After settling in at their country home with Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton may be joining the Women’s Institute at Anmer. Dorothy Pulsford-Harris, president of the Anmer Women’s Institute, revealed that she wrote a letter to the Duchess of Cambridge in December, inviting her to join the organization, the Telegraph reported Sunday.
Pulsford-Harris revealed that she had already received a letter from the Duchess’ private secretary, expressing Kate Middleton’s interest to join. “We would be delighted to see her,” the retired barrister said
The Women’s Institute (WI) is an organization for new mothers, to help them embrace their nesting instincts and genteel life in the countryside. The local WI’s activities include flower arranging, craft demonstrations and visits by speakers. The branch at Anmer has just 14 members and meets once a month in a community hall less than a 10-minute stroll from the royal couple’s country mansion, Anmer Hall. The community hall where the Anmer WI meets is also home to the Anmer Social Club, which holds regular social events including quizzes and lavish supper nights, reports Mirror.
In joining the Women’s Institute, the Duchess of Cambridge would be following a royal tradition, as Queen Elizabeth became a member of Sandringham WI in 1943 and is now the branch’s president, having taken over the role from the Queen Mother. The Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex are also WI members, and Princess Anne is an associate member. The Queen, Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex are due to attend the WI’s annual meeting on June 4, which will mark its centenary.
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