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.
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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