Royal Visit: Crowds prepare for arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge

Beaming smiles and tears of joy will be the order of the day as the Duchess of Cambridge arrives in Suffolk to officially open the Treehouse Hospice today.

She is expected to be greeted by crowds of well wishers before she goes into the hospice to meet youngsters, families, volunteers and supporters of the charity.

The Duchess will open the hospice, in St Augustine’s Gardens, in her role as patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.

Keeping checking the Ipswich Star website for updates throughout the day and send in your pictures to iWitness24.

The Star will be printing a special late edition today with photos from the big day. It will be available at supermarkets and garages.

Get tomorrow’s paper for an eight-page souvenir supplement.