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There she is! Duchess Catherine makes an appearance for a cause close to her heart

It’s the royal’s first appearance -- of sorts -- since announcing her third pregnancy.

By Candice Mehta-Culjak

The Duchess of Cambridge has stepped in front of the camera to encourage children to talk about their “big” and “small” feelings.

The mother-of-two, who announced her third pregnancy earlier this month, introduces a short animation created by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families that's designed to teach kids to speak freely about their feelings.

The important video kicks off the charity's new campaign, 'You're never too young to talk mental health.'

"Hello, mental health is how we feel and think," Kate, 35, says in the video that was recorded in January. "Things that can't really be seen but affect us every day, and talking about them can feel difficult."

"It helps us all talk about our mental health," she continues. "What to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own. And how to listen and help if one of our friends is finding things difficult.”

She adds: “Sometimes it's just a simple conversation that can make things better."

WATCH: Kate throws her support behind the mental health campaign. Post continues...

In a statement, the royal was quick to put her full support behind the initiative.

"As parents, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life,” she said. “Encouraging children to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to cope with the ups and downs that life will throw at them as they grow up. It's important that our children understand that emotions are normal, and that they have the confidence to ask for help if they are struggling.”

"This is why I am proud to support the 'You're never too young to talk mental health' campaign by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, which is being rolled out across primary schools this autumn,” she continued.

Kate visited her patronage, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, back in January.
Kate visited her patronage, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, back in January.

Of course, the animated film debuts just as Prince George, four, completed his first week of school at Thomas's Battersea in London.

The usually-chipper prince -- dressed in his brand-new uniform made up of a navy V-neck jumper, a blue shirt, knee-length shorts, shiny black shoes and a backpack -- made headlines the world over after he appeared far too anxious to crack a smile for waiting paparazzi.

Nonetheless, Prince William has revealed that the youngster’s first day at 'big school' was an overwhelming success -- in fact, he wasn’t the cheekiest child in attendance!

Don't worry George, we felt the same about our first day of school!
Don't worry George, we felt the same about our first day of school!
George was given a very warm welcome and soon felt settled.
George was given a very warm welcome and soon felt settled.

At a reception at Kensington Palace for the England Under-20 football team, the 35-year-old royal told head coach Paul Simpson that it had been a “good day.”

“It went well,” he said. “There was one other parent who had more of an issue with their children so I was quite pleased I wasn't the one. It was really nice actually. It's a nice school.”

Sadly, Duchess Kate was too under the weather with severe morning sickness to attend the milestone.

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