The official Instagram account of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, based at Kensington Palace.
The official Instagram account of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, based at Kensington Palace.
📋 Have you completed The Duchess of Cambridge’s #5BigQuestions on the Under fives survey? It’s not too late to have your say in the biggest ever conversation on early childhood 🗣️ visit the link in our bio before Friday 21st February to fill in the survey. It takes just 5 minutes ⏱️ to answer five simple questions, and help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. The survey designed to bring together the thoughts of as many people as possible — recognising that everyone has a role in ensuring strong, healthy foundations for the youngest in our society that will positively affect their lifelong outcomes.
“Once you start speaking about fitness, we all want to go to the gym and stay fit — well why don’t we do the same with our heads and keep mentally fit as well?” • Watch The Duke of Cambridge sit down with Aston Villa’s @JohnMcGinn7 to #KickOffAConversation on mental health ⚽ along with revealing his current favourite @avfcofficial player… • The past two weekends has seen the @premierleague , along with the FA and @EFL supporting the #HeadsUp campaign, demonstrating the power of talking as a way to support one another and normalise what can often be thought of as a difficult subject. • With 1 in 4 of us experiencing a mental health problem and suicide being the leading cause of death for men under 45, we all know someone who needs support. If you’re worried about the mental health of a mate, visit @mindcharity ’s website to view their tips on how to start a conversation. • We’ve also teamed up with @GiveUsAShoutInsta to provide 24/7, free and confidential text messaging service for anyone in crisis — anyone can text Heads Up to 85258 🇬🇧📱 at any time, to speak to a trained volunteer over text. Film 🎥 courtesy of @SkySports
“I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent. • I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time”. • Swipe 👉 to listen to The Duchess of Cambridge speaking about her experiences as a parent on the ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast with @MrsGiFletcher . On the special podcast, The Duchess spoke about the importance of the early years, and about her landmark ‘5 Big Questions on the Under 5s’ survey. It takes just 5 minutes to have your say in the biggest ever conversation on early childhood — visit the link in our bio to answer The Duchess’s #5BigQuestions . Photo © The Duchess of Cambridge
🎧 SOUND ON — listen to a clip of The Duchess of Cambridge talking with @MrsGiFletcher about her own childhood experiences and the importance of the early years. Their full conversation will be released as a special episode of Giovanna’s ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast – a series of frank and warm conversations with mums and dads covering all aspects of parenthood, from tackling loneliness, to being a single parent. On this Early Years episode, The Duchess discusses her '5 Big Questions on the Under Fives' – a quick, online survey which aims to spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. Visit the link in our bio 🗣️ to have your say on the biggest ever national conversation on the early years #5BigQuestions
🎙️ The Duchess of Cambridge has joined @MrsGiFletcher for an episode of the ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast to talk about her landmark #5BigQuestions survey. On the special episode of ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’, released on Saturday, 15th February at 1600 GMT The Duchess and Giovanna discuss the importance of the early years, their shared experiences as mothers to three children, and The Duchess’s ‘5 Big Questions on the Under fives’ survey. It’s not too late to have your say in the biggest national conversation on the early years — visit the link in our bio to complete the survey 📋 and help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come.
“Our society is defined by how we look after those who keep us all safe. It matters deeply that we help the families who play such an important role in supporting them.” — The Duke of Cambridge marked the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund by hosting a reception for several of the 15,200 children the Fund has supported since 1870, along with their families. Over the past century and a half – as the oldest police charity in the world - the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund has provided care to the children of police officers in their hour of greatest need. The Fund supports the children of serving police officers who have passed away or who have been medically retired due to their injuries and require further financial assistance. Today, the Fund also helps with educational costs such as field trips, school equipment and extracurricular activities including sports and music clubs.
