The pregnant princess bought festive nutcrackers on her recent shopping trip

By Monique Jessen
Updated November 28, 2014 04:00 PM
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Princess Kate delighted locals in Holt, England, when she went shopping for antique dining accessories on Thursday.

After browsing the Mews Antique Emporium – a 30-minute drive from her and Prince William‘s country home, Anmer Hall – the expectant royal walked away with two big bags full of purchases.

“She bought wine glasses, a lace tablecloth, a glass vase, some bowls and a pair of nutcrackers,” a store employee confirms to PEOPLE.

Wearing a casual plaid cape over a black knitted top and jeans, Kate attracted some attention as she walked up the small town’s street.

“I ran out of the shop and said, ‘Hi, how’s it going?’ and she said ‘Hi’ back – she was lovely and friendly, just gorgeous,” says Darren Veal who works at the nearby toy store Starlings. “She was glowing and looked beautiful,” he adds.

Another local, Chloe Nelson, 25, who co-owns Nelson’s Eye Patch opticians in Holt, also spotted Kate on the street. “She looked happy, healthy and just very normal. She had quite a big cape on so you couldn’t see any sign of a baby bump.”

After shopping in the antiques store (which she also visited back in April 2013), Princess Kate headed towards the small department store Bakers and Larners. “It’s known as the Harrods of Holt – it’s an old fashioned department store, they sell a little of everything,” said Nelson who also commented on Kate’s healthy appearance. “She looked very well, she didn’t look like she had any makeup on but she looked amazing.”

There has been speculation that the family will spend Christmas on the Sandringham estate (with the Middleton family possibly occupying the guest rooms at Anmer Hall). The couple are keen to spend more time at their “dream home,” which was a gift from the Queen.

On Tuesday, Kate was in nearby Norwich to help kick off a $16 million fundraising effort on behalf of the charity East Anglia Children’s Hospices of which she has been patron since 2012.

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