Catherine, the Princess of Wales chose to wear an accessory with a special – and very sad – meaning when she visited Birmingham for World Mental Health Day on Tuesday.
The boldest element of Kate’s outfit on the day was a bright yellow LK Bennett jacket, but a delicate pair of earrings she wore on the day that told a darker story.
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The earrings were given to her by Maidenhead Rugby Club coach Sarah Renton, whose 17-year-old daughter Issy tragically took her own life earlier this year after a battle with depression.
The earrings were made in memory of Issy and given to the Princess of Wales when she visited Renton’s rugby club in June.
On that occasion, Kate promised she would wear the earrings – and on Tuesday she honoured that vow when she joined her husband William for a public engagement.
Kate and William were in Birmingham to host a forum for young people called Exploring Our Emotional Worlds, focusing on understanding emotions and building positive relationships with others.
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After giving Kate the earrings in June, Sarah Renton said understanding mental health was an “important issue”.
“My daughter Issy took her own life,” she said.
Catherine, Princess of Wales wearing earrings given to her by Sarah Renton, whose daughter tragically took her own life at 17. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty ImagesCatherine, Princess of Wales and William, Prince of Wales in Birmingham for World Mental Health Day. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images
“The proceeds from the earrings are going to a charity called Brave Minds, a mental health charity that supports children using the platforms of rugby clubs.
“Mental health is such an important issue.”
She went on to describe her daughter as “wonderful” and “a real breath of fresh air”.
“She had wonderful, wonderful friends, surrounded herself with the best people,” she said.
Kate and William were in Birmingham to host a forum for young people called Exploring Our Emotional Worlds. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images
“But she was also struggling with depression.
“Everything was harder than it was a supposed to be.
“We thought she was obviously doing better than she was.”
If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.
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