We royal three - William, Kate and Harry during events marking World Mental Health Day
(photo Kensington Palace Instagram
There was a big wheel, there was a photo booth, there was a very serious message. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry took part in events marking World Mental Health day today and reinforced the message of their Heads Together campaign, that emotional and physical wellbeing are equally important.
The royals were out and about in London for World Mental Health Day which took first aid as its theme. The focus was on how people help friends and family who need emotional support and mental health first aid.
The day began for William, Kate and Harry at County Hall on the banks of the Thames where their Heads Together campaign had gathered together some of the charities and organisations which fall under its umbrella.
The royal trio heard about the support that's available for those who are helping a loved one through mental health issues. And they each made a short speech with Kate telling the audience that along with her husband and brother in law, she felt it was a duty to shine a spotlight on emotional wellbeing.
The Duke of Cambridge went on to say that in the six months since Heads Together launched, the three of them had seen the difference that a listening ear can make.
"On the @heads_together journey so far we have seen the difference that a listening ear can make to people’s lives" - The Duke on #WMHD16 pic.twitter.com/MIO3chk3g2— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 10, 2016
Prince Harry came back to a message that has been at the heart of the campaign - that talking about mental health and admitting support is needed isn't a weakness. He said that it was time to end the shame around mental health as well as the judgement and fear that stops people asking for support.
Prince Harry: "It's time we ended the shame around mental health – the fear of judgment that stops people talking or getting help" #WMHD16 pic.twitter.com/TLHkRHPVX2— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 10, 2016
And like the well brought up royals that they are, they joined others in saying thank you to those who provide support. There was a photobooth at the event for people to hop in and hold up the name of someone who had helped them at a difficult time. And once the pictures were out of the way, it was time for the big wheel.
The London Eye was all about Heads Together today. Not only did it get special royal visitors, its capsules were emblazoned with the Heads Together logo and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry enjoyed a ride on it with representatives from different mental health organisations.
Late this evening, the London Eye lit up purple to mark World Mental Health Day. It was another way to draw attention to its important message - just as the presence of William, Kate and Harry had done throughout the day.