The Duchess of Cambridge has made a surprise visit today to King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill to meet with victims of the recent London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack.
The Duchess arrived at the hospital in south-east London just before 2pm GMT where she was greeted by the hospital’s Chief Executive, Nick Moberly, and Medical Director Professor Julia Wendon. Kate then had the opportunity to meet with doctors and staff who have worked tirelessly to treat the victims of the June 3 incident which resulted in eight deaths and dozens injured.
Aides said that the press was not notified in advance of the visit, as they did not want media focus and presence to obstruct the staff’s ability to treat those affected.
Of the dozens injured, 14 victims of the attack were taken to King’s College Hospital, 13 of whom are still being treated for stab wounds. Seven of them are still receiving round-the-clock treatment and are classified as being in ‘critical condition’.
Kate is due to meet with the patients still requiring treatment but, out of respect to the victims, there will be no pictures or information given on these visits.
Before leaving today Kate is due to meet with senior hospital officials and get the opportunity to find out more about the psychological support that staff and patients have received following the attacks. This will, no doubt, be of great interest to the Duchess as mental health is the key focus of the Heads Together campaign she founded with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Of the visit, a royal aide said: “Although the story has moved on publicly this is a chance to thank the staff and reassure those still in hospital, many of whom have families with them, that people very much care.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is the latest royal to spend time meeting with victims of the recent terror attacks in the UK. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited those affected by the trauma at Royal London Hospital Whitechapel and Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge have both made visits to the bedsides of survivors of the Manchester bombing.