On Wednesday, Kate Middleton was focused on doing good—visiting children at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital—but people were focused on what was missing. She was as stylish as ever in a bright red coat, but her hand wasn't adorned with her incredible sapphire engagement ring, reported People.
The future queen is rarely seen without her iconic sapphire and diamond engagement band, which once belonged to William's mother, Princess Diana. However, during a visit with the children, she opted to only wear her simple gold wedding band.
Kate was at GOSH as part of a public appearance. She opened the hospital’s Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, which provides accommodation for young patients and their families.
She left her engagement ring behind because of the hospital’s policy on minimal jewelry. Since there are sick children in the hospital, the Duchess would have to wash her hands thoroughly before touring the hospital’s wards and treatment areas. They also recommend that everyone remove jewelry before entering.
During her time at the hospital, Kate Middleton engaged with the children. Photos show her talking to a little girl, Ava Watt. In the photos, Kate points to Watt's fancy silvery sneakers.
The nine-year-old girl is a patient at the hospital. She's been treated there for cystic fibrosis since she was born.
Inside the hospital, Kate joined the patients in the children’s playroom. She kindly spoke with patients and their families.