By REBECCA ENGLISH
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Treehouse children's hospice in Ipswich, Suffolk
The Duchess of Cambridge looked calm and confident as she prepared to give her first public address today.
And instead of buying a new dress for the landmark occasion, Kate chose to raid her mother's wardrobe instead.
The 30-year-old arrived at The Treehouse children's hospice in Ipswich, Suffolk, wearing a blue dress from Reiss - the same one Carole Middleton wore to Ascot in 2010.
Kate borrowed the Reiss dress from her mother, who wore it to Ascot in 2010...the pair both accessorised with a black belt and court shoes
According to well-placed sources, the thrifty Kate frequently borrows clothes from her 57-year-old mother when she needs a special little something.
Kate accessorised the dress with a thick black belt for a tour of the new £3 million facility, which cares for seriously and terminally ill children.
The Treehouse is run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and supports children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
On her arrival the Duchess was greeted by 600 flag waving supporters and given a tour of the hospice
The Duchess is royal patron of the charity which provides care and support wherever the family wishes - in their own home, in the community or at one of their three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.
The range of support includes short break care, specialist play activities, music therapy, hydrotherapy and parent groups as well as vital end of life care and bereavement support for all family members.
On her arrival the Duchess was greeted by 600 flag waving supporters and given a tour of the hospice, meeting children and their families who use the hospice’s facilities, including a sensory room and music room.
The Duchess, greeting dignitaries, is royal patron of the charity which provides care and support wherever the family wishes
Her Royal Highness will also meet staff and supporters and be given a private tour of the bedroom and care areas.
Following the tour, The Duchess will be invited to address the assembled guests - before planting a commemorative tree in the grounds of The Treehouse, another royal first for her in the UK.
Royal sources said the Duchess was responsible for writing her own speech and said it was in 'a very different style' from those of her husband, Prince William.