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Hospice champion Princess Kate was touched by the emotional sounds of a community choir singing at a sumptuous dinner on Wednesday night.
Kate is royal patron of the evening's charitable cause, East Anglia's Children's Hospices. She and Prince William watched along with 80 other guests from around the world as the charity's Treehouse choir sang "Something Inside So Strong" by Labi Siffre, "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane and "Don’t Worry About Me" by Frances.
"She was clearly very moved by their singing," patron Emma Deterding, who helped organize the fundraiser at the magnificent Houghton Hall, tells PEOPLE.
Among the singers was Charlotte Markham, who also told guests at Houghton Hall about how her family was looked after when her son Elliot died. "That was very moving for everybody," Deterding adds.
The evening began with a champagne reception, where guests were treated to musical entertainment from Sam Aldersey-Williams and the Jefford Brothers as well as some tricks from magician Archie Manners. Kate and William were "on very good form," says Deterding. "She is great with all the supporters of the hospice. The Duchess made a huge effort to talk with everybody there."
Deterding praised Kate for how she has immersed herself in backing the cause of hospices in east Anglia and around the country – something that has come into sharper focus since she became a mom to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
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"She is very conscious of the work that the hospice does," says Deterding. "When you have two small children, you really begin to empathize. It's all rather mysterious before you...
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