Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton is gearing up for a royal milestone — she will make her first public speech as a working member of the British Monarchy when she visits a children’s hospice later this month.
St James’ Palace has announced that the Duchess of Cambridge would address staff,children and families at The Treehouse,a hospice in Ispwich,Suffolk,on March 19.
The 30-year-old Duchess has attended more than a dozen public engagements and toured Canada and the US since marrying the Duke of Cambridge last year,but has never previously spoken in public.
The Treehouse is part of the East Anglia Children’s Hospices charity (EACH),the last of the four charities of which she is patron to receive a public visit from her.
“She wanted her first speech to be on a topic she herself is affiliated to and which she is passionate about. It is also the first of her solo engagements which has lent itself to a speech because it will include a more formal element than some of her other visits,” a spokesman for the Duchess said.
The Duchess will meet children and their families who use the hospice’s facilities,including a sensory room and music room,and will be given a private tour of the bedroom and care areas,’The Daily Telegraph’ reported.
In a statement,Graham Butland,EACH’s Chief Executive,said: “Having our work recognised in this way by Her Royal Highness is not only a tribute to our staff and supporters,but a huge boost for the children,young people and families receiving our care and support.”
The visit will be Kate’s last solo engagement before the 29-year-old Duke of Cambridge returns from the Falkland Islands,where he is on a military tour of duty with his Royal Air Force Search & Rescue squadron.