Kate Middleton will spend her second wedding anniversary to Prince William meeting young patients at a children”s hospice.
The pregnant royal, whose due date is in July, will also meet the patients” families, volunteers and supporters at Naomi House in Sutton Scotney near Winchester, Hampshire.
The Duchess of Cambridge will join brothers and sisters of patients for a tea party exactly two years after her wedding at Westminster Abbey.
The mum-to-be, who is known for her work in the childcare sector and is a Patron of East Anglia Children”s Hospices, will tour the hydrotherapy pool, children’s bedrooms and gardens.
She will then hear a musical performance from Ollie Wade, whose brother Ben passed away at the hospice in 2011.
The self-penned track that the youngster will perform is called Free and proceeds from the song, which is available to buy on iTunes, will go towards Naomi House.
Kate”s visit and the release of Ollie”s tune coincide with Children’s Hospice Week which runs from 26 April to 3 May. The focus of this year”s awareness week is the support offered to brothers and sisters of life-limited and life-threatened children by hospices.
The 31-year-old recently recorded her first-ever video message in support of Children”s Hospice Week in which she made a heartfelt appeal for public support.
During Kate”s first public visit at Ipswich”s Treehouse Hospice last March, the duchess described the care that hospices provide as a “lifeline” to families.
“The feelings you inspire, feelings of love and hope offer a chance to families to live a life they never thought possible,” she said.
The homely hospice, which provides support for patients with life-limiting conditions and their families, was opened by her father-in-law Prince Charles in 1997.
“We are delighted that Her Royal Highness has chosen Naomi House to visit at the start of Children’s Hospice Week,” said Professor Khalid Aziz, Chairman at Naomi House. “Her presence will provide a real boost for our families, our volunteers and all of our dedicated staff who will be thrilled to meet her.”
Twitter was aflutter ahead of the expectant royal”s visit. Volunteer hospice worker @StephenLegz tweeted on Sunday, “The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting Naomi House tomorrow, the kids are uber excited & I”m mega proud to be invited to be there with them :)”
Local MP Steve Brine tweeted “Very exciting day ahead as we welcome Duchess of Cambridge to @naomiandjack this afternoon. My Emily very excited Dad is mtg a real princess”.
Kate became Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in January 2012.
The project also has associations with her family. The Middleton clan”s business, Party Pieces, previously hosted a Christmas party for the children at the hospice.