Though Kate Middleton has mostly been seen on the arm of her husband Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge went solo on March 19, as she made her first public speech as a member of the Royal Family. According to People magazine, the Duchess said a few kind words -- all of which she wrote herself -- while opening the East Anglia Children's Hospice at the Treehouse center in Ipswich, outside of London.
"I am only sorry that William can't be here today. He would love it here," she said about her husband. "A view of his – that I share – is that through teamwork, so much can be achieved. What you have all achieved is extraordinary."
Middleton also mentioned that when she first came to visit the charity's hospice, she had a "pre-conceived idea as to what to expect." However, she soon realized that "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."
As always, Middleton looked chic yet professional. Wearing an electric blue Reiss belted dress and black heels, the Duchess' speech received overwhelming praise by a crowd of 600 people. Not too bad for her first speech.
Meanwhile, Prince William is expected home shortly from his six-seven week posting in the Falkland Islands.