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Duke of Cambridge to Launch Exciting New Mental Health Campaign

The Duke of Cambridge Will Attend The FA Cup Final
Prince William stands behind the FA Cup trophy before the Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, 2016.


Wembley Stadium, London

Wednesday 15th May, 2019

The Duke of Cambridge, President of the Football Association (FA), will attend the launch of an exciting new mental health campaign at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 15th May.

The new initiative will harnesses the power of football to get more people – particularly men – to feel comfortable talking about their mental health, and feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times. It will also support the important work which is already taking place across the UK to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

At Wembley, The Duke will join a discussion with grassroots football players, coaches and fans from clubs across the country, before delivering a speech to launch the new campaign.

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A Speech by The Duke of Cambridge at United for Wildlife Joint Taskforce Meeting


A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at a United for Wildlife Joint Taskforce meeting

Thank you William.

When we embarked on this work, bringing the private sector together with law enforcement, governments and NGOs, our collective ambition was to build something that would significantly disrupt the illegal wildlife trade.

Three years ago, we started with just 12 members from the transport sector. Today there are more than 150 members across the transport and finance sectors; a transportation taskforce that spans the globe; and a financial taskforce that has quickly followed suit.

Together, taskforce members have trained over fifty-five-thousand industry employees. And you have raised awareness of wildlife crime by painting our message on planes and helping campaigns around the world.

You have supported 52 law investigations, 10 trafficker arrests and played a part in seizing half-a-million dollars’ worth of illegal animal products.

Today has been incredibly reaffirming.

Hearing from people like Krissie, the two Davids, Tim and Allan has shown that we’re on the right path.

It has taken a lot of hard work – and real commitment – to get to the point where you are all sitting here together today.

And we should all feel proud that we’re starting to see an impact.

But it’s just that. The start.

For although we have made progress, we are barely scratching the surface of what we can achieve. So let today be a catalyst for our renewed ambition.

The scale of what we are dealing with remains deeply worrying. In the last four months there have been nine significant seizures in South East Asian countries alone involving tonnes of pangolin scales, rhino horns and ivory.

We should count all of these seizures as successes in the fight against this crime. But for every container that is intercepted, or every suspicious payment that is flagged, hundreds more go undetected.

And when containers are found, too often the real perpetrators slip away. It is only through continued, committed partnership between transport companies, the financial sector, and law enforcement – who I know are represented in the room today – that we will bring these criminals to justice through successful prosecutions.

You are all experts in your field. You have the knowledge and tools to do something about this problem. And you are here collectively because you also believe in your organisation’s power to make a difference.

I have stood at meetings like this many times over the years, where we have all discussed how important we think it is to end the illegal wildlife trade, and all shared our fears for the future.

But we must, we must ensure these words become action. We must start to see the people behind this evil crime behind bars.

So let’s make moments like today count.

When we all meet again, I look forward to hearing about even more progress.

It is possible – we all know this. It just takes sustained effort, focus and collaboration.

Thank you.

The Earl of Wessex Visits Slovenia, North Macedonia and Croatia

The Countess of Wessex
The Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, James Viscount Severn and the Earl of Wessex arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.


From 14th to 17th May 2019

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex will undertake official visits to Slovenia, North Macedonia and Croatia from Tuesday 14th May to Friday 17th May at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Slovenia: Tuesday 14th May to Wednesday 15th May

In Slovenia, His Royal Highness will mark the first ‘UK-Slovenia Friendship Day’ with the President of the Republic of Slovenia, in recognition of the enduring partnership between the two nations. The Earl and the President will speak at a ceremony commemorating Slovene villagers who cared for fallen RAF airmen during World War Two. His Royal Highness will be the Guest of Honour at the British Embassy’s Queen’s Birthday Party at Ljubljana Castle, and will also join the President and over two hundred young Slovenians at a Duke of Edinburgh International Award event. His Royal Highness will afterwards meet local business leaders and discuss how the business community can encourage non-formal learning to develop future skills, an ethos supported by the DofE International Award.

