Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave her first public speech since marrying into the British Royal Family, when she marked the opening of the Treehouse Children’s Hospice in Ipswich, England by giving a speech, visiting with ill children, touring the facilities and planting a tree.
The Treehouse hospice is just one of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which is one of four charities Catherine selected after carefully researching which organizations she would become patron of. The charities include EACH, Action on Addition, The Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery.
Catherine’s speech at the Treehouse hospice is as follows:
“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 honored to be here to see this wonderful center. 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.”
How do you think she did in her first public speech? Is it a case of pretty much anything she does will be dreamily perfect? (We say that with the greatest affection, of course.)