Royal Corner

Duchess of Cambridge Leads National Children's Assembly

The Duchess spoke about the importance of kindness & children's mental health.

JUNE 18th, 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge took part in a video call with Waterloo Primary Academy - © Kensington Palace


he Duchess of Cambridge has joined children across the country to lead a national assembly. Kate, who has been home schooling Prince George and Princess Charlotte, centred her message around the importance of kindness. She also highlighted the importance of mental wellbeing and starting a conversation with one another over mental health.

The pre-recorded message was played through the Oak National Academy – an online classroom providing free learning resources to adults and teachers as well as high-quality video lessons – and saw the Duchess urge children to carry out ‘small acts of kindness’. She also addressed the need for children to ‘nurture their own happiness’.

The Duchess leads the Oak National Academy Assembly - © TES News

In the address, Kate said: “Talking to someone, whether it's a friend, family member, or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better.

“And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need.

“Small acts of kindness can go such a long way. But as we help others, we mustn't forget to nurture ourselves, by taking the time to focus on the things that make us feel happy too.”

As part of the Assembly, the Duchess also spoke with students from the Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool, whose parents have been working on the frontline fighting the pandemic. In the call the students showcased their own photographs submitted into Kate’s Hold Still campaign under the ‘Acts of Kindness’ category. They also spoke about their own acts of kindness they had carried out in recent weeks.

The Duchess has focused much of her work on early years and children’s mental health over the last few years. She launched The Mentally Healthy Schools site in 2018 as a legacy to The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together Campaign, which has seen record numbers of children gain access to counselling and education on mental health.

The Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace celebrating the 25th Anniversary of her patronage Place 2 Be - © Getty Images

The Oak National Academy – in partnership with TES – is based off a lesson plan on the Duchess’ Mentally Healthy Schools site and was created in response to the current pandemic. Kate’s other patronage – Place 2 Be – collaborated with the Academy to create a space which encourages children to show, explore and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.

You can learn more about the Oak National Academy here.

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