On Thursday 11th January, the Duchess of Cambridge made an unexpected, and unannounced, official royal visit, for a heartwarming reason.

Catherine spent the day at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, which is a charity aimed at supporting children’s mental health.

The charity is one the Duchess has long supported, and is a cause she’s particularly passionate about, given her dedication to improving mental health understanding.

The visit wasn’t officially announced by Kensington Palace beforehand, but the palace did tweet after the engagement.

They wrote, ‘The Duchess of Cambridge today attended the Conference on Improving Young People’s Mental Resilience and Wellbeing.

‘This reflects her interest in early intervention in children’s mental health to help young people get support at an early age to prevent problems later on.’

The AFNC also shared news of the unexpected visit, saying it was ‘fantastic to have her here’.

It’s not the first time Catherine has undertaken a more private engagement like this. In December, the Duchess held a round-table discussion at Kensington Palace on maternal mental health.

The engagement was private, and was only announced after it had been and gone.

Private engagements such as these likely suggest Kate’s clear commitment to helping deal with the issue of mental health.

She has spoken before about the important of support for people with mental health issues. And Catherine has also made it clear that it’s an issue she’s keen to help with.

In a touching video on mental health, she said, “It helps us all talk about our mental health—what to say, and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own, and how to listen and help if one of our friends is finding things difficult.

“Sometimes, it’s just a simple conversation that can make things better.”

We applaud the Duchess of Cambridge for shining a light on such important issues.