Kate Middleton visited the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London yesterday, where she was welcomed as a new patron. The Duchess of Cambridge is only the second ever patron of the college, following on from the Queen Mother.
For the special occasion, Kate wore a matching blue coat and dress by Jenny Packham, which she paired with a Stuart Weitzman bag and Jimmy Choo pumps. Her large baby bump was on full display, as her third child is expected to arrive in April.
During her visit, the 36-year-old visited the Snow Leopard Ward at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which is part of St. Thomas. She met the family of a young patient, and received a special floral bouquet from one young girl.
While there, Kate also reunited with the woman who delivered Princess Charlotte at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington in 2015. According to reports, she made a bee-line for Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent once the official patronage ceremony was over and embraced her.
“This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother and grandmother were both volunteer nurses,” Kate said in her speech. “They would have learned first-hand from working with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the Red Cross about the care and compassion that sometimes only nurses can provide.”
“Your dedication and professionalism are awe-inspiring,” she continued. “I have been struck today by the enormous range of responsibilities that nurses have, not only in providing access to healthcare, but also in terms of providing a holistic approach to caring for our physical and mental health. You also promote good health and disease prevention.
“I would like to congratulate and thank all nurses everywhere on what you achieve on a daily basis. The difference you make should not go unrecognized. I would also like to acknowledge the International Council of Nurses, the World Health Organization and the Burdett Trust for Nursing, who are playing key roles in ensuring the future of the profession.”