Kate Middleton Steps Out for Her First Public Appearance Since Lockdown
Kate Middleton stepped out on her first public solo engagement since the UK blockade began in mid-March.
The triple royal mother visited a garden center in Fakenham near her country house Note Hall, where she lived with Prince William and her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kate's outing took place on Thursday when William, who is celebrating his 38th birthday on Sunday, also went to a bakery in nearby King's Lynn. The royal duo made the visits to boost local businesses that reopened in the past few days after the corona virus.
In the garden center, Kate met the owners and employees and heard about the measures they had to take to reopen the business safely. The family business was closed for seven weeks before reopening on May 15.
For his part, William went to Smiths the Bakers early Friday. At the bakery, which has been with King's Lynn for 50 years and reopened on June 15 after being closed for eleven weeks, William spoke to employees about how the coronavirus restrictions affected the family-run company.
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PA Images Prince William at the bakery in King's Lynn
And he was told how the company had to leave a number of employees on leave, but also how it adapted its business model during the block by operating a delivery service for residents. New product lines were also sold to meet the demand for baking ingredients such as flour and sugar.
The Duchess of Cambridge's last public outing was on March 19 when she and William visited a London emergency services call center in Croydon, south London, to empower key health workers.
On Friday, Queen Elizabeth also announced the restart of many businesses and stores when she wrote a letter sending "warmest wishes" to those who praised the "reopening" and how "the health sector or vulnerable communities" are being passed through supported the crisis.
Earlier this week, William went on his first official public outing to an ambulance to honor rescue workers who have helped others in the past difficult months.
The prince visited an ambulance base at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, not far from the Sandringham estate, and his house, Note Hall. William wanted to thank key workers "for their work and commitment in response to the COVID 19 outbreak and to learn more about their experience in the past few months," said his Kensington Palace office.
With the coronavirus pandemic changing the way everyone works, the triple royal mother did most of her work by video call. On Thursday, Kate led a virtual lesson for the Oak National Academy - a teacher-created online classroom and resource center - that focused on mental wellbeing and simple friendly actions during the difficult times of closure.
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"Today I wanted to talk to you about the importance of being friendly and taking care of each other," said Kate to begin the virtual meeting. "We all have our ups and downs, especially when things change in our lives like they have in so many ways lately."
And she was very impressed by Olivia Jackson, 8, who paid tribute to healthcare workers by baking a cake filled with smarties in the middle, causing the candy to fall out when the cake was cut.
"No way, that's awesome," Princess Kate exclaimed. "Good idea!"
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