The Cambridges traveled to rural Lancashire in northwestern England this Thursday, checking in on health staff members who have faced unique challenges during the pandemic.
Prince William and Kate Middleton took to their second public outing this week after visiting the Foundling Museum in London to learn more about the care sector, this time championing the mental health of healthcare workers.
For the visit, Kate chose camel wool and cashmere coat, combining it with tan Iris and Ink polo-neck jumper with a matching skirt.
They met with the doctors, nurses and other health workers at Clitheroe Community Hospital. The royal couple was interested to hear how NHS Charities Together has supported hospitals and their staff over the past two years, a charity they have supported.
Aside from the doctors and nurses, William and Kate also met with a crucial addition to the team over these difficult times – a cockapoo puppy named Alfie!
Alfie is going through training to serve as a therapy dog supporting patients and overworked staff at the hospital. William and Kate naturally felt right at home with the puppy, later sharing a playful tweet asking royal fans who they thought Alfie preferred: William or Kate!
Kate described the pup as “so sweet” but, after enjoying a cuddle, added: “Our dog is going to be very upset.”
Prince William and Kate, as well as their children, are known to be dog lovers. They have previously owned Lupo, and English Cocker Spaniel, who sadly died in November 2020. However, James Middleton, Kate’s brother gifted them another spaniel whose name is still not known.
NHS Charities Together has focused on helping support the mental health of their staffers, Alfie is a crucial part of that programs. They have donate more than £410,000 setting up wellbeing services for the 9,000 staff across East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, including Alfie.
Who do you think Alfie, the therapy dog preferred?— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) January 20, 2022
The Cambridge also spent time talking to patients and how they have managed the pandemic and heard about the successful vaccination efforts.