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Kate goes fact-finding on hospice care in New Zealand

Published on Apr 12, 2014 2:09 PM

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AFP) - The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first solo engagement on Saturday on her New Zealand tour for a fact-finding visit to a children's hospice where she told the curious youngsters that even royals have to eat all their vegetables.

She was welcomed by more than 40 children and their families at the Rainbow Place hospice in the North Island city of Hamilton.

The duchess has strong ties with children's hospices in Britain and was said to be using the New Zealand visit as a fact-finding study on palliative care.

"I'm sure you're all going through difficult times and so it's really good to have a place like this, to be able to talk about your feelings and to meet other people who are going through the same thing.

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