Prince William and Duchess Kate announce their next joint engagement

By Zach Harper, with files from Danielle Stacey

Prince William and Duchess Kate announce their next joint engagement

Duchess Kate and Prince William are enjoying time off from royal duties this week and spending time with their children, who are on a half-term break from school. But we'll see them back at work next week, since they've just announced their next joint engagement.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre in London on Feb. 25. The performance is in aid of The Royal Foundation and the couple will meet with cast members after the show.

It isn't surprising William and Kate will be attending the musical, since it fits right in with their mental health work. The show, which is about a boy with social anxiety navigating a very anxiety-provoking world, has been credited with helping teenagers speak about mental health.

The London cast of Dear Evan Hansen on press day, prior to the musical's premiere in November 2019. Photo: © David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

The duke and duchess have met with Dear Evan Hansen's cast members before. The London production's Marcus Harman performed at a volunteer celebration for Shout, the mental health text messaging service the Cambridges and Sussexes helped launch last year.

William is still promoting Heads Up, a campaign that is using soccer as a way for sports fans to talk about mental health, while Kate just concluded a UK tour supporting her "5 Big Questions on the Under 5's" survey. It runs until Feb. 21 and is intended to give parents a sounding board for how they think the next generation of children should be raised in the UK.

Mental health is a big part of that for Kate – the mom of three has spoken extensively about how spending time outdoors can be beneficial for children's mental wellness and development. She also recognizes that it's important to set kids up by giving them a strong start in the first five years of their lives and believes many societal problems have their roots in problems in early years.

Kate spent lots of time with children on her UK tour in support of her survey, such as these sweet kids in Northern Ireland last week. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In addition to her joint engagement with William, we'll also see Kate out at a SportsAid event in Stratford, England on Feb. 26. The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the London Stadium at the Olympic Park to take part in an event honouring parents and guardians who have helped their kids to success in the sports world.

March is extremely busy for William and Kate so far, with the couple slated to travel to Ireland for three days from March 3 to 5 before attending Commonwealth Day celebrations with the rest of the Royal Family on March 9. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will be back in the UK to attend the customary service, which is usually held at Westminster Abbey on that day, so there's a good chance we'll see a Fab Four reunion!

We'll also likely see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge step out around St. Patrick's Day as well, as they tend to make a traditional visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards' base in Hounslow, London on or around March 17.

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