Kate and Prince William were seen sharing an intimate moment before entering the Troubadour White Theatre, where they celebrated volunteers helping Shout, a text crisis service. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were all smiles as they arrived at the event this morning, welcomed by staff and volunteers at the organisation.
Kate looked relaxed and casual wearing a black-and-white jacket by Smythe, a white shirt and trousers by Joseph.
Prince William chose to wear a blue suit paired with a light blue shirt and a tie.
As the Cambridges were entering the Troubadour White Theatre, Prince William reached for his wife’s back and rubbed on it lightly, before inviting her to walk in the theatre ahead of him.
Kate and William celebrated this morning the volunteers working with Shout, a 24/7 text support service which urges anyone going through a crisis to get in touch with the organisation.
Kate and Prince William arrived at an event celebrating volunteers working with Shout
Prince William giving a little back rub to Kate’s back
Kate and Prince William arriving at the Troubadour White Theatre
Since the charity’s launch in May, Shout 85258 Crisis’ volunteers have had 145,000 conversations via text with people in crisis, exchanging a total of six million messages.
Volunteers helped those who contacted Shout on issues as diverse as depression, bullying and suicidal thoughts.
Kate and William deeply care about Shout, as the charity was born as a legacy from the Heads Together campaign.
Kate wore a jacket by Smythe, a white shirt and trousers by Joseph
Kate and Prince William speaking to members of the staff and volunteers at Shout
Heads Together is an initiative launched by Kate, William and Prince Harry to change the conversation surrounding mental health and help people open up on their struggles.
Upon launching the charity six months ago, Kate and William were joined by Harry and Meghan Markle in an appeal to the public, where they urged people to give their time to the charity.
Ever since, Crisis said that more than 13,000 people have registered an interest in helping out.
Prince William and Kate surprised guests and volunteers by going on the theatre’s stage, from which Prince William delivered a brief speech to thank all those who have been helping Shout.
In the speech, William said both he and Kate – but also Meghan and Harry – are proud of the young charity.
He said: “It has been an amazing journey. Catherine and I, and I know I speak for Harry and Meghan as well, couldn’t be more proud of what Shout has accomplished and what you are still to accomplish.
Prince William and Kate being welcomed at the event
Kate and William are rarely seen displaying affection to each other in public
“You are still a relatively new charity but hitting some big goals and some very big objectives, so we really appreciate the work you are doing.
“As some of you may know, we launched formally earlier this year, we had roughly 15,000 volunteering after the launch, which is a fantastic number.
“We have 3,000 now in training, and 1,500 of you actively involved now.
“Catherine and I were hearing just outside about how many of you wake up at 3am to answer this peak demand sometimes when there are simply not enough volunteers to go around to answer this sad demand that we have at the moment.”
Unlike Meghan and Harry, Kate and William are rarely seeing holding hands in public or displaying affection for each other.
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The Cambridges strictly adhere to the unwritten rule on public display of affection set out by the Queen during her long reign – when she was never seen getting too close to her husband Prince Philip.
According to body language expert Robin Kermode, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh have created a precedent that most senior royals prefer to follow – including future King William.
He said: “The Queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals.”
Despite not showing in public too often the affection they have for each other, Kate and William are clearly “emotionally close”, Mr Kermode added.
Analysing the couple’s gesture, he said: “It is very clear that William and Kate are emotionally close, however, they do not seem to feel the need to prove their love — particularly when on official state business.
Shout was born as a legacy from Kate, Harry and William’s Heads Together campaign
“They come across as a strong, independent couple and while they are always on show, they do not feel the need to ‘show’ their love for each other to the world.”
Kate was spotted sharing an intimate moment with William while attending another engagement in early October, before the pair left for their successful tour to Pakistan.
On October 2, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to King’s Cross to meet Aga Khan, the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism.
While they were speaking to guests at the event, Kate was spotted stroking Prince William’s shoulder.
The Duchess then laughed at one joke told her and other guests at the Aga Khan Centre by Prince William.