Duchess of Cambridge Makes First Public Speech at Children's Hospice

Posted on March 19, 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge made her first public speech at a children's hospice in Ipswich, England, today. Catherine wore a blue silk Reiss dress that she had loaned to her mother Carole, who wore it to Ascot in 2010. The Duchess was understandably nervous, but it is clear that she has had some good coaching beforehand. She made eye contact with the audience and -- most importantly -- didn't rush her speech. She wrote the speech herself.

"You have all made me feel so welcome and I feel hugely honoured to be here to see this wonderful center," she said. "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."

She also shared how her visit to one of this charity's hospices in Milton was nothing like she had expected, saying "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." It was an excellent start for Catherine. Take a look: