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Duchess of Cambridge returns to public duties with Garden Centre visit

It was revealed on Friday that The Duchess of Cambridge had made a subtle return to public duties on Thursday 18th June with a visit to Fakenham Garden Centre, close to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. The visit was only made public on Friday and marks The Duchess of Cambridge’s first public engagement since the beginning of lockdown on 23rd March.
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During the visit, The Duchess of Cambridge took the time to tell staff at the Garden Centre how both she and Prince William have been doing the food shopping throughout lockdown and that their children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – have taken to growing tomato plants and have learnt the importance of spending more time outdoors.

Catherine was speaking to Fakenham Garden Centre owners, Martin and Jennie Turner and said of her children and their new found love of the outdoors, “They love it. It’s such a great space for children and families to come to garden centres.”

The Duchess then went on to say, “I’ve been food shopping but I have to say I haven’t been out a huge amount more but it’s good and so important, now as things start to ease, people know they can go out and particularly to places like this. It’s come up in so many different conversations whether it’s food, volunteering, and in all the mental health work that we’ve been doing, about how everyone is benefitting from being outside. So yes, they’ve been in lockdown but loads of families have been out on walks, more than they would do, outside.”
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The Duchess of Cambridge was told by Mr Turner of the difficulties the Garden Centre now faced because of the Coronavirus pandemic, “This has been the most challenging thing we’ve ever experienced. We completely shut until after Easter and then we opened for some deliveries and collections in the car park. Four or five people have very unfortunately had to be made redundant, as going forward we can’t sustain them.”
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The Duke of Cambridge also made his second public engagement on Friday as he visited Smiths the Bakers in Kings Lynn where he was presented with a cake ahead of his birthday on Sunday.



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