The Duchess of Cambridge has kept her word to four-year-old Mila Sneddon from Falkirk who told her she wanted to meet a princess dressed in her favourite colour pink.
During lockdown, Kate spoke to little Mila over the phone as she was shielding due to undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia, and during the phone call, the youngster said it was her dream to meet a princess in a pink dress.
Today, Mila’s dream came true as the pair finally got to meet at the Queen’s official Edinburgh home, and Kate was true to her word wearing a pink frock to match the four-year-old’s attire.
Adorable Mila captured the duchess’ heart and when they were finally able to meet in person, Kate told her met she told her she wanted to give her a “big squeezy cuddle”.
Mila was featured in an iconic picture from Kate’s lockdown photographic project and came to symbolise isolation during the pandemic after she was pictured kissing her home’s kitchen window as her father stood outside.
The little girl is undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia and was photographed separated from her father during the first lockdown, after he had to go to work and could not risk bringing coronavirus into the family home in Falkirk.
Kate and Mila had talked on the phone after the image was among 100 selected for the duchess’ Hold Still exhibition and book and agreed to meet up.
The pair met at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and when Kate walked into the room the the face of the little girl, who was joined by her parents, lit up.
“Hi Mila, look at you,” Kate said. “I want to give you a big squeezy cuddle, it’s so nice to meet you in person.”
The four-year-old stood up as did her father and mother Scott and Lynda Sneddon and her big sister Jodi.
Kate praised the little girl who was dressed head-to-toe in pink with matching headband, dress and shoes.
She said: “I love your dress, can you do a little twirl – and your shoes.”
The four-year-old spun round for the future Queen before running over to her father.
The couple are carrying out an extensive tour of Scotland in William’s role as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
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During their visit to the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, William praised trauma nurse Dr Tariro Gandiya: “It must be reassuring to know we are all in this together.”
The Cambridges are known by their Scottish title the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when north of the border, and Kate wore a Strathearn tartan scarf and a coat by Massimo Dutti for the visit.
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