Duchess Kate is slowly returning to royal life following her maternity leave with Prince Louis, and now she and husband Prince William have revealed their first joint engagement since welcoming their third child. Next Tuesday (Oct. 9), the couple will step out for a very special event that speaks to a cause close to both their hearts: the Global Mental Health Summit.
" #GlobalMHSummit will see political figures, academics and policy-makers from around the world come together with one common goal: better mental health for all," tweeted Kensington Palace of the event, which will take place at County Hall in London. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 36, will make their first stop at a presentation called 'Children, Young People and the Next Generation,' which will feature two mental health case studies, one from the United States and the other from Slovenia.
From there, William and Kate will meet with various representatives from mental health organizations at a special exhibition area, where they will also get to watch a live painting by Columbian artist Dairo Vargas come together as inspired by the day's events. Finally, they royal couple will see the product of a program in Zimbabwe that is called a Friendship Bench.
The duke and duchess have long put their efforts into mental health. Along with Prince Harry, they launched the Heads Together initiative in 2016. Since then, each has put their focus on ending mental health stigma in their own area of focus - Kate putting women and children at the forefront while Harry focusses on veterans and William places his efforts around men. "It was Catherine who first realized that all three of us were working on mental health in our individual areas of focus," the father of three revealed last year. "She had seen that at the core of adult issues like addiction and family breakdown, unresolved childhood mental health issues were often part of the problem."
This past February, Meghan Markle officially joined the fold at the Royal Foundation Forum, where the foursome discussed the initiatives close to their hearts, including Heads Together and the Invictus Games. The Duchess of Sussex made clear that the empowerment of women will be a big focus for her and that she was ready to "hit the ground running." Her future husband, Prince Harry, then joked about working with family, saying that it "does have its challenges, of course it does... the fact everyone is laughing means you know exactly [what I mean] - but we're stuck together for the rest of our lives." And they sure know how to make the most of it to help others!