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Kate Opens Charity Store in Holt, Norfolk

Friday, March 18, 2016

Today, Kate was right in her own backyard, both in terms of the location and the charity! The Duchess was in Holt, Norfolk, just a hop, skip and a jump from her Anmer Hall home-base and she was appearing for one of her very first charities, EACH. 


On the off chance you are rummaging crazily about in your memory to recall the significance of Holt, let me ease the struggle. Holt is very close to Anmer and we have seen Kate shopping there on more than one occasion. It's sort of her local village and while she was there in an official capacity today, I imagine she is a bit of a regular to the locals. You might recall the afternoon she was spotted in 2014:


Or the early days as the couple scoped out their new digs and started the whole furnishing process. Below is Kate antiquing in 2013. So, it is a town with which you are somewhat familiar. 



Kate was opening a charity store today. It is something of a consignment situation, where they accept donations from the public which they then sell to aid the charity. In fact, if you live in the area, you are encouraged to consider donating! Kate shopped around a bit herself, inspecting the merchandise and even trying on a hat that coordinated well with her blue ensemble.


Ultimately, Kate bought a Fireman Sam book. Perhaps she is trying to lure George away from the siren call of helicopters and back to a dream that keeps his feet on the ground.

North Norfolk Radio

Appropriately, Kate recycled an oldie, but a goodie. She wore the M Missoni jacket she first wore to the St. David's Day event with the Queen and Camilla at Fortnum's. Underneath, she recycled the cornflower Zara dress that she publicly debuted on the green lawns of Buckingham Palace the morning after her marriage. She also wore it under her beautiful Jane Troughton coat at Prince Philip's 90th birthday service in 2011. 


This coat has been worn for both public and private events, so it has taken on a certain familiarity and was a very comfortable recycle. Because of this, I felt it seemed to match the tone of the event today.  Kate, in a favorite coat, in her "home village," appearing for a long-standing charity. Plus, Mr. Security was on duty. How much better could this get?


If we have said it once, we have said it a million times, Kate is wonderful with children. Seeing her care and attention for them today was heart melting. 



Kids are usually excited to see Kate, but the crowd today might have displayed the highest energy I have seen in Kate's five years as a royal. They were so, so charming, and she matched their enthusiasm. 



I have loved this coat from the first. I love the texture and the especially the lovely blue. The structure is very flattering on Kate, showing off her beautiful legs, but maintaining the "work-appropriate" line. 



I think its finest wear remains its debut, because grey with this cornflower blue is just drop dead gorgeous. But, the navy certainly doesn't clash and looks polished and pulled together. Since the day she wore it with a daffodil, I have not been really fully satisfied seeing it without that pop of springtime yellow, which is why I was absolutely delighted that among the many poesies the princess received, someone had the good sense to present her with some daffodils. My day was made!



Speaking of wishes being granted, Kate was wearing her sapphire and diamond drops and carrying her suede Muse clutch in navy, but she was wearing new Prada shoes. They are "Prada Pointy Toes" and available at Nordstrom for $650...if the spirit moves you. I hope that all y'all who have been dying for new shoes for several years now are feeling the comparable joy I am at the sight of the daffodils! 



Happy weekend, kids! I have a bit of a surprise post coming tomorrow. Some of you may know what it is, but either way, come back and chat on the morrow...after a restful sleep and with a steaming mug of coffee! [New Saturday post now live here]






35 comments:

  1. Jane I so agree with you about the daffodils! I have been a reader for years and look so forward to your posts!

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    1. Oh, thank you! I do appreciate this. :)

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  2. I love, love, love today's visit. Kate looks happy and relaxed and I am one of those that are so happy to see her wearing something other than suede shoes!! The video on ITV associated with this visit is absolutely charming. Those little girls gushing over how kind and pretty she is - priceless. I also loved the support from all of the well wishers standing by to watch. It certainly looks like a lovely village to live near and I can see why Kate loves it there. Besides the book for George she also bought a Royal Dalton Beatrix Potter figurine for Charlotte. Maybe her nursery is done in a Beatrix Potter theme! I'm sure there will be complaints somewhere along the line about something but I think everything about this visit was wonderful.

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  3. Thanks Jane for another lovely post- so glad we got to see Kate today. Many predicted a recycle and they were right. I think she and everyone around her had a grand time. Such a great cause for her and the community. Looks like it is "Keep Calm and Carry On" time for her and William!

