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Watch Kate Middleton Give Her First Speech Overseas

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Prince William and Kate Middleton on September 13, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty

The Duchess speaks once again!

Although she’s been photographed thousands of times, Kate Middleton is rarely heard; the Duchess spoke in a November 2010 interview following her engagement to Prince William, and earlier this year gave a speech at East Anglia Chidren’s Hospices.

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On Thursday, the 30-year-old royal gave a graceful public speech — her very first outside Britain — at the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. (She and William, 30, arrived there Thursday from Singapore.)

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Prince William and Kate Middleton on September 13, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty

“I have learned that delivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital,” the Duchess says in the video above. “Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing. With effective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support, care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time of great need.”

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During her visit to the facility, Middleton also found time to visit with Zakwan Anuar, a terminally ill young boy suffering from acute leukemia.

The 15-year-old even delayed a blood transfusion for 24 hours in order to meet the future Queen. During their 15-minute chat, the Duchess signed Zakwan’s birthday card, and told him he was “very, very brave” and “very handsome.”

Said Zakwan’s tearful mother Zorizan Sulong of the restorative visit: “Zakwan is normally very sleepy and in pain, crying, almost giving up hope, but today, my God, it was as if the leukaemia had gone.”

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“The Duchess realized the hospice movement was something she could support and make a difference with and on an emotional level it’s something she feels very strongly about as well,” a royal aide told Us of her cause. “She is making a long-term commitment to this.”

Watch Kate’s speech above.

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