Tuesday, 27 February 2018

"This Campaign Means A Lot To Me Personally": Kate Supports Nursing Now & Two New Patronages!

The Duchess of Cambridge carried out the first of two engagements today, visiting the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, to learn more about the College’s global health programmes to reduce maternal and newborn mortality worldwide.


Today's engagements coincided with news Kate has taken on two patronages in the field of global health. The Duchess today become Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and Patron of the Nursing Now campaign. The Palace added "The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact of front-line medical professionals during visits to hospitals and hospices, and through her work in support of children's mental health and early intervention. The Duchess' patronages at RCOG and Nursing Now provide an opportunity to shine a light on these vital professions, both in the UK and internationally."


It brings Kate's total number of patronages to sixteen.


Kate was welcomed by Professor Lesley Regan, President of the RCOG.


Professor Regan said:

“I am absolutely thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge has graciously accepted our invitation to become the RCOG’s second Patron, after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It is a great honour for the College, now in its 89th year, and its 16,000 members in the UK and around the world.
“We are very grateful to Her Royal Highness whose support will help to raise our profile as a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare at home and beyond. We know that maternal health and mental wellbeing is an issue close to The Duchess’s heart, as a young mother herself. We hope that this new relationship will build on our work to improve healthcare for women everywhere, and ensure that women’s views on the care they receive are at the heart of everything we do.”

Professor Regan met with the Duchess for a roundtable discussion on maternal mental health at Kensington Palace in November.


The College has enjoyed a long standing relationship with the Royal Family.


Before becoming its first Patron, as Duchess of York, Her Royal Highness had, with her husband, the future King George VI, opened the RCOG’s former home on Queen Anne Street in 1932 (pictured below). When the Queen Mother passed in 2002 RCOG said "The College lost one of its original allies. But her commitment to improving maternal wellbeing carries on through her younger relatives." RCOG has awarded an Honorary Fellowship to 10 members of the Royal Family, including Her Majesty The Queen (1949), Princess Margaret (1966), The Princess Royal (1979), Diana, Princess of Wales (1987) and Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (1996).


Kate has a strong interest in maternal mental health and has carried out a number of engagements in the area. Almost a year ago, Kate visited RCOG where she delivered a speech on motherhood at the launch of a series of films focused on maternal mental health. Drawing on her own experiences, the Duchess admitted to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance as a mother. "It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight.  You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost."


The RCOG works to improve healthcare for women everywhere, by setting standards for clinical practice, providing doctors with training and lifelong learning, and advocating for women’s healthcare worldwide. Founded in 1929, the College now has over 16,000 members worldwide, and works with a range of partners both in the UK and globally to encourage the study of obstetrics and gynaecology and advance its science and practice.


The Royal College launched the results of a survey of over 2300 women about their experiences of mental health problems during and after pregnancy. Key findings included: Women reported experiencing low rates of referral, long waits, regional variation of care, a lack of continuity of care, misunderstanding and stigma. The mental health of women’s partners is also often neglected by healthcare professionals and services. The inforgraphic below shares several of the findings including the fact 23% of those surveyed found their clinicians unapproachable. You can view the full report Maternal Mental Health - Women's Voices here.


Professor Regan showed Kate a painting of The Queen opening the College’s current London home in 1960.


Kate heard about the education and training programmes for doctors wishing to specialise in this field, and how practical examinations fit into the training process.


The Duchess also saw how the College’s workshops and continued training support trainee doctors to develop safe surgical techniques and essential clinical skills in obstetrics and gynaecology.


Kate learned more about the work carried out by the RCOG’s Centre for Women’s Global Health, which supports communities across the world with women’s maternal and gynaecological health, and aims to reduce maternal and newborn fatalities.


Kate was interested to hear about the Leading Safe Choices programme, which operates in South Africa and Tanzania.


More on the Leading Safe Choices programme:

'Expanding contraceptive choice, particularly long-acting reversible methods such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, and improving access to safe abortion services dramatically improves the health of women and their children. 
The RCOG Leading Safe Choices initiative aims to put the evidence into practice by strengthening the competence and raising the standing of family planning and abortion care professionals. In collaboration with colleagues in South Africa and Tanzania, we will promote best practices in postpartum contraception and comprehensive abortion care (CAC) in South Africa, and comprehensive post-abortion care (CPAC) in Tanzania.'

The Duchess attended a roundtable discussion focused on exploring how the stigma which surrounds women’s health, and in particular maternal mental health, can be challenged.


A great photo of Kate.

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Kate warmly hugged Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, a midwife who assisted with the birth of George and Charlotte. Professor Dunkley-Bent described it as "a surprise and an absolute pleasure" to be reunited with Kate today.

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To mark her first official visit as Patron, the Duchess was presented with a certificate.


