19/03/2012 08:38 GMT | Updated 19/03/2012 09:38 GMT

Duchess Kate Middleton's First Public Speech (FULL TEXT), (PICTURES)

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave her first public speech Monday at a charity where she is a patron.

The charity, Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich, England, is a home for sick children. She wrote the five minute long speech herself, and delivered it to the hospice workers, Fox News reports.

"What you have all achieved here is extraordinary," Kate said, according to the Associated Press. "You as a community have built the Treehouse; a group of people who have made every effort to support and help each other."

The Duchess, recently made patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, talked about what perspectives have already changed in her visits.

"When I first visited the hospice in Milton, I had a pre-conceived idea as to what to expect," she said. "Far from being a clinical, depressing place for sick children, it was a home. Most importantly, it was a family home, a happy place of stability, support and care. It was a place of fun."