Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cambridge to visit the RCM and RCOG

Royal double act! Princess Anne and Kate Middleton are set to carry out their FIRST ever engagement as a duo on a visit to maternity healthcare organisations next week

  • Princess Royal and Duchess of Cambridge will visit two midwife organisations 
  • They will hear how the two organisations are working together to help women get best care
  • Will also speak to RCM award winners and listen to a discussion panel
  • Pair are part of the ‘New Firm’ and are set to work closely together more often 

The Princess Royal and the Duchess of Cambridge are set to visit two midwife organisations next week together, in a rare joint public engagement. 

The Princess Royal, 71, is the Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) while the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, is the Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (RCOG).

In 2018, The Duchess became the patron of the RCOG and the Princess Royal has been patron of the RCM for 20 years, with both their roles previously held by the Queen Mother.  

The duo will visit the RCM and RCOG’s London headquarters for what will be their first ever joint engagement as a duo. The pair have only ever carried out public engagements as part of a family group. 

The Princess Royal, 71, is the Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) while the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, is the Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

They will hear about how the two organisations are working together to ensure women are receiving the best and safest care possible. 

The Princess Royal and The Duchess of Cambridge are part of the ‘New Firm’ established by the Queen. 

It includes The Princess Royal, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex who will work together more closely in-person and virtually.

The ‘New Firm’ was established after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping back from their roles as senior royals. 

In next week’s rare joint engagement, the duo will visit the RCM and RCOG’s London headquarters

At next Wednesday’s visit, The Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Royal will also meet representatives from Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement and learn about digital tools being used to support women with higher risk pregnancies.   

The duo will also speak to representatives from the Avoiding Brain Injury in Childbirth (ABC) collaboration about the development of a national approach for the monitoring and safety of fetal wellbeing during labour.  

There will also be a roundtable discussion during the visit, where The Princess Royal and The Duchess of Cambridge with experts from the sector and new mothers. 

The discussion will centre on measures being taken to tackle the inequalities in maternity care.

And The Princess Royal and The Duchess of Cambridge will meet RCM award recipients to congratulate them on their achievements and inspiring work. 

Their rare joint engagement comes as Princess Anne remains one of the hardest working royals, taking on 148 official engagements in 2020.   

The Duchess of Cambridge and The Princess Royal also share one of the same royal titles- The Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO), which was given to them by the Queen to highlight their service to the Royal Family. 

The duo also attended many of the Olympic events together in 2012 and were pictured on a boat.   

The Duchess of Cambridge is also preparing to visit the London Headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee with Prince William to learn more about the work being done to support people affected by the Ukraine conflict

The Duchess of Cambridge is also preparing to visit the London Headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee with Prince William to learn more about the work being done to support people affected by the Ukraine conflict. 

The couple will visit the London headquarters of the organisation to learn more about its Ukraine appeal.

Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal has raised more than £280 million, which includes the £25 million matched by the Government.

There have been donations from companies, trusts, arts institutions, community groups, schools and individuals. 

The royal couple will be able to speak to recently returned aid workers and speak to those on the ground in Ukraine to learn more about the work the funds are helping to support and the human impact of the conflict.  

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