More from the Mail Online: 'Presenting Kate with a certificate to mark her patronage, Professor Regan said: 'On behalf of everyone here present, I would like to extend our very best wishes for the birth of your third child. 'I'm confident that you will receive excellent care from the wonderful team at my own hospital, as indeed you received for the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Thank you once again for visiting the college today, becoming our patron and for showing such passionate interest in our work. We look forward to a very long and fruitful relationship with you and your family.'


And a beautiful posy for Kate.


A video from Kensington Palace.


Kate signed the Royal Visitors' book before leaving. Several photos of other royals signing the same book are framed above. I do love the monarchy's sense of tradition and continuity. With Kate as patron, the link between RCOG and the Royal family remains strong for another generation.


A look at Kate's signature.


The Mail Online reports, when Kate left she thanked Professor Regan adding "It was great to see Jacqui as well".


RCOG tweeted "Thank you to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge for visiting us at the RCOG today and accepting the patronage. We look forward to seeing you again soon!"


Next, The Duchess visited St Thomas' Hospital to officially launch a campaign to promote nursing worldwide.


Kate chatted with a group of nurses upon arrival.


Nursing Now is a major global campaign aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide, so that nurses can make an even greater contribution at the heart of efforts to tackle rising burdens of disease. As the health professionals closest to the public, nurses are the lynchpin of effective health teams, playing a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention and treatment. The Nursing Now campaign will support nurses to become leaders so they can play a greater role in health policy decision-making, helping countries meet the pressing health challenges of the 21st century. The campaign will run to the end of 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and a year when nurses will be celebrated worldwide.


Speaking about Kate's patronage, Lord Crisp, Co-Chair Nursing Now Campaign, said:

"On behalf of Nursing Now supporters across the world I am delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron. Our campaign aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide – influencing policymakers and supporting nurses themselves to lead, learn and build a global movement. “We are delighted to have a patron with such a strong commitment to nursing and a history in her family of volunteer nurses. We look forward to working with Her Royal Highness as we support nursing and nurses across the world."

The Duchess first visited the Snow Leopard ward at St Thomas's Hospital, where she saw first-hand the expertise and dedication of nurses as they care for children in the Ward.


Lauren talked to Kate about the care her one-year-old daughter, Amara, has received on Snow Leopard Ward since January.


The Snow Leopard Ward at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which is part of St Thomas’, cares for children who need help breathing to stay alive. The nurse-led team train carers and relatives how to use the child’s ventilation equipment to prepare them for going home.


Kate joked William is "in denial" ahead of the arrival of Baby Cambridge.


Kate joined a roundtable discussion with nurses across the career spectrum, from trainees to consultant nurses, and from a range of different countries to find out what it means to be a 21st century nurse and what impact the Nursing Now campaign could have on the profession.


The Duchess joined a launch event in the Main Hall and delivered a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Kate began the speech on a personal note "This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother and grandmother were both volunteer nurses. 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."


The Telegraph reports

'The Duchess’ own great-grandmother, Olive Middleton, is known to have worked as a nurse, caring for wounded servicemen after the Leeds estate belonging to a cousin was turned into a field hospital.
There, in Gledhow Hall, she is reported to have nursed men severely wounded on the Western front, learning the full horror of war. In 1920, she gave birth to the Duchess’ paternal grandfather Peter Middleton.'

Kate continued: "Your dedication and professionalism are awe-inspiring, 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." Kate added: "Nurses are always there". "I was surprised to learn that to keep pace with the rising global demand the world will need an additional 9 million nurses by 2030. In simple terms, that's about 2,000 nurses every day for the next twelve years".


For those asking about the lady accompanying Kate on a number of engagements lately; her name is Laura Baker and she's Kate's assistant private secretary. She's been at KP for a couple of years working as William's assistant private secretary. Catherine Quinn doesn't accompany Kate on all engagements, so I expect we'll be seeing more of Ms Baker with the Duchess in the future.


The Duchess looked stylish in a gorgeous new blue collarless coat with white piping teamed with a matching blue dress. Both pieces are bespoke creations by one of Kate's favourite designers Jenny Packham.


More from The Telegraph:

'The style of the look she has chosen is; Kate's coordinating royal blue coat and dress seem to offer a nod to the traditional look of a nurse's tunic. The Duchess has become an expert in literal dressing and often uses the strategy in her wardrobe choices.
For today's outing however, during which she is liaising with professors at the RCOG, the Duchess has taken a more straightforward approach, opting for a nearly-navy coat complete with white piping and buttons, layered over a dress in a matching hue with an elasticated empire line to accommodate her growing baby bump, not unlike a nurse's uniform. 
What's more, the ensemble is similar in cut, colour and comes with the same contrast trimmings as the robes worn by the college's professors- a sartorial  tribute to the medical organisation that works to improve health care for women by training and educating doctors and advocating women's healthcare across the world.'

Blue and white are the colours of Nursing Now.



