Today, Kensington Palace announced that The Duchess of Cambridge will become Patron of both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the new Nursing Now campaign. The Duchess wore a new bespoke coat and dress by Jenny Packham. The blue military-inspired coat seems to be a silk fabric featuring white detailing, worn overtop of a matching dress with an empire waist. The Duchess accessorized with her navy suede Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley ‘Muse’ clutch ($450) and wore her navy suede Jimmy Choo ‘Georgia’ pumps. For jewellery, Kate wore the tanzanite earrings and matching pendant set from G. Collins and Sons.
The patronages have been announced ahead of The Duchess’ visit to the RCOG this morning before officially launching the new Nursing Now initiative at St Thomas’ Hospital later today. Kate learned more about the RCOG’s global health programmes to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and attend a roundtable discussion focused on the stigma around women’s health.
It now has over 16,000 members worldwide and works with a range of partners both in the UK and globally to improve the standard of care delivered to women, encourage the study of obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), and advance the science and practice of O&G. This year, The Duchess has already paid several visits to healthcare facilities and research institutes, reflecting her continued interest in finding out more about the challenges and issues surrounding maternal mental health. The Duchess visited St Thomas’ Hospital to officially launch a new campaign, Nursing Now 2020, that aims to raise the profile and status of nurses all around the world. It 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.
This means The Duchess now has 16 patronages. Like William and Harry, she has chosen to pick a few charities and focus on them, unlike older royals who lend their name to many charities, but don’t necessarily spend much time with each.