn Brooch.

Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty for the Festival of Remembrance

A look back at the 2017 and 2018’s festival of remembrance.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and Royal Family for the Annual Royal Festival of Remembrance

The events like this festival just not honour the fallen and their families but also important to make sure the coming generations know what was the cost of the lives they are having today. Tomorrow the Royal Family will attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service on Whitehall along with more than 10,000 veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces.

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