The Duchess Keeps a promise as well as Wears Pink

Today the Duchess kept a promise she made to five-year-old Mila Sneddon.

In a phone call last autumn, she promised the little woman that she would wear a pink gown when they met. 

You may acknowledge the young cancer survivor whose picture (shown below) was chosen for the Hold Still project.  Mila was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November of 2019 as well as was isolated during the pandemic while she received chemotherapy.  more from The everyday Mail:

When the pandemic hit, parents Lynda as well as Scott decided to isolate separately to minimise the danger to their daughter. Lynda stayed with Mila while service engineer Scott as well as Mila’s sibling Jodi, 16, went to Lynda’s parents. 

Mila’s mom captured a picture of her blowing her father a kiss with the window as well as submitted it to Hold Still.  It was chosen as one of the 100 images featured in the display as well as book.

In the phone conversation released last week, the Duchess said she hoped to satisfy Mila someday as well as promised to wear pink.  That day was today.  Below, Mila as well as her household as they arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

More about the phone conversation between Mila as well as Kate from The Telegraph’s story by Victoria Ward. 

Mila asked the Duchess if she was wearing a costume. “I’m not wearing a princess costume right now, I’m afraid, Mila,” she replied, before being told that Mila’s favourite colour was pink.”OK, well I have to make sure I go as well as try as well as discover myself a pink gown so that when one day, hopefully, Mila, we’ll get to meet, I’ll keep in mind to wear my pink gown for you.” 

The Duchess arriving to satisfy Mila as well as her family. 

Below, a video of that encounter. 

From The Mirror’s coverage: 

The outgoing little woman who is battling cancer has captured the duchess’ heart as well as when they met she told the youngster she wanted to provide her a “big squeezy cuddle”.

The four-year-old stood up as did her father as well as mom Scott as well as Lynda Sneddon as well as her huge sibling Jodi.

Kate praised the little woman who was dressed head-to-toe in pink with matching headband, gown as well as shoes.

She said: “I love your dress, can you do a little twirl – as well as your shoes.”

Mila as she did her twirl. 

The Duchess as well as Mila chatting. 

More from The Belfast Telegraph: 

There was an exchange of gifts with Kate giving the little woman a small trinket box inscribed with a message about bravery while the duchess’ young good friend presented her with a candle as well as a bag.

Mrs Sneddon said: “It’s a truly surreal as well as bizarre experience, we’ve come out of lockdown as well as this is our very first trip out which is truly unusual.”

She added: “It’s not rather sunk in that we’re right here as well as we’ve met the duchess.”

The duchess as well as Mila’s mom discovered typical ground in parenthood, she said: “We’re both parents so we talked a little bit about both (my) girls as well as obviously Mila’s treatment.”

I am discovering myself partial to Mila’s tiara. 

More from The Telegraph’s story.  

Mila was not phased by satisfying royalty as well as even did a handstand as well as cartwheel in front of the Duchess.  

“It was so good, I’ve never met a genuine princess in my life before,” she said later.

Asked about what she as well as the Duchess had chatted about, she replied: “Well I was hectic drawing a photo – a robot.”  

Kensington Palace shared a video as Mila is told she is going to satisfy the Duchess as well as a little bit from today’s visit. 

One more picture of Mila for this part of the post. 

(We’ll see more of Mila in just a bit.)  

The other ensemble worn today is anchored by a Catherine Walker design. The Duchess chose the piece for the Closing ceremony of the general Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Below, the Duke as well as Duchess arriving for that event.

You may recall Prince William was appointed as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, which started last weekend. 

A quick video as the couple arrived with other dignitaries. 

Today the Duke delivered closing remarks.

More from The evening Standard. 

The Duke of Cambridge has delivered a extremely personal farewell speech at the end of his Scottish tour, describing exactly how the nation has “shaped” him as well as praising its people as well as values.

Williamsaid Scotland was “so important” to himself as well as other half Kate as he recounted their experiences satisfying a variety of inspirational people from spritely pensioners, selfless NHS workers as well as committed charity volunteers. 

Here is an extra part of the remarks: 

Indeed, be it the fast move of services online, or the pastoral visits to neighbours to assist with buying or collecting prescriptions, or the support by parishes of their regional foodbanks, the Church has shown that – even in a pandemic – although we may be separated, we requirement not be alone.

