Kate Middleton Gives First Royal Speech

by Bryan Lynn 7:12 AM PDT, March 19, 2012
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Kate Middleton marked another royal milestone today by giving her first official speech as the Duchess of Cambridge.

Speaking without her husband Prince William at the opening of The Treehouse children's hospice in Ipswich, England, Kate said she was proud to be involved with such a great organization that is achieving "extraordinary" results. "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."

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Kate spoke about the importance of making sure that hospice facilities such as The Treehouse provide children "a family home, a happy place of stability, support and care." During her visit, she also met with children receiving care at the hospice and planted a tree on the grounds. 

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Kate wore a blue button down dress designed by British retailer Reiss, with a thick black belt, black heels and a matching clutch. The duchess has recently been making solo appearances while Prince William completes a six-week deployment for the Royal Air Force in the Falkland Islands.

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