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Duchess Kate Steps Out For Her First Public Engagement Since Lockdown

Kate Middleton Steps Out For Her First Public Appearance Since Lockdown
June 19, 2020 - 19:02 / Hayley Paskevich

During her first public royal engagement since lockdown began in the United Kingdom, Kate Middleton paid a visit to a garden centre! Find out more about the special outing!

Kate Middleton is the latest member of the royal family to venture back out into the public eye in the midst of the coronavirus crisis! 

As People reports, Kate was seen visiting a garden center at Fakenham, which isn't far from the Anmer Hall country home where she, Prince William, and their children have been spending lockdown.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to Martin and Jennie Turner, owners of the Fakenham Garden Center, on June 18, 2020.

Kate talks reopening measures with staff, owners of garden center

Kate spent time meeting with the owners and staff of Fakenham Garden Center, finding out about the procedures underway for a safe reopening of the business. As People shares, the garden center had been closed for seven weeks before May 15 saw it open again.

Prior to her outing at Fakenham Garden Center, the Duchess of Cambridge was last spotted in public on March 19, when she and William paid a visit to a call centre in Croydon, south London. People mentions that the royal couple were there to boost morale for key workers in the healthcare sector.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks to shop staff Sarah Easthall and Ted Bartram during a visit to Smiths the Bakers on June 19, 2020.

Kate and William both show their support for local businesses

Kate may have stepped out solo for her engagement at the garden center, but William made a visit of his own the following day! As People reports, William headed to Smiths the Bakers in King's Lynn on Friday, where he talked to the staff about the effect that coronavirus restrictions has had on the business, which reopened June 15.

William learned that the family-run bakery had been forced to furlough several staff members, but that it also began providing local delivery. And because baking ingredients have been popular during lockdown, Smiths the Bakers started selling new product lines to help meet the demand! 

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Kate and William's recent public visits were both made to support local businesses, giving them a boost following their reopening. And as People mentions, Queen Elizabeth II wrote a letter to businesses and organizations that are opening up again, thanking them for their support of the "health sector or vulnerable communities" during this time.