Duchess of Cambridge to give her first public speech as Royal Patron of children's hospices charity

The Duchess of Cambridge is to give her first public speech later this month.

Kate will make a short address to families at The Treehouse, a hospice run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The Duchess became Royal Patron of the charity earlier this year.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge is the Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

Aides said yesterday that she was ‘very much looking forward’ to the event and learning more about the organisation’s work.

Kate will also tour the hospice’s facilities – which include a ‘sensory room’ and music area - as well as meet terminally and seriously-ill children and their families.

She will then plant a tree to mark the occasion.


The charity's website announced the news that Kate will visit and formally open The Treehouse, a hospice service for Suffolk and Essex, on Monday 19th March

EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

The charity provides support wherever the family wishes – in their own homes, in the community or at one of their three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.

The range of support includes short break care, specialist play activities, music therapy, hydrotherapy, parent groups and siblings groups, care at the end of life and bereavement support for all family members.  


The Duchess of Cambridge, with cancer victim Beth Ansell, who passed away last month, at the Royal Marsden hospital in September