Royalty opens new cancer unit

Daily Echo: Sarah Ferguson opens the Teenage Cancer Trust's new unit at Southampton General Hospital Sarah Ferguson opens the Teenage Cancer Trust's new unit at Southampton General Hospital

ROYALTY visited Hampshire this morning, to open a new unit treating Hampshire's young cancer sufferers.

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York was at the Southampton General Hospital to open the Teenage Cancer Trust's new unit.

Alongside young people who helped design the £2.4m unit, made possible through a Daily Echo backed campaign, she unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Duchess then took a tour of the ward meeting the young people using it and posing for pictures.

She told those assembled how delighted she was o be there opening the ward, having opened the Trust's first such specialised unit years before -Southampton is the 27th such unit in the country.

She paid tribute to the youngsters behind it and reflected on her own good fortune at having two healthy young daughters.

She said: "It's very good to be here and I'm so proud to be here.

"You [the young people] are the true celebrities."

She also referred to herself as a "Hampshire girl" and jokingly referred to an incident in which she had been thrown off Southampton ice rink when she was younger during a practice session.

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, another patron of the charity, had been due to attend but had to cancel because of illness, but sent a personal message of support as did Sir Paul McCartney, who is a friend of the Trust and performed at a series of concerts for it last year.

Based at Southampton General, the ten bed unit opened in September and is designed to have a home from home feel with a lounge, pool table, television, wifi access and a kitchen.

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2:34pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Sebastian Rutter says...

Does she still count as 'royalty'?

For what it's worth (not much) from Wikipedia: "Immediately after her divorce she retained the style Her Royal Highness; however on 21 August 1996, letters patent were issued which removed the title from divorced former wives of princes. She remained titled Sarah, Duchess of York in keeping with the standard form of address for former wives of peers."
Does she still count as 'royalty'? For what it's worth (not much) from Wikipedia: "Immediately after her divorce she retained the style Her Royal Highness; however on 21 August 1996, letters patent were issued which removed the title from divorced former wives of princes. She remained titled Sarah, Duchess of York in keeping with the standard form of address for former wives of peers." Sebastian Rutter

6:09pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Huey says...

She's just a parasite. She represents no one. A hanger on of the worst kind. And she looks a state too. Get rid now.
She's just a parasite. She represents no one. A hanger on of the worst kind. And she looks a state too. Get rid now. Huey

7:36pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Huey wrote:
She's just a parasite. She represents no one. A hanger on of the worst kind. And she looks a state too. Get rid now.
Jealousy is a cruel mistress.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: She's just a parasite. She represents no one. A hanger on of the worst kind. And she looks a state too. Get rid now.[/p][/quote]Jealousy is a cruel mistress. Sir Ad E Noid

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