This week, Catherine was assigned a new role, as Kensington Palace announced the Duchess was to become Patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
The hospital’s orthopaedic and spinal surgery unit provides the largest service in the region for ill children from South London and the South-East of England. The hospital also provides community services for young people and their families in Lambeth and Southwark.
The Duchess of Cambridge was clearly delighted with her new role saying, “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”
Director of Evelina London, Marian Ridley said, “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron. The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients.”
Catherine has been visiting the children’s hospital for a while now – first visiting back in 2017.
The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her husband Prince William, to visit the children’s hospital on the same day as the announcement of her patronage. The hospital, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary next year.
During their visit, Prince William and Catherine were introduced to children who benefit from the hospital’s care. The Royal couple also met hospital staff and parents to hear about the life changing care and support Evelina offers.
William and Catherine joined in with the children and their festive activities which included arts and crafts.
Elegant as ever, Catherine wore a stunning dark green and cream silk polka dot dress from L.K. Bennett to the special occasion.
The Duchess of Cambridge is also a Patron of the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, National Centre for Children and Families and the charity Place2Be.