Kate Middleton was in Holt, Norfolk today, March 18, to open an East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices charity shop as their Patron.
Kate doubled down on her excuse for pulling out of St. Patrick’s Day festivities because she wanted to spend time with her kids instead by mentioning Prince George during her event today.
Apparently George asked Kate to buy him a toy helicopter, but the shop was out of them, so Kate bought a £2 copy of Fireman Sam’s Favourite Tales, saying: “Fireman Sam is George’s favourite.”
Kate also bought an £8 Tom Kitten Beatrix Potter figurine.
Kate was led on a tour of the shop by 11 year old Rebekah Hughes, who has a rare form of childhood epilepsy called Dravet syndrome.
Rebekah’s mom, Annabel Hughes, said: “I think Kate got off lightly – Rebekah has a way of taking over and she’s lucky she didn’t have her trying on outfits in the changing room. She was brilliant with Rebekah and it was a really special moment.”
Here’s a video of the interaction.
Kate spent about 45 minutes at the shop meeting staff, volunteers, and families being helped by EACH. During her look around the shop, Kate tried on a £15 blue Boden felt hat which I kind of think would look good on her and I’m bummed she didn’t buy it.
As we know, EACH “supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. [Their] care and support is tailored for the needs of all family members and delivered where the families wish – in their own home, at hospital, in the community or at one of three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.”
This shop in Holt is their 21st charity shop – all of which play an important role in raising funds for the organization to continue to give help to sick children.
Kate officially open the charity shop with an actual ribbon cutting. I can only remember two previous actual ribbon cuttings since I started this blog: one in New Zealand in April 2014, and one at the Tour de France in July 2014. It’s so weird to see an actual ribbon cutting.
— EACH (@EACH_hospices) March 18, 2016
BTW, for those wondering why there have not been many/any articles on other royal ladies the last couple weeks and for those wondering why there are ever any articles on other royal ladies on a blog called “Kate Middleton Review”, you’re going to get most likely a bunch from now until the India tour starts because:
From the Mirror: “A source told The Sun: ‘Until Kate goes on tour to India and Butan in four weeks, she’ll be spending all her time with the kids. Don’t expect to see many public duties from her.'”
I know there are people who wonder why I cover other non-Kate royals here, and it’s because if Kate isn’t going to do stuff, either you get nothing or you get other royals.
If that upsets you, then I don’t know what to tell you except deal with it. If Kate isn’t going to do events, then there’s nothing I can do about that. The only thing I can do is supplement the Kate coverage with coverage of other royals to keep things interesting and to keep having things to talk about.
If you really are annoyed that I cover other royals here, then get mad at Kate and complain that she’s not doing enough and needs to step up so that I have enough from her to cover here. Then I can go make a different site for the other royals. Until Kate works consistently several times a week, there’s nothing I can do except cover other royals.
Kate wore another repeat. This time her M Missoni tweed coat from the AW 2010 Collection which she’s worn three times before: March 2012 to Fortnum and Mason with HM and Camilla; June 2012 to Nottingham also with HM; and March 2014 to a wedding.
Underneath the coat, Kate wore her cornflower blue Zara dress which she first wore right after her wedding in 2011.
Kate carried her Stuart Weitzman Muse clutch in navy suede, wore new Prada pointy toed navy suede pumps (because it’s not like she doesn’t already have several navy suede pumps), she wore her diamond and sapphire earrings, and her Cartier watch.
Meh. I’ve never liked this coat – I never disliked it, but I never liked it either – and the lack of styling or anything to make it interesting makes the entire outfit just boring.
Previous wearings: March 2012 on the left, June 2012 in the middle, March 2014 on the right.
Here’s a video of Kate arriving. You can here her speaking to the kids who came out to see her.