Kate teamed the look with her Jimmy Choo Georgia pumps.

Jimmy Choo

Kate carried her Stuart Weitzman Muse clutch.

Stuart Weitzman

And accessorised with her G Collins & Sons tanzanite pendant and earrings.


A trace of Kate's Henna tattoo remains visible. 


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The Duchess has two particularly interesting engagements tomorrow.

Tomorrow - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take part in the first annual Royal Foundation Forum. The theme 'Making a Difference Together' will showcase programmes run by the Royal Foundation. William, Kate, Harry and Meghan will appear on stage together to discuss the foundation.
Tomorrow evening, The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, will visit the exhibition 'Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography'. Forming the Gallery's first Patron's Trail, Kate has selected images from the exhibition for which she has written personal captions that will be displayed alongside the photographs. The Duchess has also written a foreword to the exhibition catalogue.

Kensington Palace also confirmed two events for next week. I suspect suggestions Kate will take her maternity leave after St Patrick's Day are on the money.

6 March - The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Pegasus Primary School in Oxford on 6th March to learn more about the work of the charity Family Links UK. Family Links works to empower children, parents, families, schools and workplaces to prioritise positive emotional health, by delivering innovative, high quality training to health and social care services, third sector organisations, schools and universities. The charity's Nurturing Programme, which underpins all of their work, is designed to provide adults and children with the understanding, skills and ability to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships.
7 March - The Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the new headquarters of children's mental health charity Place2Be in London. The Duchess will use the visit to learn more about the training provided and research conducted by Place2Be around children's mental health. 

We'll see you for a busy day tomorrow!

118 comments:

  1. Nice with some new patronages! Seems like a great fit and I'm so happy with her continued wider focus on womens and maternal health to compliment her focus on their mental health!

    I love the look! Really professional! And once again she's wearing my favourite earrings! YAY! I also really like her hair today. Nice volume!

    Looking forward to the rest of the day!

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    1. I love those earrings too, Rebecca. I think it is lovely that Kate now has the experience to take on more serious women's issues. She can identify with it more since having children herself.

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    2. The Leading Safe Choices project description above says, "In collaboration with colleagues in South Africa and Tanzania, we will promote best practices in postpartum contraception and comprehensive abortion care (CAC) in South Africa, and comprehensive post-abortion care (CPAC) in Tanzania.' So Kate wore her beautiful tanzanite jewelry. I love the fact that her coat coordinates with the professor's academic gown. Both so characteristic of Kate's ability to weave symbolism into her appearance.

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    3. Oh, I didn't even notice the Tanzania/Tanzanite part. That might possible be by choice. Even if it isn't, I still love the jewels and it's a fun coincidence!

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    4. I love those tanzanites, too. And of course, the diamonds surrounding them probably came from South Africa. At first glance, I expected Kate's sapphire earrings, but then I realized the tanzanites were the perfect color, and maybe a reference to the work of the organization.

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  2. Open coat!! Her best day look in ages. Hair is on point too!

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  3. Hmm i love the coat charlotte new charity

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  4. A good-looking outfit - I like the matching dress and coat as opposed to the more common unmatched choices we've seen.

    This is a very good patronage for Kate. I'd been hoping she'd become patron of Well Being of Women (I believe Sarah Brown is presently patron) which Diana was patron of when it was Birthright. This patronage seems as though it will deal with many of the same issues - and Kate as a young mother who has had difficult pregnancies seems the ideal choice.

    As Kate has done more this winter, her confidence seems to have grown exponentially - as I always thought it would. There will surely be a break after the baby comes but I hope in autumn we see a similar increase - that leaves her plenty of time with the little ones - and yet becoming a fully developed royal - her interests setting an example for her children.

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  5. I LOVE this outfit. So on point! Wonder who designe it.

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    1. 🌸 Imke. It is a nod to nursing uniforms and is bespoke by Jenny Packham as Charlotte indicated in her narrative.

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    2. Well, thanks. My post is from the time when Charlotte had only posted one picture.

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  6. Great to hear about Kate's new patronages! Both are fantastic choices and I'm glad that Kate will be lending her support to both organisations.

    I really like Kate's outfit today, especially because the outer coat is open which looks really comfortable on her. Also a lovely nod to her new patronages with the white piping, it certainly reminds me of a nurses uniform :)

    Love Avee in SA

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  7. Duchess fan from Downunder27 February 2018 at 11:26

    Bespoke Jenny Packham? The style reminds me of the cream outfit worn to church when pregnant with George. The colour reminds me of Canada arrival.

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    1. Anglophile in Ohio28 February 2018 at 00:30

      Jenny Packham was the designer for the cream lace dress and coat you are describing. She wore it about 7 weeks before George was born. This coat and dress seem to be the same pattern.

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  8. Duchess fan from Downunder27 February 2018 at 11:47

    Though the lapel detail is very Goat...

