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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Mental Health Minute

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Mental Health Minute

This morning, to kick off #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, the #MentalHealthMinute was played on over 400 radio stations in the UK, connecting over 20 million people across the country. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Harry Kane, Anthony Joshua, Dua Lipa, and David Tennant joined forces with incredible volunteers and supporters of our charity partners to spread the important message that no matter how isolated you might be feeling, we’re all connected and you are not alone. So, take this moment to reach out to someone – let them know how you’re feeling, and ask them how they are too. And know that if you want to talk but aren’t sure where to turn, our charity partners are there for you with different services available all day, every day. Visit www.headstogether.org.uk to find out more. Radiocentre

Posted by Heads Together on Sunday, 17 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Mental Health Minute

Heads Together are proud to be a part of Mental Health Awareness Week, and support the incredible work of their charity partners and other individuals and organisations working to change the conversation on mental health.

This morning, they’re kicking it all off with the Mental Health Minute. For the third year running, Heads Together have teamed up with Radiocentre and at 10:59 today – Monday the 18th of May, the Mental Health Minute will play to over 20 million people across every radio station in the UK.

And this year, it’s bigger than ever, with more stations involved than ever before and an incredible group of people lined up to share this important message.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joined for the one minute message by England captain Harry Kane, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, and actor David Tennant, as well as inspiring mental health advocates, ambassadors and volunteers from our charity partners have come together to voice this important message.

Don’t miss it! Tune in at 10:59 this morning!

“If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk about it. Or if someone you know is acting differently, it’s OK to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message.” – The Duchess of Cambridge

Through the Mental Health Minute, Heads Together want to remind everyone that whoever you are and whatever you’re going through, we’re all connected and you are not alone.

It’s important you know that it’s ok to reach out for help if you need it, and their charity partners are there for you.

TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT HOW YOU’RE FEELING

Royal Family Marks International Nurses’ Day

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To mark International Nurses’ Day The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra have joined together to pay tribute to the world’s nurses, speaking with healthcare professionals working in Australia, India, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Bahamas, Cyprus, Tanzania and the UK.

On the calls, Members of The Royal Family spoke with nurses about the work they are doing, with many talking about the impact of Covid-19 and how they were coping with the pandemic. On each call, members of The Royal Family reiterated their thanks to nurses across the Commonwealth for the incredible work they do on a daily basis. 

Nurses and midwives make up half the global health care workforce and play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary community care.

The Royal Family have numerous nursing affiliations and Patronages. Her Majesty has links – as Royal Patron or President – with over 600 organisations which include the Canadian Nurses Association, Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps, Royal College of Nursing and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

On International Nurses Day, The Queen spoke with Professor Kathleen McCourt, the President of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, of which The Queen is Patron.

The Duchess of Cornwall marked International Nurses Day by writing a letter of support to nurses supported by Ronald Dahl’s Marvellous Children Charity, of which Her Royal Highness became Patron of in 2017. The Prince of Wales too has supported the vital work of our nurses too. In July 2019, The Prince launched the Royal College of Nursing which gives young members of uniformed organisations an introduction to a potential career in nursing. Prior to that, in 2018, His Royal Highness also hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate frontline nursing in the UK.

Over the week, The Duke of Cambridge spoke to nurses at The Royal Marsden of which he is President. The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron of Nursing Now, a global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing. 

This week Nursing Now helped facilitate calls with The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex to nurses in seven different Commonwealth countries, including Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC) in Sierra Leone. In January, The Countess visited AWC in FreeTown to see how it supports children and adult survivors of gender-based violence. Their Royal Highnesses also spoke nurses and medical staff in Queensland, Australia, India, Malawi, The Bahamas, Cyprus and The UK.

Over the weekend The Princess Royal called Tanzania to speak with the Programme Manager of a medical ship that provides facilities for those with little or no access to medical care, and is supported by the Vine Trust of which Her Royal Highness is Patron. 

