The Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London Children’s Hospital this week on January 28 for a workshop with the National Portrait Gallery. Kate is Patron of both organizations.
Kate, who has been Patron of Evelina since 2018, visited the hospital and took part in a creative arts workshop lead by the National Portait Gallery, which Kate has been Patron of since 2012, as part of their Hospital Programme. The Hospital Programme supports health, wellbeing, and happiness through arts programing inspired by portraits and stories from the Gallery’s Collection. This day’s workshop was inspired by the NPG’s activity book, Playful Portraits, and the NPG’s portrait of actor Ben Whishaw (Paddington!).
Kate joined in while the children created their own decorated stage set with a self-portrait puppet and cast of characters.
One of the children whom Kate met was 9-year-old Anna-Victoria, who also presented Kate with a posy when she arrived. Anna-Victoria said: “It was very exciting and very surprising because we’d seen her on the TV, but we’d never seen her in real life!”
Anna-Victoria’s mother, Irene, said of the visit: “It was so lovely to see Anna-Victoria meeting The Duchess. She was so happy and excited! It was wonderful and something that she’ll never ever forget.”
Kate went the repeat route for the hospital visit, opting for a Dolce & Gabbana skirt suit she previously wore in February 2019. It’s twee… and tweed!Embed from Getty Images
Kate pulled out her much-loved (by her) Mappin and Webb Empress earrings and necklace. She’s had the necklace since 2014, and the earrings since 2015.Embed from Getty Images
Here is a video with footage of Kate meeting the children and taking part in the activities.