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The royal family at the Trooping the Colour parade
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s kissed on the steps of St George’s Chapel after their wedding in front of millions of people watching across the world.
Royal baby latest: Prince Charles shares ‘great joy’ over birth of new grandson
| Evening Standard | Robert Jobson8 hrs ago
The Prince of Wales has reacted to the birth of his latest grandson.
He said it is a “great joy” to have another grandchild.
© Press Association The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, and the Duke of Cambridge, at a reception after the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. In a statement from Clarence House on behalf of Charles and Camilla, he said: “We are both so pleased at the news.
“It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”
It is not known if the prince has been to see the yet unnamed prince.
Provided by Independent Print Limited royalbaby2404.jpg The prince, who is fifth in line to the throne, was born yesterday at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, weighing 8lb 7oz, and gun salutes were set to be fired today from the Tower of London and Hyde Park to mark his birth.
Today, bookies shortened their odds from 3-1 to 2-1 on him being named Arthur. Betfair said James and Philip were second favourites at 4-1, after a flurry of punts on James resulted in the odds being cut from 5-1 this morning.
William and Kate will want to share the name with the Queen and the rest of their family before making it public.
Kensington Palace said the name would be announced in “due course”.
Press Association Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales with performers on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London during a star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen’s 92nd birthday. The baby is the Queen and Philip’s sixth great-grandchild and Kensington Palace said the couple, along with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and the Middletons, were delighted with the news of the new arrival.
George, 4, and Charlotte, 2, visited their new sibling at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on Monday afternoon.
A confident, excited Charlotte, who turns three on May 2, turned to wave at the photographers outside the hospital as she led the way up the steps holding William’s hand.
Four-year-old George, in his school uniform, appeared more wary of the huge crowds of media.
During his first photocall, the baby, who was wrapped in a white lace shawl with a matching bonnet, could be seen moving his fingers as he was cradled by Kate.
© Press Association The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, and the Duke of Cambridge, at a reception after the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.Smiling broadly, the duchess was dressed in a vibrant red Jenny Packham dress with a white lace collar, reminiscent of William’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales – who wore red and white outside the Lindo Wing after Prince Harry was born in 1984.
As William and Kate headed home after appearing in front of the banks of cameras with their seven-hour-old son, the duke said they were “very happy” and “very delighted”.
He joked, holding up three fingers, that he had “thrice the worry now”, adding: “We didn’t keep you waiting too long this time.”
© Provided by Independent Print Limited The duke and duchess thanked the hospital for their care and the public for their wishes.
Kensington Palace said: “Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.
“They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.”
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third child, a baby boy, on April 23, 2018, at Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England. Kate and William are also parents to Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Read on to see the new prince and supporters celebrating the birth.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to celebrate 92nd birthday at concert party
© Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II visits the King George VI Day Centre on April 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.
.Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will attend a special concert on Saturday as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrates her 92nd birthday.
Singers Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Sting and Shaggy will be among those who will entertain Elizabeth and other British royals at the concert, known as “The Queen’s Birthday Party” at London’s Albert Hall.
The event is a break in tradition for the queen who usually spends her birthday privately with little public celebration, although there were nationwide events to mark her 90th.
The concert comes at the end of a week in which leaders and dignitaries from 53 countries came to London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and it will feature performers from the network of mostly former British colonies.
The queen is head of the Commonwealth and the major beneficiary from Saturday’s event, which will be televised live on BBC TV and radio, will be The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust youth charity to which her grandson Prince Harry was appointed president this week.
© Provided by Getty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke Of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip.
Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, in Bruton Street, central London and became queen in 1952 at the age of 25, meaning she has now reigned for more than 66 years.
Despite her age, the queen still regularly carries out official engagements although her husband Prince Philip, who spent 10 days in hospital this month for a hip replacement, retired from public life last year.
As is customary with monarch’s birthdays, soldiers from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company will fire gun salutes from London’s Hyde Park and the Tower of London.
Elizabeth has an official birthday in June which is publicly marked with a large parade of soldiers through central London, known as Trooping the Colour.
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Queen publicly backs Prince Charles to succeed her as head of Commonwealth
Queen hints at Charles leading Commonwealth
The Queen today publicly backed The Prince of Wales to succeed her as the next head of the Commonwealth.
