Kate's first speech: 'I only wish William was here'

The Duchess of Cambridge gives her first public speech Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cambridge has said that she was sorry her husband could not be with her on her visit to a children's hospice.

Kate was giving her first public speech and opening a new facility at a charity where she is Patron.

After greeting school children outside the EACH (East Anglia's Children's hospices) she formally opened the new Treehouse hospice.

The new centre has a hydrotherapy pool and dedicated sensory and music rooms and also features more bedrooms.

During her first public speech she said:

ITV's Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart joined the Duchess of Cambridge on her visit to the Hospice:

The Duchess toured the facilities including the sensory room and music room, and met with children and their families who receive care and support from the hospice service, as well as staff and supporters.

The Duchess also planted a tree to commemorate her visit.

She told the children, parents and supporters of the charity: