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Duchess of Cambridge dons floral face covering and tells of tears for families

Saying it with
flowers: The
duchess, who
wore a floral
mask, chats with
a toddler as she
meets a family
who have called
on the help of
Baby Basics in
Sheffield PICTURE: GETTY

THE Duchess of Cambridge donned a face mask at a royal event for the first time yesterday as she revealed stories of families struggling in lockdown have moved her to tears.

Boxing clever: Kate helps unload goods for Baby Basics after spearheading a donations drive of new goods to the charity PICTURE: GETTY

Kate said she wept after a trip to a baby bank, which gives mothers in need items such as nappies and clothes, as she visited a similar project.

Her visit to Baby Basics UK in Sheffield highlighted her donation drive, which saw shops such as John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco donate 10,000 new goods.

The duchess had called on 19 brands and high street retailers to give to Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities after hearing they could no longer take anything second-hand.

Charities: Kate with heads of AberNecessities, Little Village and Baby Basics

Wearing a fashionable floral mask, Kate said: ‘It can get very emotional. 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.’

But Kate, whose children were pictured clapping for carers and delivering food to the vulnerable on the Queen’s Sandringham estate, said one benefit of lockdown has been seeing the support volunteers have given.

She said: ‘That inter-generational support system has been amazing.’