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  9. Wonderful to hear about two new patronages for Kate. The nursing one in particular seems to be an expansion of her interests and is a very worthy career to champion.

    The outfit is gorgeous, although I'm shivering just looking at the lighter weight fabric (it's bitterly cold in the UK at the moment)! I wondered just last night whether it might be cobalt blue today - it seems to be her go-to colour for giving speeches! I'm also wondering whether it might be another Jenny Packham outfit. Just because she seems to buy her designer pieces in little clusters of two or three, and this would be a second after the Baftas gown. Also, I seem to recall she had an edge-to-edge coat from Jenny late in her first pregnancy with George. I'm probably completely wrong as usual, but that's my little hunch!

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    1. 🌸 Helen. It is a nod to nursing uniforms as Charlotte indicated in her narrative.

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    2. Good Call Helen! Jenny Packham it is! :)

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  10. I love cobalt blue and sapphire jewelery.
    I 'm proud of Kate. During time of her pregnancy she made a lot for mother and children. I 'm so happy that she continues her interested in nursing and she has a new patronage.It is beautiful to see how Duchess develop her work.

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    1. Tammy from California27 February 2018 at 20:00

      I agree with you wholeheartedly Karolina. I'm so glad she didn't rush into things under pressure. She took the time to think and start small on what to dive into and she really has developed her work. Better for longevity's sake. A chip off the Queen's "stability" block in many ways.

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  11. Great initiatives! From the coat the first thing came to my mind was a medical coat...which fits the theme, otherwise...

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  12. Glad to see Kate get two new patronages. I think these are both great fits for her and the theme of mental health. Both appear to also have global connections that also fit with some passions that the younger royals have.

    I like the color and style of the coat. Although it's bespoke, looking at it, I didn't get the impression it was especially well made. It just didn't seem to have that extra bit of polish. I wonder if perhaps Kate needed some quick clothes and had her go to designers create some quick, easy pieces for her to wear these last few weeks.

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    1. I’m willing to buy that Catherine Walker made that coat, but the dress? With the visible thread at the pucker? Unless she made it on three minutes notice on the same morning, I’m not impressed. You might be right about this. Possibly she wasn’t expecting quite this many engagements so close to the end, or equally possibly she’s gotten a bit larger than she did with her first two, and has had to adapt on the fly. (Or both.) And if so, I think she’s doing an excellent job.

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  13. I love this look! Now that's the kind of coat that can stay on inside. :) It's almost like a suit jacket. It looks lovely on her.

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    1. Tammy from California27 February 2018 at 19:58

      Bahahahahahahahaha! I really look forward to your coat posts. You make me smile.

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    2. Haha! I'm glad I'm amusing someone. :)

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    3. 🌸 funny Penny @ 00:11. lol

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  14. Wonderful for this new patronage ! I see she's very busy, more than when she was pregnant from Charlotte. Great to see more times 😊 one question : I am surprised to’ see her without warm clothes. I thought it was very cold weather in England. ? In France it’s very cold all the week

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    1. I heard you were getting extra-cold weather this week. We had very cold temperatures last week (14 F. or -10 C. in the early mornings) and I hated to dash outside to take care of the dog and dash back in with him (should have grabbed my coat). Maybe she has a big comforter in her car . . .

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    2. 🌸 Marci. I certainly would have, lol. Even though I love her nod to nursing by her choice of clothing. I get cold just thinking of the apparently thinner fabric and London winter. brrrrr.

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  15. I love how Kate and Meghan are using their platform to help woman and girls. Kate is pursing the maternal side and Megan is pursing the professional side. Which I think are both equally important. Well done Kate and Meghan

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    1. I am glad that someone see the same thing. Kate and Meghan will can do a lot in different but similar part of women 's life.

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  16. Love this outfit!

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    1. I'm so impressed at the lengths to which Kate works with her designers to create ensembles that speak to a given event or purpose. Something stuck with me about this ensemble, but when I read Charlotte's info at the end of her post, about the sartorial nods to Drs., Nurses Uniforms & the colors of the "Nursing Now" campaign... I thought "Ahh Now I Get It"! I do love how the dress, with it's simple lines & lightweight material does now remind me of a hospital gown. :) She really is so creative in her dressing & bespoke specs relating to her "literal" or sartorial dressing! Oprah used to say, "Love is in the details" & that's how I feel about Kate's dressing. She is so special & I believe increasingly appreciated! :)

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    2. Sorry, when I said "hospital gown" I meant to say Nursing Uniform. Even the buttoned horizontal stays on her coat, remind me of Nurses' Uniforms throughout the decades. The white piping really is the finishing touch. Upon a second look, I noticed white piping in the group photo of the Nurses used in the post! Kate's Great! :)

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    3. Tammy from California27 February 2018 at 19:57

      Becca, your post melted my heart. Well said.

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    4. Thx Tammy :) (this is my 3rd attempt, so I apologize if you all end up with 3 identical comments from me! Ha!) I'm so glad I re-read my original comment about her ensemble! I wouldn't want it to be out there that I thought Kate was traipsing around The 2 Locations in a "Hospital Gown"! lol :)

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  17. Who is her assistant today?

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    1. 🌸 15:16. Laura Baker. The young woman who accompanied CQ early on. (Charlotte mentioned the assistant in her narrative above.)

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    2. Interesting that her new "professional" secretary will not be her companion on a regular basis as was
      Rebecca. Hmm...I guess she is not up to carrying flowers as an assistant

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    3. 🌸 Rebecca. With CQ’s status and experience maybe they feel that her time can be used more productively that doing walkabouts. Apparently CQ needs this full time assistant to do that and more as I think the assistant is full time. I think this woman was the one that was with CQ in photos in the beginning. So perhaps she has been working under the supervision of CQ since leaving William’s office.

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  18. Charlotte - France27 February 2018 at 15:45

    The midwife also helped deliver George - she was in the background when they left the hospital. I loved this look, though wish it was a different colour for variety's sake.

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    1. 🌸 Charlotte. But the nurses’ and professors’ robe are blue.

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    2. I wonder if Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent will assist with Baby #3, since she helped with George & Charlotte's Births?

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    3. 🌸 Becca. Don’t know. But I would definitely want her there if I were Kate wouldn’t you? :)

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    4. You Betcha SG! :) She looks so warm & comforting! :)

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  19. First of all, let me say that I'm soooooo happy to see Kate take on a nursing patronage! Coming from a family of nurses, I know how undervalued they are. The global nursing shortage is also a cause of real concern, as hospital's and clinics overload nurses with patients that are often unsafe. So glad the nurses now have a royal who can represent them.

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    1. Such a Noble Profession for your family Lina! My Hubby & Brother are both Drs. & they both have always asserted that they could never achieve the best level of care for their patients (especially in Hospital) with out the Nurses & Techs! They are the first line of information & interaction with the patients. What's also nice, is if they are valued by Drs, there can be a "shorthand" of sorts that develops that can only improve the quality of patient care! :)

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  20. I don't know if anyone has seen Kate's speech yet, but I thought it was very well delivered and had a powerful message. To think that the world needs 2000 additional nurses per day just to keep up with global demand is mind blowing! She has gotten quite natural at this and it's wonderful to see. She also appeared very gracious.

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  21. Thanks for another wonderful post. I'm finding that I though I once followed Catherine for her style, I now follow her strictly for her patronages and to see her good works. Her style is so disappointing for me, I've given up on expecting anything interesting from her. She is in desperate need of a stylist. I'll follow your Meghan blog for clothing style - she has it together! It's simply a question of taste I guess. I'm happy Catherine has chosen two new patronages - both regarding women and children. She is using her position for excellent causes, and I love that about her. She looks gorgeous today, as always. I love her hair.

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    1. Ms. Becky. I agree completely. What she wears is of minimal interest. She's grown into a powerful woman -- a role model for grace and substance. In a world that screams about an issue, Kate puts her head down, gathers information, partners with others on a solution and gives it a graceful voice.

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    2. How interesting, Ms. Becky. I started to follow this blog to find out what Kate was going to "do" for her country and the world, and then I got interested in the fashion, which I had never bothered with since 1966 when I persuaded my mother to let me have a pair of white go-go boots to wear with my red-and-white checked miniskirt. . . But you are right. Kate's fashion, while serviceable and frequently incorporating pointed symbols, is not really for followers of cutting-edge high fashion. Which is fine; she always looks beautiful and almost always polished, in keeping with the image she is building for herself. I agree that her new patronages are very positive points for her. (I also agree that Meghan Markle's style is probably more appealing to a certain segment of stylish people.)

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    3. Ms. Becky, how intriguing that you came here for one intention & then found another! :) Anon, You summed up Kate so beautifully! She is truly a woman of Substance & Grace! Marci, You Cracked Me UP! I wanted a pair of White Go-Go Boots Too, but I wanted to wear them with my Catholic Plaid Uniform! :) Why oh why did my Mom say No??? Ha! :) lol

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    4. Becca USA: go-go boots w/ Catholic uniform! I love it.

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    5. I am curious as to what style Kate should have elected to wear to a children's hospital? She has a tremendous presence of being gracious and classy,

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  22. Sorry, I didn't like this outfit too much. Was it made to look like a hospital uniform on purpose?

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    1. Charlotte posted a statement from the Telegraph explaining Your question. Makes sense to me.

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    2. I think so, or it was inspired by them. Did you see The Telegraph piece, that Charlotte included above? It speaks to this idea.

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    3. Me either, MD. It was lacking something--just seemed not of the same quality--not sure if it was the fabric or the white pipping or put with the dress?

