Kate Middleton is pretty in pink (which isn’t surprising, since she’s pretty in literally every color known to human eyeballs).
On Thursday, during her royal tour of Scotland with her husband Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge met with Mila Sneddon, a five-year-old fan with an inspiring personal story. Mila, who is battling leukaemia, was one of the participants in the duchess’ Hold Still photography project and her meeting with Kate was a long time in the making.
Kate and Mila’s story begins back in August 2020, when they spoke on the phone while Mila was isolating with only some of her family. As a post on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account explains, the Sneddon family was forced to make the difficult decision to isolate in different households for Mila’s safety, as the five-year-old was just four months into her chemotherapy treatment and at high risk amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I have to make sure I go and try to find myself a pink dress,” Kate said during their initial call, according to People. “Hopefully, when one day, hopefully, Mila, we’ll get to meet, and then I’ll remember to wear my pink dress for you.”
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Mila was very excited about the idea of twinning in her favorite color with a royal and when Kate arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for their in-person meet-up, she kept her promise and donned a pretty pink dress—specifically, a bubblegum pink color block skirt dress by Me+Em.
Mila, for her part, accessorized her own pink dress with a sparkly tiara befitting the royal she clearly is in her soul:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a sweet video of the meeting on Instagram, complete with footage of Mila getting the news that she would be meeting Kate in person.
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In the post’s caption, the Palace wrote:
“In the week prior to lockdown last year, Mila’s family took the difficult decision to isolate in different households to protect Mila, who at this point was only 4 months into her chemotherapy journey for leukaemia.
The Duchess spoke to Mila on the phone a few months ago following her image being selected as one of the final 100 for the #HoldStill2020 project – hoping one day that they’d meet and wear their pink dresses together.
Today, Mila and her family visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse to visit The Duchess for tea and a tour of the palace.”
This story first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US