Kate Middleton wears purple coat and opens children’s hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge looked typically chic in a recycled Oscar De La Renta outfit as she arrived by train to open the £10 million Nook children’s hospice in Norfolk today.

Kate Middleton, 37 – who is Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) – was spotted wearing the same £2,736 peplum two-piece for a visit to the the Royal Opera House in January, and to a mental health conference back in February 2017.

The mother-of-three teamed the stylish magenta skirt suit with a £275 black Beulah London x Aspinal clutch bag and a pair of £520 black suede Gianvito Rossi heels. 

During her visit to the charity’s new hospice in Framingham Earl, the royal met children and families being supported by EACH, toured the hospice, and unveiled a plaque to officially open the building.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, recycled a £2, 736 Oscar De La Renta peplum two-piece as she arrived to open the £10 million Nook children's hospice in Norfolk today

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, recycled a £2, 736 Oscar De La Renta peplum two-piece as she arrived to open the £10 million Nook children's hospice in Norfolk today

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, recycled a £2, 736 Oscar De La Renta peplum two-piece as she arrived to open the £10 million Nook children’s hospice in Norfolk today

Kate Middleton was seen admiring the young boy's teddy, before engaging in conversation with his parents

Kate Middleton was seen admiring the young boy's teddy, before engaging in conversation with his parents

Kate Middleton was seen admiring the young boy’s teddy, before engaging in conversation with his parents

The duchess helped a Nook Children's Hospice user make a gingerbread house during her visit this afternoon

The duchess helped a Nook Children's Hospice user make a gingerbread house during her visit this afternoon

The duchess helped a Nook Children’s Hospice user make a gingerbread house during her visit this afternoon

The duchess was all smiles as she met children and families being supported by EACH, following a tour of the hospice

The duchess was all smiles as she met children and families being supported by EACH, following a tour of the hospice

The duchess was all smiles as she met children and families being supported by EACH, following a tour of the hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge gave a thumbs up gesture as she departed after visiting the Nook Children's Hospice in Norfolk

The Duchess of Cambridge gave a thumbs up gesture as she departed after visiting the Nook Children's Hospice in Norfolk

The Duchess of Cambridge gave a thumbs up gesture as she departed after visiting the Nook Children’s Hospice in Norfolk

The duchess looked in high spirits as she was handed a beautiful bouquet of cream and lilac flowers as she arrived at the children's hospice

The duchess looked in high spirits as she was handed a beautiful bouquet of cream and lilac flowers as she arrived at the children's hospice

The duchess looked in high spirits as she was handed a beautiful bouquet of cream and lilac flowers as she arrived at the children’s hospice

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It’s been a busy week for the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore Joseph trousers and a Smythe blazer for an engagement on Tuesday, before repeating an Oscar de la Renta skirt suit for her trip to Norfolk today.

We love the cute peplum frill and contrast buttons on her blazer, which she teamed with the matching full pleated skirt. The magenta hue certainly makes a statement, and when teamed with a Beulah London x Aspinal clutch bag and some Gianvito Rossi heels, it’s a typically elegant look for Kate.

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and supports their families. 

Their care service includes specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, short breaks, well-being activities, therapies, counselling and volunteer services in the family home; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.

After a five-year public appeal to raise £10 million and two years of building work, the hospice charity EACH has now welcomed children, young people and families to The Nook, a purpose-built hospice in Framingham Earl near Norwich.

The Duchess attended the launch of The Nook appeal in November 2014. 

The duchess spoke with users during the official opening of the children's charity in Norfolk, and bent down so she was at eye-level

The duchess spoke with users during the official opening of the children's charity in Norfolk, and bent down so she was at eye-level

The duchess spoke with users during the official opening of the children’s charity in Norfolk, and bent down so she was at eye-level

The Duchess of Cambridge meets patients and their families during a visit to the East Anglia's Children's Hospices' new hospice The Nook in Framingham Earl, Norfolk

The Duchess of Cambridge meets patients and their families during a visit to the East Anglia's Children's Hospices' new hospice The Nook in Framingham Earl, Norfolk

The Duchess of Cambridge meets patients and their families during a visit to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ new hospice The Nook in Framingham Earl, Norfolk

The Duchess of Cambridge paired her recycled ensemble with a black Aspinal clutch bag and a pair of £520 black suede heels by Gianvito Rossi (pictured)

The Duchess of Cambridge paired her recycled ensemble with a black Aspinal clutch bag and a pair of £520 black suede heels by Gianvito Rossi (pictured)

