The Duchess of Cambridge dons spotty shirt dress and pearl accents for hospital visit

By Jessica Pollack

The Duchess of Cambridge showed her true stripes - and her spots! - on Tuesday (Dec. 11) as it was revealed that she has taken on a new patronage, Evelina London Children's Hospital, furthering her passionate work for kids' health. The mother of three and her husband, Prince William, paid a visit to the 150-year-old hospital to bring some holiday cheer to its young patients and their families, after which they stopped by The Passage homeless centre. Kate looked perfectly festive in a green midi dress featuring fun white dots for the outings.

Duchess Kate wore a pretty tea dress by L.K.Bennett with olive-green accessories. Photo: © Getty Images

The Cambridges arrived at the hospital just moments after Kate's new post as patron was announced. Prince William was clad in a black suit with a blue shirt, while his wife turned to one of her favourite High Street labels, L.K.Bennett, for her pretty polka-dot Mortimer shirt dress. Retailing for $550, the bottle-green design features billowy sleeves, a bow at the neck and pearl buttons on the bodice. She anchored the look with olive-green pumps and carried a matching clutch.

The 36-year-old wore her brown locks in a glossy blowout with pearl earrings dangling from her ears and a fresh face of makeup - a soft smoky eye, rouged cheeks and a pink lip. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis' mom delighted in spending time with the hospital's young residents, helping them to draw Christmas trees as she learned more about Evelina's support to parents of children, some with rare and complex conditions, from birth through to their adult life.

Mortimer green polka-dot silk dress by L.K.Bennett

The hospital is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, a patronage of the Queen, and could not be more happy to have the 36-year-old come on as patron. “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron. The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients," said Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London.

“It is a huge pleasure to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to our hospital and we are absolutely delighted that they are able to join us as we begin to celebrate our milestone 150th anniversary. We are immensely grateful for Their Royal Highnesses’ support and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron.”

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