The Princess of Wales was in casual pieces for a SportsAid mental fitness workshop she attended with Prince William today.
The Princess has been SportsAid’s royal patron since 2013. Today’s event was at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre west of London. Here is a quick video as the couple arrived.
NEW: The Prince and Princess of Wales have arrived at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre to learn about the mental wellbeing support offered by @TeamSportsAid to young athletes and their families. Perhaps we’ll see some friendly sporting competition between the royals? 👀 pic.twitter.com/SBpJNy14xe
— Cameron Walker (@CameronDLWalker) October 12, 2023
Today is the third and final day of engagements tied to World Mental Health Day.
On Tuesday, the royals hosted a mental health forum with young people.
More on today’s engagement from The Daily Mail’s coverage.
As the visit got underway Kate and William sat down with parents of young athletes who are supported by SportsAid – and as a passionate advocate for young people, the Princess of Wales appeared eager to learn about the children.
The couple are teaming up with SportsAid ambassadors including Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds and Commonwealth gold medallist Ama Agbeze.
In the photo below, I believe you see British hockey player Shona McCallin, an Olympic Gold Medalist, on the Princess’s right.
In this video from Richard Palmer of The Express, the Princess discusses praising youngsters.
Kate on giving her children praise and helping them get the right mindset. pic.twitter.com/liYU9TvKzC
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) October 12, 2023
A news release notes today’s visit comes on the heels of an Athlete Mental Health Survey conducted by SportsAid with input from Believe Perform.
Results from the survey found that 42% of young athletes said they ‘occasionally’ feel anxious in their day-to-day life with 20% saying they ‘often’ or ‘always’ feel anxious and 40% of all athletes have ‘little’, ‘none’ or are ‘not sure’ of how much access they have to mental health services or support1 .”
The Prince and Princess participated in two practical sessions focused on building mental resilience.
In the first exercise, they tried to shoot baskets under various forms of added pressure, such as performing against the clock or with crowd noise.
A quick video.
He joked ‘you’re going to hit me in the head’ pic.twitter.com/OzbL4y1Jwy
— Eleanor Burleigh (@EBurleigh_) October 12, 2023
The Evening Standard offers more in this story.
The royals also played goalball, a Paralympic sport for visually impaired athletes.
More from The Daily Mail’s story.
On a course set up like a small pitch, with a goal either end, the Princess was blindfolded while carrying what looked like a heavy blue ball.
She then threw it underarm towards the goal ahead of her, where a blindfolded goalkeeper was tasked with saving it.
However, Kate’s ball went straight into the left side of the goal, leading the sports hall to cheer at her victory.
Eleanor Burleigh shared a video of the Princess’s throw.
The Princess got it in! pic.twitter.com/f9AAHThswE
— Eleanor Burleigh (@EBurleigh_) October 12, 2023
The Princess looks surprised her ball went into the goal.
Embed from Getty Images
A happy smile after her accomplishment.
Kensington Palace posted the following message on social media after the engagement.
Now for our look at what Kate wore.
She brought back Zara’s Tailored Double-Breasted Blazer ($89.90, no longer available) in cobalt blue. Made in a poly/viscose/elastane blend, it features peaked lapels, two flap pockets, and a jetted (welt) pocket at the chest. It also showcases gold-tone crested metal buttons on the front and at the cuffs.
A closer look at the details.
The jacket was first seen in a May 2021 video call the Duchess had with a community nurse midwife.
It was worn again in May 2021 for the first day of engagements during a Scotland tour.
Beneath the jacket, the Princess wore her Lauren Ralph Lauren ‘Nadalia’ top, a cotton/nylon ribbed knit with a squared neckline and puffed sleeves.
Today’s jeans appear to be the MOTHER Dazzler Mid-Rise Straight-Leg style ($240), with thanks to Caroline P. Parr for the ID and Middleton Maven for sharing the info. The official color name is “Now or Never.”
They are made in a viscose/cotton/Lyocell blend with a touch of elastane and polyester described as “Mid-weight, stretchy fabric.” The jeans are available at Revolve ($228), Nordstrom ($228), Shopbop ($228), and Net-a-Porter ($240),
The Princess brought back her Veja Esplar Sneakers ($150).
The Princess wore her hair down today.
But we could still see her Issy Star Earrings ($33), the pair Sarah Renton gave to the Princess as a gift. They were created in memory of Sarah’s daughter, Issy, who took her life earlier this year. They are being sold at Earsass as a fundraiser for mental health charity Brave Mind.
As you might imagine, there has been tremendous interest in the earrings after they were worn for the first time by the Princess on Tuesday. The 18-karat gold-plated earrings are available for preordering at Earsass, with a 4-6 week window expected for delivery.
The Royal Family Channel offers more than 2 minutes of coverage in this video.