The Duchess of Cambridge has been named as the new patron of a children’s hospital ahead of a visit to the institution with her husband.
Kate is the official figurehead for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, a role which will give her the opportunity to champion medical professionals working on the front line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting youngsters in their early years.
The hospital, which marks its 150th anniversary next year, is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Marian Ridley, director of Evelina London, said: “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’s support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients.
“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.”
During their visit to Evelina London, William and Kate will meet youngsters receiving care and their parents.
Later, the couple will travel to the St Vincent’s Centre of the homeless charity The Passage to hear from frontline workers about the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues.
Established in 1980, The Passage provides resources to encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to make lasting and long-term changes to their lives.
William first visited the charity in 1994 with his younger brother, Harry, when the pair were 12 and 10, alongside their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 2016 the duke reopened the newly refurbished St Vincent’s Centre in Victoria, central London.
During their visit, William and Kate will also meet people using The Passage’s services and join them in an arts and crafts workshop preparing gifts ahead of the centre’s Christmas party.