After much time away from the public scene due to illness, the Duchess of Cambridge has begun to appear more and more in public in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Her Royal Highness visited the acclaimed Foundling Museum in London.
The museum highlights the times of the Foundling Hospital which was founded in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for children who were at risk to be abandoned by their mothers and family. Located in central London, the hospital is known as the first public children’s charity in the United Kingdom.
Upon arrival at the Foundling Museum, the Duchess of Cambridge was asked her thoughts in regards to Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s announcement of their engagement. The Duchess was clearly pleased, showcasing a gentle smile.
“William and I are absolutely thrilled,” the Duchess of Cambridge said. “It’s such exciting news. It’s a really happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best. We hope they enjoy this happy moment.”
The Duchess is credited by Prince Harry and his soon-to-be bride Ms Meghan Markle for aiding in fostering their relationship as both a neighbour and caring family member. While they lived worlds apart, many believe that the Duchess’s history as a commoner will influence and support the newest member of the Royal Family for good in the months to come.
During her visit to the Foundling Museum, Her Royal Highness met many children impacted by programmes conducted by the museum. The Duchess was able to view first hand the art therapy programme and even took time to participate in an art workshop where she met schoolchildren from the Argyle Primary School and even younger nursery-aged children.
The Duchess also toured the museum’s exhibitions highlighting historical tokens marking how babies were identified once left by their mothers. Nearly 25,000 children were cared for from the hospital’s founding in 1741 until 1954 when foster care claimed the last child.