Kate Middleton and Prince William visited the Milton branch of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices today – and Kate couldn’t resist doing some finger painting with a little girl there
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The Duchess of Cambridge got her hands dirty when she got stuck in a messy art session at a children’s hospice.
Kate told a girl “don’t be shy” as she let her paint her hand while they made a cute canvas full of handprints.
The Duchess, along with Prince William, visited the Milton site of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) on Thursday, which was opened in 1989 by Diana, Princess of Wales.
The couple were greeted with cheers and applause by schoolchildren from the region, who waved flags on arrival during Children’s Hospice Week.
The Duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers by 15-year-old Chloe Bowes, who has a neurological condition called bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria.
Kate, who has been EACH’s patroness for 10 years, donned a floral face mask when she entered the hospice.
William joined her when they met three families who use the charity’s services, including 12-year-old James Hall, who has a genetic connective tissue disorder.
Kate put her hand on James’ knee as she spoke to his mother, Claire, and his older brother Henry.
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The Duke and Duchess were then greeted by Kirsty and Gary Carlin, whose four-year-old daughter Libby was sleeping on the floor next to them.
After learning about her rare genetic condition, Libby’s parents offered to wake their daughter before the Duke said, “Please don’t wake her.”
“We know what happens when you wake a sleeping child,” Kate added.
The couple then met the Carlson family, whose son William was lying on a bed in front of them.
The Duke and Duchess learned about the 11-year-old’s many complex medical conditions, including a brain abnormality called lissencephaly.
The couple also took part in a small art session, where a canvas full of handprints was laid out in front of them.
Kate was with an eight-year-old girl named Willow Bamber, who suffers from a serious neurological condition called Leigh’s disease.
The Duchess invited the youngster to paint her hand, and when she started hesitantly, Kate said, “Don’t be shy.”
When her hand was completely covered in paint, she pressed her hand to the canvas and cheered as she raised her hand to reveal the handprint.
At the same time, William helped the children replenish the canvas by pasting seaweed on it.
Before leaving the hospice, William and Kate met with the relatives of four-year-old Douglas Wright, who died in February 2018 of a rare cancer called neuroblastoma.
When the couple sat down with the Wright family in the sensory garden of the hospice, they were told about the end-of-life care the young person had received from the hospice.
“It brings back all the memories,” Douglas’s mother Jane said, explaining she was back in hospice.
Earlier today, both William and Kate were at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to unveil a dazzling commissioned royal portrait – the first of themselves as a couple.
Members of the public will be able to view the portrait in the Fitzwilliam Museum of the University of Cambridge for an initial three-year period, after which the artwork will be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries in Cambridgeshire.