Kate Middleton Makes Her First Public Appearance Since Quarantine

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Kate Middleton has officially left quarantine! On Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex stepped out for the first time since entering quarantine due to the coronavirus.

Her first public visit was to Fakenham Garden Centre, an independent, family-run business in Norfolk, England. While there, she met with the center's owners, Martin and Jennie Turner, and learned of the safety measures they've implemented to welcome back visitors as shops begin opening in parts of the United Kingdom.

Wearing a blue button-up shirt, black jeans and a gray vest, Kate was all smiles as she toured the center, spoke to staff and heard about their business.

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Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton
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Kate's husband, Prince William, also stepped out for a public appearance, visiting local shop Smiths the Bakers, which is owned by Paul and Teresa Brandon. The family-run business has been serving Kings Lynn, England, for 50 years.

The Duke wore an all-blue look for the outing, sporting a collared shirt, sweater and slacks. During his visit, William spoke to the owners and staff about how the recent coronavirus restrictions impacted their business.

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On William and Kate's Instagram page, photos of the couple's outings were shared, along with the reason behind the timing of their visits.

"As non-essential shops start reopening in parts of the UK, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited two independent businesses to hear how they have been impacted by coronavirus, and how they are returning to a new normal," the caption read in part. "... The Duke and Duchess' visits come as The Queen, Patron of the British Chambers of Commerce, sent a message of support to business communities as they continue to reopen."

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As non-essential shops start reopening in parts of the UK, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited two independent businesses to hear how they have been impacted by coronavirus, and how they are returning to a new normal. The Duke of Cambridge visited Smiths the Bakers, who have been serving Kings Lynn for 50 years. With the owners of the bakery and members of staff, The Duke spoke about how coronavirus restrictions have impacted on the family-run business, with 80% of the company’s wholesale customers having to close their own operations. The Duchess of Cambridge visited Fakenham Garden Centre, where she met the centre’s owners, before speaking to staff members, and heard more about the measures which that the garden centre has implemented to ensure that customers are able to visit and shop safely. The Duke and Duchess’ visits come as The Queen, Patron of the British Chambers of Commerce, sent a message of support to business communities as they continue to reopen — visit @theroyalfamily to read Her Majesty’s message.

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