The Duchess of Cambridge paired her recycled ensemble with a black Aspinal clutch bag and a pair of £520 black suede heels by Gianvito Rossi (pictured)

The royal could be seen applauding before delivering a speech and officially opening the £10 million children's hospice

The royal could be seen applauding before delivering a speech and officially opening the £10 million children's hospice

The royal could be seen applauding before delivering a speech and officially opening the £10 million children’s hospice 

The mother-of-three was pictured crouching down to engage with a child as she arrived to open The Nook's Children's Hospice today

The mother-of-three was pictured crouching down to engage with a child as she arrived to open The Nook's Children's Hospice today

The mother-of-three was pictured crouching down to engage with a child as she arrived to open The Nook’s Children’s Hospice today

The duchess cut a typically stylish figure for her visit

The duchess cut a typically stylish figure for her visit

The mother-of-three could be seen smiling as she greeted a child outside the hospice

The mother-of-three could be seen smiling as she greeted a child outside the hospice

Kate was photographed clutching a bouquet of flowers as she greeted a child outside of the children’s hospice in Norfolk

The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen shaking hands with a little boy's father - before being handed a bouquet of flowers by the youngster

The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen shaking hands with a little boy's father - before being handed a bouquet of flowers by the youngster

The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen shaking hands with a little boy’s father – before being handed a bouquet of flowers by the youngster

Kate received a warm welcome from Poringland School and Nursery, who were videoed practicing their waving ahead of the royal's arrival

Kate received a warm welcome from Poringland School and Nursery, who were videoed practicing their waving ahead of the royal's arrival

Kate received a warm welcome from Poringland School and Nursery, who were videoed practicing their waving ahead of the royal’s arrival

Stylish Kate looked more than happy to engage in conversation with the pupils before she headed inside to have a tour of the hospice

Stylish Kate looked more than happy to engage in conversation with the pupils before she headed inside to have a tour of the hospice

Stylish Kate looked more than happy to engage in conversation with the pupils before she headed inside to have a tour of the hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge - who arrived by train - was seen waving to well-wishers who lined the streets awaiting for her much-anticipated appearance

The Duchess of Cambridge - who arrived by train - was seen waving to well-wishers who lined the streets awaiting for her much-anticipated appearance

The Duchess of Cambridge – who arrived by train – was seen waving to well-wishers who lined the streets awaiting for her much-anticipated appearance 

The royal completed her outfit with a £275 Aspinal clutch bag

The royal completed her outfit with a £275 Aspinal clutch bag

Kate has been Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2012

Kate has been Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2012

Kate, who was pictured holding her hair back from her face, has been Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2012

The royal, who kept her makeup minimal, wore her brown locks loose and accessorised with a pair of gold leaf hoop earrings for the occasion

The royal, who kept her makeup minimal, wore her brown locks loose and accessorised with a pair of gold leaf hoop earrings for the occasion

The royal, who kept her makeup minimal, wore her brown locks loose and accessorised with a pair of gold leaf hoop earrings for the occasion

Kate's recycled outfit features peplum frill and contrast buttons on her blazer, which she teamed with the matching full pleated skirt

Kate's recycled outfit features peplum frill and contrast buttons on her blazer, which she teamed with the matching full pleated skirt

Kate’s recycled outfit features peplum frill and contrast buttons on her blazer, which she teamed with the matching full pleated skirt

Kate also visited the charity’s previous Norfolk hospice in Quidenham in January 2017, which served as a home-from-home for over 25 years, where she received an update on the appeal.

The new building, which contains more areas for clinical care and dedicated therapy rooms, will allow EACH to meet the increased demand for its service and the ever-changing and more complex needs of those it cares for. 

Kate undertook a tour of the facilities, including the hospice’s sensory room, and also visited the hospice’s main care area where she met families and children taking part in arts and crafts activities.

She then joined a reception before making a short speech and unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of The Nook.

A speech by The Duchess of Cambridge at the opening of The Nook Children’s Hospice, Norfolk

‘It is wonderful to be here today to open The Nook Hospice. And a huge congratulations to everyone here involved.

The Nook is a realisation of a vision that began five years ago. Thanks to immense generosity and support from all those who contributed to the Appeal, this state-of-the-art facility is fully operational and already making such a difference.

At the opening of the Treehouse Hospice many years ago (which I think I will remember for some years to come as it was my first ever speech!), I referred to your hospices as being homes. This visit today has only reinforced for me just what is at the heart of what you do here, throughout your work, and that is family.

