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The Duchess Speaks With Nurses About Their Vital Roles

The Duchess spoke with nurses from the Midlands this week.

She talked with nurses at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, where more than 2400 nurses and midwives are employed.  The world’s first COVID-19 vaccine was administered by a matron from the Trust, May Parsons.  Below you see Ms. Parsons giving that first vaccine to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan on December 8th. 
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Ms. Parsons also gave Margaret Keenan her second dose of the vaccine on December 29. 
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During the call, Kate says, “You hear time and time again about the amazing things nurses up and down the country are doing – going that extra mile. It’s the things that are not part of the training […] but the things that come from your heart, and I think that’s what matters so much now: these acts of kindness to the patients you’re looking after.”  Here is the video of the call from Kensington Palace. 

The Duchess talked about the vital part nurses play in combatting the pandemic, especially with the vaccine rollout. She spoke with Caroline Rudd and Judith Smith, two retired nurses who first met during nurses’ training back in 1978.  Both returned to the NHS to help with vaccinations in care homes.  They told the Duchess they were proud to respond to the NHS for people to re-join the workforce and help with delivering vaccines.  More from The Mirror’s story

“I’m supposed to be retired, I left nursing three years ago after 40 years with the NHS, but when the pandemic came along I felt the need to come back and I’m currently working as part of a vaccinations team out in the community.”

Beaming Kate told her: “Well done for coming back!”

You may recall that Kate is the royal patron of Nursing Now, a campaign created to raise the profile of nurses worldwide while also enabling them to have a greater role in making key health policy decisions. She was announced as the patron in February 2018; here you see her speaking about the program.  

At that time she talked about why Nursing Now is important to her. 

This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother and grandmother were both volunteer nurses… they would have learned first-hand from working with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the Red Cross about the care and compassion that sometimes only nurses can provide. 

Nursing Now also works to “release the potential of nurses to deliver Universal Health Coverage; improve lives of women; strengthen local economies.” 

If the background for the video looks different from others we have seen, that’s because it was shot at Sandringham. More in this Tweet from Rebecca English of The Daily Mail

Now for our look at what Kate wore on this call.

Well….the best I can do at this point is to say it appears the Duchess had on her Simone Rocha earrings, shown below as worn on other occasions.

It looks like she may be wearing a new necklace.  As far as the white shirt and black blazer go, I can’t see enough detail in the video to try and identify them.  I will keep searching for a better quality version of the video but am not optimistic. 

NECKLACE UPDATE FEB 10: It turns out the piece is most likely like the Round Stilla Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace ($220) from Astley Clarke.

More from the product description: “this demi-fine Stilla gemstone pendant features a captivating table-cut lapis lazuli gem, set in 18-carat yellow gold plated sterling silver, and uses a spectacle setting to display the entire blue gemstone and show its complexities beautifully. This gemstone pendant is finished with a gold nugget detail and our signature Astley Clarke star-set lapis lazuli tag.”

This was one of the pieces suggested in a previous post, but some of us didn’t realize it was blue; we thought it was black. The updated content on the necklace is from this February 10 post

Here is the full video; it runs about 4:40. 





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Wednesday 29th of September 2021

In a later post we discovered the top was a bodysuit by Holland Cooper, and in June 2021 she wore a black twill blazer by Holland Cooper. Is that a likely ID?


Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Kate is giving me lisa vanderpump vibes and that's not a bad thing.

I adore her hair in this video and are coveting the style for myself!

I would personally advise kate to do a button up or two just because of the low camera angle!


Monday 25th of January 2021

Reading through all the comments, I'm actually surprised at the consensus about Kate's fashion! Like many of the commenters, I really like this look on Kate. It is professional, put together, and sleek. Her hair does look great too but I wouldn't necessarily attribute her look just due to how straight her hair it is. I have naturally wavy, thick hair. I actually went to the hair salon for the first time during the pandemic last week for a much needed trim and walked out with a straight, sleek blow-dry. I love how I look with straight hair, but taking the time to straighten and maintain it is a huge pain. It is slightly... dispiriting when people compliment you saying "how good you look with straight hair." It is well-intentioned of course but it is not my natural hair and pushes the idea that "only straight hair is acceptable for professional environments." Women should be allowed to wear their natural hair (this goes for all hair textures!) the way they want--straight hair isn't the only "suitable" hairstyle out there.

My great surprise was how many people voiced what I have long thought but not quite shared here about the evolution of Kate's fashion. I am not the only one who is not a fan of the repeated too long, frilly/flouncy dresses that we saw quite a lot in 2020. I felt I was in the minority and I felt like maybe I was missing something because most people my age (millennials) would not wear those types of dresses. It's nice to see I am not alone in my perplexity of the matronly looks Kate has embraced in the last few years. I hope once COVID ends, we see a little more experimenting from her like we've seen in the last few years.


Sunday 28th of February 2021

Love this comment and agree with all you’ve said!


Monday 25th of January 2021

Is this her engagement necklace??


Monday 25th of January 2021

No, that one was shorter by several inches. ?


Sunday 24th of January 2021

She looks great!!!! Love the simple hair and outfit!!!!!

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