She told Commonwealth leaders at Buckingham Palace, “It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations, and will decide that one day The Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949.
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“By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for those who follow us: a world where the Commonwealth’s generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all.”
It was a highly significant moment for Prince Charles – just back from opening the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Her wishes are expected to be formally ratified by the leaders of the 53 leaders tomorrow when they announce Charles as the Commonwealth’s next Head.
The Queen went on: “Having on so many occasions been welcomed to opening ceremonies around the Commonwealth, it is a pleasure this time to welcome you to my own home
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“Here at Buckingham Palace in 1949, my father met the Heads of Government when they ratified the London Declaration, which created the Commonwealth as we know it today – then comprising just eight nations.
“Who then — or in 1952, when I became Head of the Commonwealth — would have guessed that a gathering of its member states would one day number 53, or that it would comprise 2.4 billion people?
“Put simply, we are one of the world’s great convening powers: a global association of volunteers who believe in the tangible benefits that flow from exchanging ideas and experiences and respecting each other’s point of view.”
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She added: “And we seem to be growing stronger year by year. The advantages are plain to see. An increasing emphasis on trade between our countries is helping us all to discover exciting new ways of doing business.
“And imaginative initiatives have shown how together we can bring about change on a global scale.”
She highlighted The Commonwealth Canopy has emphasised our interdependence, while the Commonwealth Blue Charter promises to do the same in protecting our shared ocean resources.
And she spoke of the The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is providing life-changing eye treatment to many thousands.”
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Speaking if the role of the Royal Family and the Commonwealth, she said: “My family and I have been heartened by these and the many other programmes in which we are proud to play a part.
“I am glad to see that young people, connecting through technology, are becoming ever more involved.
“When I meet the young leaders of this century, I remember my own life-long commitment – made in South Africa in 1947 at the age of 21. As another birthday approaches this week, I am reminded of the extraordinary journey we have been on, and how much good has been achieved.
“Mindful as always that this summit of Commonwealth leaders draws its mandate and authority from our member countries collectively, it gives me great pleasure to declare this meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government open.”
Future Commonwealth head, Prince Charles, spoke of his “with renewed pride” of our “remarkable” Commonwealth family.
He said it was a “very special pleasure” to be there joining The Queen in welcoming each of you to Buckingham Palace.
© Getty Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II speaks at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. – Queen Elizabeth II…He went on: “This is an occasion to celebrate, with renewed pride, our remarkable Commonwealth family, particularly as it follows so hard on the heels of the twenty-first Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, at the opening of which I was proud to have been asked to represent Her Majesty.
“Witnessing this great gathering of seventy-one countries and territories and meeting their athletes in the Games Village was, above all, a moving reminder of the strong and affectionate bonds which we all share.
“For my part, the Commonwealth has been a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember, beginning with my first visit to Malta when I was just five years old.
“I consider myself fortunate over the years to have been able to meet and talk with so many of the giants of the Commonwealth,” he said.
UK Prime Minister also was applauded for praying The Queen’s “constancy” to organisation.
She said of The Queen: “You have been the Commonwealth’s most steadfast and fervent champion.”
© Getty Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, …Issues under discussion at the two-day summit include ocean conservation, cyber security, trade and the Queen’s successor as head of the Commonwealth.
Mrs May said the issue of plastic waste would be “central” to the UK’s agenda at the bi-annual meeting.
It comes Commonwealth leaders are set to decide whether Prince Charles will take over from the Queen.
Her Majesty has been Head of the Commonwealth since coming to the throne in 1952 and despite being her heir Charles is not guaranteed of the honour by statute despite being the best qualified for the job.
In more than half a century of service to the organisation he has visited 44 of the nations, many of them several times.
© Getty Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. – Queen Elizabeth II…Charles is deeply passionate about the organisation that represents 2.3 billion people and 53 nations — a third of the world’s population.
“I have long had an instinctive sense of the value of the Commonwealth,” he has said, and spoken of the “pivotal role” the Commonwealth has to play in safeguarding our planet
He shows his support through official visits, military links, charitable activities and other special events.
