Kate Middleton steps out sans her engagement ring: The reason revealed

Lula Sharp
January 29, 2020

Kate Middleton gave royal admirers a glimpse of her artistic side on Tuesday during a visit to Evelina London Children's Hospital.

The diamond-studded 12-carat sapphire engagement ring and white gold diamond eternity band that live on the Duchess of Cambridge's left hand were not present during her visit to Evelina Children's Hospital.

The reason is simple - all visitors to hospitals must adhere to strict hygiene rules and, as Kate was due to visit multiple wards housing young patients, she made a decision to keep her jewellery to a minimum to avoid the spread of germs.

The Duchess wore a textured, tweed Dolce & Gabbana jacket with matching skirt and pointed pumps. Although she donned her gold wedding band on her left hand, Middleton didn't wear her engagement or eternity rings, both of which she wears nearly every time she's photographed. But before you read too much into it, note that Middleton was still wearing her gold wedding band.

Kate was visiting the children's ward in the hospital and deemed it responsible to remove any possible hygiene hazards.

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Kate didn't wear nail polish, also in accordance with hospital guidelines.

She also wore her Mappin and Webb diamond earrings and matching empress pendant for the event.

Kate Middleton is making sure she does not lose sight of what she loves while the royal engagements keep her busy. Kate is patron of both the National Portrait Gallery and Evelina London. The National Portrait Gallery works closely with Evelina London to bring workshops and artists to the hospital, helping to support the health, wellbeing and happiness of the young patients.

The workshops are delivered by the National Portrait Gallery Hospital Programme. Kate joined it after marrying the Duke of Cambridge in 2011, as did Duchess Meghan after she and Harry tied the knot in 2018.

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