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The Princess Wears Alexander McQueen for Evelina Children’s Hospital Visit

The Princess Wears Alexander McQueen for Evelina Children’s Hospital Visit

The Princess of Wales chose a new suit by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen for today’s engagement at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

You see the Princess above with Gubby Ayida, Evelina London’s Women’s and Children’s Services chief executive. You may remember the Princess has been the hospital’s royal patron since 2018. People’s Simon Perry shared a brief video of the Princess after she arrived.


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The Princess was at the hospital to officially open a Children’s Day Surgery Unit. The unit started operations in July, so today’s engagement was a ceremonial event—more from this People piece

The Children’s Day Surgery Unit is housed within the Children’s Day Treatment Centre and treats a variety of conditions such as tonsillitis, removal of adenoids, hand injuries, minor plastic surgery and ophthalmology.

One of the first people that Princess Kate spoke to inside the unit was receptionist Alice Green.”I was really anxious earlier, but she was really lovely and down to earth,” Green tells PEOPLE. “I thought it might be formal and strict, but it was so comfortable speaking to her. She was asking about our roles — and said that we are the face of Evelina, the first contact people. She wished us Merry Christmas.” 

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We learn more about the facility from the Evening Standard’s piece

Evelina London cares for around 104,000 children and young people each year across its dedicated children’s services, in hospital and in the community.

The new facility aims to transform care for those who need surgery, by providing everything in one place, enabling Evelina to treat an extra 2,300 children a year in addition to 11,000 already receiving surgery.

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The Princess saw the new operating theaters and heard “how families benefit from a one-day service, with pre-surgery checks, the operation and recovery all taking place in one purpose-built unit,” per the Standard’s story. 

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The Princess also met a four-year-old who had surgery this morning and the little girl’s mother.
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The Daily Mail offers more. 

In the recovery area she met four-and-a-half-year-old Saya Stephenson, who was resting in bed after an operation that morning to remove excess skin for her ears.

The Princess hugged her mother, Miwa Stephenson, who said she had been anxious about the surgery despite it being a relatively minor procedure.

Kate replied: ‘It’s always a worry though for a parent. We have to keep our cool. It’s so hard.’

Below, the Princess and Ms. Stephenson. 
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During the visit, the Princess connected with nine-year-old Tony Hudgell, a young man she had met before.
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We return to the Daily Mail article

Kate also reunited with Tony Hudgell, nine, a young boy who lost his legs after being abused by his birth parents. He raised more than £1.6 million by walking 10km on his prosthetic legs in aid of the Evelina London Children’s Hospital which cared for him. The young amputee previously charmed Kate  and Prince William at her festive carol concert in 2021. It was reported at the time that the royal couple ‘spent ages’ chatting with Tony, and his adopted mother. 

Here you see the Prince and Princess with Tony at the 2021 carol concert.

The Princess with another young patient. 
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Back to the Daily Mail’s story

During today’s outing, Kate also met Ella Moth, nine, who won a competition to design the artwork for the new unit at the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

Ella’s space-themed drawings were inspired by the death of her father, Piers, who was treated for brain cancer at Guy’s hospital before he died in 2021. She says he has now ‘gone to the stars’.

In this video from The Mirror’s Russell Myers, you see the Princess with Ella and another young patient, Chloe. 

Ella and Chloe also helped the Princess with the official ribbon-cutting.

Before leaving, 11-year-old Burac Abrahams, the unit’s second patient, gave the Princess a lovely bouquet.

We return to the People coverage. The first portion quotes the young man. 

“She was being nice and saying thank you for these flowers. She is a good person,” he says.

His mother, Gamze Oksuzoglu, tells PEOPLE, “It’s fantastic she is here. It sheds a light on all the sick children that they have at the hospital and, hopefully, do good. She was so engaged with the children upstairs, sat down and asked their names, smiled.”

Kensington Palace posted a brief video about the visit. 

Now for our look at what Kate wore for today’s engagement.

Today’s ensemble had the answer for those of us curious about the Princess debuting new looks by Sarah Burton after the designer’s departure from Alexander McQueen this fall. The Princess was in a new trouser suit by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, likely acquired before Ms. Burton left the label.

The blazer is the Peak Shoulder Leaf Crepe Jacket ($2590) in what I think is the ‘electric navy’ color. The single-breasted style is made in a blend of 52% viscose and 48% acetate, with peak lapels, sharply angled front flap pockets, and a double back vent. Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus offer the blazer in color called ‘denim blue,’ but it looks like it could be the same as the electric navy at McQueen. The Princess also wore the brand’s Leaf Crepe Cigarette Trousers in matching fabric, featuring side pockets, a front zipper, and a jetted back pocket. (I’ve not found these available online in this colorway.) 

