Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave her first public address earlier today at a speaking engagement during her visit to open the Treehouse Children's Hospice on March 19, 2012 in Ipswich, England.
There to capture the 30-year-old duchess expertly was photographer Kirsty Wigglesworth (don’t you just love that name?), as she planted a tree in a tree planting ceremony, appropriately, to open the children’s hospice.
Word has it that the cobalt blue double-breasted dress, by boutique Reiss, was “recycled” as it was previously worn by Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, worn to horse races at Ascot in 2010, and apparently borrowed from her daughter. But one cannot help wondering if the dress is being borrowed by Kate!
The vibrant dress was accessorized with a broad black belt, black clutch bag and matching black pumps as well as a delicate cross pendant on a chain.
That sartorial bit of trivia was probably the furthest thing from their minds as her adoring public saw Duchess Catherine outside the hospice as well as met with her in person outside and inside the facility, who gave her bouquets of flowers in welcome!
The young duchess is patron of the East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH), which runs the Treehouse, but offers support and services to families with sick children in their own homes, at their facilities in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham as well as in their local communities.
Catherine spoke at the podium inside the Treehouse Children's Hospice, meeting with several terminally ill children as well as joining them during an art class.
The tree planting ceremony was not the first one that Duchess Kate took part in as last year, she planted a sapling along with newly married husband, Prince William, in Ottawa, Canada at Rideau Hall on July 02, 2011.
Take a look at Duchess Kate in my slide show during her first speaking engagement at the Treehouse…