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Duchess Kate makes a surprise visit to children's hospice

June 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM ET

The Duchess of Cambridge successfully pulled a quick one on the press.

Earlier this month, the beloved royal paid a secret visit to The Treehouse, a children's hospice in Suffolk, England, which operates under one of her patronages, East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH). The hospice tweeted photos of her visit on Thursday during Children's Hospice Week, which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for hospice centers in the UK. 

Duchess Kate, 32, spent her time at the hospice learning more about the services offered there, according to a press release, and how volunteers can help children and families under its care. 

"I have seen firsthand this remarkable and varied work and just how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be to the families of children with life limiting conditions," she said in a statement. "It has been wonderful to see the fantastic public support for Children's Hospice Week over the last few days. Please continue to support your local children's hospice in whatever way you can."

The duchess has made children's hospice care a priority in her royal duties. She became a royal patron of EACH following her marriage to Prince William in 2011, and in March 2012 she opened The Treehouse, when she also gave her first official public speech.

She has also made a point to visit hospices around the world, attending organizations in Kuala Lumpur and, earlier this year, New Zealand. 

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