Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 29 September 2020

Duchess of Cambridge wears Dh72 face mask from children's brand Amaia

This is the first time the British royal has worn a face covering in public

The Duchess of Cambridge has been attending events since late June, and while she has been seen maintaining a social distance, yesterday was the first time the British royal was pictured out wearing a face mask.

The duchess chose a £15 (Dh72) mask by children's brand Amaia. Her choice was the brand's adult-sized reusable cotton mask in a pink floral Liberty print.

The mask has a space to insert refills and the brand makes them in a range of sizes to fit young children and adults. She also wore gloves for the daytime event.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a face mask, talks to Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn, CEO Little Village Sophia Parker and CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross during a visit to Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics Sheffield on August 04, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Baby Basics is a volunteer project supporting families in need struggling to provide for their newborns. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a face mask and gloves, to unpack supplies for Baby Basics's baby banks initiative. Getty

A total of 30 per cent of sales proceeds for Amaia's masks are being donated to the UK's NHS Charities Together fund, plus the company is donating two masks for every piece that is sold.

'I went home and literally burst into tears'

The royal was launching a new initiative with charity Baby Basics. She was in Sheffield, England, to unload supplies, after persuading 19 British retailers to donate more than 10,000 items to 40 baby banks around the country.

The banks supply items to a group of charities that support families in need who are struggling to provide for their newborns.

During the event, the duchess met families who have benefited from the baby banks in the Sheffield area, including Ali Wartty and Sahara Hamawandy, who are parents to one-year-old twins.

Hamawandy told the royal that Baby Basics had provided her with a triple pram, Moses baskets and starter packs that included clothes and toiletries.

The charity has continued to support the family as the children have grown.

"I was living on the 12th floor of a block of flats and trying to cope with the three of them," Hamawandy told the duchess according to Hello. To which she reportedly replied: "It must have been so stressful."

During the event, she spoke to families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

"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," she said.

King’s Lynn is a town in Norfolk, England, near the duke and duchess's family home, Anmer Hall.

“The struggles they have gone through, the bravery they have shown ... in extraordinary circumstances. Helping their families through extraordinary times."

Updated: August 5, 2020 03:17 PM

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