On Tuesday, Duchess Kate stepped out for a private visit to Baby Basics UK in West Norfolk. She was there to launch a major initiative to support vulnerable babies and children. Baby Basics is a charity which aims to support new mothers and families in need by providing them with much-needed essentials and equipment.
During the visit, Duchess Kate revealed how she has been left in tears after hearing stories of families she met during secret lockdown visits to its West Norfolk branch near her Anmer Hall home.
“It can get very emotional,’ she said. ‘I remember a couple of the families I met from King’s Lynn and I went home and literally burst into tears, their stories were so moving. The struggles they have gone through, the bravery they have shown…in extraordinary circumstances. Helping their families through extraordinary times.”
For the occasion, Kate donned a black and white Suzannah dress she first wore to Wimbledon in 2019. Kate was also pictured wearing a face mask to the engagement for the first time.
The Palace also released further photographs of the Duchess at a private engagement back in May. In the photos, she looks gorgeous in a green printed maxi shirt dress paired with a pair of white sneakers.
Determined to help, Kate has now persuaded 19 British brands to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK.
After seeing the work the organization was doing, Kate was determined to help and she spearheaded a donation drive. According to the Palace, 19 brands have donated more than 10,000 new items to Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities; which operate baby banks across the UK.
Cat Ross, chief executive officer of Baby Basics, told the duchess: “Often in a world where there is a lot of judgment and stereotyping about being poor, that additional stress can be even more difficult for parents who are doing amazing things to keep their families going with such strength, such determination.”
Kate replied: “Yes, one of the mums I met was a nurse. These are families who do fantastic jobs and even they are struggling.