Kate Middleton seen shopping for trinkets and furniture for new country home

April 19, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted shopping for trinkets and furniture for her new country home.

Kate Middleton, 31, was seen browsing antique stores in Fakenham and neighbouring Holt in Norfolk.

The Queen is believed to have set aside nearby Anmer Hall on her Sandringham estate for the Duchess and Prince William once their baby arrives.

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton spotted out shopping in Fakenham, Norfolk near her new home

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton spotted out shopping in Fakenham, Norfolk near her new home

Work has already started on modifications at the 10-bedroom Georgian mansion including security updates, creating private access to the local church and increased privacy around the pool area.

The pregnant Duchess and her entourage passed through Fakenham largely unnoticed last Saturday when she was spotted by local Emma Walker, 32.

Mum-of-two Emma, who works in a nearby charity shop, said the Duchess arrived in a Range Rover and spent over half and hour in an antique store and looked “flawless”.

She said: “We did a double take and did not think it was her at first. She just looked like a normal person out shopping and it is nice that she is able to do that.

“There were other people walking past her and they just didn’t seem to notice her at all.

“To be honest we probably wouldn’t have spotted her but a couple of our customers had come in earlier in the day and said ‘I think we just saw Kate Middleton’.

“So when we saw her in the shop we were so pleased to have spotted her while she was in town.

“She was very focused on her antiques, she seemed to be smiling and chatting to the two women who were with her.

“There was undercover security but it was all very relaxed. She looked wonderful, as she always does.

“She seems to be blooming in pregnancy she looked flawless.”

Local resident Jim Harding also spotted Kate and said: “She was obviously enjoying it and the look on her face showed she was having a good time.

“It is lovely to think the royals feel comfortable enough to come to the town without any accompaniment or fanfare.”

The antique shop and spokesman for the Duchess refused to comment on the visit.

Keith Osborn, co-director of the Fakenham Area Business Community, said: “The visit has given Fakenham some national coverage which is not a bad thing.

“I think it is a credit to the town that she can come and shop without any hassle.”

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