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The Duchess of Cambridge has spent two days in a London hospital’s maternity department.

The workplace experience was only announced in the court circular, the daily record of official royal engagements, once her time shadowing had been completed.

Kate spent time with midwives and consultants at the maternity unit of Kingston Hospital in southwest London earlier this week.

Kate meet a child during the opening of The Nook Children Hospice earlier this month
Kate meet a child during the opening of The Nook Children Hospice earlier this month

The duchess, who has three children under the age of seven, is the joint patron of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Early-years support is part of the foundation’s mission, and the charity’s website states that the duchess believes “we can better provide solid social and emotional platforms for children to make them healthier and more resilient later in life”.

Kate has established a steering group of experts to look at the issue, who will present a “major body of work” on the matter later this year. They first met in 2018.

In a letter to the steering group, released earlier this year, Kate said: “There are undoubtedly challenges in trying to bring about the transformation that will make positive change for generations to come, and help break the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage and trauma, yet I am inspired every day by the people I meet and am committed to supporting this endeavour…

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“I hope my long-term commitment to working in the early years will help make a difference over a generational timescale.”

Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis in the 'Back to Nature' garden
Duchess of Cambridge, pictured with Prince Louis, is working to improve early years support

The foundation’s site also states that the duchess hopes to build on her “work on issues like addiction and family breakdown” to help young people.

It adds: “The Duchess of Cambridge has observed that so many of society’s greatest social and health challenges, and the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage, could be mitigated or entirely avoided by providing the right support for children in the earliest years in life.”

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