Kate Middleton Offers Encouragement and Praise in Inspiring Letter to Children’s Hospital

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge offered some words of praise and appreciation in a thoughtful personal letter she wrote to the staff of the Evelina London Children’s Hospital amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Kate Middleton helps a child during a workshop run by the National Portrait Gallery's Hospital Programme at Evelina Children's Hospital
Kate Middleton | Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate shares her words of encouragement

It’s a difficult time for everyone right now and Kate’s words for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital really lifted up the staff’s spirits. The hospital posted the letter on their Twitter page, noting, “It was wonderful to receive an uplifting message from our Patron HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge, for all our hardworking staff and volunteers.”

“I am writing to let you know how much I am thinking of all the team at Evelina London during this hugely difficult time,” Kate wrote.

She continued, “It is heartening to know you are still very much open for business and continuing to provide expert care to sick children despite the challenging circumstances. You are all truly inspirational and I know how much you will be there for these families, as you always have been.”

“You are now facing the additional pressure of caring for adult COVID-19 patients,” Kate stated, adding, “but it is a testament of your support and commitment to your patients that you are all pulling together to ensure they will have the best possible care.”

“Whether working on the frontline, or behind the scenes, you will be having to juggle these pressures and manage both your professional and personal lives. Please look after yourselves and each other and know that the whole country is behind you,” she wrote.

She concluded her message by noting, “This comes with my very best wishes for the good health of you and your families over the coming weeks. Catherine.”

Kate is patron of the hospital

Kate became the patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital in 2018 after first visiting in February that year when she was pregnant with Prince Louis.

In Jan. 2020, the Cambridges’ Instagram account featured highlights of Kate’s visit to the children’s hospital for a creative arts workshop. “Her Royal Highness is Patron of both the Children’s Hospital and The National Portrait Gallery,” the caption explained. “Art has been shown to help both children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.”

“The Gallery delivers workshops on the hospital wards and in play rooms. The Duchess of Cambridge helped children create their own portraits and create characters for a pop-up theatre show!,” the caption noted.

Prince William and Kate have been sharing positivity

Prince William and Kate may not be able to make in-person visits anymore but that doesn’t mean they can’t keep in touch virtually. During an April Zoom call with teachers, staff, and children at Casterton Primary Academy, the Cambridges thanked the administrators and teachers. “To you and everyone who is in during this time, it must be such a relief for all the parents who are key workers to know that their children have the normality and structure and they’ve got a safe place for them to be,” Kate said.

She continued, “So really, really well done and for all of you I know it’s not easy circumstances, but it’s fantastic.’

“We just want to say a huge thank you to you guys and well done in keeping it all going. Please pass on many messages of support for all the staff and all the volunteers — they’re doing a great job,” William added.

The couple were cheerful during the call, including a moment when Kate teased William when the staff wished them a happy Easter. William said, “There’ll be a lot of chocolate being eaten here that’s for sure” and Kate playfully scolded him, saying, “You keep eating it!”