She may have once said that Prince William was lucky to be dating her, but the Duchess of Cambridge admitted today that she's the one who lucked out.
Catherine paid a visit to one of East Anglia's Children's Hospice centers in Quidenham, about an hour's drive south of home on the Queen's Sandringham estate in King's Lynn, England.
EACH offers care and support for adolescents with life-threatening illnesses, be it in a hospice, at their own home, at a hospital or at one of the community centers. EACH was one of the first charities Catherine chose to work with when she joined the royal family.
The exposure EACH has received thanks to Her Royal Highness's patronage has allowed the organization to continue to offer their services to children and their families by opening more centers in the region.
After arriving at the center in Quidenham, Catherine spoke with the family of Isabella Benton, who has neurological disorders and benefits greatly from EACH's resources.
“She [Catherine] recognized us, as we have met her before. She was quite chatty,” Isabella's mom, Michala told People Magazine. “My daughter Daisy asked Kate what it was like to be a real princess, and Kate said she’s very lucky that she’s very well looked after by her husband.”
Catherine spent some time with Isabella, and spoke to Michala about the center and how it's benefited the family.
"She was totally genuine, she spent time talking to each family. She made a comment about one girl’s glittery shoes, on their level, knelt down to their level and you could see she genuinely cares," Michala told People.
"There are no airs and graces, she is totally natural. You can see she wants to be there and see what the families are going through. She is a genuine, caring woman.”
Catherine painted with children and - according to one mom - "nearly got some paint tipped in her lap by one of the little girls!"
Catherine also pointed to a few dinosaurs in the toy room and joked "I can see these going down very well with someone I might know," according to the Daily Mail.
Parents and staff at the hospice noted how down-to-earth Catherine during her visit.
“She got down on people’s levels. She made a point of crouching when she was talking with children so she was at eye level, and she sat with the bereaved family. She didn’t stand over them; she sat comfortably and had a good open body language,” the hospice's service manager, Jane Campbell, said. “She’s good at putting people at ease and hear their stories.”
According to What Kate Wore, the Duchess wore Hobbs' "Sinead" jacket and matching skirt, both of which are no longer available. Underneath the jacket, Catherine wore the "Josephine" shirt by Gerard Darel.
he accessorized the look with her Mulberry "Bayswater "Wallet" clutch, Gianvito Rossi heels and Kiki McDonough pink morganite drop earrings.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently announced that they are spending more time in London come autumn in order to focus on royal duties. William will leave his job as a helicopter pilot with East Anglia Air Ambulance after two years.