Prince William Honors His Mom Princess Diana's Charity on Its 30th Anniversary

In 1988, Princess Diana opened the groundbreaking facility.

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Don't you love a charitable royal? Today, Prince William arrived to celebrate the Acorns Children’s Hospice (opens in new tab) on their 30th anniversary, the charity his mother opened in 1988. Acorns Children's Hospice in Selly Oak provides specialist care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening disorders as well as caring for their family, and the Duke of Cambridge was led on a tour of the facilities and met with children and families, including visiting the multi-sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, and families participating in a stay-and-play session in the hospice lounge. (I'll give ten dollars to anyone who pushes Prince William in the hydrotherapy pool.)

William's excursion is more than just a charity visit. It falls 30 years after Diana, Princess of Wales, opened the Oak Tree Lane location in 1988, and at the time it was the only the third children’s hospice in the world, likely making for an emotional day for Prince William. He's paying homage to his mother by supporting a charity that's important to her.

The official Twitter account for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their Royal Foundation, @KensingtonRoyal, paid their respects to Princess Diana with an image of her first visit to Acorns Children's Hospice. I'm emotional:

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We were also lucky enough to get some images of William's visit, including visiting a hydrotherapy session and meeting with Acorns Ambassador Moin—they first met at the Pride of Britain Awards last year.

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This is just the first of several solo engagements Willam is embarking on in the West Midlands.

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