Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kate 'interested' in joining the Women's Institute

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, could be set to join the Women's Institute. The British royal, who is settling into country life at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate, has said she is 'interested' in joining Anmer WI, located just a stone's throw from her Norfolk home. According to the Mail on Sunday, president of Anmer WI Dorothy Pulsford-Harris, has had a positive response to a letter she sent the Duchess before Christmas inviting her to join. "I had a very nice letter back from her private secretary saying she was interested," said the 70-year-old retired barrister. "We would be delighted to see her." The Duchess is said to be keen on signing up to the WI. Dorothy's sentiments were echoed by the chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Janice Langley. "We would be delighted to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge," the Mail on Sunday reported her as saying. "The WI has a long tradition of royal members. The WI is made up of all kinds of women, of all different backgrounds and ages, which is what makes it so special." Indeed, Kate would be following in the footsteps of many British royal ladies if she were to join the 100-year-old organisation. The Queen became a member of Sandringham WI in 1943 and is now the branch’s president, having taken over the position from the Queen Mother. Prince Charles's wife the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward's wife the Countess of Wessex are also WI members, while Princess Anne is an associate member. Sophie and the Princess Royal are expected to join the Queen on 4 June to attend the WI's annual meeting which will also mark its centenary. Should 33-year-old Kate sign up to Anmer WI, she would be one of [the] group's youngest members according to Dorothy. "She would be one of our younger members," she said. "I don't know how old our youngest member is, but I would say early 40s." Hello! Photo