The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been doing their bit to support the coronavirus efforts, most recently speaking with mental health charities on the phone to help with their efforts, and to determined how Brits suffering during lockdown can be helped.
In fact, the pair shared two photos of themselves both at their at home desks in Kensington Palace last week (Kate in the same pink M&S suit she wore to meet NHS staff in London), alongside a caption which explained how they are doing their bit.
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Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time. Last week ☎️ The Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and The Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be. Today Public Health England has published new guidance to help support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and updated its world-leading Every Mind Matters platform, with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak; take a look at our Story or visit the link in our bio 📱 to find out more. Speaking about the new guidance, The Duke and Duchess said: • “It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being. • By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead”. • The Government has also announced a grant for @MindCharity to help fund their services for people struggling with their mental wellbeing during this time.
‘Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time,’ they explained.
‘Last week. The Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and The Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be.’
While fans of the pair were undoubtedly impressed by their efforts, there was one thing that appeared to catch the eye of Kate Middleton devotees: her books. ‘Love the books on Catherine’s desk!’ wrote one follower, along with a pink heart emoji.
You may recognise the books in question as the beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classics, which are a must for literature fans. Created by Coralie Bickford-Smith, a designer at Penguin, the books are covered in illustrations and made of a cloth material for an extra special effect. The range of books available with these covers include all the classics, from Little Women to Pride and Prejudice.
They also come in specific sets, such as the Jane Austen collection and Bronte sisters boxset.
As for Kate’s favourites, one Instagram user wrote that they had read the following were the Duchess’ top picks: A Christmas Carol, Emma, Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, Middlemarch, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Tess of the D’ubervilles, Wuthering Heights.
You can have a Kate-worthy desk by picking up the books from Waterstones or Amazon for £14.99 a pop, which sure isn’t bad for a keepsake such as this.