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  4. Today's event was great! I am so happy she wore her post-wedding dress again today. How many people do you know that save clothing that long? She is quite the gal! I'm not sure how I feel about yet another pair of pointy-toe heels-- not my favorite. I think we can all agree that her Sledges are missed! Excited to see what tomorrow has in store for FBTB. Have a great night, Jane!

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    1. MeAndMyMumKate ~ I save clothing for that long (5 years) and longer...and Kate makes me feel better about that! Sometimes I am ashamed of how long I'll keep a piece of clothing that I still wear, but when I see her re-wear something that is YEARS old I feel I'm not alone. Even the little things when she wore a tank (sleeveless top) out walking George as a baby, that she had worn in 2007 when split from William. If you buy decent quality (not just designer), and take good care of your clothes, they can last for years & years. Even though her parents became wealthy, you can tell their (truly) middle-class roots were passed on to their children.

      Slightly related, Colin Firth's wife is a big advocate on not purchasing anything you'd wear less than 30 times (it's part of her philanthropic work to reduce waste). I think part of her philosophy is before you purchase ask yourself: would you still wear it at a different point/age in your life? Kate subscribes to this - pieces she wore as a young adult have transitioned into her 30s as a wife, mum and working woman.

      ~ A

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  5. Alejandra RamírezMarch 18, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Great post Jane! I read somewhere that she tried to look for a helicopter toy but there wasn't any at the store, so she got a book! :D

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  6. Lovely post!
    Lovey Kate!
    The day was moving for me watching those children and how the one...Rebekah was so upset and Kate just stayed.... THAT is who she is btw!
    Love the coat myself!

    She looks good! And daffodils! Yay

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  7. Kate sure loves this coat! One endearing thing about this coat to me is that she didn't just buy it on sale, she bought it at an outlet mall.

    I think this is the first time we have seen her purchase "merchandise" from an engagement, so that was a fun surprise.

    ~ A

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  8. Welcome back to Mr Security! I thought he must've been moved on.Kate looked great, as always.

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    1. Dy ~ do you recall that one shoulder-length brunette who used to be seen with Kate? She was at Charlotte's christening and would go for walks with Kate. I haven't seen her in a while, but I heard she had a baby, so maybe she was moved if she's on to another pregnancy...?

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    2. No I don't recall her at all. But you maybe right Kate is of the age where he friends are growing their families.

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  9. Great post and wonderful to see the Duchess interacting with the children. She looked especially cute trying on the hat.

    I don't know, Jane, if you'll add on to this post or do a separate one, but the photo of Kate from the diplomatic reception is stunning. Beautiful blue gown, I think one of my favorites of hers, and she looks incredibly regal in the Lover's Knot tiara and diamond bracelets and earrings.

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  10. My favorite is the little girl in braids, waving something, she is so excited. Another site had a picture of her dancing!:)

    Kate's hair - ugh. I cringe every time I see it. It ages her 10 years. I loved her hair. It was her best feature. This is just blah. I need to mourn her old hair. (deep sigh)

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  11. Loopings at the hem line of the dress it can't be the Zara. My guess is it is the dress Show Worte for the Narania watching in 2012. It has an asymetrical hem line which this One Deema to have Zoo and the Zara dös mit have.

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  12. Excellent review of the day Jane! Thanks for working so hard to keep us updated on all things Kate, as well as managing what must be a massive workload in your own life! Looking forward to next weekend's doc "The Queen at Ninety" - looks like we'll finally get to see the elusive white McQueen that Kate has worn to the Diplomatic Reception the past two years. Cannot. Wait.

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  13. I've always liked this coat. And I agree this event was not the place to wear something brand-new. But it is looking a little worn at the hem and in pictures on other sites it now seems to fit oddly in places as though the material has stretched. (If it is the sort of material I think it is, stretching and fraying does happen.) I agree a pop of yellow would be nice. Any idea why Kate never wears scarves? I know they can be tricky with long hair but not if  scarf pins are used to keep them anchored. 


    I expect I'll be in the minority on this since so many having been calling for Kate to wear shorter skirts but I think the outfit is too short for an event where it was foreseeable many children (some in wheelchairs) would be present. In some shots it looks like at an awful lot was revealed when she bent over to speak to children. I also wish she wasn't wearing such high heels. At a reported 5ft 9 inches without shoes she must really tower over them when heels are added. Yes, she's certainly connecting but she doesn't seem able to move in ways that would facilitate that even more and seems to frequently be struggling to hold her skirt down.

