Kate Plants a Commemorative Tree
Readers…she’s done it again!
The Duchess of Cambridge – known for recycling her wardrobe – dipped way into her closet today and picked a blue Reiss frock to deliver her first public address. Kate teamed the dress – also seen on mum Carole Middleton during the Royal Ascot in 2008 – with a black belt, suede pumps and clutch.
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The Duchess arrived to around 600 supporters at The Treehouse, a new $4.78 million hospice facility in Ipswich, Suffolk that cares for seriously and terminally ill children in Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
Kate was first given a tour of the new facility, for which she is a royal patron. There she met with parents and children who currently staying at the hospice. She spent time with the children doing crafts and visiting the music therapy room before planting a commemorative tree on the grounds.
Despite admitting to one guest that she finds doing speeches, “nerve wracking,” the Duchess’ three-minute speech – which her aides stressed that she had written herself – was relatively flawless.
The speech in it’s entirely is as follows (for a viewing, head to CBS News):
First of all, I’d like to say thank you. Thank you for not only accepting me as your Patron but thank you also for inviting me here today.
You have all made me feel so welcome and I feel hugely honoured to be here to see this wonderful centre.
I am only sorry that William can’t be here today; he would love it here. A view of his – that I share – is that through teamwork, so much can be achieved.
What you have all achieved here is extraordinary.
You as a community have built the Treehouse; a group of people who have made every effort to support and help each other.
When I first visited the Hospice in Milton, I had a pre-conceived idea as to what to expect. Far from being a clinical, depressing place for sick children, it was a home. Most importantly, it was a family home, a happy place of stability, support and care. It was a place of fun.
Today I have seen again that the Treehouse is all about family and fun. For many, this is a home from home – a lifeline, enabling families to live as normally as possible, during a very precious period of time.
What you do is inspirational, it is a shining example of the support and the care that is delivered, not just here, but in the children’s hospice movement at large, up and down the country.
The feelings you inspire – feelings of love and of hope – offer a chance to families to live a life they never thought could be possible.
So thank you again for inviting me here today. I feel enormously proud to be part of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and to see the wonderful life-changing work that you do. Thank you.