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Kate Middleton delivers her first speech as a royal

03/19/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Kate Middleton, known as The Duchess of Cambridge, delivered her first public address on March 19 at a children's hospice in eastern England, according to the Associated Press.

Middleton addressed staff and volunteers at East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Ipswich, England. She reportedly glanced at notes frequently but spoke eloquently and even got a few laughs.

Prince William was not at the event because he is currently on military assignment in the Falkland Islands.

Middleton made her first solo military appearance to visit the Irish Guards on March 17. At the St. Patrick's Day event, the royal enjoyed a glass of Harvey's Bristol Creme sherry and gave sprigs of shamrock to members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Aldershot, England on Saturday, March 17. She also placed a shamrock on the collar of the Regimental mascot, an Irish wolfhound named Conmeal.

The annual visit was previously carried out by Prince William's great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002. Princess Anne also presided over the event up until this year, when Middleton took over.

Kate recently celebrated her 30th birthday with a "low-key and private" affair. She is several months older than her husband, who will turn 30 in June. The two will celebrate their one-year anniversary in April.

Kate was voted to be one of the "Most Trusted Celebrities" last year and she also made the list of the Most Desirable Woman of 2012.

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