Friday, 16 September 2016

William to the rescue on a visit to Essex

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Essex
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)

He's used to helping people in distress as part of his work as an air ambulance pilot but the Duke of Cambridge's latest rescue was slightly more ceremonial. William had to pick a Vice Lord Lieutenant up off the floor after the royal representative took a tumble at the start of a visit to Harlow in Essex.

Jonathan Douglas-Hughes was on hand to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Harlow where they were visiting Stewards Academy as part of their Heads Together campaign. As the royal visitors made their way from the car to the school, their host seemed to slip on the very wet pavement and ended up on his back. William quickly rushed to his aid and helped him to his feet while the Vice Lord-Lieutenant brushed himself down and apologised.

After that, it was business as usual as the royal visitors headed into the academy to talk to pupils, teachers and parents about the psychological and emotional pressures raised by returning to school, changing classes and trying to make new friends. They also heard about the way children help one another and the support services on offer.

Several of the pupils at the school made speeches at assemblies attended by the royal visitors while William and Kate also joined a class session on coping with the pressures of school.

Earlier today, the Duke of Cambridge spoke about the stress that can affect young people when they begin a new school and how parents have to help their children through what can be a difficult time. Referring to his own family, 

William said he was aware that he and Kate were on the brink of that big change themselves and said that children must be encouraged to talk about what is worrying them.

His blog was published on the Heads Together website just ahead of the visit to Stewards which is supported by Place2Be, one of the charities that makes up the initiative launched by William, Kate and Harry in April this year to increase awareness of mental health issues.

This is one of the last public engagements for William and Kate before they head to Canada for a week long tour. They will visit the country with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, between September 24th and October 1st 2016.

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