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Kate visits EACH’s Treehouse hospice & gives her first public speech

On March 19th 2012, The Duchess of Cambridge formally opened The Treehouse hospice in Ipswich, where she toured the facilities and met children and families who receive support and care from the charity.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits and formally opens EACH's Treehouse hospice.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits and formally opens EACH’s Treehouse hospice.

After the tour, Kate made her first public address and then planted a tree in the grounds of The Treehouse hospice to commemorate the occasion.

Kate plants a tree at EACH's Treehouse hospice.

Kate plants a tree at EACH’s Treehouse hospice.

Prior to the event, Kate also penned a foreword for a brochure produced by the charity:

“It is a tremendous privilege to be Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, and I feel truly honoured to be involved with this organisation. EACH is a world leader in the way it cares for children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and is at the very forefront of children’s palliative care.

“I have been deeply moved by the work of EACH’s dedicated staff – and by the environment of support for families. For me, EACH provides services which demand an unerring and passionate level of understanding, knowledge and sensitivity. I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to be Royal Patron and I strongly encourage you to continue to support EACH’s invaluable work.”

Kate is a Royal Patron of the EACH (East Anglia’s Children Hospices) charity, which built The Treehouse after raising over £3 million in less than 12 months after  launching ‘The Treehouse Appeal‘.

Duchess of Cambridge at EACH

Duchess of Cambridge at EACH

The charity supports families and cares for children with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Kate’s first public speech:

Kate gave her first public speech today, which she had written herself over the past few weeks.  Paul Harrison of Sky News speculated that Kate would have shown the speech to her advisors, and perhaps the charity itself before today.  She read the speech very carefully and very slowly.   Understandably, she sounded a little nervous during the address.

We’re also informed that Kate has spent hours with charity before announcing herself as an official patron back in January.  She has had a good look around the building and spent time getting to know the children.  Her speech reflected this, and it paid tribute to the work of EACH – she described the charity as a “family”.  Here are some quotes from the speech:

“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.  I had a pre-conceived idea about what to expect. Far from being a clinical, depressing place for sick children, it was a home”.

“I have seen again that the Treehouse is all about family and fun. For many, this is a home from home”

Kate’s outfit:

Kate wore an electric blue  dress with a black cinching belt, from Reiss:

Kate wears REISS to the EACH Treehouse visit

Kate wears REISS to the EACH Treehouse visit

This blog post dates the Reiss dress back to at least 2008.

Blue Reiss Dress

Blue Reiss Dress

Interestingly, the same dress was worn by Kate’s mum Carole to the Ascot races in 2010.  Journalists spoke to royal aides during the EACH event, who confirmed that Kate is wearing her own dress.  However, they didn’t confirm if Carole borrowed it, or whether Kate owns the same garment:

Kate Carole Same Dress Carole and Kate wear the same dress

Kate accessorised her blue Reiss dress with her black suede Episode Angel shoes.

Kate Middleton's Angel Episode Black Suede Heels

She is carrying her Stuart Wiseman clutch bag in black suede too.  (Pictured below in black suede and gold).

Stuart Weitzman Raz / Muse in gold and black

Kate wore a silver cross necklace (ID unknown).  Her earrings are made from blue sapphire and they appear to match her engagement ring.

Diamond and Sapphire Earrings

Diamond and Sapphire Earrings – shown here in 2011

Here you can see the earrings in more detail, and find out more information about them.

Kate’s also wearing a very special bracelet today:

Kate’s orange & purple EACH bracelet:

each-bracelet_new_300x-1You may notice that Kate is wearing an orange and purple bracelet today.  The bracelet was designed exclusively for EACH by Imogen Sheeran (who, incidentally, is mum to the famous UK pop star Ed Sheeran!)

The bracelet only costs £7 and is a lovely way to make a contribution to the charity.  Click here to buy (and they ship out of the UK too!)

Kate's outfit for EACH Treehouse hospice visit - March 2012


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  1. Well done, if a little halting. She seemed at ease and will only get better with more experience. Nice to see her in a color that is so becoming and quite reminiscent of her engagement dress. Read elsewhere that it is (or is identical) to her mom’s dress worn to Ascot. I am really liking this family. They just seem so down to earth.

  2. poor girl was so nervous but well done Kate! she looks lovely what neckclace is she wearing? i love the simple cross

  3. Love the simple cross. Does anyone know what type it is and where she got it from? Would love one myself.


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