The poignant message behind the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit during meeting with NHS workers

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The Duchess of Cambridge highlighted British brand Marks & Spencer she supported NHS workers last week amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Duchess Catherine stepped out in a chic Marks & Spencer outfit last week as she and Prince William visited NHS workers to support them amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Duchess looked chic and stylish in a lovely dark rose two-piece from the high-street giant, which she paired with grey BOSS pumps and a simple cream top.

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And now a royal expert has revealed the hidden message behind the Duchess's poignant outfit choice.

"I love the fact that Kate was wearing a pink Marks and Spencer suit," said royal commentator Angela Mollard to the ROYALS podcast.

"It was absolutely gorgeous, but I love the fact it wasn't designer. It just said 'I am one of you'.

"She can afford to wear anything she likes but I love the fact that it was normal," continued Angela.

"A Marks and Spencer suit is what women in London really wear to work.

"She was effectively doing that."

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Speaking about their touching visit to NHS workers last week, Prince William wrote on Instagram, ‘Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most.

The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus,’ continued the Duke.

‘But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good.

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Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones.

‘They need our support as much as we need theirs,’ the royal went on. ‘All of us have a part to play if we’re going to protect the most vulnerable’.

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The Prince then appealed to the public to avoid contact with others as much as possible, adding, ‘That means acting on the latest expert advice, staying home if we or those we live with have symptoms, and avoiding non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus’.

Let’s hope the couple and their children are all staying safe.

Aleesha Badkar
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Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


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