Kate Gives First Public Speech
Duchess of Cambridge speaks at children's hospice
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2012 10:36 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Members of the adoring public who didn't get quite enough of Kate Middleton's perfectly British voice while watching her exchange vows with Prince William had a chance for another fix today: The Duchess of Cambridge gave her first public address as royalty, speaking at the opening of a children's hospice in England. Middleton, a patron of the hospice, called it "inspirational" and apologized that her husband, who is deployed, could not be in attendance, ABC News reports. (Us points out that Middleton apparently wore her mom's dress for the occasion.)

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Mar 19, 2012 8:09 PM CDT
She's beautiful and the perfect wife for the future king, but she does need to rehearse and learn the speeches. Give her time, she will get better. Remember Diana in the beginning, shy and withdrawn and very uncomfortable with public speaking.
Mar 19, 2012 5:33 PM CDT
Did she write this speech herself? This is utterly horrid.
Mar 19, 2012 1:02 PM CDT
It's distracting that she has to keep looking down at her speech to read it verbatim.