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  23. I do not like this outfit. Kate's hair and face look wonderful.

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  24. Gosh, I guess I'm in the minority here so far, and I usually don't comment if I don't care for something, but I just had to mention that I think the coat looks very poorly constructed, like it was thrown together at the last minute once this engagement was scheduled. There is puckering of the fabric all over -
    at the side seams and the front darts and the sleeves don't seem to fit right, the fabric is bunching up there as well. The random psuedo-buttons are just odd.

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    1. Yes, I didn't care for it either. It struck me as a cheap coat & dress, which is odd b/c I don't think I've ever thought that of anything Kate has worn. On my screen, the blues aren't even matching, so it really looks thrown together last minute.

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  25. Kate positively glows from within. What a wonderful day of events. I love this Jenny Packham ensemble, and her hair and face is gorgeous. I don't know how she is still out there, front and center so close to her delivery date, but I applaud her. She has grown so much, and has such confidence. A truly beautiful person, inside and out.

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    1. Tedi, I don't think it can be said enough just how much Kate is Glowing! Her hair & smile were particularly radiant today!:)

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  26. What a wonderful cause and organization!
    Re. the outfit--I can't find a single redeeming quality in her entire look. Truly one of the dowdiest looks she's had for the year.

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  27. Thank you so much for the post, Charlotte! Great engagements. Well done, Kate! I really like her look and I think she did a really good job with her speech. It must have been great to meet the midwife who helped with George's and Charlotte's births. Perhaps she'll be there for Baby No.3 as well! And how nice she mentioned her grandma and great-grandmother and their work.

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  28. The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning. The bouquet she received was beautiful. Also, does anyone

    know what flowers are in the bouquet?

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    1. Anonymous 17:36, yes she did look stunning, she just absolutely glows. I agree the bouquet is beautiful. I am not sure about all the flowers, at first look thought the purple flowers to be hyacinths, but the flower is a softer shape so think they are lilacs. I do know that the silver green fuzzy leaf is either a dusty miller or a fuzzy groundsel. I use the dusty miller plants in my containers when I garden, they are a lovely shade of silver green. Looks pretty with the purple and white of the bouquet and am sure it has a wonderful fragrance! cc

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  29. Caroline in Montana27 February 2018 at 17:37

    I don't mind the outfit so much. It must be really hard to dress yourself when you are this pregnant, does anything feel comfortable?? (Never been prego) really love the necklace and earring set and the shoes. I think her hair and makeup look great. glad she added these patronages, they seem to fit her really well. Thank you for the history and the photos, enjoyed reading about the Queen Mum. tomorrow should prove interesting!

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    1. To answer your question, when I was pregnant, I found it so much more comfortable to dress for work because maternity clothing tends to have more give than regular clothing. For context, I am a litigator and so I tend to dress formally for work -- suits, structured sheath dresses, etc. By contrast, stretchy or loose maternity dresses are so comfy!

      Changing topics, I think her hair looks great today too!

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  30. As a registered nurse and a follower of Kate, I am deeply proud of her loyalty to the profession which helps so many worldwide. She just looks so happy and professional today. You can tell a lot of thought was put into her outfit today. The colors, style and fit are spot on. Kate you make nurses and followers proud! Best of wishes to all you represent.

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  31. This is such a lovely coat. I really like it!

    It's great to see her taking so much interest in maternal health. I hope she can empower mothers all over the world to step up an take on help when they need to, regardless wether they are being judged for it by others or not. Being a mother is such a tough job and it's great that there are people out there offering support and advise.

    On another note, I think Kate's expecting a boy. Looking through this post's pictures she is carrying her bumb very high. I'm so excited for Baby3 to arrive :)

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  32. I think the outfit is really cute on its own but it certainly fits in. It perhaps helps people feel more comfortable with Kate. She looks just wonderful!

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  33. SierrafromMontana27 February 2018 at 17:58

    I'm really enjoying watching Kate step into a more senior role these days! I think this year after her maternity leave, we'll see even more from Kate regarding speeches and her patronages. As to her outfit - I liked it. I thought it was a nice fit and the colors worked. For me this was a win. The hair, makeup, jewels, everything looked nicely put together.

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    1. It really is exciting Sierra! We are seeing the outcome of all those past years of preparation & growth come to fruition! :)

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  34. I wonder if the Duchess could wear the coat after she returns from maternity leave. She might have a simple fitted dress made of the same material.

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  35. The henna tattoo lives another day! :) I love the connection these engagements have to Kate's personal ancestry. And now I'm thinking, "Could the baby be named...Olive?!"

