Kate Middleton dazzles in $500 dress on first joint outing with forever young Princess Anne
Kate Middleton and Princess Anne made a rare joint appearance on Wednesday as they visited the London headquarters of medical colleges working in the areas of maternal healthcare. The Duchess is the patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) while Anne is the patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
Kate arrived for the engagement in style wearing a lovely $500 oatmeal colored dress by one of her favorite brands, Self-Portrait. The tailored midi dress featured a belt that cinched at the waist, intricate floral lace details at the chest, and accentuated shoulder pads.
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The duchess wore her hair down straight and accessorized with Gianvito Rossi cream heels and an Emmy London clutch. Kate also wore a $157 pearl necklace from Monica Vinader and delicate pearl drop earrings from Annoushka.
She completed the look with subte, glowing makeup. Kate's gorgeous appearance comes days after she rewore her 2015 Alexander McQueen white coat dress to Anzac Day's Westminster Abbey service.
Princess Anne also looked stylish in a teal colored coat and paired it with a matching scarf. She completed the look with elegant black heels.
Kate and Anne have been seen together making public appearances previously. However, this was the first time ever that the two were on an official joint outing. The rare engagement comes as Princess Anne remains one of the hardest working royals, taking on 148 official engagements in 2020.
In a roundtable meeting, the two took part in a discussion with experts and new moms about the measures being taken to tackle inequalities in maternity care. They were also shown some of the pioneering work being done to improve essential gynecological skills at a local level and worldwide.
Anne was conversing with maternity experts during the demonstration of a new Intrapartum Foetal Surveillance tool — the tool monitors the baby's safety when the mother is in labour. Medical staff will be alerted in case the baby's head is stuck in the mother's pelvis. As Anne laughed, she asked, "Wedged?"
Recalling her deliveries of her son Peter Philips, 44, and Zara Tindall, 40, Anne spoke about her fear. "I thought, that's a bit interesting... ended up the right way up though," she said.
The vice president of the RCOG, Professor Tim Draycott, said, "She said she had tripped over in a horse lorry while heavily pregnant and thought that had happened."
This tool has been under construction since over five years. It is in collaboration with the Avoiding Brain Injury in Childbirth that hopes to gain recognition nationwide by 2023.