A WALK IN WAKELEY: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made one of their rare public appearances Thursday to open a children’s cancer unit at The Royal Marsden hospital in Surrey, just outside of London.


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Catherine wore an Amanda Wakeley sculpted felt shift dress in oatmeal, from the designer’s fall collection, paired with her signature nude court shoes by LK Bennett.


During their visit, the couple toured the cancer unit and met children who are being treated at the hospital. And William endeavored not to show that he’d only that morning completed a 24-hour shift in his role as an RAF search and rescue pilot, during which he’d helped pick up a casualty.


Last week, Clarence House said that the couple will continue to take on selected engagements, between spending time together at their home in north Wales. The palace also said that Catherine is taking the next few months to decide which charitable causes and institutions she will be involved with in the future.

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