Duchess Kate Makes Secret Visit to Sick Children

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Not everything Kate Middleton does is done at the forefront of the media. The Duchess of Cambridge kept her visit to The Treehouse, a hospice center under the care of her patronage, the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, under wraps earlier this week as she simply wanted to give more of her time to the organization. Since becoming a member of the royal family, the lovely Duchess has made it clear that children suffering from illness and injury are an important priority.

Throughout her royal reign, the Duchess has visited children’s hospice care centers in countries such as New Zealand and Malaysia, bringing attention to the cause and promoting cooperation within the organizations. She’s been outspoken with her views regarding the importance of hospice care for children with life-threatening illness not just for the children but for their families as well.

“They are their families often need help every hour of every day, both in hospices and at home. As Patron of EACH, I have seen first-hand this remarkable and varied work and just how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be to the families of children with life-limiting conditions,” the Duchess said in a statement regarding the importance of providing funds, awareness and focus to children in need during Children’s Hospice Week.

Upon becoming a member of the royal family, it was at the Treehouse that the Duchess of Cambridge delivered her first royal speech. However, this time around there was no cameras or photographers. Her visit was laid-back and personal. According to royal sources, the Duchess simply wanted to spend some time with the children while learning more about what families of terminally ill children need and want.

“The very active role the Duchess plays, both publicly and in private, is considerable and much appreciated by our staff, volunteers, and of course the children, young people and families using our services,” said EACH’s chief executive, Graham Butland. The Duchess continues to show the world that being a royal is about so much more than fabulous jewels and designer clothes, vacations and socialization.

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