© Getty Commonwealth leaders pose for a family photograph with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace.
This month he opened this year’s Commonwealth Games then tour and visited Vanuatu. Since 1969, the Prince has visited 44 Commonwealth countries.
Most recently he has led the charge for member island states that face being wiped out by a rise in sea levels with his Blue Economy Development framework initiative. But still some say he is not passionate
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Secrets of the oil used to anoint the Queen at her Coronation
By Hannah Furness, Royal Correspondent | 1 hrs ago on 14 January 2018
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It was a moment considered so sacred that television cameras were turned away out of respect, as the young Queen was anointed before God under a Westminster Abbey canopy.
Tonight, for the first time, that mysterious process will be revealed to the general public, as the Dean of Westminster allows the sight of the the anointing oil and its ornate bottle to be broadcast.
The solid gold ampulla, shaped like an eagle, is usually hidden carefully in Westminster Abbey, and with the moment of anointing deliberately cut from the Queen’s 1953 Coronation.
For the first time in history, the bottle will be permitted to be filmed for a BBC documentary about the Coronation, in a programme starring the Queen sharing her own memories of the day.
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The Queen, in conversation with expert Alastair Bruce, will speak candidly about what happened behind-the-scenes at both her own Coronation and that of her father, George VI.
She will discuss how he asked her to write down her own memories of the day, which she watched as an 11-year-old in 1937, proclaiming the task “very valuable”.
Watching home footage of her coronation for the first time, she will give a humorous running commentary of her memories and be reunited with the St Edward’s Crown she has not worn since.
Those who have already seen the show have remarked on the Queen’s quick wit, responding to praise for the smooth-running of her day with a dry: “Well, they jolly well should have done after the number of rehearsals we had.”
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She will also discuss her mischievous children, with Prince Charles watching on in the Abbey and Princess Anne at home.
On the subject of her father’s day, which included a minor but live debacle over which way the crown was supposed to be placed on his head, the Queen disclosed she has a “much better” recollection of 1937 coronation than her own because “I wasn’t doing anything. Just sitting there.”
Speaking to Bruce, the Queen said: “I remember my Father making me write down what I remembered about his coronation. It was very valuable. Have you never seen it?”
The programme will then display shots of the then Princess Elizabeth’s exercise book, in which she wrote: “I thought it all very very wonderful, and I expect the Abbey did too. The arches and beams at the top were covered with a sort of haze of wonder as Papa was crowned, at least I thought so.”
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The document, held by the Royal Archives, is entitled: “To Mummy and Papa, In Memory of Their Coronation, From Lilibet. By Herself.”
A spokesman for the BBC said the programme, part one of a series about the Royal Collection, would see the Dean of Westminster John Hall “reveal for the first time on camera the bottle containing the anointing oil used in The Queen’s Coronation in 1953”.
The film will closely examine, in HD, the Crown Jewels. The moment of anointing, which takes place under a canopy to ensure a “deeply personal experience between The Queen and God”, was not broadcast in 1953, when cameras set up for the first television coronation deliberately turned away.
Current Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said: “ It is kept very safe in the Deanery, in a very hidden place in a little box here, which has in it a flask containing the oil from 1953. And it is not just olive oil, it’s quite a complex mixture of different things.
“This is the recipe for the Coronation Oil. The composition of the oil was founded upon that used in the 17th century.
“Then you see what it consists of sesame seed and olive oil, perfume with roses orange flowers, jasmine, musk, civet and ambergris.”
Referring to The Queen’s Coronation, the Dean added: “For six months, they closed the abbey. They laid a railway track down the centre of the abbey, bringing in tonnes and tonnes of wood and iron.
“I think there were 400 people in the choir and they were all up there. And there was an orchestra on the choir screen. 2200 people can sit on the floor of the Abbey, 8000 people were in here in 1953. They took a long time actually to get the whole thing ready.”
© Reuters Queen Elizabeth
The programme will also share the Queen’s delight in learning the precise details of how the Crown Jewels were hidden in a biscuit tin under Windsor Castle during the Second World War.
Bruce tells how the King asked the Royal Librarian, Owen Morshead, to remove the most precious jewels from crowns and sceptres to be hidden, with the Queen remarking: “We were told nothing. We were just children.” The Coronation airs tonight, 8pm on BBC One.
