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Princess Charlotte's christening: Kate donates flowers to hospice charity EACH

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Flowers brought to Princess Charlotte's christening by well-wishers will be given to East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), the charity that the Duchess of Cambridge has supported since January 2012. The Duchess, née Kate Middleton and Prince William have invited members of the public to join them before and after the service on Sunday 5 July.

The couple have announced that the paddock around St Mary Magdalene Church near the Queen's Sandringham estate will be open from 3pm to allow fans to greet them.

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Kate has been the royal patron of EACH since January 2012

EACH chief executive Graham Butland said the charity was "honoured" by the gesture. "The flowers will be delivered to our hospices for our families, volunteers and staff to enjoy."

William and Kate chose St Mary Magdalene because their country mansion Anmer Hall is just down the road, making it part of their local parish. The church has historic ties to the family as the Queen traditional worships there every Christmas.

It is also where the Prince's adored mother Princess Diana was christened in 1961.The people's Princess would have been delighted with the way the couple have thought of others at this joyful time.

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The Duchess visiting a pottery factory that made mugs to raise funds for charity

The hospice movement is very close to Kate's heart since she became patron of EACH three years ago. While seven months pregnant, the royal mum visited a pottery factory that has been involved with fundraising efforts for EACH, which is based in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex.

Mugs from the Emma Bridgewater factory are being sold to raise money for local hospices. The 33-year-old sat down and hand painted mugs with a colourful design and chatted with children who have been supported by the hospice.

Just days after Kate gave birth to Charlotte, Kensington Palace released an emotional open letter from her asking people to support hospices because "they strive to create happy moments in the most difficult times any family could face".

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