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Duchess visits children's hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge meets hospice volunteers
The Duchess of Cambridge meets hospice volunteers Credit: Nick Davis, the Royal Foundation

The Duchess of Cambridge has paid tribute to the "remarkable" work of children's hospices on a visit to Ipswich.

Kate, who is patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices has made a private visit to the Treehouse hospice in the town.

The Duchess meets six year old Charlie Middleton and his mum Cheryl
The Duchess meets six year old Charlie Middleton and his mum Cheryl Credit: Nick Davis, the Royal Foundation

The Treehouse hospice has six bedrooms for children and young people and accommodation for families to use for overnight stays.

There is also a multi-sensory studio, hydrotherapy pool, music room, play areas, sensory garden, a woodland walk and specialist outdoor play equipment

Duchess retraces grandmother's footsteps at Bletchley Park

The Duchess of Cambridge has been retracing her grandmother's footsteps during a visit to Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes.

She was there to mark the completion of an £8m, year-long restoration project to create a visitor centre and new exhibitions.

The Duchess's grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, worked alongside the codebreakers in the 1940s.

Matthew Hudson's report contains flash photography.

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Americas Cup: Face that launched a British ship

Duchess of Cambridge with Sir Ben Ainslie Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cambridge has helped launch the official British Americas Cup bid in London today.

She joined Sir Ben Ainslie, who will head Britain's crew at the next event in 2017.

Adrian Newey Credit: PA

But it could be one of the most familiar faces in Formula One who helps design the yacht.

Colchester-born Adrian Newey, from Red Bull Racing of Milton Keynes, has been sounded out to help Britain's bid to win yachting's America's Cup

Newey is the most successful designer in Formula One motor racing, having won world championships with Williams, McLaren and Red Bull.

The approach for Newey has come from Sir Ben Ainslie, Ainslie says that Newey is keen to help. He recently signed a new contract with Red Bull allowing him to work on new projects.

By George – free admission to the races on Saturday to celebrate royal birth

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Anyone called George is being given free admission to Newmarket Racecourses on Saturday to celebrate the royal baby.

Georginas will also be admitted free of charge to The July Course at the Headquarters of racing.

Amy Starkey, Regional Director – East, of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Newmarket Racecourses, like the rest of the country, was thrilled with the birth of baby George to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge."

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Queen spends half an hour with first great-grandson

Dressed in a turquoise floral outfit, the Queen looked relaxed as she left Kensington Palace after spending just over half an hour with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child.

The Queen spent half an hour with her great grandchild. Credit: ITV News/Georgina Brewer

She had travelled to see William and Kate and their baby without the Duke of Edinburgh who is still convalescing at Windsor Castle following exploratory abdominal surgery last month.

More: World sees first pictures of William and Kate's royal baby

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Queen arrives at palace to meet great-grandson

The Queen has arrived at Kensington Palace to visit the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, ahead of her stay at Balmoral. It is the first time the Queen has seen her great-grandson since his birth on Monday.

The Queen arrives at Kensington Palace. Credit: ITV News
The Queen is to meet her great-grandchild for the first time. Credit: ITV News
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Kate's first baby appearance invites Diana comparison

The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant as she presented her son to the world in a pale blue polka dot dress reminiscent of the pattern worn by Princess Diana on the day she left hospital with Prince William.

Diana and Charles hold a newborn Prince William outside the Lindo Wing in June 1982. Credit: PA

Kate stepped out of the Lindo Wing wearing a bespoke piece by Jenny Packham, a couturier who has become something of a household name thanks to the Duchess.

Observers were quick to draw parallels with the outfit worn by William's late mother when she posed on the same doorstep with her first-born son in a green spotted dress.

William and Kate hold their newborn Prince outside the Lindo Wing in July 2013. Credit: PA

But where Diana appeared nervous and bewildered by the attention, a glowing Kate smiled broadly and spoke assuredly as she introduced her child to the world's press and the hordes of cheering well-wishers.

Video: Is this the new baby's first royal wave?

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