19 March 2012 by

Watch Kate Middleton's First Public Speech at The Treehouse Hospice: VIDEO

Kate Middleton Wears Mother's Blue Reiss Dress For Her First Speech in Ipswich

Bravo Kate Middleton! The Duchess of Cambridge can knock another milestone off her list: making her first public address.

Earlier today, the Duchess arrived for the opening of The Treehouse, a hospice run in Ipswich, wearing the same blue Reiss dress that her mother, Carole, previously wore to Ascot. She was given a tour of the hospice before taking to the stand to address her adoring public staff, volunteers and children. Kate, the royal patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, spoke confidently and clearly for nearly three minutes, referring to the work of the hospice as 'inspirational' and a 'shining example,' before apologising for the absence of her husband, Prince William. Aww.

All at Grazia Towers reckon our DoC did a marvellous job and can only imagine how nervous she must've been. But what say you? Click play on the video and read the full transcript below...

‘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.’


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