New portrait marks Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th anniversary
19 November 2017 | 7 hours ago | BBC | From the section UK
Her Majesty the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh
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A new portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip has been released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
The royal couple will mark Monday’s platinum anniversary with a private dinner with family and friends at Windsor Castle.
The bells of Westminster Abbey, where they married in 1947, will toll to mark the occasion.
Royal Mail has issued a set of six commemorative stamps, featuring the couple’s engagement and wedding.
Image copyright EPA Image caption Commemorative stamps from the Royal Mail feature the royal couple’s engagement and wedding photos
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are the first royal couple to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.
When they married, the then Princess Elizabeth was 21-years-old while her groom, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, was 26.
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The new image, by celebrity photographer Matt Holyoak, shows the pair flanked by Thomas Gainsborough’s paintings of George III and Queen Charlotte from 1781.
In the photograph, the Queen is wearing a cream day dress designed by Angela Kelly, her personal assistant and dressmaker since 2002.
She also wears a “Scarab” brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby and diamond, designed by Andrew Grima and given to the Queen as a gift in 1966.
Queen will not lay Remembrance Sunday wreath
1 hour ago | 11 October 2017 | BBC | from the section UK
Image copyright EPA Image caption It will be the first time the Queen has not laid the wreath since 1999
The Queen will not lay a wreath at the Cenotaph this year as part of the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony.
She will watch the event on 12 November in Whitehall from the balcony of the Foreign Office with Prince Philip.
Prince Charles will take her place in laying the floral tribute on behalf of the nation, along with the Duke of Edinburgh’s equerry.
The Queen has not laid wreaths in six previous ceremonies since her coronation.
Two were during her pregnancies with Prince Andrew, in 1959, and Prince Edward, in 1963.
The other four occasions were when she was on visits abroad – in 1961, when she was in Ghana, in 1968, when in Brazil, in 1983, when in Kenya and in 1999, when in South Africa.
Image copyright EPA Image caption The Queen traditionally lays the wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the nation
Royal officials told the BBC that the Queen chose to ask her eldest son and heir to carry out the royal duty.
It will be the second time the Prince of Wales has laid the wreath after standing in for the Queen when she was on a trip to Kenya 34 years ago.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman added: “The Queen wishes to be alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and he will be in the balcony.”
BBC Royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the change was “another sign of the Royal Family in transition”, as well as “an acknowledgment of the fact the Queen is 91.”
Earlier this year Prince Philip retired from his public duties, but he has continued to join the Queen at some of her official engagements.
In 2015, the ceremony was made shorter to limit the amount of time the Queen, Prince Philip and the veterans in attendance would have to stand. This move included making some members of the Royal Family lay wreaths together, rather than separately.
However, plans for the prime minister to lay one wreath on behalf of all the political parties were scrapped, with opposition leaders still being allowed to place individual wreaths.
THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE AND PRINCE HARRY SET OUT MENTAL HEALTH AMBITIONS FOR HEADS TOGETHER IN RUN UP TO 2017 VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry today kicked off the next phase of Heads Together as the campaign intensifies its efforts to create millions of conversations around mental health in 2017. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading Heads Together, witheight Charity Partners and three Founding Partners, to change the conversation on mental health and end stigma.
At today’s briefing for leaders from across UK society, Their Royal Highnesses said that 2017 marks a ‘tipping point’ for mental health in the UK and outlined how Heads Together aims to make this the year when millions more people talk about their mental health without fear of judgement.
In speeches at the briefing, The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry described how the Heads Together campaign will work with a range of organisations and people from all walks of life to show how much starting a conversation can help all of us when dealing with pressures on our mental health. Attendees at the briefing were encouraged to behind the campaign by creating and sharing these conversations with their members, networks and audiences.
With fewer than 100 days to go to the start of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, Their Royal Highnesses said that Heads Together runners and others will use this opportunity to create a ‘mental health marathon’ that gets the country talking about mental health. Their Royal Highnesses welcomed the announcement today of a BBC season of features that will be broadcast around the time of the marathon, including a documentary featuring a small group of Heads Together runners to be broadcast before and after the event.
