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Kate Middleton to Give First Public Speech!

Celebrity News Mar. 5, 2012 AT 11:36AM
Kate Middleton to Give First Public Speech! Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Duchess speaks!

The world has seen lots and lots of Kate Middleton since she became the Duchess of Cambridge nearly a year ago -- but royal watchers haven't had the chance to hear much of Prince William's wife, 30.

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That's all set to change March 19, when Kate is scheduled to give a brief address at The Treehouse, a brand-new hospice service in Ipswich run by East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH); it will be Kate's first public speech since becoming a royal.

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After that big first, the Duchess will tour the facilities, meet with children, families and staff, and plant a tree.

Two days before that, she'll headline her first solo military engagemnet when she presents shamrocks to the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot.

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The Duchess will meet with hundreds of soldiers and have a private luncheon at the Barracks.

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