Kate Middleton spends the afternoon at Children's Hospice, bonds with families
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, visited a children's hospice this afternoon. She spent some time at Shooting Star House Children's Hospice to tour the facilities, meet with volunteers, have tea with some of the children and their families, and attend a music therapy session.
- Kate, the Duchess Of Cambridge, arrives for her visit to the Shooting Star House Children's hospice. She wore a simple gray Reiss coat, skinny jeans and Aquatalia boots.
- The Duchess is greeted upon entering the Hospice.
- She sat in on a music therapy session with lots of families.
- Kate watches a music session during her visit to the Shooting Star House Children's hospice.
- She played along with a hand puppet, joining in singing carols and nursery rhymes with the children.
- Kate spoke with many of the children and their families during her visit.
- Everyone was delighted to have a royal visitor for the day.
- Kate receives flowers from three young girls.
- So sweet! Kate hugs Demi-Leigh Armstrong, 5, during her visit.
- Kate and young Demi-Leigh exchange a thumbs up.
- Kate, on her way out after spending the afternoon at the Shooting Star House Children's hospice.
She wore the $520 "Delaney" collarless coat by Reiss(now sold out!) in gray for the occasion, a store that is known as a "high street" brand (and also one of her favorite places to shop the clearance rack). After yesterday's glitzy walk on the red carpet in Roland Mouret, the Duchess dressed down in skinny jeans and a new pair of black furry wedge booties by Aquatalia, which you can have for around $360. She wore her hair down and straight, just slightly curled under on the ends.
The Shooting Star House Children's Hospice supports over 650 children at this very difficult time of their lives. Kate visited another hospice while she was pregnant, Naomi House, and her first video recorded message earlier this year was in support of the works the UK hospice network is doing.
In her message, Kate said, "Children's hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain. The support they give is vital. In order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed."
During her visit today, Kate spoke with many of the families, bonding with little ones and parents alike. Said the Shooting Star CEO, "She took the time to speak to families, volunteers & staff to learn more about the impact of our work & the wider palliative care network." Clarence House responded with a tweet that we have an inkling Kate may have asked them to send:
@SSChospices It was a lovely visit today.- Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) December 6, 2013
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