Kate Middleton broke royal rules when she saw a familiar face in the crowd during a visit to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2018
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The Princess Royal and the Duchess of Cambridge will join forces for the first time today when they visit the headquarters of the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.
The pairing has been said to be a request from “the very top” and fans are excited to see how the two popular royals will interact in public.
At the engagement, Kate, Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) and Princess Anne, Patron of the Royal College of Midwives, meet with several staff members and learn about the improvements in maternal care.
Today’s event will no doubt draw comparisons to the Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to the RCOG in 2018 and will recognize a very familiar face in the crowd.
Kate, who was seven months pregnant with Prince Louis at the time, spotted Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent – the midwife who had helped deliver Princess Charlotte when she was born at St Mary’s Hospital in 2015 – and hugged she tight.
The Duchess of Cambridge isn’t the only queen to get emotional when she was reunited with her midwife when Sophie, Countess of Wessex did the same in 2014.
The Countess returned to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey to open her new neonatal unit in 2014 and was visibly touched as she hugged the head of midwifery, Adrienne Price.
Sophie’s two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, were both born at the hospital in 2003 and 2007 respectively. She had previously had an ectopic pregnancy in 2002 and nearly died while giving birth to their daughter the following year.
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In her 36th week of pregnancy, the Countess complained of severe internal pain and was admitted to Frimley Park. Doctors there determined that she was seriously ill from loss of blood and performed an emergency C-section.
Sophie nearly died from blood loss and was too ill to stay with her baby for six days. Lady Louise arrived weighing just 4 pounds 9 ounces and spent two weeks in intensive care at a specialist neonatal unit at St George’s Hospital in south-west London.
Fighting back tears during the unveiling of the plaque, the Countess said: “Thank you for inviting me here today.
“I want to say to everyone: well done for your fundraiser and for all the work you are doing to help thousands of families – your service is the difference between life and death.
“I know that all employees are genuinely interested in getting everything going. It’s a great work environment and the results you get are a testament to that investment.
“It was something really important in my life and so thank you again for inviting me here today.”
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