Children's hospice EACH at Milton welcomes royal visitors

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) - Credit: PA MEDIA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were met with cheers when they visited the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).  

The couple were also applauded and children waved flags upon their arrival during Children's Hospice Week. 

The duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers by 15-year-old Chloe Bowes, who has a neurological condition called bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria. 

Kate, who has been patron of EACH for 10 years, donned a floral face mask as she entered the hospice. 

William joined her as they met three families who make use of the charity's services, including 12-year-old James Hall, who has a genetic connective tissue disorder. 

Kate placed her hand on James's knee as she spoke with his mother, Claire, and his older brother Henry. 

The duke and duchess were then greeted by Kirsty and Gary Carlin, whose four-year-old daughter Libby lay sleeping on the floor beside them. 

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After learning about her rare genetic condition, Libby's parents offered to wake their daughter before the duke said: "Please don't wake her." 

"We know what happens when you wake a sleeping child," Kate added. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) - Credit: PA MEDIA

The couple then met the Carlson family, whose son William was lying on a bed in front of them. 

The duke and duchess learned about the 11-year-old's many complex medical conditions, including a brain malformation called lissencephaly. 

The pair also took part in a small art session, where a canvas full of handprints was laid out in front of them. 

Kate sat with an eight-year-old girl called Willow Bamber, who suffers from a severe neurological condition called Leigh's disease. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) - Credit: PA MEDIA

The duchess invited the youngster to paint her hand, and as she tentatively started, Kate said: "Don't be shy." 

Once her hand was completely covered in paint, she pressed her hand down on the canvas and was cheered as she lifted her hand up to reveal the handprint. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) - Credit: PA MEDIA

At the same time, William helped the children add to the canvas by sticking seaweed on it. 

William and Kate met the bereaved family of four-year-old Douglas Wright, who died from a rare cancer called neuroblastoma in February 2018. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) - Credit: PA MEDIA

The Wright family told them about the end-of-life care the youngster had received from the hospice.