On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge attended an engagement at a London children’s hospital. She joined young children at a workshop at Evelina London children’s hospital to see how arts support children’s health, well-being and happiness.
While there, the Duchess met baby Rose Parker and her mom Emily. She cooed over Rose and made her smile by tickling her legs. The Duchess revealed to her mother: “My son Louis also has very tickly knees.”
Emily shared: “I’m trying to be cool about this but she [Kate] is really my favourite [out of the royals]. When I look back at this whole experience, for her to take the time to come and see us… it will be one of the things that stands out and keeps me going. It’s been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.
“Rose was a completely healthy baby until Boxing Day and then she went bright yellow. I took her to A&E and they told me she was not going to make it. I was told she would need a liver transplant.
“And then miraculously and with the help of the medicines they gave us, she pulled through. We now just have to deal with this day to day.”
For the occasion, Kate looked elegant as ever in a D&G tweed skirt suit combined with black court shoes. It might look familiar to royal fans as the Duchess wore the outfit first on an engagement in February last year.
As she arrived at the hospital, she was seen stopping to speak to youngsters at before heading inside to take part in the activities.
The Duchess was all smiles as she received flowers from nine-year-old Anna-Victoria, a patient at the hospital suffering from Achondroplasia.
Later, the Duchess joined a group of children at a table helping to make paper characters for a tiny theatre complete with a stage.
Evelina London children’s hospital is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and offers life-savings services for children ranging in age from newborns to 18-year-olds.
The creative workshops are run by the National Portrait Gallery. The Duchess has been patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012 and became patron of Evelina London in 2018.
The program runs in three other children’s hospitals in London; Great Ormond Street Hospital, Newham University Hospital and The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.