North Macedonia: Wednesday 15th May to Thursday 16th May

The Earl’s visit to North Macedonia will draw attention to the strong cultural links between the UK and North Macedonia and celebrate examples of the UK’s support for the country in establishing stability and prosperity, particularly for the next generation. During The Earl’s visit, His Royal Highness will meet the new President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, and will attend a reception with young leaders and opinion formers, accompanied by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. The Earl will also visit a kindergarten to see a programme implemented by UNICEF which aims to enhance early childhood development and promote inclusive behaviour at a primary school age, giving way to greater social cohesion in future years. His Royal Highness will also attend an event with young people working on sustainable solutions for urban planning, fashion and biodiversity and hear about education initiatives running in schools with the support of the British Council. The Earl’s visit to North Macedonia comes exactly 13 years after His Royal Highness opened the new British Embassy in Skopje, on 16th May 2006.

Croatia: Thursday 16th May to Friday 17th May

In Croatia, The Earl will undertake engagements which celebrate the rich history of shared learning and endeavours and the ongoing partnership between the two nations, in defence, trade and cultural exchange. The Earl will visit the Diocletian Palace in the Old Town of Split and attend a NATO dinner celebrating partnership with Croatia in defence and security, with senior representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and Croatian armed forces. The Earl will meet students at Split’s First Gimnazija music academy to mark a 25- year collaboration with Dover’s Astor College. The Earl will visit ICE Marine Design’s new office, a UK venture aimed at boosting the local economy. The Earl will also visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see the works of the famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, who exhibited in the V&A in London in 1915. His Royal Highness will conclude the visit by meeting Professor Miroslav Radman, a renowned scientist carrying out microbiological research in collaboration with Cambridge University.

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Duke of Sussex to Take Part in Sentebale Polo Cup

Royal visit to Singapore and Australia
The Duke of Sussex will take part in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Roma Polo Club, Rome

The Duke of Sussex to take part in the Sentebale Polo Cup

Roma Polo Club, Rome

Friday 24th May, 2019

The Duke of Sussex will take part in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Roma Polo Club, Rome, on Friday 24th May.

The charity match will help raise funds and awareness for Sentebale, of which His Royal Highness is Patron. Sentebale was founded by The Duke and Prince Seeiso in 2006 to help the most vulnerable children and young people in southern Africa get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Through programmes of education, care and psychosocial support, the charity supports thousands of youth affected by HIV in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.

The match will see The Duke of Sussex play on the Sentebale St. Regis team captained by Sentebale Ambassador Nacho Figueras, against a U.S. Polo Assn team that will be captained by Malcolm Borwick.

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Duke of Cambridge to Attend 2019 Emirates FA Cup Final

The Duke of Cambridge Will Attend The FA Cup Final
Prince William stands behind the FA Cup trophy before the Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, 2016.



Saturday 18th May, 2019

The Duke of Cambridge, President of The Football Association, will attend the 2019 Emirates FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium, and will present the trophy to the winners.

The 2019 Emirates FA Cup Final will be the 138th edition of the world’s most famous domestic cup competition.

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Her Majesty to Mark 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landings

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Durslade Farm in Bruton, Somerset


Wednesday, 5th June 2019

Her Majesty The Queen will attend the National Commemorative Event to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth. Further details will be confirmed in due course.

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Duke of York to Visit South Korea

Members of The Royal Family Outfit Details
The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice (right) and Princess Eugenie (left) arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.


 12th May to 16th May 2019

His Royal Highness The Duke of York will visit South Korea from 12th to 16th May 2019, undertaking a programme of official engagements in Seoul and Andong.

Twenty years after Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s State Visit to South Korea, The Duke will visit Hahoe Village in Andong City, revisiting The Queen’s programme here from April 1999.

While in Seoul, The Duke’s visit will encompass his core areas of focus; Business and Entrepreneurship, and Science, Technology and Engineering. Committed to supporting the development of Entrepreneurship globally, HRH will host the first ever Pitch@Palace event in South Korea on 15th May. Founded by The Duke in 2014 to provide a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of Entrepreneurs, Pitch@Palace helps to guide and connect early-stage businesses with potential supporters.

At the event, 15 Entrepreneurs will Pitch their innovative tech business ideas to an Audience of influencers who have the ability to catapult their businesses to the next level. Pitch@Palace South Korea 1.0 will showcase some of the best Entrepreneurial talent from across South Korea on a broad technology theme, including Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Medical Technology and Blockchain.

HRH will also attend the Asian Leadership Conference; an annual international conference which seeks to address pressing issues facing Asia today.

