She’s due to deliver her second baby at the end of April, but first, Duchess Kate Middleton has some shopping to do.
On March 21, the pregnant royal dropped by unannounced at a Zara store in London’s Kensington district, where she picked out a pair of white-and-beige baby booties — suitable for either a boy or a girl.
“I didn’t even know who she was until my colleague told me afterward,” a shop assistant confided about the unassuming royal, who traveled without an entourage. Kate paid just $26.92 for the baby shoes.
Kate with her husband, Prince William, in August 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
When her second child is born, he or she will become fourth in line for the British throne and will likely receive extravagant gifts from wellwishers all over the world. But that doesn’t matter so much to down-to-earth Kate, 33, who, along with her husband, Prince William, 32, is determined to give her children the most normal upbringing possible.
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“As far as Kate is concerned, she is putting her children before her responsibilities as a royal. She is a wife and mother first,” says an insider. “Kate has a very strong core of principles,” royals expert Katie Nicholl, author of 'Kate: The Future Queen,' tells 'Closer.'
Kate, William and Prince George in April 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“One of the things that really drew William to Kate is that she always wanted to be a hands-on mother. She does playdates, takes [Prince George] to the park and all the usual motherly stuff, just below the radar. It’s what she knew as a child, so that is exactly how she wants to raise her own children.”
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