    Finally, is it my monitor or is her hair lighter than it was a few days ago?

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  14. Yesterday's engagement was lovely--she is superb with children. Unlike royalty of the past, she obviously carries her own money, as it was reported that she paid for her purchases with a £10 note.
    Just seen a snippet from Catherine's interview for the Easter Sunday film, in which she reveals that George calls HM Gangan.

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    1. Yes, I am very excited and I have blogged about that this morning. If you refresh the blog homepage, you should see the new post. :)

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    2. Jean I hear you on $ and past royals...but I think with William's deliberate royal changes, and Kate handling her own money for years, that this would be expected to continue. When Kate is out shopping alone she carries her own bags, and we've seen her photographed at cash registers. It's still refreshing to see she hasn't slipped into something that the BRF would let her get away with (having others pay for her) :-) It also sets a good example for George and Charlotte when mum takes them out.

      ~ A

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    3. I too was happily surprised to see her pay for her own purchases. I love this very "real" aspect of her and William's personalities.

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  15. I like that she seems to be growing out the bangs. Also, didn't she wear this coat to an event and someone else wore it too? I seem to remember that but could be wrong. Lovely event. Joan from Ohio

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    1. Yes, Kate has worn this coat several times. Four now, I think. She wore it twice in 2012, first to Fortnum, then to Nottingham, then she wore it a third time in 2014 to a wedding, and this was the fourth. I don't think I missed an appearance in there...

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    2. Anon you remember correctly. At the wedding Jane mentioned another guest wore it too.

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  16. I really enjoyed the video clips from this visit, she looks relaxed and happy whereas at bigger events she sometimes looks a little forced with the smiles. She's great with the kids here! I've enjoyed her visits with EACH each time. And, the bangs are pretty much gone so I think by the time she's on the royal tour, we'll be back to loving her hairstyles. And, the hat try on was super cute. I like seeing playful Kate!

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  17. Sonja from BavariaMarch 19, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    This was an easy homerun for Kate :)
    Wouldn't it be fun if she had recognized some People there from previous Shopping trips? Holt Looks like a charming small village.

    I am not such a huge fan of this coat. My favourite wear was when she wore it with that dark blue Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat. But I also loved it with the Grey Accessoires.
    BUT, it was perfect for the Occasion so I don't mind :) I still think the Jane Troughton coat is prettier, though.

    It is also fantastic that Kate bought something herself at the shop, George will surely be delighted! I really hope she'll continue this shop by Shopping there again in the future (in an official role but also in private!) or by donating some old hats, clothes or other stuff from her collection! Wouldn't that be great? And this would draw so much Attention!

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    1. Sonja, I agree about the blue hat. It did give this coat a "boost", although I am not suggesting that this was an occasion to wear a hat.

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  18. Skyler from North CarolinaMarch 19, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    That was such a great interview that Kate did, but is it me but did her accent get stronger? I know that when i speak(i'm from the south) that my southern draw gets more stronger when i'm nervous. I love seeing the Cambridge tiara on Kate, but imo, I think that the tiara should have been left to Harry's future wife. Kate already has the ring from Diana, so the tiara could have been something that Harry could have given his wife that belonged to his mother.

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    1. The Cambridge tiara was not Diana's private property. She returned it to the Queen when she divorced.
      She had a great deal of personal jewellery, some of which will doubtless be Prince Harry's

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  19. I don't recall seeing the Jane Troughton coat before. What a treat to see it.Glad you included it, Jane.

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  20. I love this coat--the color and texture. I noticed the threads coming out of the bottom hem. Looks a bit weird but perhaps that's part of the look?
    I wish Kate had put her clutch down (or handed it to Rebecca, whatever) when she was cutting the ribbon. Looks a bit awkward.
    She did a wonderful job interacting with the little girl who gave her the tour.

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  21. Loved it all. Wish she'd gotten that hat she tried on;)

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  22. Loved it all. Wish she'd gotten that hat she tried on;)

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  23. She looks lovely. Her hair is really great these days. Very full and pretty. Love the blue coat, and I totally agree about the yellow flowers, they really bring a great burst of contrast. Love this event. She looks very relaxed.

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