Middleton makes first speech since wedding

March 19, 2012 10:53:58 AM PDT
Kate Middleton marked another milestone Monday, delivering her first public address since the royal wedding.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited sick children and spoke at the opening of the Treehouse, a hospice run by East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Ipswich, England. In her brief, nearly three-minute speech, Middleton praised staff and volunteers for their inspirational work. She also apologized for the absence of her husband Prince William.

"I am only sorry that William can't be here today," she said. "He would love it here. A view of his, that I share, is that through teamwork, so much can be achieved. What you have all achieved here is extraordinary."

The duchess received a warm round of applause at the end of her address. She looked calm and confident and instead of buying a new outfit, she borrowed her mom's royal blue dress for the landmark occasion.