Princess Alexandra, The Queen’s cousin, spoke to the head of the Naval Nursing Service in her role as Patron of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service. Her Royal Highness has long held associations with numerous medical charities including The Florence Nightingale Foundation, St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham and The British Red Cross Society. Since becoming Royal Parton of St Christopher’s Hospice in 1881, Princess Alexandra has visited every year since 1982 including in February 2020 to spend time with patients, their families and dedicated staff and volunteers.

Other members of The Royal Family such as The Duke and Duchess of Kent and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have proudly supported numerous medical charities such as the Royal Army Medical Corps, Medical Women’s Federation, The Royal Society of Medicine and St Leonard’s Hospice.

Royal’s Mark 75th Anniversary of VE Day

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Wartime Commemorations

Royal’s Mark 75th Anniversary of VE Day

On the 8th May 2020 at 11 am, The Prince of Wales accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall will lead the nation in two minutes’ silence to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Their Royal Highnesses will lead the silence from Scotland, which will be broadcast live by the BBC. 

Due to the Coronavirus, the BBC will be broadcasting a service from Westminster, starting at 10:50 am BST, where socially-distanced wreath-laying will take place.

A two-minute silence will follow at 11 am, with a re-broadcast of Winston Churchill’s speech at 14:45 pm, where people will be invited to stand up and raise a glass in a national toast, saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”.

And finally, at 21:00 pm, a pre-recorded message from Her Majesty The Queen will be broadcast.  

And if you’re wondering what VE Day is, here are some interesting facts…

  • Victory in Europe or VE Day on May 8th, 1945 saw Britain and its Allies formally accept Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender after almost six years of war.

    At 15:00, following Germany’s surrender the day before, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced on the radio that the war in Europe had come to an end.
  • In 1945, at the age of 18, The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, became a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and is the only surviving monarch in the world to have served in the Second World War.
  • Following the German surrender, spontaneous celebrations broke out across the length and breadth of the country, and the then Princess, and her sister Princess Margaret, ventured out of Buckingham Palace with a group of friends, in secret, to experience the excitement in London.
    The Queen described it as “one of the most memorable nights of my life”.

To keep up with the day’s activities and to let us know how you will be celebrating, please visit us on Facebook or Twitter

We hope you’ll join us in saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”.

Wartime Commemorations

Happy 1st Birthday Archie

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex share video of Meghan reading “Duck! Rabbit!” to Archie. The video was released in support of Save the Children UK

A Very Happy 1st Birthday to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Can you believe it’s been one whole year since we welcomed the son of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world!

To say it’s been a year of changes for Prince Harry and Meghan is a slight understatement, but while they settle into their new lives, we’re celebrating Archie’s first birthday with a few fun first facts. 

  • As the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, little Archie was introduced to Her Majesty and Prince Philip at only two days old. The Queen and Prince Philip were also the first members of the Royal Family to meet the new addition. 
  • Archie embarked on his first Royal Tour at the young age of four months old. The family tour to Southern Africa included a special meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who joked that the four month old is “going to be a ladies’ man”.
  • Another exciting milestone for Archie was his first glimpse of snow! Prince Harry revealed the news at a private Sentebale fundraiser in January, saying: “It has also been a privilege to meet so many of you, and to feel your excitement for our son Archie, who saw snow for the first time the other day and thought it was bloody brilliant!”

As always, we’d love to hear your birthday messages for Archie, so please be sure to visit us on Facebook or Twitter to share your special message.

Below are birthday messages from Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge…


And a bit of a throwback to last year, when we first heard the exciting news…

Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte

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Princess Charlotte 5th Birthday Credit: The Duchess of Cambridge

A Very Happy 5th Birthday to HRH Princess Charlotte

Today we’re celebrating the fifth birthday of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, born on the 2nd May 2015 at St Mary’s Hospital, London.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have very kindly released four images to mark Her Royal Highness’s special day. 

