Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Kate greets crowds on solo visit

The Duchess talks to children in the Oncology ward during a visit to Alder Hey Hospital
The Duchess talks to children in the Oncology ward during a visit to Alder Hey Hospital
The Duchess of Cambridge meets youngsters at Alder Hey Hospital
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Brink in Liverpool

The Duchess of Cambridge has spent Valentine's Day nearly 8,000 miles away from her husband but had no shortage of admirers as she visited Liverpool.

Kate was making her first solo regional visit to the city while the Duke of Cambridge was serving with the RAF in the Falkland Islands.

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered to see the duchess, who was wrapped up warm in a Hobbs burgundy coat, a black, knee-length dress from Oasis, black high-heeled shoes and black tights.

She revealed the duke, who is on a six-week posting as part of his role as a search and rescue pilot, had sent her a Valentine's Day card and flowers.

On her first engagement, to The Brink, a dry bar run by the Action on Addiction charity, she was presented with flowers, cake and a Valentine's Day card by Jaqson Johnston-Lynch.

The eight-year-old told the royal visitor he was sorry Prince William could not be there for St Valentine's Day.

His mother, Jacquie Johnston-Lynch, head of service at Action on Addiction in Liverpool, said Kate replied: "Do you know where he is, Jaqson?

"He's in the Falklands but he's sent me a card this morning."

Mrs Johnston-Lynch added that the duchess said she received flowers as well as the card from her husband.

Kate then travelled to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where she arrived to loud cheers and applause from hundreds of well-wishers. She gave a smile and a wave as shouts of "Kate" were heard from the crowd.

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