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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) at Milton, which was opened in 1989 by Princess Diana.

The visit marked the 10-year anniversary of the duchess becoming royal patron of the charity.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton. Picture: Keith Jones (57521575)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton. Picture: Keith Jones (57521575)

It was her first public visit to the Milton hospice and the first time she had been accompanied by her husband to see the work of Each.

The couple toured the site - opened by Prince William’s mother on August 1, 1989 - and walked around the hospice’s grounds.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Children from Milton Primary School. Picture: Keith Jones (57521551)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Children from Milton Primary School. Picture: Keith Jones (57521551)

They met with children, young people and families who use its services, along with long-term staff members and volunteers, before taking part in art activities with families.

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Each chief executive Phil Gormley said: “We very much enjoyed welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to Milton. It was the duchess’s first public visit to Milton and the very first time we had the pleasure of welcoming the duke to one of our hospices so it was a very special, memorable and momentous day for everyone connected with Each.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire (57521577)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire (57521577)

“The duchess met our fantastic staff and volunteers at Milton, who work tirelessly with children and their families needing our services. They had the chance to explain the difficulties they have faced in recent years, particularly in light of the pandemic and the isolation they have felt through shielding.

“The visit was the perfect opportunity to celebrate 10 years since Her Royal Highness became our royal patron.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess receives a posy from 15 year old Chloe Bowes and her mum Nadia (57521584)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess receives a posy from 15 year old Chloe Bowes and her mum Nadia (57521584)

“Throughout the decade, The Duchess has been immensely supportive by championing our cause. Her continued support comes with warmth, empathy and understanding, including beyond public view, and her Patronage is enjoyed and appreciated by everyone at Each.

“We are extremely thankful and consider ourselves honoured and very lucky to benefit from her hard work, generosity and support.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting the Hall family, James Hall 12 who has Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, James' brother Henry and their mum Claire Hall. Picture: Keith Jones (57521586)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting the Hall family, James Hall 12 who has Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, James' brother Henry and their mum Claire Hall. Picture: Keith Jones (57521586)

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Since becoming royal patron in 2012, the Duchess has helped raise awareness and understanding of children’s hospice services across East Anglia and the UK, visiting hospices and shop openings, and meeting children and families.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting the Hall family, James Hall 12 who has Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (57521594)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting the Hall family, James Hall 12 who has Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (57521594)

This week (June 20-26) is Children’s Hospice Week, which helps to raise awareness, and its theme is #ForTheChildren, focusing on how important each individual child is to the expert care provided by hospices.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting the Hall family, James Hall 12 who has Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (57521601)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting the Hall family, James Hall 12 who has Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (57521601)

The duchess wrote a personal message to hospices this week, in which she wrote: “For any parent, coming to terms with the news your child has a life-threatening condition and may die young is heart-breaking and incredibly frightening. Families can often feel isolated, but having the support of a children’s hospice means they don’t have to face that future alone.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Katherine Walters Lead Arts Therapist playing the piano. Picture: Keith Jones (57521612)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Katherine Walters Lead Arts Therapist playing the piano. Picture: Keith Jones (57521612)

“Every day, the UK’s 54 children’s hospices are a vital lifeline for families caring for a seriously ill child, and over the last 10 years I have been privileged to see first-hand the incredible work they do.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting the family of Libby Carlin 4 who has Bohring-Opitz Syndrome (57521616)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting the family of Libby Carlin 4 who has Bohring-Opitz Syndrome (57521616)

Each cares and supports more than 580 children, young people and family members across the region, with 211 currently using services through Milton.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting William Carlson 11 and his family, mum Helen dad Steve and sisters Eliza and Cecily (57521633)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. Meeting William Carlson 11 and his family, mum Helen dad Steve and sisters Eliza and Cecily (57521633)

The Duke and Duchess are in the region for Cambridgeshire County Day and earlier visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to see their first official joint portrait unveiled.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess doing hand painting with Willow Bamber 8, who has a condition called Leigh's Disease and her family mum Michelle and dad Jamie. Picture: Keith Jones (57521643)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess doing hand painting with Willow Bamber 8, who has a condition called Leigh's Disease and her family mum Michelle and dad Jamie. Picture: Keith Jones (57521643)

They went on to visit Jimmy’s Cambridge to learn about its services for the homeless, before heading to Newmarket Racecourse for the big County Day celebration, attended by about 6,000 people.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess doing hand painting with Willow Bamber 8, who has a condition called Leigh's Disease and her family mum Michelle and dad Jamie (57521667)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess doing hand painting with Willow Bamber 8, who has a condition called Leigh's Disease and her family mum Michelle and dad Jamie (57521667)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton. 15-year-old Chloe Bowes, who presented the Duchess with a posy of flowers, is pictured with her mum, Nadia. Picture: Keith Jones (57521544)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton. 15-year-old Chloe Bowes, who presented the Duchess with a posy of flowers, is pictured with her mum, Nadia. Picture: Keith Jones (57521544)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire (57521672)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire (57521672)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire (57521678)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire (57521678)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire (57521680)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire (57521680)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess chatting with Sandra Holmes centre (57521688)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess chatting with Sandra Holmes centre (57521688)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess chatting with Sandra Holmes centre (57521712)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duchess chatting with Sandra Holmes centre (57521712)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess chatting with the family of Douglas Wright who died in 2018, mum Jane, dad Henry and sister Clara (57521745)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess chatting with the family of Douglas Wright who died in 2018, mum Jane, dad Henry and sister Clara (57521745)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess chatting with Tracy Rennie Deputy Chief Executive Director of Care left (57521751)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess chatting with Tracy Rennie Deputy Chief Executive Director of Care left (57521751)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess chatting with Tracy Rennie Deputy Chief Executive Director of Care left (57521760)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess chatting with Tracy Rennie Deputy Chief Executive Director of Care left (57521760)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton. Picture: Keith Jones (57521762)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton. Picture: Keith Jones (57521762)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess with Will Self, chair of trustees. Picture: Keith Jones (57521767)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess with Will Self, chair of trustees. Picture: Keith Jones (57521767)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess with Will Self, chair of trustees. Picture: Keith Jones (57521979)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess with Will Self, chair of trustees. Picture: Keith Jones (57521979)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess with Will Self, chair of trustees. Picture: Keith Jones (57522272)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The Duke and Duchess with Will Self, chair of trustees. Picture: Keith Jones (57522272)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The hand print done by the Duchess. Picture: Keith Jones (57522503)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The hand print done by the Duchess. Picture: Keith Jones (57522503)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The hand print done by the Duchess. Picture: Keith Jones (57522505)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. The hand print done by the Duchess. Picture: Keith Jones (57522505)

Cambridgeshire County Day is being held to celebrate the county in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It will also raise money for Cambridge Children’s Hospital and the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation’s Lord-Lieutenant’s fund.



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