Grabbing a @Social_Bite in Aberdeen – in Scotland The Duchess of Cambridge visited the café to speak with employees, volunteers and customers who have experienced homelessness about how early childhood experiences can have a lasting impact. Social Bite runs social enterprise cafés across Scotland and distributes food and hot drinks to people experiencing homelessness. The organisation also employs staff who have experienced homelessness themselves. The Duchess has been taking her UK-wide landmark survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under 5s’ to Northern Ireland and Scotland, following visits to Birmingham, Cardiff, Woking and London last month. Speaking about the #5BigQuestions survey, The Duchess said: • “I wanted to hear directly from people across the UK and it’s great to have been able to talk to people in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and across England about their experiences. • I want to thank the 200,000 people who have filled it out because each and every response will help show us what society really thinks about raising the next generation. • I am excited to hear from even more people before it closes on 21st February”. • The #5BigQuestions survey takes just 5 minutes to complete – and aims to spark a national conversation on the early years. Visit the link in our bio to fill out the survey and help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. Photos © Kensington Palace
Today The Duchess of Cambridge has taken her UK-wide #5BigQuestions survey to Northern Ireland and Scotland, starting with a visit to @TheArkOpenFarm in County Down, Northern Ireland. The #5BigQuestions Survey aims to spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come – visit the link in our bio to fill out the survey. At the farm The Duchess spoke with local parents and grandparents about their experiences of raising young children, and their thoughts on the early years. What we experience in our earliest years – from in the womb to the age of five – is instrumental in shaping our future lives. The Duchess has spent time meeting families across the country and hearing about the issues they face, in addition to speaking with academics, experts, organisations and practitioners. The ‘5 Big Questions on the Under 5s’ survey is designed to bring together the thoughts of as many people as possible – recognising that everyone has a role in ensuring strong, healthy foundations for the youngest in our society that will positively affect their lifelong outcomes. Photos © Kensington Palace
Today The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, together with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, to meet patients and staff. DMRC Stanford Hall rehabilitates some of the most seriously injured members of the British Armed Forces, whilst also helping to return those who have been injured in the course of training to work. Facilities at the centre includes gyms, swimming and hydrotherapy pools, alongside social spaces and places for relaxation. DMRC Stanford Hall is part of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC ) programme, which was spearheaded by the late Duke of Westminster to provide 21st century clinical rehabilitation for the Armed Forces and the Nation on the Stanford Hall estate — In 2018 The Duke of Cambridge attended a special ceremony as the Defence facility was handed over to the nation by the current The Duke of Westminster. Photos © PA
Sixth time lucky 🏀 The Duke of Cambridge scores in Wheelchair Basketball (with a little help from The Prince of Wales! ) during a visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre today. Together with The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge, they met patients and staff at DMRC Stanford Hall, which rehabilitates some of the most seriously injured members of the Armed Forces, whilst also helping to return those who have been injured in the course of training to work. It’s not all about physical rehabilitation though — supporting the mental health of patients is also a key part of the recovery process, with several patients at centre using gardening as a form of therapy, and in the workshop woodworking and other practical skills helped people gain more confidence and learn new skills.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Ireland 🇮🇪 between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March. The visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Further details will be advised in due course. #RoyalVisitIreland Photo © PA
🎥 Ahead of the #HeadsUp Weekends, The Duke sits down to #KickOffAConversation on mental health over a game of Jenga. Drawing on their own experiences on and off the football pitch, @realakinfenwa @androstownsend @kellyjsmith @scottmctominay @t_deeney and The Duke talk about everything from football and the season so far, to mental health and the importance of conversation. This weekend and next, every game in the men’s and women’s football calendar will be dedicated to #HeadsUp in a bid to start the biggest ever conversation on mental health. Swipe up in our stories to watch the full film ⚽️
"If we can use the power of football and bring people together to have a really big conversation about mental health then that can only help people who are still struggling” - The DUke of Cambridge at today's launch of the #HeadsUp Weekends. Football is coming together over the next two weekends to kick off the biggest ever conversation around mental health through football, in support of the #HeadsUp campaign ⚽
Ko tēnei rā o Waitangi ko te rā hararei o te motu o Aotearoa. Tēnei te tuku mihi maioha ki ngā kaitautāwhi katoa o Aotearoa. Today marks New Zealand’s national holiday #WaitangiDay Sending our best wishes to all of our followers in New Zealand 🇳🇿
🏆 It’s a win for The Duke’s team at the #HeadsUp Table Football Tournament, as football comes together to kick off the biggest ever conversation on mental health. The #HeadsUp Weekends will see every game played in every league this weekend and next dedicated to the campaign in a bid to #KickOffAConversation on mental health. @heads_together | @england
The Duke and Duchess visit Bulldogs Boxing Community in Port Talbot 🥊 Bulldogs uses the power of boxing to involve, educate and inspire the community, including young people who may have been affected by adverse childhood experiences and mental health issues. The Duke and Duchess’s visit to the Bulldogs coincides with Children’s Mental Health Week, set up by @_place2be of which The Duchess is Patron. Earlier in the day, The Duke and Duchess stopped at Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour to speak to local parents and carers about life in the Mumbles, and to talk about The Duchess’s #5BigQuestions survey. The survey aims to spark a UK-wide conversation on raising the next generation of children under 5.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also made a visit to Tata Steel in Port Talbot today, a vital employer for the community. The factory creates a range of steel products that can be used in different industries, including construction, domestic appliances and automotives. The Duke and Duchess were taken on a tour of the Hot Strip Mill where they spoke to operators, before meeting apprentices and recent graduates who are starting their careers and training at Tata. Some of the workers at the Steelworks have been with the company for significant periods of time, like Shaun Tobin who has worked at Tata for 30 years.
