The Duchess Brings Back Alexander McQueen Jacket for Call with Nursing Students

The Duchess was in a familiar jacket by Alexander McQueen for a call with nursing students at Ulster University.

The university notes its program is ranked in the top 50 Schools of Nursing in the world. The students Kate and William spoke with are in their second and third years of study at the school’s Derry/Londonderry campus. More from Hello’s story by Danielle Stacey. 

Prince William and Kate chatted to the trainees from Ulster University on Tuesday to hear more about their experiences of studying during the pandemic, and of undertaking placements on the frontline in Northern Ireland.

William said: “It’s very difficult for you guys to go straight into a pandemic I would imagine, that’s really baptism by fire as they say, isn’t it?”

In the photo above, you see (L to R) Stephanie Dunleavey, School of Nursing Lecturer, Ulster University; ElizabethLisa) Semerdzhieva, 3rd Year Nursing student; Rachel Reid, Year3rd Year Nursing Student; Paige Murray, 3rd Year Nursing student.  More from The Guardian’s coverage. 

Speaking during a video call held on Tuesday, the duchess said: “Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the country, so you couldn’t have chosen a better career choice and it’s needed now more than ever.

“You’ve got almost three generations now – those coming back from retirement but also you guys doing your training who are stepping up – it shows real commitment and real teamwork, and it should really be celebrated, so really well done.”

Here is a clip of the Duke and Duchess speaking with other students. 

The Duke and Duchess also spoke separately with a first-year student named Abigail McGarvey.

Back to the Hello piece: 

In the video diary shared on Kensington Palace’s social media accounts on Tuesday, Abigail can be seen getting up for a night shift, travelling to work and putting on personal protective equipment (PPE) of a mask, apron, gloves and visor. She later puts on higher-grade protection for working with COVID-19 positive patients.

Here is a video clip.  

 Now for our look at what Kate wore for the call. 

We begin with her jacket, which appears to be the Alexander McQueen tuxedo jacket first noted when worn for a video of the Duchess played during last October’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. 

And the mystery necklace is no longer a mystery: it very much looks like the Round Stilla Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace ($220) from Astley Clarke.

More from the product description: “this demi-fine Stilla gemstone pendant features a captivating table-cut lapis lazuli gem, set in 18-carat yellow gold plated sterling silver, and uses a spectacle setting to display the entire blue gemstone and show its complexities beautifully. This gemstone pendant is finished with a gold nugget detail and our signature Astley Clarke star-set lapis lazuli tag.”

This was one of the pieces suggested in a previous post, but some of us didn’t realize it was blue; we thought it was black.  The piece was previously seen during calls marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in late January. 

And in a call with nurses from the Midlands, also in January. 

A Tip of the Tiara to Lady Parky, who suggested the piece was by Astley Clarke!

The Duchess also wore a pair of earrings that appear to be new, but the photos aren’t large enough to allow a positive ID. 


Also, today, the lovely news that Princess Eugenie had a baby boy Tuesday morning at the Portland Hospital in London. Her husband, Jack Brooksbank, was with her and the baby weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. Here is a post from The Royal Family with the news. 

And here is the photo posted on Princess Eugenie’s Instagram page. 

More via this Town and Country story: 

“This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York’s first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and TheDuke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

Eugenie and Jack haven’t yet announced their son’s name, sharing only that the healthy boy weighs 8 pounds and 1 ounce. As royal expert Victoria Arbiter previously shared with Town & Country ahead of Prince Louis’s birth, it’s something of a royal tradition to hold off on revealing a baby’s name.

“The reasoning is perhaps two fold. On one hand there’s a desire to inform the families before a public declaration is made and any new parent appreciates having a little private time to get to know their new addition before the onslaught of announcements,” she explained, adding that they also likely want to be “100% certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby’s place in history.”


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