The Duke of York has previously visited South Korea on three occasions, most recently in September 2008, and prior to that in November 2005 and April 2001. Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh undertook a State Visit to South Korea from 18th April to 22nd April 1999, visiting Seoul and Andong.

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Duke of Cambridge to Speak at First United for Wildlife Joint Taskforce Meeting

The Duke of Cambridge with Naomi Doak from United for Wildlife, and Head of Conservation Programmes at the Royal Foundation, on his visit to Tanzania.


Royal Geographical Society, London

Tuesday 14th May, 2019

The Duke of Cambridge will attend a joint meeting of the United for Wildlife taskforces for the financial and transport sector, on Tuesday 14th May. The meeting will be the first time the two groups have come together and will explore what more the 120 members can do to work together to combat illegal wildlife trade.

United for Wildlife is a programme run by The Royal Foundation, working to combat the illegal trade in animal products around the world by bringing together conservation organisations, law enforcement, governments and global corporations.

The meeting will be chaired by Lord William Hague, and will include contributions from members of each taskforce to give examples of how they work and how law enforcement is able to take their information and use it in building a prosecution against traffickers.

His Royal Highness will attend the joint meeting and make a speech to close the session. He will also meet with representatives from member organisations.

Since the formation of the Taskforces, they have supported 52 law investigations, contributed to 10 trafficker arrests and assisted in over $500,000 USD of seizures.

The Transport Taskforce was formed in 2014 to engage the transport sector in identifying and developing relevant and targeted solutions to wildlife trafficking, including increasing awareness, reporting and enforcement. Then, in 2018, the financial sector was brought together to form the Financial Taskforce which is committed to sharing resources and intelligence in a bid to disrupt the illegal income generated by trafficking.

The United for Wildlife Joint Taskforce meeting will highlight the benefits of bringing the transport and finance industries together to fight illegal wildlife trade and will showcase some of the successes we have already seen through their approach.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Launch Shout


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launch Shout

  • Free text messaging service aims to provide 24/7 support for anyone experiencing mental health crisis
  • New national service, established by Mental Health Innovations in partnership with Crisis Text Line, supported by The Royal Foundation, and viewed as a part of Heads Together legacy
  • The Duke of Cambridge uses a video message to call on people to join the national volunteer community.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have today 10th May announced the launch of Shout, a new text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis.

Shout operates 24/7 and connects people in need to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed; enabling them to move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support. As texting is private and silent, it opens up a whole new way to find help. It provides instant support – you can have a conversation at any time – at school, at home, on the bus, anywhere. This service is for everyone, but for younger people especially, texting is a trusted and familiar form of communication, and using text rather than apps makes it simple and accessible for everyone with a phone.

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.

In a video The Duke of Cambridge launched an appeal for people to apply as volunteers. Applicants should be over 18, have access to a computer and secure internet connection and be able to commit to 25 hours initial training and make an ongoing commitment to volunteer two to four hours each week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day. Over the last few months Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes. We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future.

“At the heart of this service will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis. We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special.”

Victoria Hornby, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Innovations, said: “The Heads Together campaign highlighted the desire for greater openness around mental health. We know that tools are needed to have conversations about mental health and to support people in times of crisis. At Shout, we are using technology to provide a safe space for anyone who needs it to have conversations wherever they are and whenever they need someone to talk to. We also want to make it easier for people to volunteer, to ensure this service can continue to grow and reach those who need it. Through conversations with our charity partners, the sector agrees that demand for help and advice is growing as the urgent crisis in mental health continues in the UK. The success of Crisis Text Line in the US speaks for itself and we hope that it will prove equally beneficial to the mental health support services sector in the UK.”

The launch of Shout in the UK is a result of the commitment made by Their Royal Highnesses during their Heads Together campaign to support conversations on mental health. Shout was researched and developed within Their Royal Highnesses charity The Royal Foundation, which initiated conversations with Crisis Text Line in the US about bringing this proven model to the UK. This is the biggest initiative of The Royal Foundation to date and led to Mental Health Innovations (MHI) being established in October 2017 with a £3 million grant. MHI is the first charity dedicated to digital innovation to support mental health and will develop emerging technology for the sector.

Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of The Royal Foundation said: “Our unique model and the influence of Their Royal Highnesses has enabled us to develop this innovative solution to tackle one of today’s biggest challenges – the increasing number of people needing mental health support. The pilot stages have demonstrated the huge need for this service and the potential impact it can have. We wish all the volunteers and everyone in the Shout team every success as they build this pioneering project.”

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.

Nancy Lublin, Founder and CEO Crisis Text Line, said: “We are proud of the work Crisis Text Line and our Crisis Counselors has done in the United States to ease the pain of Americans. If other world leaders will follow the lead of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, together, we can end this epidemic of emotional crisis.”

MHI has committed to providing the support of Shout to a wide range of mental health charities to increase the capacity and the efficiency of the sector. Working with charity partners over the past year, Shout has already supported more than 60,000 conversations in its first year. The first charity to partner with Shout to deliver the service to its users was The Mix, the UK’s leading support service for young people.

Chris Martin, Chief Executive Officer, The Mix, said: “As the UK’s only wholly digital support service for young people we know just how important it is to provide help in the online spaces that young people turn to first. By working with Mental Health Innovations and Crisis Text Line we are proud to have helped to launch this innovative, volunteer led service to UK, ensuring young people have the lifesaving opportunity to get immediate crisis support through The Mix. Crisis Messenger massively compliments our early intervention approach through digital and – by engaging with young people at scale – offers us the opportunity to gain insight some of the drivers behind poor mental health.”

MHI has partnered with the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London to develop insights into mental health and to enable us to collaboratively build the next generations of digital tools and products for mental health. The service will provide unparalleled, up to date information for academics, clinicians and the mental health sector more generally.

Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, said: “There is a growing UK mental health crisis, with soaring demand outstripping the capacity of traditional sources of help. At the same time, the rapid growth of digital innovations in health is opening up a host of new opportunities to respond. The exciting partnership between the Institute of Global Health Innovation and Mental Health Innovations provides a unique opportunity to identify trends and harness the power of these digital tools to help shape the provision of these critical services.”

BBC Children in Need have been a core founding donor as part of A Million & Me, a new £10m three-year programme that will focus on children’s mental health. We are also grateful for the support of The Mohn Westlake Foundation.

For information about Shout, and volunteering opportunities please visit www.giveusashout.org.

The Duke of Sussex to Visit Oxford

The Duke of Sussex joins schoolchildren as they take part in a tree planting project in support of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, together with the Woodland Trust at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School, Acton.

The Duke of Sussex will visit Oxford

Tuesday, 14th May 2019

The Duke of Sussex will undertake engagements across Oxford on Tuesday 14th May 2019, visiting Oxford Children’s Hospital, OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, and Barton Neighbourhood Centre. These engagements will highlight the positive work underway in the area to support the needs of children, young people and adults.

Oxford Children’s Hospital is a purpose-built centre for the treatment of children and young adults, based at the John Radcliffe hospital site. During the visit, The Duke will meet children and young people receiving treatment and the staff who care for them, as well as supporters of Oxford Hospitals Charity. He will visit teenagers on a ward specifically tailored to the needs of young adults and meet 13-year-old Mikayla, a WellChild award winner, who previously met The Duke at the WellChild Awards in 2016. Before departing, The Duke will visit the hospital’s school to meet students continuing their studies whilst in hospital, as well as the teachers who support them.

The Duke will then visit OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre where he will meet people benefitting from the facilities offered by the centre, including those participating in Rebound Therapy and physiotherapy programmes, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate his visit. The inclusive centre has been supporting people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise for 30 years, offering rehabilitation sessions as well as fitness classes and gym facilities. The centre was opened in 1989 by Diana, Princess of Wales.

Finally, The Duke will visit Barton Neighbourhood Centre, a hub for local residents which houses a doctor’s surgery, food bank, café and youth club. Upon arrival, The Duke will have the opportunity to meet members of the public gathered outside. His Royal Highness will then learn more about work of Thrive Teams, a charity working in Barton, which aims to develop young leaders living in disadvantaged areas to effect lasting positive change within their communities. The Duke will meet young leaders from Thrive Teams, many of whom have successfully gone on to employment and further education. His Royal Highness will also visit the community food bank and café to learn more about what the service provides for local residents before officially re-opening the newly renovated Neighbourhood Centre.

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