On Tuesday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a joint video call to the nursing students of Ulster University in Northern Ireland. They talked to the student nurses about their experience and life on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prince William and Duchess Catherine thanked the student nurses for their incredible work supporting the frontline workforce.
“It is very difficult for you guys to go straight into a pandemic, I would imagine. That’s really baptism by fire.” – The Duke of Cambridge
For nursing students, studying and undertaking placements during the pandemic has been a challenge like no other while taking part in practical clinical sessions at the university with their lecturers. Both cohorts undertook placements during the first wave of the pandemic, with many extending their placements to support the frontline workforce.
Ranked in the top 50 nursing schools in the world, Ulster University’s School of Nursing has approximately 1600 students registered. At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, students were asked to join the front line. Student placements were adapted to meet the needs and demands of the health service, with the majority of students being placed in COVID-19 areas in both hospital and community settings.
“Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the country. You could not have chosen a better career choice. It’s needed now more than ever.” – The Duchess of Cambridge
During the call, the students discussed their appreciation for the invaluable experiences they have gained working on the frontline and the support they received from Ulster University during this challenging period. Third-year nursing student Elizabeth Semerdzhieva told the couple, “It’s scary. Although it was frightening at the start, you really want to go out more now. You can’t wait to get out in practice and feel like you are helping. That’s what we were born to do.”
Praising the nursing students, The Duchess of Cambridge said, “You’ve got almost three generations now – those coming back from retirement, and 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.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a separate call with first-year nursing student Abigail who shared her experiences of working on the frontline of the response in Northern Ireland via a video and showed what a day in the life looks like in a typical shift during her first placement as a student nurse.
In the Tik-Tok video, that went viral, she is seen getting up for a night shift, travelling to work and putting on personal protective equipment (PPE) of a mask, apron, gloves and visor – later she puts on higher-grade protection for working with Covid-19 positive patients.
The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing her Alexander McQueen ‘Leaf’ tailored crepe Tuxedo Jacket that she first wore in October 2020 in the NHM teaser video. The £1240 Alexander McQueen’s black crepe blazer with contrast cobalt blue satin lining features an exaggerated silk lapel, padded shoulders and a single button fastening, this contemporary classic makes an elegant evening coverup.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s blue pendant necklace has finally been recognized. Lady Parky on Twitter found it to be Astley Clarke Round Stilla Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace. The £160 necklace is currently available in 7 different stones. Thanks to Lady Parky on Twitter for the id.
Catherine was also wearing a pair of gold hoops that are still unidentified.
In other fantastic news, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. The Royal Family announced the happy news via a press release. Both baby and Mum are doing great. Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank got married in October 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. They shared a beautiful picture of the moment on Instagram.