Kate, who is known as the Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, combined her favorite charities and favorite sport with one aim – helping children

By Simon Perry
February 24, 2016 08:40 AM
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It’s a big day for Princess Kate – a.k.a. the Countess of Strathearn, as she’s known in Scotland.

The royal mom, 34, will make a trio of appearances on her own on Wednesday to further her key cause: supporting children’s mental health.

After arriving at St. Catherine’s primary school in the green Sportmax coat she previously wore on Christmas Day, a skirt by Scottish designer Le Kilt and stunning gold and diamond leaf earrings from Kiki McDonough, she’ll later change into workout clothes to hit the court with British tennis pro Andy Murray s mother, Judy.

The appearances mark her first solo royal duties north of the border – where her Scottish title is the Countess of Strathearn. Kate knows the area well. She and husband Prince William came to Edinburgh for social events when they both studied art history at St. Andrews University.

During her stop at St. Catherine’s, Kate observed how the charity Place2Be, which she recently supported in a new PSA seen around the world, carries out its work in disadvantaged areas of Scotland.

She received flowers from 8-year-old Suranne Jeffrey and Rodney Oduro, 10. The pair – who had been busy practicing their curtsy and bow – presented her with a bouquet of flowers as other youngsters cheered and waved flags.

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Luke Alexander, 12, presented the princess with a Quiach cup – a special, two-handled, Scottish drinking bowl – to signify friendship.

Kate’s effect on breaking the stigma of mental health issues among young people was praised by Place2Be president Benita Refson, who told PEOPLE that the royal mom “gave many the confidence to speak more openly about their situations.”

Over at Wester Hailes Education Centre, Kate checked in with The Art Room, which helps children to increase their self-esteem through art.

The charity, of which Kate joined as patron in January 2012, emphasizes teaching life skills and encouraging children to engage with one another.

It’s encouragement of a different kind that will come later at the third school, Craigmount High School, where she will take part in a tennis coaching workshop with Judy Murray.

Judy has set up the program Tennis on the Road “to increase and improve the coaching workforce in Scotland, and its aim is to grow the game from the grassroots up,” her spokesperson explains.

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