Princess of Wales visits Royal Surrey County Hospital’s maternity unit

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Mother-of-three Kate, 41, loved her precious moment with tot Bianca Moran saying “She’s very sweet!”

Kate, in a £220 Karen Millen dress, visited the award-winning baby unit for premature babies in her first solo royal engagement since assuming her new Princess of Wales title. 

She learnt about the support the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford provides to pregnant women and new mothers.

She sat next to Bianca’s mother, Szilvia Novak, while cradling Bianca and supporting her head.

Szilvia, 43 – originally from Hungary – asked the royal if she would like to hold her baby while the pair chatted. Kate replied: “Am I allowed to?” before a medic helped Ms Novak pass the baby. 

Afterwards, Ms Novak said: “I asked her if she wanted to hold her and she opted for it. I can’t blame her. Bianca is cute. The princess was lovely to speak to.” 

The NHS maternity unit delivers and cares for around 3,000 babies a year, and it received a Unicef baby friendly initiative gold award in 2022 for outstanding work.

The unit is one of only a few in the UK that can allow mothers to always be close to their babies through cot-side beds.

Staff encourage parents to bathe, feed and change their babies. 

The princess, who is a patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, spoke to other mothers there. 

Jess Kemp, 27, from Guildford, who gave birth to Hugo on Monday, said Kate “was so warm and lovely to speak to. It’s a lovely thing to tell him when he grows up”.

One woman, who had already had contractions, even delayed her epidural to speak to the princess.

Kate admitted it “took ages” for her and her husband to choose the names of their children.

Meanwhile, husband Prince William visited England’s national football centre at St George’s Park in Burton upon Trent, to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

He spoke to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate ahead of next month’s World Cup.

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