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Pregnant Kate Middleton meets midwife who helped deliver baby Charlotte

Pregnant Kate Middleton meets midwife who helped deliver baby Charlotte

The Duchess of Cambridge had an emotional reunion with the midwife who helped deliver both her children today.

And one very special person present at the event was Professor Jacqueline Dudley-Bent.

Professor Dunkley-Bent was photographed in uniform outside St Mary's Hospital...

Kate Middleton will soon become a mother of three, but her royal duties are not taking a back seat just yet.

"It's so great to see Jacqui as well", the duchess told the RCOG President Lesley Regan at the end of her visit to the charity, which was founded in 1929 and works to ensure high quality women's healthcare in Britain and overseas.

She told the health professionals: "I would like to congratulate and thanks all nurses everywhere on what you achieve on a daily basis".

"It was a surprise and an absolute pleasure to be reunited with Kate again today", she was quoted by People as saying.

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"Supporting families at the birth of their baby - including future kinds and queens - is hugely rewarding and we're very grateful to have the Duchess of Cambridge's support for the nursing profession".

Kensington Palace announced today on social media that the Duchess has become a patron to another two charities, upping the number of organisations she supports to sixteen.

But the Duchess of Cambridge is following in the footsteps of a poignant person with the role - the Queen Mother.

Earlier she visited the London headquarters of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) - as she was named patron of the organisation - and gave her former midwife, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, a hug. She held the position until her death in 2002, at 101 years old.

Her visit came just hours after it was announced about the Duchess' new patronage, her 16th in total.

The campaign's aim is to raise the status and profile of nurses, and the Duchess has a personal connection to its aims, telling the audience, 'This campaign means a lot to me personally.

But Middleton-wearing a blue Jenny Packham overcoat and matching dress as well as blue sapphire and diamond jewelry, according to *People-was not simply there as a student.


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