The Duchess of Cambridge was in Holt, Norfolk today to officially open the brand new EACH Norfolk charity shop.
The Duchess of Cambridge was the first official customer at the shop, which raises funds for EACH’s Nook appeal and local children’s programs. Catherine was also there to cut the ribbon and officially open the shop.
Catherine has been patron of the East Anglia Children’s Hospices since 2012. It was one of her first patronages as a royal, and has since become one of the most well-known causes she supports.
The Duchess of Cambridge officially launched the EACH Nook appeal in 2014, which included a collection of Emma Bridgewater pieces to raise money for the charity’s future Norfolk facility. The appeal requires £10 million to build and open a state-of-the-art hospice care facility for children.
As the first customer, the Duchess had a great time shopping around. She purchased a Fireman Sam book, presumably for Prince George, and a Beatrix Potter figurine, which would look lovely in Charlotte’s nursery.
Kate met with charity shop staff, EACH staff and volunteers, and local families who benefit from EACH’s services. She received two posies from girls who looked very happy to be meeting the Duchess.
For today’s event, Catherine wore her M Missoni blue tweed coat. Underneath, she wore her Zara cornflower blue dress, which we first saw in 2011 the day after her wedding. She accessorized with new Prada pumps (with thanks to @MiddletonMaven for the ID!), her Stuart Weitzman “Muse” clutch, her Cartier watch, and sapphire earrings.
It was so great to see the Duchess in Norfolk today. The event was a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for the charity shop, which will hopefully see plenty of success in the future.