If my count is correct, today’s ensemble would put the McQueen trouser suit collection at six. It is a key component of her working wardrobe, essentially a part of her uniform. From left to right, you see the blue from today, the black tuxedo jacket and trousers worn at a January 2023 Early Years advisory board meeting, the purple shown here when arriving in Boston in November 2022, the navy seen during a September 2022 Windsor Castle audience with crew members from HMS Glasgow, the pink worn for a June 2022 Early Years meeting, and the white, seen here at Windrush Day engagements in June 2022.

Sarah Burton was honored at last night’s British Fashion Council Fashion Awards. Below, the designer at last night’s gala with British Vogue editor Edward Enninful. 
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More from Vogue’s coverage of the event

One of the most powerful moments came when British Vogue’s departing editor-in-chief Edward Enninful presented a special achievement award to the former creative director of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton: a leading light of British fashion over the past decade (and, as Enninful’s speech made clear, even further back).

Describing the East End as a “playground” on his nights knocking about with McQueen in the early ’90s, Enninful recalled the legendary designer telling him about a new girl he’d just hired, whose talents he was immediately excited by. “This excitement was well founded, as it transpired that this young woman was the incomparable Sarah Burton,” said Enninful. “Not just one of the great British designers, but one of the greatest designers on the planet. You have given us a lifetime of beautiful designs, but you’ve also given us a legacy for Lee that—through the pain—we didn’t know was possible at that time.” Burton’s own speech was self-effacing, in her typical style. “I’m definitely not worthy of all that, Edward,” she said, as the room erupted into cheers.

Returning to today’s outfit, it looked like the Princess brought back her ‘Katherine’ Cloud Cashmere sweater by Jigsaw, first seen during the 2016 Canada tour; the ribbing at the neckline and cuffs look the same. The piece is 100% cashmere, semi-sheer, and long ago sold out, but Jigsaw still offers pieces in its Cloud Cashmere line. Thank you to the Canadian Duchess on Instagram for the ID suggestion and Parky’s Princess for sharing it.

We saw the return of the navy suede Ginavito 105 pumps ($795), and the UFO navy blue belt. 

The Princess wore her hair down.
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She had on the sapphire and diamond pendant and earrings she has previously worn. (I added some repliKates to the RepliKate Jewelry page.)

We’ll see you tonight for the annual diplomatic reception with its white-tie dress code, which means evening gowns and tiaras. 


The Royal Family Channel has almost three minutes of coverage in this video. 


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Friday 8th of December 2023

The Princess looks lovely, as always. Great color on her. I also love the outfit worn by Gubby Ayida, a hospital executive, I believe? She is in the second photo from the top, and the video right beneath that. Elegant look, well done.


Friday 8th of December 2023

I loved the jacket Ms. Ayida had on, just loved it.

Susan Q

Friday 8th of December 2023

I intended to write a comment about what Catherine was wearing, but once I started reading about the little boy, Tony Hudgell (remember that name because he’s going to doing amazing things with his life and service to others) who lost his legs due to the extreme abuse from birth parents, (that’s hard to even write) I felt compelled to acknowledge his pain and suffering. As I read more about his story, and that the physical abuse he suffered happened at around 41 days old, and included blunt force trauma to his head, face and legs, and that after this beating they left him suffering in his crib in agonizing pain for ten days, until help was finally summoned! He was rushed to this incredible hospital and diagnosed with both sepsis and organ failure, but thankfully they were able to save his life! Since then he’s endured survey after surgery, but it didn’t stop him from helping others! He gone on raised ten of thousands of dollars for several different children’s charities and his adoptive mother was even awarded an OBE for her work alongside her son! Tony has spent time with both the Prince and Princess of Wales on several occasions and they both love to spend lots of time chatting with him! Thrilled that Catherine had put a spotlight on this wonderful hospital and amazing young man!

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to everyone at What Kate Wore!

Kate in Canada

Wednesday 6th of December 2023

Gorgeous suit. Not loving the door matched sweater for two reasons. Suit jackets over sweaters look hot and itchy. A nice light cream silk blouse would have been better. And the jewelry would have felt better o. Top of silk instead of a casual sweater.. Love the trouser tailoring and heels though.


Wednesday 6th of December 2023

Perfect color, cut, height and tailoring. She looks like a model! I bet she can walk the run way and win! Wish I was 10 years younger, 10 pounds lighter, 10 inches taller, with 10,000 more hairs on my scalp. Then I can pull this outfit off! Sigh!!!!


Tuesday 5th of December 2023

I know most here love Catherine in her trouser suits, I'm not so keen on them myself. Sometimes, yes but they to me tend to look a bit boring. In an office meeting kind of an environment, yes. Stilettos are lovely, but in my opinion not when on a hospital visit or meeting small children, as she so often does. Also, wearing high end jewellery with trouser suit, not so sure. Otherwise her hair and make-up looked lovely and she looks happy and easily approachable as always.

I hope she has not chucked away her knitted dresses and boots from last winter, to me they looked lovely and cosy in cold weather.

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