The Duchess of Cambridge won the hearts of children on Friday as she visited the Shooting Star Hospice in Hampton, near London.
New mum Kate met with the staff, young patients and their families at the facility which provides palliative care for children, a cause close to the Duchess’ heart.
During the visit, the wife of Prince William took part in a sing-a-along tea party with the children, which saw Kate play with a puppet as she charmed the youngsters.The children sang along to Jingle Bells and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as they were joined by the Duchess.
Demi-Leigh, 5, was pleased as she gave the Duchess a posy of roses to which the royal mum wished her a happy Christmas. “But it’s not Christmas yet,” the young girl.
As Kate said Bye, Demi-Leigh said “Oh give me a hug first” as she grabbed the Duchess’ leg before the pair embraced.
Kate, who was dressed elegantly in a grey Reiss Jacket and navy blue skinny jeans, spent an hour and a half at the facility as she listened to the children and their families.
As Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and their outreach work, the Duchess was very keen to learn more about the facility which beds for 10 children and more for daycare.
During the visit, the 31-year-old met privately with parents who lost their two young children to spinal muscular atrophy in recent weeks.
Their five-year-old son died seven weeks ago, while their one-year-old daughter passed away on three days before Kate’s visit to the Hospice.
Since marrying the Duke of Cambridge, Kate has carried out extensive charity work with children’s palliative care.
“Children’s hospices provides lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain,” the Duchess, who has been patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2012, said last year. “The support they give is vital.
The dedicated Duchess also gave her first ever public speech at an Ipswich children’s Hospice in March 2012, while she continued to show her support for children’s palliative care as she used the cause to give her first international speech during her and William’s South-East Asia tour in late 2012.
Shooting Star’s Chief Executive, David Burland praised Kate as he welcomed her to the Hospice, saying: “We are honoured to have welcomed Her Royal Highness to Shooting Star House.
“The Duchess is a committed supporter of children’s hospices and showed great knowledge about our vital work supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families.”