Kate Middleton is expecting her third child in April, but that hasn’t slowed the Duchess down when it comes to her royal duties.
The Duchess of Cambridge beamed today as she visited St. Thomas’ Hospital in London where she took part in a roundtable discussion and gave a speech to help mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign.
According to the International Council of Nurses website, the Nursing Now campaign “aims to raise the status and profile of nursing” and “empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges.”
The 36-year-old royal visited the Snow Leopard Ward at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which is part of St. Thomas’, where she met with the specially-trained nurses who care for children that need help breathing to stay alive.
Afterward, she joined a roundtable discussion with nurses and trainees from around the world to learn more about the experiences of nursing in the 21st century and how the Nursing Now campaign could help.
“This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother and grandmother were both volunteer nurses,” Middleton said in her speech. “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.”
Middleton’s great-grandmother, Olive Middleton, worked as a nurse in a field hospital during World War I, looking after wounded soldiers.
“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,” she continued. “You also promote good health and disease prevention.”
“I would like to congratulate and thank all nurses everywhere on what you achieve on a daily basis. The difference you make should not go unrecognized,” she concluded.
Earlier in the day, the Duchess visited the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, where she was welcomed as a new patron. While there, the soon-to-be mother of three learned more about the college’s global health programmes which aim to reduce maternal and newborn mortality around the world.