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    1. Olive would be a ticklish-ly weird name, I wonder if this name exists in the Royal circles. Kate looks lovely today and I like how stylish the jacket looks with the dress. I remember Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent standing outside the hospital after G & C were born, in her nurse's uniform. She could be present for baby # 3, possibly? Thank You Charlotte!XOXO

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    2. 🌸 Lacy. Don’t know that Olive is a “Royal name” but that would be a sweet thing for Kate to do. That her great grandmother and grandmother both served as nurses is commendable. I wonder if it was her paternal grandmother, Valerie, or her maternal grandmother, Dorothy, who served as a nurse.

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    3. How about "Oliver" :-D

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    4. Oliver Cromwell is all I’ll say.

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    5. 🌸 Ohhhh. Very good point Anon @ 01:15. 😳

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  36. Tammy from California27 February 2018 at 19:55

    I think this is a WONDERFUL patronage for the Duchess! It is a branch off the mental health charities as well as children's charities she focuses on and is a wonderful way to support women/mothers, children, husbands/fathers. She is very much coming right along in her role in the patronages she chooses. I feel that she has taken time and thought into what she chooses to focus on and it is good for everyone. She will have longevity in these things because she has a passion for them. Kudos to her.
    In a separate nod to a nurse: when she was shown here today, I could not help but think of the nurse who took her own life due to a media prank, while Kate was in hospital giving birth. I hope in some small way, this is a small comfort to the family of that nurse.

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    1. What a kind thought, Tammy. I hope so, too.

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  37. I wish KP would stop using „keen to learn“ in describing Kate‘s engagements. Especially because we never get to know what she learned and how she will follow up on it. It kind of belittles her efforts and makes not the best PR. It is sad, because I think she got much better at her engagements and seems more relaxed this year.
    I am on the edge about the outfit but she really looked fantastic. Her skin is glowing and it feels as if she really found her flow.

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  38. Well, I like this color blue on Kate...not sure I’m a fan of the style of it. It seems too busy for me. I do love her hair and her glow though! She looks great! That sweet baby will be here before we know it...time is flying with us almost into March. I’m guessing boy :)

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  39. A big shout out to Kate for this patronage! Nursing is the grassroots of health Care and we should never take our nurses for granted!

    On a side note, Kate looks splendid today. Her blue attire matches the Nursing Now logo. Any what a lovely speech.

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  40. The Duchess looks wonderful today. I love the detail in the coat, and the color is one of Kate's best. However, can anyone enlighten me about what is all over Professor Regan's robe? Considering the topic of the day, they look a bit like some weird contraceptive devices. I don't mean to insult anyone, but to the uninitiated...

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    1. Jackie, my father was a professor & university provost, so I'm trying to remember exactly. The embroidered area on both sides of her shawl collar would be The RCOG Insignia. The other horizontal bars, as well as the smaller ones on the bottom, would likely indicate her administrative, professorial & professional honors/achievements, not unlike a military uniform would. This is all generalized information for Colleges & Universities, but I hope it helps?

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    2. Thanks. Still not sure about the "decorations", but I will take another look. In the US, are honors not indicated by color of shawl and stipes on sleeves?

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  41. 🌸 Just a guess. Seems sometimes that it might facilitate more conversation about the blog if people had actually read the blog. ? Judging from some of the comments and questions it seems some have not. No offense to anyone.
    It is an excellent blog.

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    1. Some of the people you commented to above had posted after the early first look and before the full post was available. You came after the full post and assumed they had not bothered to read what is now available. I love the early posts, but it can lead to some confusion on the message board.

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    2. Yup. It can be tricky with multiple engagements to get the timing of posting and commenting when stuff changes rapidly.

      Also...good luck tomorrow Charlotte! Two posts for two great women in one day that's a big launch for both!

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    3. Thank you Katie, the Forum should be really interesting :)

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    4. I do not think any of the comments cause issues regardless of the timing. I think everyone gets the timing issue or just assumes someone missed a line in the post. Does happen:). Charlotte, you will have plenty on your plate tomorrow.

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    5. Charlotte is well known for posting a first look when there is not much info about the outfit or event. It’s quite obvious from the time stamp that posters were posting as soon as the event happened and before the post was updated. There was really no need to correct every single one of them and now to be chiding them for not performing to your standards. Seems you’re the one who hasn’t been following this blog as this has been happening all the time.

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    6. 🌸 22:01. So Imke also indicated. Thanks.
      I understand that now yet there are many later comments that seem to indicate those commenters havent read about the symbolism of the outfit, etc., etc. in Charlotte’s narrative. I just find that a curiosity. No offense to anyone. :)

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    7. SG- You are not the only one to have thought that way. I read Charlotte's post on February 27, around noon EST, and then the comments including the ones which did not notice the reason for Kate's dress set blue color. If I was not only on "read only mode" due to restricted time, I would have been tempted to make similar comments as you did.

      Still, Anon 22:01 and Katie have pointed out practical reasons which can be the case sometimes.

      Well the 28th is another day. See some of you here, and the rest of you on MAM blog also, tomorrow for some, and today for others. ( the time difference is also something else).

