Kate and Anne arrive for first joint engagement at London maternity healthcare organisations

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Kate and Anne (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)
Kate and Anne (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) (PA Wire)

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Royal have arrived at the London offices of medical organisations working in maternal healthcare for a rare joint royal visit.

Anne is patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Kate is patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and the organisations now share a headquarters.

The building is home to a collection of women’s healthcare organisations and the hub has been designed by the RCOG to foster collaboration across the sector.

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the visit (PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the visit (PA)

While the pair have appeared in public together at previous family engagements, this thought to be among the first times the Duchess and Princess have teamed up for an outing with just the two of them attending.

When the princess and duchess arrived they were welcomed by RCM chief executive Gill Walton and RCOG president Dr Edward Morris.

Anne has been patron of the RCM, one of the world’s oldest and largest midwifery organisations, for 20 years, while Kate became patron of the RCOG in 2018.

They will meet representatives from Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement and learn about the innovative digital tools being developed to identify and support women with higher-risk pregnancies.

The Princess Royal (Getty Images)
The Princess Royal (Getty Images)

Anne and Kate will take part in a roundtable discussion which will bring together sector experts and new mothers to discuss the measures being taken to tackle inequalities in maternity care.

They will also hear about the pioneering work being done to improve essential gynaecological skills worldwide.

The royal pair are expected to congratulate recent recipients of the Royal College Midwives awards, which recognises outstanding achievement and commitment.

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