updated 02/14/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/14/2012 AT 11:35 AM ET
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.”