Valentine’s Day Duchess
The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first ‘regional solo engagement’ by visiting charities and a Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on Valentine’s Day.
Kate Middleton, whose husband Prince William is currently in the Falklands Islands, won the hearts and minds of the crowds as they greeted their ‘Valentine Duchess’ with cheers, smiles, cards, gifts and bunches of flowers.
Kate was in Liverpool to visit an Action on Addiction project – ‘The Brink’ – an alcohol-free bar run mainly by recovering addicts. Action on Addiction, for which The Duchess of Cambridge is a Patron, helps people recovering from addiction and provides much needed support to their families.
Organisers at ‘The Brink’ were delighted to offer Kate a specially created smoothie named ‘The Duchess’ in honour of their Royal guest. The smoothie, which was a mix of almonds, skimmed milk, honey, banana and cream, was presented to Kate in a cocktail glass with a slice of orange.
Kate also visited Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she met some of the patients and was given a tour of the facilities, and a project run by the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides “home away from home” accommodation at hospitals across the UK.
During her visit to Alder Hey Hospital, Kate apparently confided the name of her new pet dog to 12-year-old patient, Elliot Casey, who is recovering from a brain tumour operation.
Until recently the name of Kate and William’s black cocker spaniel had remained a closely guarded Royal secret … but the word is officially out … St James’s Palace has confirmed that the Royal Couple’s new puppy is called ‘Lupo’ – which means ‘wolf’ in Italian.
Image: The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool on Tuesday 14 February 2012. Photo credit: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo/PA Wire