So, to members of the Church of Scotland I say: say thanks to you for the work you’ve done, the witness you have offered as well as the service you have provided during this pandemic.

You can hear part of the speech in this video.  

The scene after the Closing Assembly as everybody departed.

Before the ceremony, the couple hosted former UK Prime priest Gordon brown as well as ⁦his other half Sarah Brown⁩ at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, per the Court Circular. 

The Duke as well as Duchess returned to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to go to a Beating Retreat by The Massed Pipes as well as Drums of the Combined Cadet Force.

There are more than 2000 cadets in the force. The Massed Pipes as well as Drums on parade this evening represent the sixteen CCF contingents in Scotland, including cadets from Glasgow, Dundee, as well as Edinburgh.

The Duke as well as Duchess invited individuals from regional charities as well as schools to watch, along with some special guests.

That is Mila with her sibling Jodi above. Below, you can see the entire family, including the girls’ parents, Lynda as well as Steve Sneddon.

The look on Mila’s face is priceless.

Kensington Palace notes the event had its origins in the early years of organized warfare when the beating of drums as well as the parading of publish Guards heralded the closing of camp gates as well as the lowering of flags at the end of the day.

Now to what Kate wore for these two engagements, starting with her pink gown by ME + EM, a familiar brand. 

The color Block Silk shirt gown (£450, approximately $640 at today’s exchange rates) features a pleated front panel, point collar, gathered shoulders, side seam pockets, self-belt, as well as an asymmetrical hem that is longer in the back. 

An enormous ‘thank you’ to Katherine for identifying this dress.

It looks like the Duchess wore a belt from Boden’s Skinny Belt ($55) in a color called lollipop.  The piece is 1″ wide with suede on the outer part as well as metallic lining. 

Thank you to Middleton Maven for her quick ID of this piece. 

The Duchess introduced one more color of suede pumps by Emmy London, the Rebecca makeup ($475), a pink hue.

A refresher on the style: it is a traditional point-toe with a 4.5″ heel. say thanks to you, Emily Collins, for being so speedy with this ID.

With thanks to Natasha for this ID, it looks like the Duchess wore the Pink Betsy Reusable adult Mask (£15) by Amaia Kids. She likewise wore her Rhodochrosite Charm Hoop Earrings ($93.50 with promo code MEMORIAL15, normally $110) in 18kt gold vermeil by Missoma. (The picture below is when the earrings were worn to one more engagement.)

And now for the second ensemble, with a look at the cornflower blue coat gown by Catherine Walker.   

The coat gown is crafted of wool as well as features princess seams, an off-center front closure, a full skirt with box pleats, deep cuffs, notched lapels, a self-belt, as well as oversized buttons.  The color is the perfect backdrop for the jewelry worn today.

We very first saw the earrings at a February 2018 Royal foundation engagement. 

The brooch was very first noted in March 2018 at the annual Commonwealth service when it was worn with the coordinating earrings.

A better look at the pieces from 2018. 

And a look at them today. 

The pieces have a floral motif: the brooch features a spray of multi-colored flowers with a diamond or rhinestone-studded “bow,” as well as the earrings showcase a central flower on a bow-shaped base.  

The Duchess debuted a new piece by Kiki McDonough (at least I don’t recall seeing it before), the Apollo Blue Topaz Pendant (£1166.67, approximately $1650 at today’s exchange rates).

The pendant features a central blue topaz as well as four diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold.  

It appears Kate has brought back the Emmy London Rebecca pumps in the Riviera Blue colorway. 

And she repeated a bag from a Scottish brand, Strathberry.  The Duchess carried the Multrees Chain Wallet Clutch ($355), very first noted in December of last year during the Royal Train mini-tour. UPDATE may 28: It turns out the clutch is the exact same style however in Embossed Croc Navy ($355), as well as now offered for pre-ordering. You can likewise see the Duchess carried a scarf.

And that wraps up the Scotland tour!


The Royal household Channel’s protection of today’s meeting. 

Here is the 6-minute call with the Duchess speaking with Mila as well as her mother.


The everyday Mail’s story about Mila is here; The Telegraph‘s story by Victoria Ward is here.; 

Hello’s protection is here; People’s story is here.;  


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