The Duchess of Cambridge's visit was noteworthy because it combined two of her patronages. She got to help run a workshop for the National Portrait Gallery's Hospital Programme at Evelina. The mom of three also got right into helping the children with photography and arts and crafts.
During her royal engagement, Kate was gifted a rag wreath, a textured ring made out of strips of fabric. Luke Wheeler-Waddison and his four-year-old sister Savannah make the unique arts and crafts items. The siblings from Kent have raised over $24,000 to support the hospital by selling their creations, according to HELLO! UK. Talented and altruistic Luke had a congenital heart condition before he was born, and underwent his first operation at just five days old.
"We just really wanted to say thank you to the duchess for coming and spending time here." Luke told HELLO! UK about why he gave Kate the wreath. "She was really touched, I think."
Afterward, Luke also snapped a photograph of her using his Polaroid camera. In it, Kate beams him as she shows off the spectacular creation.
Luke also chatted with the duchess about how he and Prince George have the same birthday and his sister and Charlotte are the same age. He said Kate told him her daughter would love the rag wreath and could end up in the four-year-old's room.
"She said Charlotte would love to have the pink wreath up in her room," Luke revealed. "It would be amazing if they did that."
It was quite the creative event because Kate sat down with a group of children for arts and crafts. She also discussed photography, which is one of her passions. The Duchess of Cambridge studied art history at university, wrote her undergraduate thesis on photography and has famously taken portraits of her children.
Recently, Kate has used her photographic skills to share people's stories. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan. 27, Kate unveiled two moving portraits she took of Holocaust survivors, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank. Kensington Palace also shared behind-the-scenes photos of Kate with Yvonne and Steven.