Kate Middleton’s first speech as Duchess

Kate Middleton's first speech as Duchess

Kate Middleton’s first speech as Duchess.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, made her first public speech as a royal Monday in Ipswich at the opening of a facility called the Treehouse, part of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

The hospice is one of several British charities or non profit groups, including the Scouts and the National Gallery, that the Dutchess has identified as the focus of her attention.

British media praised her speech Monday, for which the Duchess used notes but which she delivered slowly and clearly. “The Duchess of Cambridge looked calm and confident as she gave her first public address today,” Daily Mail writer Rebecca English wrote.