Kate Duchess of Cambridge in Ipswich

18 March 2012, 09:30 | Updated: 19 March 2012, 17:31

It's just a day to go until Kate the Duchess of Cambridge visits East Anglia's Children Hospices Treehouse in Ipswich today.

She has accepted the honorary position of Royal Patron of the charity EACH who run hospices at Ipswich in Suffolk, Quidenham in Norfolk, as well as at Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Following the tour, Her Royal Highness will make her first public address, before planting a tree in the grounds of The Treehouse to commemorate her visit. 

The Treehouse visit today will be Her Royal Highness's first public engagement as Royal Patron of EACH, and follows a private visit to the EACH Milton hospice in November last year. 

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During the visit Her Royal Highness will tour the extensive hospice facilities and learn first-hand the difference it has made to children and families who use the service. She will also meet with supporters who went to extraordinary lengths to raise funds. 

Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive, said: 'Everyone at EACH is honoured and extremely proud to have The Duchess of Cambridge as Royal Patron and delighted that she will be formally opening The Treehouse on March 19.''This will be Her Royal Highness?s first public engagement as EACH Royal Patron and children, families, staff and supporters are very much looking forward to the visit.'

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