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The Duchess' support gives a 'huge boost' to children

The Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives, Barbara Gelb told Daybreak that the Duchess of Cambridge's support has made this the "best Children's Hospice Week ever".

This is our best Children's Hospice Week ever, having the Duchess support our cause makes such a big difference, it's such a boost to children and families especially and also really importantly to children's hospices right across the UK.

Children's hospices are charities and they really reliant pin the public to keep them going, it can cost up to £7,000 a day to run a hospice like Naomi House.

– Barbara Gelb, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives

Duchess of Cambridge to take a tour of hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge will today visit Naomi House in Sutton Scotney, Hampshire as part of Children's Hospice Week 2013.

Catherine will take a tour of the facilities, meeting the children and families who rely on the hospice's services.

The Duchess of Cambridge recorded her first video message yesterday to mark Children's Hospice Week Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The Duchess will also take tea with the brothers and sisters of children cared for at the hospice before listening to a live performance of ‘Free’ - a song written by a Naomi House sibling, Ollie Wade, as a tribute to his deceased brother.


Duchess of Cambridge appeals for hospice support

Children's Hospice charities say their work has been given a great boost by support from the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate's recorded her first video message to mark Children's Hospice Week. In the video, which was filmed at Clarence House, the Duchess says she's seen for herself the transformational work done for the children and their families.

ITV News reporter Piers Hopkirk reports:


Duke & Duchess of Cambridge to visit namesake city

Prince William and Catherine will make their first official visit to Cambridge today since they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day.

The Royal couple will carry out a number of engagements in the cathedral city before moving on to Peterborough.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured during a visit last month Credit: Chris Jackson/The FA via PA Wire

William and Kate are set to visit the Guildhall, Senate House and be given a private tour of Cambridge University.

They will also visit a charitable organisation helping the homeless and a local school.

Charles and Camilla continue Papua New Guinea tour

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have been visiting Papua New Guinea as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour.

The royal couple arrived at the Sir John Guise Stadium in the capital of Port Moresby to a cheering crowd of 5,000.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are driven on the back of a truck visit Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

After an open air church service Charles presented new colours to the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall meet dancers dressed in traditional dress Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

During a speech to the crowds Charles spoke in Pidgin English and said: "I bring you greetings from Her Majesty the Queen of Papua New Guinea and from all my family members during this celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen. Was my Pidgin correct?"

"This is a great day and a magnificent spectacle. We are gathered here to celebrate the Queen's 60 years of service to others.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Boera village in Papua New Guinea Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"I know how honoured Her Majesty is to be your Queen, a title borne by her with immense pride and renewed by the people of this great country upon independence in 1975."

Thousands of school children paraded into the stadium for the royals.

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