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The Duchess reveals a home truth and brings joy to a hospice for children

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From the Telegraph:

The Duchess proved a natural at the delicate task of chatting to terminally ill children and their families on a day of laughter and tears as she opened the hospice in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The visit to The Treehouse, part of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices charity (EACH), of which the Duchess is patron, was marked by her first speech as a working member of the Royal family. But it was her ability to bring a smile to the children’s faces as she spent more than an hour talking to them that left the most lasting impression.

The anti-monarchy brigade added its usual churlish, carping, and ill-spelled comments to the online article. May I add a few comments of my own?

The Duchess of Cambridge revealed the extraordinary generosity of the British people in building The Treehouse - one of so many good and caring things created and sustained by the people of Britain every year.

The Duchess described The Treehouse, built with £3 million of public donations, as “a lifeline” for children and their families, telling staff they were “inspirational” and “a shining example” of the children’s hospice movement.

Referring to her husband, who is due back from his tour of duty in the Falklands later this week, she added: “I am only sorry that William can’t be here today. He would love it here. A view of his — that I share — is that through teamwork, so much can be achieved. What you have all achieved here is extraordinary.”

A love story inspired the teamwork of the hospice movement in the 20th century.

Christian monasteries built the first hospices centuries ago. Perhaps the cross which the Duchess wore bears silent witness to the teaching of love which inspired them.

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