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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 03/19/2012

The Duchess of Cambridge’s first solo speech, and a fashion roundup

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to open a children's hospice in Ipswich, eastern England March 19, 2012. (Andrew Winning - Reuters)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave her first solo speech today, marking the first time many have heard her soft voice since she uttered a few lines while announcing her engagement with William.

Kate spoke at the opening of the Treehouse, a hospice that she selected along with several other charitable organizations last fall to help as a patron. Although she seemed slightly nervous, Kate flowed through the speech, praising the center as being a “happy place of stability, support and care,” and “a shinning example” for the children’s hospice movement.

The speech was the latest of Kate’s solo appearances while Prince William has been stationed in the Falklands. Over the weekend, the duchess attended a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Aldershot, awarding shamrocks to Irish Guards (one of whom reportedly fainted).

Kate paid a visit to the British Olympic women’s field hockey team Thursday while promoting the London Olympics, and took a successful shot, reminding all of her days as captain of her high school hockey team.

And with all of the public outings, the Kate style-obsessed have had plenty to fawn over. Kate selected an emerald Emilia Wickstead coat dress in a tailored style that is becoming her signature event go-to, and Lock and Co. brown suede hat for the parade. At Olympic Park, she donned a pair of coral J Brand skinny jeans with Emilio Pucci blazer and black L.K. Bennett heels. The jeans are spot on for spring, which is being dominated by bright, solid hues.

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Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, in a green Emilia Wickstead coat dress. (Chris Jackson - Getty Images)

Catherine coral J Brand skinny jeans and official team Great Britain scarf at London’s Olympic Park. Reuters Kate shed the blazer for an Olympic logo sweatshirt and tennis shoes to play a bit of field hockey with the Olympic team. (Reuters)

Kate arrives to visit the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at the Dulwich Gallery in South London on March 15, 2012, in a gray dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely. Paul Hackett Reuters Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles during a visit to Leicester, central England March 8, 2012. She chose a teal suit with peplum detailing by L.K. Bennett. (Miguel Medina - AFP/Getty Images)
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