This afternoon Kate visited survivors of the London Bridge & Borough Market terror attacks at King’s College Hospital.
In total 14 victims were taken to King’s, one of whom was ‘walking wounded’ and able to leave quickly after being seen by emergency staff. The remaining 13 needed treatment for stab wounds, including seven who were in a critical condition and are still receiving round-the-clock treatment.
It was not publicised in advance to enable staff to continue treating those affected by the events of June 3, which left eight people dead and dozens wounded, without a fuss.
In this video from Rebecca English of The Daily Mail, you see the Duchess arriving at the Hospital.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 12, 2017
Kate speaking with doctors, nurses, and support staff.
From Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story:
The Duchess of Cambridge today told NHS staff who treated the victims of the London Bridge terror attack: ‘What you do is remarkable.’
‘I suppose at the time you didn’t know how big or what the extent of the incident was,’ the Duchess remarked. ‘You just got your heads down and got on with it. The response was amazing.
Below, the Duchess talking about psychological support for victims and staff with Dr. Muj Husain (left) of Maudsley Hospital, a major provider of mental health services, and Dr. Malcolm Tunnicliff, the head of A&E (similar to ER in the US) at King’s College Hospital.
More from The Daily Mail:
Dr Tunnicliff told the Duchess: ‘We are incredibly proud of what everyone achieved in such a short space of time. Staff are very resilient.‘
Kate replied: ‘Yes, I know this is only a small representation of everyone involved.’ Dr Tunnicliff said that while frontline emergency staff were trained to deal with such incidents, the volume of patients and the fact that so many of the victims – six out of the 14 brought in – had been women, deeply affected the hospital staff.
And from The Telegraph:
She asked another member of the medical team: “Do you get emotional support too for what you are having to deal with? ‘
“We look after each other, we really do,” she was told.
As a personal aside, seventeen years in television, most of them in news, taught me there are no words that can come close to describing the horrific things seen by first responders, the extraordinary work they do, and the toll it takes. They make miracles happen.
Kate spent time with patients privately after the initial part of her visit. Last week Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited staff and patients at the London Royal Hospital.
The Duchess says goodbye to the fantastic team @KingsCollegeNHS and thanks them for all their care & support for victims of the attack. pic.twitter.com/hH9qKum1p9 — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 12, 2017
We have seen Kate’s tweed separates by Rebecca Taylor previously: they were first worn for a 2012 engagement, and we saw them again in New Zealand during the 2014 tour. They were a splendid choice for the tour; Rebecca Taylor is now headquartered in New York, but the designer is a kiwi, born and raised in New Zealand.
A closer look at the two pieces.
A more detailed description of the designs comes from our 2012 post:
Both pieces are from the pre-fall 2012/2013 collection, crafted in heavily textured melange weft. The jacket originally sold at $450, it features frayed trim at the multiple seams, three quarter sleeves, chiffon and sequin floral embellishment at the neck, and a grosgrain covered placket.
Kate’s shoes were a pair rarely worn, the Calogera style by Manolo Blahnik.
They were first noted at Heathrow Airport when Kate and William were departing for their 2011 tour
This was an ideal outfit for today’s engagement; wearing previously seen pieces keeps the focus away from Kate’s wardrobe and where it needs to be, on the victims and those caring for them.
Also today, news about Kate-favorite Beulah London. The label has launched a small collection for “minis,” styles for girls ages 3-12 years old. Here you see one of the label’s co-founders, Lady Natasha Rufus-Isaacs, with her daughter, who is wearing one of the designs.
The dresses are for girls
Here you see the Iris Zig Zag dress for adults.
We send all good wishes to Lady Rufus-Isaacs, she gave birth to her second daughter at the beginning of June.
We have one more item today: a flash giveaway, featuring an autographed copy of a new novel with a royal theme: Romancing the Throne.
The book is by author, blogger and reality TV star Nadine Jolie Courtney. Nadine’s writing has been published in magazines like Town & Country and Elle Canada, and she starred with her husband on the reality TV show Newlyweds: The First Year on Bravo. Nadine lived in England for several years and is a fervent royal follower; she is an optimist, saying she is “still waiting for her invitation to Buckingham Palace.”
Romancing the Throne is a young adult novel that was just published; it features a plot not too far removed from current events.
For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.
It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.
Kirkus Reviews says the book is “A light and fluffy read with a solid life lesson lending structure” and it would be an ideal beach read. It is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, as well as other bookstores.
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, that’s it! The short time for entries is why we’re calling this a flash giveaway; comments must be made by midnight Thursday (June 16). We will pick a winner over the weekend.
We’ll leave you with this video from The Telegraph/ITN.
Duchess of Cambridge makes surprise visit to London terror heroes pic.twitter.com/u0FrcqHAOX
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 12, 2017
- Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story is here; Richard Palmer’s Express article is here; The Evening Standard’s piece is here; Hannah Furness’s Daily Telegraph story is here; The Daily Mirror story is here
- The Fug Girls post is here; Simon Perry’s People story is here; PopSugar’s photos are here; Just Jared’s post is here