You have created here at The Nook a nurturing, caring environment that allows families who are going through the unimaginable the ability to spend precious quality time with each other, comforted in the knowledge that their children are being looked after in the best possible way.

EACH was one of the very first charities that I decided to become Patron of after my marriage. Whilst a lot has changed since then, my commitment and support for this wonderful organisation and the work that you do has not.

Over the years, I have seen first-hand the depth of EACH’s reputation as a standard-bearer in children’s hospice care, both here in the U.K. and internationally too, during my visits to Malaysia and Australia.

Your hugely dedicated and talented team are at the core of this success and I wanted especially today to thank you, Graham, for everything you have done over the past sixteen years and to wish you a very happy retirement.

The Nook Hospice is a fitting tribute to all your staff, its generous supporters and its awe-inspiring children and families who I have been so lucky to meet here today. I therefore could not be more delighted to invite my army of little helpers to join me in officially opening this new hospice.’

Taking to the stand, she said: ‘The Nook is a realisation of a vision that began five years ago. Thanks to immense generosity and support from all those who contributed to the Appeal, this state-of-the-art facility is fully operational and already making such a difference.’

Kate continued: ‘The Nook Hospice is a fitting tribute to all your staff, its generous supporters and its awe-inspiring children and families who I have been so lucky to meet here today.’

‘I therefore could not be more delighted to invite my army of little helpers to join me in officially opening this new hospice.’

The Duchess of Cambridge has been Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2012.

The duchess left the children's hospice in a chauffeur-driver car, after arriving by train earlier this afternoon

The duchess left the children's hospice in a chauffeur-driver car, after arriving by train earlier this afternoon

The duchess left the children’s hospice in a chauffeur-driver car, after arriving by train earlier this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge could still be seen carrying the flowers she was gifted after first arriving at the hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge could still be seen carrying the flowers she was gifted after first arriving at the hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge could still be seen carrying the flowers she was gifted after first arriving at the hospice

The royal kept her makeup minimal for the visit and added a touch of blush to her cheeks

The royal kept her makeup minimal for the visit and added a touch of blush to her cheeks

Kate wore her hair loose and tucked behind her ear, revealing her earrings

Kate wore her hair loose and tucked behind her ear, revealing her earrings

The royal, who kept her makeup minimal for the visit and added a touch of blush to her cheeks, wore her hair loose and tucked behind her ears, revealing a pair of gold hoop leaf earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge kept out the chill by wrapping up warm in a pair of thick black tights

The Duchess of Cambridge kept out the chill by wrapping up warm in a pair of thick black tights

The Duchess of Cambridge kept out the chill by wrapping up warm in a pair of thick black tights

Kate looked animated as she spoke to young pupils, who lined the streets equipped with patriotic flags, following her arrival

Kate looked animated as she spoke to young pupils, who lined the streets equipped with patriotic flags, following her arrival

Kate looked animated as she spoke to young pupils, who lined the streets equipped with patriotic flags, following her arrival

The down-to-earth duchess wore her hair in a loose curly blow dry and looked animated as school pupils looked on

The down-to-earth duchess wore her hair in a loose curly blow dry and looked animated as school pupils looked on

The down-to-earth duchess wore her hair in a loose curly blow dry and looked animated as school pupils looked on

The royal held her clutch bag tucked under her arm as she looked delighted to be handed a bouquet of flowers by little Stanley and his family

The royal held her clutch bag tucked under her arm as she looked delighted to be handed a bouquet of flowers by little Stanley and his family

The royal held her clutch bag tucked under her arm as she looked delighted to be handed a bouquet of flowers by little Stanley and his family

The Duchess has previously worn the designer suit to a mental health conference she attended alongside the Duke of Cambridge back in February 2017

The Duchess has previously worn the designer suit to a mental health conference she attended alongside the Duke of Cambridge back in February 2017

At the time Kate had much longer hair and opted for simpler shoes

At the time Kate had much longer hair and opted for simpler shoes

The Duchess has previously worn the designer suit to a mental health conference she attended alongside the Duke of Cambridge back in February 2017 (pictured)

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore the Oscar De La Renta suit when she paid a visit to the Royal Opera House in London in January 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore the Oscar De La Renta suit when she paid a visit to the Royal Opera House in London in January 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore the Oscar De La Renta suit when she paid a visit to the Royal Opera House in London in January 2019

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