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  42. I love her look today. Her dress is simple but cute, and it was dressed up by her coat. I also loved her jewelry.

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    1. 🌸 Amy. Her whole outfit is a nod to nurses’uniforms and nursing professors’ robes.

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  43. It is so very important for the nursing profession that Kate has undertaken this patronage. I'm glad too about the maternal mental health patronage, but at some point I really hope she addresses the issue of her own maternal health challenge, hyperemesis gravidarum. Perhaps she is still too close to dealing with her challenge to go public about it yet. These things take time. Kudos to her for stepping up her patronages with such worthy causes.

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  44. Kate looks great as always but this coat is particularly unattractive. The buttons are distracting and the overall style is confusing.

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    1. Anglophile in Ohio28 February 2018 at 00:46

      Funny how people view things so differently. I love this coat, the simple cut, the piping and the buttons. It is a great professional look for a very expectant woman.

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  45. 🌸 I wonder what ever happened to Sophie Agnew? Has anyone seen her recently with Natasha and Amanda?

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  46. I love, love this outfit. The color is fantastic on her. One complaint, I don't like the waist, that puckering makes it look unfinished.

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  47. The thing I like best about this outfit is that she actually looks pregnant. Her baby bump is definitely growing, and she looks absolutely glowing. I feel like she is carrying more like she did with George than Charlotte, but I guess time will tell! The color is nice, not sure about all the "details" on the coat. I think the thought behind it was excellent. And those earrings and necklace are beautiful!

    Hope from USA

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  48. That is a necessary health program. I wish more countries could adopted such programs. Well DONE!
    XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  49. Kate seems to have found her stride in her royal work. I really enjoy these engagements. It's also good to see her add more patronages. She's definitely doing more work this time around than she did when pregnant with Charlotte. I have to say I'm glad and a little surprised, because I thought she'd disappear after only a few engagements once she recovered from HG.

    At first glance, I thought her coat was a hospital gown, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. The white details on the coat are so cute. I can't wait to see William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan together tomorrow!

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  50. SPH on the East Coast28 February 2018 at 01:25

    I found a couple videos of when the Duchess runs into Jacqueline her former midwife - it's completely spontaneous and clearly a joyful surprise. It's a fun unscripted moment!

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  51. I am thrilled that the Duchess has taken on these two new patronages! I love that Kate is getting involved with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London (1) for their global health programs and (2) because of the history of the RCOG and the royal family. I am excited to follow the Nursing Now campaign. I'm really interested in maternal healthcare so will love following these engagements in future. It was wonderful to see Kate reunited with one of her midwifes! Great images!

    On a fashion note, I am SHOCKED this is Jenny Packham. This look definitely wont figure in my best designer vote in the polls. At least there is a good chance we wont be seeing this coat again (I loved the dress and accessories).

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  52. Even though I am not the biggest fan of today’s outfit, I have to say I am so happy that Kate went back to Jenny Packham. Her more traditional cut designs are the perfect match in my eyes. Yes, it is not the most stylish approach but I don’t need a mannequin to model the newest trends. I want sophisticated elegance. Sometimes boring but timeless.
    If she could ditch Erdem and some other designers now, please?

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  53. The timing is so right. Her outfit is nice and complements the new era's nurses uniform color. The blue color for nurses is news to me ( may be in UK only?).

    The last time I guessed her due date, I guessed, if it is a boy around St. Pat's day ( mistakenly as if April is March / sorry). Well, due date guessing: If a boy, between April 15-17 ; If a girl, add five days, between April 20-22. Whatever day, and whatever gender, I wish the couple a healthy baby, and an easy delivery.

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  54. Great job, Charlotte. I enjoyed it ALL. The Duchess looked (professionally) lovely today.

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  55. It was an important and successful day of engagements - wonderful to see attention brought to nursing. A very sweet reunion with Kate and her midwife.

    I remember seeing that portrait of the queen and the college before although I can't recall which book it was. A striking portrait but interesting to note that it mostly shows men. I can imagine if it were done today instead of almost sixty years ago the numbers of men and women would be very different - a positive change.

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  56. Kate looked lovely today. Love the colour and the design. But she herself, looks lovely.
    It was a lovely moment, when she saw the Midwife/professor, and she stopped and hugged her. It's true, the relationship you have with your midwife is a strong bond.
    She certainly is becoming more confident when delivering a speech, and what strikes you, is the passion in which she delivers it. She's not just reading it, she believes in what she's saying. Bravo Kate for giving this organisation a platform and highlighting both National and Internationally need for more nurses. Let's hope it gains as much momentum as is needed to recruit as many nurses as is needed !
    Looking forward to todays 'Fab Four' RF meeting :-)

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  57. This is the first time the lady in the picture is better dressed then Kate. Professor Regan looked amazing. Kates outfit today was a fail. She is usually so classy and elegant.We all have a bad day. Hope to see better in future.

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