Kate Middleton Didn’t Wear Her Engagement Ring During Her Latest Outing
Laura Lee - February 14, 2020

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

So, in case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lot of buzz coming from the Royal family as of late. From Megan Markle and Prince Harry stepping out of the royal family to Kate Middleton ditching her engagement ring during her latest outing, there is a lot to catch up on. Prince William gave his mother, the late Princess Diana, sapphire ring to Kate Middleton. So its absence raised some eyebrows. Apparently, however, the dutchess had a really good reason as to why.

Now don’t go ahead and start jumping to any conclusions like a scandal or something dramatic. That afternoon, Middleton visited the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London to attend a workshop hosted by the National Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Program. The program is all about how art can help kids. Before the dutchess was able to enter the hospital, she had to follow the facility’s policy and scrub her hands to make sure she wasn’t bringing any germs in with her. According to People, the hospital typically recommends that visitors don’t even wear jewelry so they don’t have to worry about cleaning it. So that appears to be exactly what Kate did.

InStyle pointed out that this isn’t the first time Kate Middleton removed her ring to visit a hospital, so please, skeptics and drama-makers, relax. Seriously, germs can latch on to anything.