Prince William may be 7,500 miles away – but he kept his romantic promise to his wife

By Simon Perry
February 14, 2012 11:35 AM

Her husband may have been 7,500 miles away for work, but the Duchess of Cambridge still received plenty of love on Valentine’s Day – the first since marrying Prince William.

William sent his wife a card and some flowers – and the people of Liverpool, England, added their bouquets and hugs on Tuesday.

During her 20-minute visit to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Kate, in a chocolate brown overcoat by Hobbs and earrings by Niki McDonough, received flowers from onlookers and greeted (and hugged) some young admirers.

“She was brilliant,” says Lyndsey Maclean, 36, whose daughter Katie, 9, also met the duchess. “You wouldn’t think she hadn’t been doing this for such a short time. She was friendly to everyone.”

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Earlier in the day, Kate visited the Brink, an alcohol-free bar supported by one of her chosen charities Action on Addiction, where she got some roses from 8-year-old admirer Jaqson Johnston-Lynch, who told her, “I am sorry Prince William cannot be here.”