🏴Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating businesses and local communities in The Mumbles and Port Talbot. The Duke and Duchess visited one of Wales’ busiest Lifeboat Stations, The Mumbles RNLI. Lifeboat crews at The Mumbles have been saving lives for over 180 years and have been presented with 33 awards for gallantry. The Royal Family have long supported RNLI. The Queen has been Patron since 1952, the year of her Accession and The Duke of Kent has held the position of President since 1969. The Duke and Duchess met crew members and volunteers, many of whom are available 24/7 to help saves lives at sea.
This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the @bafta Awards 🎭 The Duke is President of BAFTA, with 2020 marking the 10th year of his presidency. During the ceremony, The Duke presented film producer Kathleen Kennedy with the Fellowship, BAFTA’s highest accolade. After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess met the winners of the 27 awards categories, including Renée Zellweger who won the award for Leading Actress. The Duke and Duchess also met Micheal Ward, the winner of the #EERisingStar Award, alongside his fellow nominees. Congratulations to all the winners at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards! #EEBAFTAs
Today, The Duke of Cambridge visited @Everton as part of the #HeadsUp campaign to hear more about the fantastic work @evertoninthecommunity are doing - using football to support the mental health and wellbeing of people from all walks of life in Merseyside. He met @Everton first team stars @jpickford1 , @theowalcott , @domcalvertlewin , Tom Davies and Seamus Coleman to talk about #HeadsUp - a season long campaign from @heads_together and @england using football to change the conversation on mental health ⚽️
🎥 Yesterday morning, The Duchess of Cambridge joined LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery for breakfast. She discussed her landmark #5BigQuestions survey with parents, teachers and staff and learnt more about the amazing work the LEYF social enterprise is doing to help give children the best start in life. Through the 5 Big Questions, we want to kick start the biggest ever conversation on early childhood, and you can have your say by visiting www.5BigQuestions.org.uk.
The Duchess of Cambridge spent the morning at Stockwell Gardens Nursery talking to staff and parents about her landmark survey #5BigQuestions . Launched last week, the survey aims to spark a UK-wide conversation on early childhood, asking everyone in the UK to have their say on raising the next generation. During her visit, The Duchess spoke to teachers, staff and parents about the survey before joining chefs and apprentices in the kitchen to talk about the importance of good, nutritious food for child development. The LEYF Chef Academy offers a specialist qualification for chefs either working or keen to work with children up to the age of eight and was designed to strengthen the important roles chefs play in educating staff and parents, and influencing children’s healthy food choices. You can help spark the biggest ever conversation on the early years by answering our #5BigQuestions . Visit www.5BigQuesitons.org.uk or swipe up in our stories 📋
The Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London Children’s Hospital today to learn more about the creative art workshops which are delivered by the @nationalportraitgallery Hospital Programme. The NPG works closely with Evelina London to bring workshops and artists into the hospital, helping to support the health, wellbeing and happiness of the children who receive care there. The Duchess joined children and their families who were taking part in a ‘Playful Portraits’ workshop, and helped them to make sets and characters for their own pop-up theatres! 🎭🎨 The Duchess also visited Evelina’s Beach Ward to meet children who were taking part in the workshop at their bedsides. The Duchess is Patron of both Evelina London and the National Portrait Gallery.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today attended the UK #HolocaustMemorialDay Commemorative Ceremony at Central Hall in Westminster. Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and honours victims and survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Throughout the Holocaust, many people risked their lives to help others. During the ceremony, The Duke read an extract from a letter written about his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, which described how she helped hide her Jewish friends, the Cohens, in her home. During the service, 75 candles of remembrance were lit to represent the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess spoke to Holocaust survivors, and survivors of genocides which have happened since.