The Duchess of Cambridge has fashion news for us today! Kate Middleton took a drive this morning to a thrift store near her country estate, Anmer Hall, to browse the racks and greet people who came out to celebrate the newly opened shop. In lieu of looking for deals, Kate was on hand to greet volunteers and families connected with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, a charity she supports (proceeds from the store will benefit the organization). While shopping wasn’t the real purpose of the outing, the royal did ring up a few things at the till—People reports she bought a children’s book and figurine.
Before any naysayers start to think that, hey, of course Kate wouldn’t be buying second-hand clothes for herself, we’ve got a little piece of shopping history for you. When she attended the Lucian Freud Portraits Exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2012, the pretty belted coat dress she wore came from, gasp, a consignment shop the Middletons are known to frequent. The Stock Exchange, located near the family’s home in Berkshire, said that one of Kate’s aides did the actual shopping, and that they were thrilled to see the piece worn publicly.
“It looked a lot better on Kate than it did on a hanger in our store,” a post on the shop’s blog reads. “This purchase caused a bit of a frenzy with fashion followers being eager to buy their own to emulate the Duchess’s elegant style. We obviously received a lot of calls and inquiries as to whether we could source any further items, but sadly we sold out very quickly.”