After months of digital events, video calls, and other workarounds, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are approaching business as usual. The royal couple has resumed in-person engagements, albeit with social distancing precautions in place—most recently, attending an afternoon tea at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to celebrate the NHS's 72nd birthday.
The Duke and Duchess were all smiles at the outdoor event, speaking with staff and volunteers who've been working on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. Kate chose a stylish blue shirtdress from Beulah, one of her favorite labels, while Will went for a smart gray blazer, blue shirt, and navy tie.
In addition to the NHS as a whole, the tea also commemorated the anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which will mark its 40th year later this month. The hospital has seen an influx of COVID-19 patients in recent months, having treated approximately 450 people with the virus. It's also enrolled over 500 patients in various coronavirus research studies.
The royal couple has certainly been doing their part to honor and thank the health care workers who've been fighting the pandemic, but they've also been sure to check in with people in other sectors affected by the virus as well. Two days before the tea at the hospital, Will undertook a decidedly lighter engagement: visiting a pub as it prepared to reopen. Staff and owners at the Rose & Crown spoke to the Duke about the modifications they were making to ensure customers' safety, while enjoying a cider and fries. (According to the BBC, Will declared himself "a cider man" before giving his order.)
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