Kate Middleton once again shone as she embarked on a day of solo charity meetings in Liverpool yesterday.
After visiting The Brink - an alcohol-free bar linked to Action on Addiction, Kate arrived at Alder Hey hospital, to spend time with some of the seriously ill children and their families.
The Duchess of Cambridge was met with a warm reception as hundreds of onlookers cheered and waved flags, desperate to catch a glimpse of the striking 30-year-old.
Dressed in an elegant brown belted coat from Hobbs, Kate came in to her own when she was chatting with the children.
One young girl, Aimee Haswell, was particularly delighted when the duchess spoke to her and said she liked her coat – a true compliment from a style queen!
Aimee was diagnosed with a rare type of congenital heart disease called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome when she was just nine days old and her mum, Lisa, said the youngster owes her life to the incredible medical team at Alder Hey.
She told how Aimee had been practicing her curtsy for the ‘real life princess’ and it obviously paid off as Kate couldn’t have looked happier than when Aimee presented her with a posy of red roses in the shape of a heart – a touching Valentine’s Day gesture.
This morning, Aimee and her family appeared on Daybreak to talk about the special day.
The adorable seven-year-old said: “Kate was very pretty. She said hello and what’s your name and she said she liked my coat.”
The caring duchess was concerned that Aimee had been waiting out in the cold and asked how long she had been standing there, while accepting the beautiful flowers and telling her "these are very pretty."
Lisa told Kate Garraway and Dan Lobb: “It was such an honour and we are so proud.”
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