It’s a quirk leaving Kate’s fans baffled - but why does the Duchess of Cambridge so often need a plaster on her fingers?
- The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, is rarely less than a vision of elegant perfection
- Yet royal observers have noticed that plasters are often a staple in her wardrobe
- Small ones were spotted on her thumb at the Chelsea Flower Show this week
From the glossy brown hair and polished make-up to her impeccable wardrobe, the Duchess of Cambridge is rarely less than a vision of elegant perfection.
Or is she?
For eagle-eyed observers have noticed a certain nude-coloured accessory has become something of a staple in the royal wardrobe. No, not Kate’s nude LK Bennett pumps, but rather a flesh-coloured sticking plaster.
A small one was most recently spotted on the right royal thumb at Chelsea Flower Show earlier this week — co-ordinating seamlessly with Kate’s camel-coloured culottes and cream shirt.
The Duchess of Cambridge departs after visiting her Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday
A slip-up with the shears perhaps? A scratch while making a few final tweaks to her woodland playground? Maybe.
But it’s far from the first time Kate, 37, has been seen sporting a plaster. Left hand, right hand; everyone’s favourite green-fingered Duchess might be better known as Calamity Kate.
The previous time a plaster could be seen on the royal mitts was in November, when she had a small circular patch on the middle finger of her right hand at three events over four days.
Christmas Day, 2016, and what’s that covering the end of one thumb on the same hand as her famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring?
The Duchess of Cambridge attends The Tusk Conservation Awards in November 2018
Kate pictured left with a plaster on her thumb in August 2016 and right, in February 2016
Then there was the time in November of the same year when she sported a larger rectangular patch on the back of her left hand. There was much speculation at the time over whether a certain limelight-hogging feline was to blame; namely the star of A Street Cat Named Bob, who Kate had met at a film premiere the night before.
For those who have debated the respective merits of fabric (they stay put better) over waterproof (prone to coming off but more versatile) plasters, it should be noted Kate appears to show no preference, wearing both.
So just what is going on? A habit of picking hangnails? Not likely with those pristine manicures. It’s certainly provoked speculation on Twitter — from a bite from pet cocker spaniel Lupo to gardening mishaps or accidents in the kitchen.
As we all know, Kate is a keen gardener, with sprawling grounds at both Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, so she could very easily be a bit accident-prone when pruning.
Kate with a plaster on her middle finger while waving to royal fans in January 2015
The Duchess of Cambridge meets Dame Helen Mirren and Sir David Attenborough at the Dramatic Arts Reception at Buckingham Palace in London in February 2014
She also has three children under the age of six, so is fully immersed in the world of endless hand-washing that every parent of young children will know — though she does have a nanny and, one presumes, an army of help around the home.
Whatever the cause, it is likely — like Kate’s wounds — to remain under wraps.
Given she has to shake so many hands, she might just be covering up tiny grazes that anyone else might leave exposed to the elements.
But Dr Anton Alexandroff, a spokesman for the Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation, says: ‘Wearing plasters isn’t that helpful because the skin doesn’t breathe as well and it takes longer to heal.
‘As a mum, you are washing your hands all the time, so it is important to moisturise regularly. Using moisturiser is the best way to heal a scratch.’
Failing that, Kate could always take a leaf out of the Queen’s book — and wear gloves.
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