The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a night at the theatre as part of their continued work on mental health.
The royal couple had an evening away from the children as they attended Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward theatre in London’s West End.
The duchess wore a Eponine dress for the special charity performance of the show, which follows a teenager dealing with social anxiety by writing himself letters each day.
Catherine wore a pair of silver Jimmy Choos which she wore at the BAFTAs last week. She borrowed her earrings from her grandmother-in-law, the Queen.
Before the show, the couple met composers Justin Paul, Benj Pastel and author Steven Legend along with show producer Stacey Mindich.
A personal message from the duke was printed on the back of the programme and explained he and his wife “care passionately” about mental health issues.
The message added he was “pleased that Dear Evan Hansen is helping to start important conversations between parents and teenagers about this important subject”.
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After the show, William spoke to the cast, saying: “To do a production about mental health, it was like ‘how is this going to work?’
“It could go either way. It could be too serious or it is too thin. You nailed it.
“You had the humour and the normalisation of it. You had the sincerity and the authenticity.
“There were so many emotions and feelings and you had the spectrum of it.
“You had the whole rollercoaster of how you feel.”
He and Kate also asked the British actors how they managed to keep up their American “twang” throughout the performance.
Prince William is currently working on a campaign called Heads Up, which aims to get football fans to discuss their mental health and treat it as being as important as physical health.
The duchess has been running the biggest ever survey on early childhood development with Ipsos MORI. The 5 Big Questions on the Under Fives aimed to start a conversation on how Early Years affect the rest of a person’s life.
The Royal Foundation also developed Shout 85258, a free and confidential 24/7 UK text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis.
Tuesday evening’s show will raise funds for the Royal Foundation.
William and Catherine met the cast after the show, and William made a few short remarks.
Video shared on social media showed the duke urging fellow theatre-goers to sit down as they made their way to their seats.
The Cambridges have returned to London after spending Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s half term holiday in the countryside, where they were lambing.
Speaking to injured Welsh rugby players before the men’s side’s clash with France on Saturday, he told one: “We’ve been lambing with the children this week.
“Charlotte wasn’t sure at first but George was straight in there. Louis loves the tractors.
“They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs.”
Next week the duke and duchess will be in Ireland, visiting Dublin and Galway, their first official tour of the country.
The trip, which was at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will include stops at Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway.
They will meet with Ireland’s president, Michael D Higgins, as well as learning more about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment.
The aim of the visit is to “highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland” from its thriving cities to rural communities.