While William and Kate are enjoying their honeymoon in the idyllic Seychelles, news of Kate's charity work plans have been announced. The Duchess of Cambridge is to become a patron of the charity Starlight. Starlight brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children by granting them once in a lifetime wishes. All of Starlight's activities are there to distract from the pain the children may be feeling as a result of their illnesses. Over 500,000 children benefit from these services annually.
Kate and Prince William have previously attended fundraisers for the charity. Once Kate returns from her honeymoon she will offer girls the chance to be princesses for the day. This will obviously be a dream come true for these children. Last year, Starlight arranged for Prince William to entertain a six year old girl, Lydia, after she said it was her wish to be a princess. Party Pieces, the mail order company owned by Kate's family, has helped organise many of these events. In 2009, children helped by Starlight were asked to put up Christmas decorations in Clarence House, London home of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla.