Duchess Kate rewears blazer from Canada’s Smythe at mental health event

By Zach Harper

For the second time in a week, a member of the Royal Family has attended an event wearing a Canadian designer!

Duchess Kate looked snappy and business-minded as she stepped out with Prince William to a volunteer appreciation event for Shout. It’s the mental health crisis texting service she helped launch through The Royal Foundation and Heads Together with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan earlier this year.

This is a very bold, fashion-forward pairing of colours from Kate! Photo: © Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Duchess of Cambridge paired burgundy pants from Joseph with a grey checkered blazer from Toronto-based Smythe and black suede Gianvito Rossi heels. She accessorized with a black belt and also wore matching Empress earrings and a necklace from Mappin & Webb.

PHOTOS: Duchess Kate and Prince William step out to volunteer event for Shout, the mental health texting service they helped create

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the fashion icon in the blazer – she previously wore it to an event in Essex on Oct. 30, 2018. Back then, she paired it with a black turtleneck, black skinny jeans and black ankle boots from Aquatalia.

Kate owns at least three Smythe blazers, and we last saw her in this one in October 2018. Photo: © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Just last week, Meghan wore a navy blue teddy coat from Canada’s Sentaler as she and Harry stepped out to the Field of Remembrance at London’s Westminster Abbey. The Duchess of Sussex paired the elegant outerwear with a Philip Treacy fascinator and black Tamara Mellon boots.

Meghan is also fond of Canadian brands and has worn coats by Sentaler twice this year alone. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kate really loves Smythe – so much so that the brand renamed one of its blazers after her! The Duchess of Cambridge owns the Duchess Wool Blazer in navy and olive green, and they changed its moniker in her honour.

Kate wore her olive green Smythe “Duchess” blazer while giving Christmas gifts to military families in Cyprus last December. Photo: © Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

She’s worn the blue blazer repeatedly since she joined the Royal Family in 2011, and we last saw her rock the green one while she was in Cyprus in December 2018. We also saw her in it when she and William visited Haida Gwai island in British Columbia during their 2016 Canadian tour.

Kate wore her olive green Smythe blazer while greeting an Indigenous elder in British Columbia while touring Canada with William in 2016. Photo: © Karwai Tang/WireImage

While at the Nov. 12 event, Kate and William met with staff members, volunteers and mental health campaigners. The 24/7 text messaging support service Shout was launched in May, and since then it has had 145,000 conversations via text with people in crisis, exchanging more than 6 million messages.

Seventy-five per cent of the people who have contacted the service are under 25 years old, and the most frequent subjects they discuss 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).

Shout is clearly very needed and we’re glad to see Kate and William doing this important work!

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