The Deeper Meaning Behind the Princess of Wales’s Yellow Blazer for World Mental Health Day

The Prince and Princess of Wales host a forum to mark World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2023, in Birmingham, England. Photo: Getty Images

When the Princess of Wales stepped out with Prince William to host the Royal Foundation event, Exploring our Emotional Worlds, on Wednesday, she offered a lesson in dressing with a purpose.

Outfitted in a black top and black trousers, Middleton added a pop of color in the form of a bright yellow L.K.Bennett blazer in honor of #HelloYellow, a campaign that was launched to support the YoungMinds charity and raise awareness about young people’s well-being for World Mental Health Day. The choice of color instantly communicated the theme, which was “stand out and show up for young people’s mental health.”

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On a similarly touching note, Middleton accessorized with gold star-shaped earrings which also carried a meaningful connection to the day’s events. Dubbed “Issy Star,” they were gifted to the royal by Sarah Renton, a Maidenhead Rugby Club coach whose 17-year-old daughter Isobelle Phipps died by suicide earlier this year. Designed by Phipps’s cousin and owner of EarSass, Sophie McGown, with proceeds from the purchase of the jewelry going to the mental health charity, Brave Minds.

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The gold blazer-and-earring combination set the tone as Middleton spoke about “building a brighter, more resilient future” through the power of continued support and open discussions about issues facing today’s youth. Princess Diana struggled with mental health in the public eye, and through her openness, made it her mission to help others talk about their own feelings. It no doubt inspired Prince William and Prince Harry to follow in her footsteps—and it seems Middleton is also following suit.

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