The Duchess of Cambridge looked casual chic for a special reception held at Kensington Palace on Wednesday, April 19. The stylish royal hosted runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. Kate Middleton stepped out for the event wearing a stripe pullover sweater by Luisa Spagnoli, which she paired with dark jeans, white sneakers and her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings.
VIEW GALLERY The Duchess welcomed Team Heads Together runners to Kensington Palace Photo: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images
The animated mom-of-two, who will be cheering on participants from the sidelines during the marathon on Sunday, April 23, spoke to the runners about the different reasons why they are competing in the 26-mile race, while also wishing them good luck as they continue to prepare for it.
VIEW GALLERY Kate placed a banner on a postbox Photo: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images
During the engagement, Kate wrapped a Heads Together banner around the Kensington Palace postbox. The Duchess met with representatives from the Royal Mail to hear about how they will be supporting the “mental health marathon.” About 70 Royal Mail postboxes will be wrapped with Heads Together bands along the London Marathon route. Heads Together, which is the marathon's charity of the year, is a mental health campaign that was spearheaded by Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry, which aims to end the stigma against mental health, while also raising awareness.
VIEW GALLERY Harry opened the marathon expo with a little girl Photo: Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage
Earlier in the day, Prince Harry, who is a patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, opened the London Marathon Expo at the ExCeL Centre in East London. Meghan Markle’s boyfriend shared the spotlight with a young girl named Mellisa Howse, who helped the Prince cut the ribbon. The five-year-old, whose father Tony Howse will be competing in the upcoming race, said, "It was very exciting cutting the ribbon. I felt like a princess."
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VIEW GALLERY The royal left a message for the runners Photo: Twitter/KensingtonRoyal
Harry noted that his mother would be “overwhelmed and hugely encouraged” that Britons are discussing metal health issues now. Like his sister-in-law, Harry met with runners at the expo opening, thanking them for helping to change the conversation on mental health. The ginger-haired royal left a message for the runners on a board that read: “Good luck guys! Smash it!”
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