Prince William makes emotional visit to a hospice opened by Princess Diana

By Jessica Pollack

Prince William made an emotional visit to a hospice opened by Princess Diana 30 years ago, where he got a first-hand look at how his mother's legacy continues to live on and help those in need. During his time at Acorns hospice in Selly Oak, Birmingham on Tuesday (Sept. 18), the father of three met with gravely ill children staying at the hospice and took part in a celebration marking its milestone 30th anniversary.

Princess Diana opened Acorns 30 years ago. Photo: © Getty Images 

When Princess Diana first opened the space in December of 1988, it was revolutionary as there were barely any hospices dedicated specifically to children in the world at the time. It's another example of the Princess of Wales's dedication to the kids she cared so much about throughout her life, the Duke of Cambridge learned that just this year the charity has helped more than 800 children and over 1,000 families.

While touring the impressive space, the 36-year-old spent time with some of the children in its care and watched some patients use the multi-sensory room and hydrotherapy pool. These wonderful facilities are part of the specialized service quarters.

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Earlier in the day, Duchess Kate's husband was on hand at the University of Birmingham for the first-ever SkillForce Prince William Award Graduation Ceremony. The charity, of which he's been patron for almost a decade, allows school children to learn important life skills like confidence and character-building from former members of the British Armed Forces. "The award champions the things young people need to lead a happy and successful life – confidence, self-belief and the ability to work with others," said the duke.

Later on in Stourbridge, the 36-year-old unveiled a statue of Major Frank Foley, who saved more than 10,000 Jews from German persecution in the 1920s and 1930s, meeting with his family members and greeting crowds of adoring fans before heading back to his family in London.

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