Kate Middleton is not, currently, known as a royal of image without substance. The Duchess of Cambridge has done her part in being the voice and advocate for assisting individuals suffering from mental illness and, over the course of 2015, has made a number of appearances in support of various organizations that do just that.
Thanks to Kate’s endless efforts over the past year, she has earned herself even more attention by being awarded the “Health Heroes of 2015” award alongside chef Jamie Oliver and Professor Green.
The Daily Mail expands on what it means to be a crowned “Health Hero.”
“The three join a full list of 10 leading figures, who health website MyhealthLondon commends for their efforts in supporting health issues in 2015. MyhealthLondon was launched by Mayor Boris Johnson in 2011 and aims to help people make informed decisions about their well-being.”
Ten individuals were named with the honor and were selected by a panel of professionals based on each candidate’s work in making the world aware of, and generally promoting, healthy choices. The criteria for the selection of Kate Middleton and the other honorees of the award was based on “popular online searches, social media trends and top health stories of the year.”
The Duchess of Cambridge was chosen, as noted, because she spent a large portion of her year emphasizing the importance of children’s mental health and has done a remarkable job of spotlighting the organizations addressing this issue. Such facilities and organizations include: Anna Freud Centre and Place2Be. Anna Freud trains child therapists, while Place2Be provides necessary counseling for children in their schools.
As aforementioned, additional praise goes out to Professor Green who has encouraged more discussions in regard to the mental health in men and has spoken openly about the impact his father’s suicide had on him.
Dr. Michael Jacobs, a consultant in infectious diseases, was celebrated for his work in saving Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey, as well as other patients, at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London.
The panel also named celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who they said continued to educate people about the levels of sugar in food.
As the Daily Mail relays, there were a number of additional candidates.
“Other Heroes include Jane Sutton, the mother of the late Stephen Sutton, who has continued her son’s legacy by charity work running the 2015 London Marathon. Dr Christian Jessen was also commended for his work raising awareness of HIV testing, while they thanked Claudia Hammond and Roy Lilley for continuing to promote discussion and debate about health topics.”
Kate, along with the other honorees, are likely enjoying the recognition for their work as well as some Christmas cheer. Middleton and Prince William were sure to follow the Christmas morning tradition, as The Huffington Post shares, and attend an early church service along with the rest of the royal family.
The young royals have, however, been making news due to their decision to enjoy a quaint and quiet Christmas at their own home, Anmer Hall, instead of following traditions that would usually see them in the company of the Queen in the later part of the day. Kate and Will have decided to entertain Middleton’s family at their home and want the celebration to be about enjoying their time with their children at their festively-decorated estate.
It seems that Prince William and Kate Middleton are set on ensuring that their little Prince and Princess are given the most “normal” upbringing as possible.
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