The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry opened up the Heads Together campaign to organisations that support their ambition to change the conversation on mental health. From today, organisations can sign up to become ‘Supporters of Heads Together’ at www.headstogether.org.uk/get-involved
Heads Together marathon runner Jon Salmon spoke at the event with his friend Steve Jackson about how their conversations have helped Jon deal with his mental health problems, along with exercise. Former footballer Rio Ferdinand also spoke at the event and committed his personal support to the Heads Together campaign.
Jon explained: “I have been lucky enough to have had a really supportive group of friends since my teens. But you know how blokes are, we were never good at talking about our feelings. It was really only after getting ill myself that I learned about the power of conversation and the importance of being able to open up and talk about sometimes very personal and painful feelings – which is never easy to do. The key is feeling safe – knowing that the person listening is not judging. Steve was always a great listener. This is as true in professional therapy as it is in friendship. Anti depressants are sometimes necessary in treating mental illness but cannot work on their own. A talking therapy, like CBT in my case, made all the difference.”
Speaking at the briefing, The Duke of Cambridge said: “There are times when, whoever we are, it is hard to cope with challenges – and when that happens being open and honest and asking for help is life-changing. Talking to someone else is a positive and confident step to take – but for too long it has been a case of ‘Keep Quiet and Carry On’. As a result, too many people have suffered in silence for too long, and the effects of this can be devastating.
“It is no exaggeration to say that conversations – simple conversations – can be life-changing: in a workplace, in your kitchen at home, with a friend, family member or colleague. And that’s what Catherine, Harry and I want to do – we want more people to be having those conversations.”
The Duchess of Cambridge said: “In the weeks leading up to the Marathon, our campaign will show people from all walks of life talking about the life-changing conversations that have helped them with their mental health challenges.
“We hope that these real-life examples will serve as encouragement to others to do the same.
If we succeed with this, we will have taken a powerful step in normalizing mental health as an issue in our society, thinking about it as we do our own physical health.”
Prince Harry added: “Over 500 people will be running for Heads Together, leading from the front (well perhaps not right at the front!), raising funds for the vital services provided by our Charity Partners. These runners will also be leading by example by starting conversations on mental health with their families, friends and colleagues.
“It has been unbelievably encouraging to see that attitudes towards mental health across the country are beginning to change. In the past, the phrase ‘mental health’ would be translated to mental illness. But thankfully that is changing!
“The truth is we can all help each other. You don’t need any qualifications to help your mate out, simply to listen to what they have to say. At the heart of this campaign is our hope that no-one should be afraid to ask for help, and no-one should worry about knowing how to help. That initial conversation could be the cure, before it has a chance to manifest itself.”
Rio Ferdinand also spoke about the importance of talking in helping those facing mental health challenges.
Rio Ferdinand said: “As a former footballer, now a presenter, entrepreneur and a dad I can feel the walls coming down. I remember the days when we would never ever discuss this stuff. Certainly not in the dressing room. Because we felt that it was a sign of weakness. Things are changing. More and more of us now know talking is a source of strength.
“In all of our walks of life we are beginning to have the conversations that need to be had. People are beginning to open up. For guidance, for support, to help find a way forward. And for many, those life-changing conversations are making the future look more positive.”
Following the speeches Their Royal Highnesses met with the Heads Together Charity Partners and supporters, as well as leaders from across UK society, ranging from media and technology through to business and the voluntary sector.
About Heads Together
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that fear no longer prevents people talking or getting the help they need.
Heads Together brings together a team of Charity Partners that have achieved great progress in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health problems. The team covers a wide range of mental health issues that are close to The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry’s passions. They are:
• Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
• Best Beginnings
• CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably
• Contact (a military mental health coalition)
• The Mix
The privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year gives Heads Together a positive platform to raise funds for the support provided by the campaign’s charity partners and to start millions of conversations.
The Heads Together campaign is being generously supported by The Hans & Julia Rausing Trust, ShareGift and the first three Heads Together Founding Partners – Dixons Carphone, Unilever UK and Virgin Money. This support will help amplify the aims of the campaign as well as fund specific projects designed to help us all with mental health.
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