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In Pictures: William and Kate at summit to mark World Mental Health Day

The summit saw political figures, academics and policymakers discuss issues surrounding mental health, with the event working to help countries work together to address said issues.

The duke and duchess were attending the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, which is being hosted by the Government and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Today's inaugural summit aligns with the couple's Heads Together charity and their targeted focus on mental health awareness, and is being co-hosted by the British government and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and they watched two presentations on successful mental health programmes in the U.S. and Slovenia. It was in 1992 that it was first celebrated, an initiative by the World Federation for Mental Health.

The couple were introduced to Dairo Vargas, who was painting "Someone to Turn To", a piece inspired by the inaugural Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit.

William immediately put Kate forward saying she is the "arty one", we're guessing this stems from her art history degree, and so she added a brush stroke to the painting.

Kate, 36, who studied History of Art at St Andrews, where she first met her husband, laughed and took the brush from Mr Vargas, asking him: 'Where can you hide it?' Mr Vargas pointed to a shoulder area and Kate made her brushstroke - as William joked: 'It's nearly ruined the picture'.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The duke and duchess were greeted by Health Secretary Matt Hancock

They also visited a "friendship bench", which was a Zimbabwean project that aimed to teach older women in the country how to help those struggling with mental health with talks on the benches.

The royal couple arrived to attend multiple presentations on case studies of active mental health programs and also met with young people to speak about their experiences with mental health.

Its eye-catching lilac colour looks divine on the mum of three, who returned to her royal duties following a six-month maternity leave last Tuesday. Avid royal-watchers may recognise the dress from her 2017 trip to Berlin.

The couple is also preparing for another big event on Friday when William's cousin, Princess Eugenie, celebrates her Royal Wedding to fiance, Jack Brooksbank, at Windsor Castle.

If you or someone you know is in need of support due to mental health issues contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Kid's Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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