She’s come a long way. The Duchess of Cambridge made her first public speech Monday marking the opening of The Treehouse, a hospice run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in Ipswich, England. She wasn’t Churchill, but in her brief three-minute speech she remained calm. “I am only sorry that William can’t be here today; he would love it here,” she said. The prince is on a six-week Royal Air Force deployment in the Falkland Islands, so Kate is on her own for a while.