Kate, the Princess of Wales, was engaging with parents at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, as she opened the new unit last week. The Princess of Wales has been a patron of the hospital for five years.
Kate had been seen walking the same route as children who were visiting the centre, when she was stopped near one of the pre-operation cubicles, where she spoke to family members of those receiving treatment.
“It’s always nerve-wracking as a parent… I’ve taken mine into hospital for different things. You’re always at least worried but you’ve got a great team (here)”, she said.
Kate was shown around the new rooms, which offer pre-surgery checks, operation theatres and recovering areas. Princess Kate was then met by a four-year-old girl who was resting following an operation that morning, which removed excess skin from her ears.
The Princess was photographed hugging the little girl’s mother, who explained the worries around her daughter’s surgery. Kate replied: “It’s always a worry though for a parent. We have to keep our cool. It’s so hard.”
Kate has prioritised early learning development as one of her key areas of duty, passionate about formative years of children and how they can impact childhood development.
The Princess of Wales and mother-of-three to Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, prioritises the upbringing of her children over her royal duties.
Kate became patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital in December 2018, with the NHS hospital said the royal would champion those working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years.
Speaking at the time when Kate and William were still Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Director of Evelina London, Marian Ridley said: “We are hugely proud and 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.
”The Duke and Duchess have a very special connection to Evelina London and their warmth, charm and sympathy have brought enormous joy to our staff and families whenever they’ve visited.”