Her speech wasn’t planned apparently. (She had pre written remarks but it wasn’t part of the conference’s program nor was it part of the engagement announcement by KP and Heads Together and in the video she says she wasn’t planning on speaking so I guess she wanted to make one and they cleared time for her)
It’s really so exciting to hear everyone here speaking with your wealth of experience about the importance of mental health and particularly the emotional development of our children and teachers.
What we have all been discussing here today really brings to light the vital role teachers are playing in supporting our youngest children’s mental health.
Thank you all for your dedication to this important cause, whether you work in schools, universities, charities or elsewhere.
Over the last eight years working with charities I’ve met some of our leading experts in mental health, addiction, family breakdown, homelessness and education.
They have taught me over and over again that the root cause of so many of today’s social problems can be traced right back to the very earliest years of a person’s life and often over generations.
The scientific and other evidence is clear the first few years of a child’s life are more pivotal for development and for future health and happiness than any other single moment in our life time.
It is also clear that the positive development of our children is directly linked to those who care for them, teachers, carers and parents.
And as we have heard today, it is therefore vital that we support teachers with their own wellbeing so that they can find the best level of care for all children, in their schools and communities in which they work.
No one of us however can make a difference alone.
I feel so passionately about working together and being here today has affirmed to me just how much already is being done, so thank you to all of you who are prioritising the importance of mental health and the importance of childhood development as a whole. I look forward to hearing how your discussions will lead to proactive steps and to an ever more resounding commitment to mentally healthy schools, teachers and children.
ETA: From a People article : Moments before she was due to leave, Princess Kate told her staff she had prepared an “impromptu speech” to give the gathered delegates. Kate had been taking notes throughout the discussions and roundtable discussions and told them, “I wasn’t planning on making a speech, but I wanted to say a few words on reflection.”
Uhmmmm ... if that wasn't planned, why did she have those notes ... 5 pages in a huge font size! Each sentence fully written down!... with her?
I mean, nice that she spoke, but when you pretend that sth is a spontaneous act driven by what you "have heard during the day",
which brought you to "say some words",
then these words should come spontaneously right out of your mouth, without sticking to notes.
She should just speak more often, this would help her to gain confidence, and to look at the audience more often instead of reading from the notes and looking up only when she arrives at the end of a sentence (could fully imagine that the notes even say "[look up now]" here ...).
Her accent, though ... well, I just don't hear British English often enough, an when I hear it, it's people from Edinbourgh or Manchester (and they told me that no comparison to Londoners is allowed here ...), but to my German ears used to American English or English spoken by world-wide customers who don't call it their first language, they way she pronounces some words is just strange. Is it "normal" to say the word "care" like she does?