Kate dons boxing gloves for mental health campaign - and throws some mean punches


From running between the stumps while playing cricket to totally slaying it at hockey, the Duchess of Cambridge can now add another talent to her long list of activities performed while wearing high heels.

As part of a campaign to help tackle the nation's psychological problems, Kate Middleton donned a pair of gloves and boxed her way to mental wellbeing.

And she still managed to look as flawless as ever.

The Duchess of Cambridge boxing.
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Looking incredibly stylish as ever in a chic white blouse from Goat which she paired with a patterned Banana Republic skirt, and not to mention pointy heels, the Duchess threw some well-aimed punches... before bursting into laughter.

She was joined by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry to be put through their paces by three-weight world champion Duke McKenzie during a reception at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

The royals were aiming to illustrate how physical exercise can play in helping to reduce problems like stress.

The Duchess of Cambridge boxing.
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McKenzie said Harry was the more confident of the three and punched the hardest, William held his power in reserve while Kate was described as "absolutely lovely".

The ex-professional boxer wore focus pads on his hands and instructed the royal trio where to punch as they were encouraged to let loose during the boxing demonstration.

Prince Harry boxing.
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Harry looked the sharpest and was left a little tired after his exertions and stuck out his tongue as he panted for air, while William took a few minutes to get into the rhythm of punching and said "I'm relaxed now" as his timing improved.

McKenzie, who regularly gives boxing training to people with mental health problems at his south London gym, said: "Harry told me he uses boxing to de-stress - and he said he wanted me to be his personal coach."

Prince Harry boxing.
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He added: "Harry's the puncher, he's done it before, he's a bit of a banger. He can punch. He said he wasn't fit but I knew he had a six-pack under his shirt, unlike my one-pack.

"He was more precise with his hitting, while William was a lot more reserved - perhaps he was trying to lull me into a false sense of security. Kate was an absolutely lovely, sincere person, full of charm."

The Duke of Cambridge boxing.
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William, Kate and Harry have pledged to find "practical ways of providing everyone who needs help, with the right support and care" under their new Heads Together initiative.

Speaking together at the launch event, they stressed the first thing was to change the national conversation "from one of silence and shame to one of optimism and support".

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry.
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The campaign will see the royal trio working with a number of leading mental health organisations and charities to address the issues faced by various members of society from children and young people to pregnant mothers and young men.

The organisations involved in the project are the Anna Freud Centre, Best Beginnings, CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably, Contact (a military mental health coalition), Mind, Place2Be, The Mix, and YoungMinds.