Kate Middleton and Prince William open cancer ward at Royal Marsden


Following in Diana”s footsteps: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit cancer-stricken children at Royal Marsden hospital

6:49 PM on 29th September 2011

The Royal couple meet Digby Davidson, was treated for cancer last year but suffered a relapse and spends much of his time in hospital

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with patient Digby Davidson today as part of their tour of the Oak Centre, a new 18m cancer unit at the Royal Marsden hospital in Sutton

William, president of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, poses with patient Ellis Andrews at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in South London William, president of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, poses with patient Ellis Andrews at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in South London

William, president of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, poses withpatient Ellis Andrews at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in South London, while Kate, right, chats to patient Fabian Bate

Kate and Beth Ansell

Kate, is spending her time trying to get to know various charities and good causes so she can decide what her future role will be, chats animatedly to 18-year-old Beth Ansell

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Royal Marsden to open a new 18 million children

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by a huge cheer and fans carrying Union Jacks

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The Duchess wore an Amanda Wakeley dress with L.K. Bennett court shoes

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Kate is a natural with the crowds, obviously becoming more comfortable with the attention

Welcome wagon: The Duchess greets some fans Welcome wagon: The Duchess greets some fans

Welcome wagon: Kate greets some if her younger fans

Children and staff wait for the couples

Children and hospital staff wait for the couple to arrive carrying a welcome banner

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Prince William, greeting hospital staff, was also invited to unveil a plaque to officially open the centre

Prince William & The Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton Prince William and his wife Catherine

The sleep-deprived Duke flew a mercy mission to take a sailor to see a seriously-ill relative just hours before today”s even, left, while Kate looked as glossy as usual

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Kate received a bouquet of flowers from Alice Marples, a cancer patient who interviewed Prince William two years ago

First solo trip: Diana visited the Royal Marsden in 1982

First solo trip: Diana visited the Royal Marsden in 1982

 The Royal Marsden NHS

The Royal Marsden is a cancer centre specialising in diagnosis, treatment, research and education