Royal trio Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry took a spin in The London Eye as part of a day spent raising awareness for Mental Health Day.
The three rode with young people brave enough to share their experiences of battling mental health problems.
Those who have suffered from a mental health condition themselves, or cared for someone who has, talked to the royals about the impact it had had.
Kate, who was out on her first public engagement since she returned from an official tour of Canada, chose a floral £428 Kate Spade dress to attend an event at London’s County Hall to publicise the need for better mental health services and understanding.
The event was organised by Heads Together, an organisation which recognises those who help friends, family or workmates through mental health issues.
All three royals made a heartfelt plea for everyone to recognise that anyone can be affected by mental health and we all need to reach out if we see someone is in need of help or support.
Prince William told the reception at County Hall that it was time mental health was not spoken about as if it was a “dirty word”.
The Duke of Cambridge added: “Not seeking help at those times when it all seems too much, or we are depressed or anxious, can impact the rest of our lives. Put simply, the three of us want to make asking for help no longer a big deal.”
Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry are all supporting Heads Together to try to ensure people aren’t afraid to speak out about mental health and, that when they do, they are offered support without being stigmatised.
Kate said: “All of us know someone who has been through difficult emotional times, and we know how hard it can be to see a way forward.
“William, Harry and I feel it is our duty to do what we can, with your help, to shine a spotlight on emotional well-being and highlight the support that is out there to prevent or manage the pain at difficult times.”
Harry spoke last, but just as passionately, saying we needed to arm ourselves with some basic knowledge about mental health so we were more confident to offer help when it was needed.
He added: “We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Too often we think mental health problems are things that happen to other people, not us.”