Duchess of Cambridge Gives First Public Speech

  March 20, 2012 at 8:06 am by

The Duchess of Cambridge gave her first public speech as a member of the British Royal Family yesterday, during a visit to the Treehouse, a new facility of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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Upon arrival, the Duchess was greeted by children who receive care from the hospice, located in Ipswich, before heading inside where she delivered her speech and then spent over an hour with the children.

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Stepping up to the podium, Catherine began by thanking the organisation for accepting her as their patron and the hospice for inviting her to their opening.

Calling the Treehouse an “extraordinary” achievement, the Duchess went on to say that the EACH hospices felt like homes: “It [the Milton EACH hospice] 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.

“What you do is inspirational, it is a shining example of the support and the care that is delivered,” she said.

VIDEO: The Duchess of Cambridge gives first public speech

Breathing a sigh of relief as she stepped down, the Duchess then went on to spend some one-on-one time with the sick children the hospice assists. She painted with six-year-old Tilly Jennings, and listened to songs sung by ten-year-old Bethany Woods.

Before the Duchess left the hospice, she took part in a tree planting to mark the occassion.

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