It was an afternoon of charity for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The couple spent the day touring the Oak Centre for Children and Young People at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in South London; meeting the staff, young cancer patients and their parents. The visit was a bit nostalgic as it is the same hospital that Princess Diana chose for her first solo charity appearance.
William was in grand spirits despite having pulled an “all-nighter” flying an emergency mercy mission. His mission was to fly a sailor from a Royal Navy ship off the Isle of Man 400 miles south to Sandhurst to see a sick relative. He also helped pick up a casualty with serious head injuries in Snowdonia. What a guy!
Kate was beaming in a cream “Sculpted Felt Long Sleeved Seamed Dress” ($702) by designer Amanda Wakeley. She paired of her look with her trusty LK Bennett nude pumps and a clutch.
The newlyweds were a hit during their visit. One young patient lucky enough to meet the royals was Digby Davidson, 14, and his parents.
Digby, a leukemia patient, said, “William and Kate were asking when I last came in and if my friends came to see me.”
After spending 10 minutes talking together, Mrs.Davidson said, ‘William was joking about Digby’s flip flops and shorts – he said he had a tropical theme that fitted in with decor. They were just very laid back and easy to talk to, it didn’t feel strange.”
During the visit, William was also reunited with Alice Marples, a cancer patient who interviewed him two years ago for the CBBC Newsround program.
A St. James’s Palace spokesman told the London Evening Standard, “The Duke is looking forward to seeing Alice again and finding out how she has been. Through his close connection with the hospital he has met many inspirational young people, like Alice, who have shown such bravery in battling their illness.”
It sounds like William and Kate really take their charity work seriously. How refreshing to see a young couple who really want to give back to those in their communities. We’ll give them a UKate “Two Thumbs-Up”…well done, Windsors!