British Royal Family

Duchess Catherine & Prince William surprise fans with an emotional radio broadcast alongside a host of British celebrities

It's been a year of royal firsts.

By Jess Pullar
Duchess Catherine and Prince William are living through the COVID-19 pandemic just as the rest of us are - in a state of lockdown and adapting to unprecedented circumstances with multiple video calls.
As a result, they've never been more relatable.
Safely inside their own homes like millions of others across the world, we've been given unique insights and shown another side to the regal family like never before.
Catherine and William's latest appearance was no different.
As Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off in the UK, the Duke and Duchess took part in recording a very special radio broadcast to be shared across the country.
They weren't alone in the special clip either - they were joined by several other well known British celebrities, including actor David Tennant, singer Dua Lipa, and British footballer Harry Kane.
"If you're struggling, it's important to talk about it. Or if someone you know is acting differently, it's OK to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message," Kate says in the emotional clip.
William adds: "We're all connected. And sometimes just talking about how you're feeling can make a big difference. So right now, let's join together across the UK and reach out to someone."
Kate and Wills were joined by a host of British celebs to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. (Instagram)
In the accompanying clip, which was shared by Kensington Royal, Kate is seen wearing a beautiful new red dress with a statement white collar.
The printed Beulah London design is classically Kate through and through, featuring long sleeves, a fitted bodice and button up front.
She wore her brown hair out and in waves - a signature staple look in the Duchess' enviable style set.
The Duchess looked stylish as ever in a Beulah London dress. (Kensington Royal)
William and Kate have long been advocating for mental health and support for those who need it.
In fact, earlier this week, they celebrated one year since the launch of Give Us A Shout, a 24 hour text service which helps to provide mental health advice and help for anyone who texts in.
For the milestone, the Duke and Duchess again took part in a special video call with some of the charity's volunteers.
Kate and William celebrated one year of charity Shout, which they helped to launch last year, with a special video call earlier this month. (Kensington Royal)
It's certainly been a busy time for the Cambridge family, but undoubtedly a constructive period all the same.
Seeing the royals partake in video calls, and engage with their following in such a different way has not only been a royal first in itself, but a very special way to connect with them like never before.
We'll be watching this space!
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