The Duchess of Cambridge has joined Princess Anne for their first ever joint royal engagement, but it was Catherine’s chic fashion that stole the show.
On Wednesday the royal ladies travelled to the new London headquarters of the Royal College for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), which is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve maternal healthcare in the UK.
Anne has been patron of the RCM for 20 years, while Catherine became patron of the RCOG in 2018, making it a deeply personal visit for both women.
Speaking with mothers, midwives and other experts, the princess and duchess drew on their own experiences with pregnancy as they learned about new advances in the field.
Catherine, who is mother to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, delighted in speaking with new mums and children waiting outside the new facility.
Her outfit was a hit as well, the 40-year-old pairing a $620 Self Portrait jacket featuring divine embroidered detailing with a coordinating maxi skirt.
Catherine completed the look with an Emmy London clutch worth $650, Gianvito Rossi suede pumps and her favourite Annoushka diamond and pearl earrings and pendant set.
Meanwhile Anne revealed to midwives how she once feared for one of her own children after tripping in a horse trailer while pregnant, causing her unborn baby to end up in the wrong position.
“I thought, that’s a bit interesting! The baby ended up the right way up though,” she said, though she didn’t reveal if that incident occurred during her pregnancy with son Peter Philips or daughter Zara Tindall.
The 71-year-old has been advocating for the rights and empowerment of pregnant women for years.
“Pregnant women, they should know just as much as everybody else does. But they’re seen, as I’ve said before, ‘You’re seen as a patient, you don’t need to be part of the answer’,” she said on Wednesday.
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This is the first time Anne and Catherine have come together for an official royal outing as a pair in the Duchess of Cambridge’s 11 years in the monarchy.
While the two royal ladies have been seen at large group events in the past, such as Trooping the Colour, this is their first engagement as a twosome and signals a shift in the royal family.
With the Queen scaling back her public duties more and more recently, senior royals are stepping up to fill new roles and lessen the pressure on the 96-year-old monarch.
As such, we’re likely to see more new and exciting royal pairs attending events together in the coming months.