Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, makes Valentine's Day trip to Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets young girls as she visits Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust on February 14, 2012 in Liverpool, England. The Duchess has spent the day in Liverpool and arrived at Alder Hey Hospital after a visit to 'The Brink'. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge meets young girls as she visits Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, northern England, on Feb. 14, 2012.

(CBS/AP) LONDON - Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is spending her first Valentine's Day as a married woman nearly 8,000 miles away from her husband.

The former Kate Middleton, 30, spent the romantic holiday on a solo visit to the English city of Liverpool, while Prince William is currently deployed as a helicopter search-and-rescue pilot in the remote Falkland Islands.

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Her first stop was The Brink, an alcohol-free bar linked to Action on Addiction, one of the charities she supports.

Kate, wearing a brown belted coat by Hobbs, shook hands with staff and met community leaders during the visit, according to the Telegraph. She was served a smoothie named "The Duchess" in her honor, which reportedly contained almonds, skim milk, honey, banana and a dash of cream.

But just because Kate was short a prince doesn't mean she was short a valentine - the duchess got a card and a bouquet of red roses from 8-year-old Jaqson Johnston-Lynch, whose mother works at the charity. Speaking before the royal's arrival, he told reporters that he would tell Kate: "Happy Valentine's Day, your Royal Highness. I'm sorry Prince William can't be here."

According to the Daily Mail, Kate accepted the young boy's gift with a "gracious smile," and told Jaqson and his mother that she received flowers and a card from William that morning.

The duchess then went on to visit Liverpool's Alder Hay Children's Hospital. The Daily Mail reports that she was given a tour of the hospital's facilities, including the oncology and burn units. She was also to meet with Aimee Haswell, a 7-year-old girl suffering from a rare heart condition, according to the Telegraph.

Last week, Kate took on her first solo royal engagement, visiting London's National Portrait Gallery, of which she is patron, to tour a special exhibit of Lucian Freud's work.