The images were taken by The Duchess as the family helped to pack up and deliver food packages for isolated pensioners in the local area.

Princess Charlotte 5th Birthday Credit: The Duchess of Cambridge
Princess Charlotte 5th Birthday Credit: The Duchess of Cambridge
Princess Charlotte 5th Birthday Credit: The Duchess of Cambridge

To celebrate Princess Charlotte’s special day, we’re sharing some fun facts you may not know about the birthday girl!

Like many children her age, Princess Charlotte loves unicorns!
During an official visit to mark Emergency Services Day in 2019, The Duke of Cambridge commented on a piece of art, created by children of firefighters, saying, “My daughter loves unicorns. Loves them. Very cool.”

Proud dad, Prince William, has also been reported telling the Prime Minister of Malta that Princess Charlotte “loves dancing.” 

The Duchess of Cambridge also shared that she’s a keen gymnast, “Charlotte is really into gymnastics, she’s doing cartwheels, handstands, everything. It’s so good for their basic skills of balance and coordination.” The proud Duchess shared this during an official royal visit to Ireland in 2020.

Thanks to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis’ Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, the five-year-old is reported to be “already chatting away in Spanish.” 

A Royal insider shared that, “William, who speaks five languages — English, French, Swahili, Welsh and Gaelic  — asked Maria to introduce Spanish to the kids at an early age so that it would come naturally to them and it’s worked.”

As always, we’d love to hear your birthday messages for Princess Charlotte, so please be sure to visit us on Facebook or Twitter to share your special message.

The Duchess of Cornwall Marks International Dance Day

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To mark International Dance Day, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has recorded a video conversation with Dame Darcey Bussell DBE, President of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Angela Rippon CBE, Ambassador for the organisation’s Silver Swans initiative. Today the RAD have also announced Her Royal Highness as their new Vice-Patron. Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron of the Academy since 1953. 

In the video, Her Royal Highness discusses the importance of active ageing and her own experience participating in Silver Swans, an initiative created specially for older learners using ballet to improve mobility, posture, coordination and energy levels. During the current crisis, the Royal Academy of Dance have launched a free online series of Silver Swans classes, with a new video available every Wednesday via their website and social media channels. 

The Duchess of Cornwall previously visited the RAD’s headquarters in Battersea in February 2018, where she met a group of Silver Swans students and watched performances by participants from the organisations other programmes. These included Project B, an initiative to encourage boys into ballet, and a teacher training demonstration. 

During Their Royal Highnesses’ tour to New Zealand in 2019, The Duchess visited a Silver Swans class at a Salvation Army Centre in Christchurch.

Happy Birthday Prince Louis

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Prince Louis' 2nd Birthday Photo credit: The Duchess of Cambridge

A Very Happy 2nd Birthday to Prince Louis of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released photographs of Prince Louis to celebrate his second birthday.

The images were taken earlier this month by The Duchess of Cambridge at Anmer Hall.

It appears the Prince had a wonderful time getting creative and making rainbows!

Prince Louis’ 2nd Birthday Photo credit: The Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Louis’ 2nd Birthday
Photo credit: The Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Louis’ 2nd Birthday
Photo credit: The Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Louis’ 2nd Birthday
Photo credit: The Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Louis’ 2nd Birthday Photo credit: The Duchess of Cambridge

Clarence House has also sent Prince Louis a birthday message and shared a special photograph of The Prince of Wales hugging the young Prince.

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

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Happy Birthday to The Queen

Thank you for your messages today, on The Queen’s 94th birthday. 🎈🎉 Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest reigning Monarch in British History. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Happy birthday, Your Majesty! In this private footage from the Royal Collection Trust, we see The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) with her family, including her younger sister Princess Margaret. To those of you also celebrating your birthdays at home during this time, with or without your loved ones - we send you many happy returns. Read more about The Queen’s life and work on our website: https://bit.ly/3cwSG8P

Posted by The Royal Family on Tuesday, 21 April 2020

To celebrate Her Majesty’s 94th Birthday, private footage from the Royal Collection Trust has been released (see above). In the footage, we see The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, with her family, including her younger sister Princess Margaret.

Birthday messages for Her Majesty have also been shared with a special selection below.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s message to everyone who is helping to tackle the pandemic

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Duke of Edinburgh – Planned Admittance to Hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh’s message to everyone who is helping to tackle the pandemic

As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.

On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working on food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.

Philip

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HRH is affiliated to over 750 organisations, including the scientific, technological research, healthcare and infrastructure sectors, which have responded to the outbreak.

  • Experts from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are involved in many different aspects of research as well as providing guidance to those responding around the globe every day. HRH has been Patron of The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 1952.
  • The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management are supporting those working in the waste disposal sector, providing up to date guidance and matching resources and contractors during the outbreak. HRH has been Honorary Fellow since 1969.
  • The Royal Society is working to identify the most important factors that can help slow the spread of the virus and find long-term solutions to the pandemic, by convening a multi-disciplinary group to analyse data from around the world. HRH has been a Fellow of The Royal Society since 1951.
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering is supporting the UK Government to call on engineers to help the NHS continue to deliver frontline services, and develop new medical facilities. HRH has been Senior Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering since 1976.
  • Over 1,200 scientists from Cambridge University have volunteered to support research efforts. HRH was Chancellor from 1976-2011.
  • University of Edinburgh researchers have been working to find a treatment for Covid-19, Medical students have graduated early to work on the frontline, and Students and Alumni are manufacturing PPE for the NHS. HRH was Chancellor for nearly 60 years.
  • The Chartered College of Teaching is supporting teachers across the country by launching a wellbeing text service, online resources and support for teachers of mixed-aged classes for the children of key workers. HRH has been Patron of The Chartered College of Teaching since 1999.
  • The Fishmongers’ Company has launched a grant programme with Seafarers UK to support food charities, fishing and seafood businesses. Their charity partners are also working to help the vulnerable, including delivering free ChefsinSchools meals. The Duke of Edinburgh has been a Freeman and Liveryman of The Fishmongers’ Company since 1947.

The Duchess of Cornwall Shares Reading List

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The Duchess of Cornwall with therapy dog, Meg, and Liam Curtis at Kerikeri Primary School, the Bay of Islands

The Duchess of Cornwall has shared a reading list for those isolating at home over the Easter weekend.

“Ernest Hemingway, famously, once said “There is no friend as loyal as a book”. In these challenging times when we are isolated from the ones we love, many of us are finding comfort in reading, to fire up our imaginations, to take us on journeys and to make us laugh. With that in mind, here is a list of my dearest ‘friends’.” – The Duchess of Cornwall

Her Royal Highness is passionate about reading for all ages and promotes its importance through some of her patronages, including National Literacy Trust, BookTrust, Coram Beanstalk and the Royal Society of Literature.

Read on for more on HRH’s book recommendations!

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“Ernest Hemingway, famously, once said “There is no friend as loyal as a book”. In these challenging times when we are isolated from the ones we love, many of us are finding comfort in reading, to fire up our imaginations, to take us on journeys and to make us laugh. With that in mind, here is a list of my dearest ‘friends’.” – The Duchess of Cornwall ⬅️ Her Royal Highness has curated a reading list to provide some inspiration to those isolating at home over the Easter weekend. The Duchess is passionate about reading for all ages and promotes its importance through some of her patronages, including @literacy_trust, @booktrust, @beanstalkreads and @royalsocietyofliterature. 📚 See our Instagram story for more on why The Duchess selected each book!

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The Duchess of Cornwall’s Book Recommendations

  1. Restless by William Boyd
  2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  3. The Simon Serrailler Series by Susan Hill
  4. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
  5. The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard
  6. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  7. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
  8. The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
  9. Travels on My Elephant by Mark Shand

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