The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

BACK TO SCHOOL: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Essex Friday as part of their ongoing mental health awareness campaign targeting teenagers and children.

The young royals visited the Stewards Academy in Harlow, a school supported by Place2Be, a charity of which the duchess is a patron. They joined the school’s assembly and observed speeches and performances from students.

They met with students involved with a mentoring scheme, and also met with parents.

The duchess wore a blue polka dot dress by Altuzarra.

The duke and duchess, along with Prince Harry, launched the mental-health awareness initiative last April. A back-to-school guide to aid parents is in the works.

Kensington Palace confirmed that the young royals, along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will visit Canada from Sept. 24 to Oct. 1. Their eight-day tour includes visits to Vancouver, Victoria, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna in British Columbia and Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon. The duke and duchess have visited the country before, in 2011.

This will be 16-month old Princess Charlotte’s first royal tour. Prince George traveled to Australia and New Zealand with his parents in 2014.

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