Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kate Middleton is all smiles as she opens charity shop in Norfolk after cancelling St Patrick's Day appearance

Published 18/03/2016 | 14:52

The Duchess of Cambridge is given a bunch of flowers after opening a new charity shop for East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Holt, Norfolk. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge is given a bunch of flowers after opening a new charity shop for East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Holt, Norfolk. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), cuts the ribbon as she opens a new EACH charity shop in Holt
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), meets with members of the public on a visit to open a new EACH charity shop in Holt, eastern England
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), meets with members of the public on a visit to open a new EACH charity shop in Holt
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), is taken on a tour of the shop by Tracy Rennie (R), EACH Director of Care, on a visit to open a new EACH charity shop in Holt
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), explores the sale items on a visit to open a new EACH charity shop in Holt
The Duchess of Cambridge is given a bunch of flowers after opening a new charity shop for East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Holt, Norfolk. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Kate Middleton beamed as she opened a charity shop in Norfolk after she cancelled her official St Patrick's Day appearance to "focus on her family."

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The Duchess of Cambridge appeared visited EACH charity store in Holy, near the royal estate Amner Hall in Norfolk, as part of her role as the Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices.

The mother-of-two dazzled in a patterned Missoni coat, which she has worn on several occasions over the years and worked her trademark bouncy blowdry.

Her latest appearance comes after cancelling her annual St Patrick's Day appearance, where she has handed out shamrocks to the Irish Guards, for the first time in five years.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), meets with members of the public on a visit to open a new EACH charity shop in Holt
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), meets with members of the public on a visit to open a new EACH charity shop in Holt

t's reported Kate wants to spend as much time as possible with the children before embarking on a week long trip to India on April 10 and chose to stay at home with Prince George (two) and Princess Charlotte (10 months).

A Kensington Palace spokesman issued a statement, saying: "The Duchess has very much enjoyed the occasions when she has been able to attend, but the Duke is the Colonel of the Regiment and is looking forward to presenting the Irish Guards with their Shamrock.

"The Duchess looks forward to marking St Patrick's Day with the Irish Guards many times in the future."

Meanwhile, William has been forced to defend his recent depiction as a "work shy" royal, describing it as "part of the job" in an interview with ITV News.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), cuts the ribbon as she opens a new EACH charity shop in Holt
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), cuts the ribbon as she opens a new EACH charity shop in Holt

"It’s part of the job Mark," he said.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), explores the sale items on a visit to open a new EACH charity shop in Holt
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglias Childrens Hospices (EACH), explores the sale items on a visit to open a new EACH charity shop in Holt

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