The Women's Institute group in Anmer has invited her to join their ranks, PEOPLE confirms

By Simon Perry
Updated May 18, 2015 05:40 PM
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Princess Kate, calendar girl?

The royal mom, 33, has been invited to join the Women’s Institute group in Anmer, the village where her and husband Prince William now largely live – and the group responsible for the types of charity calendars made famous in the 2003 film Calendar Girls.

Local WI president Dorothy Pulsford-Harris, who heads the group in the tiny hamlet of homes close to Kate’s grand country house, tells PEOPLE she wrote to the princess “when we knew she was going to be moving to Anmer.”

“We wanted to inform her about Anmer WI and invite her to be a member,” says Pulsford-Harris.

Amazingly, Kate replied.

“I had a letter back from her private secretary to say that she had been interested to read the program and letter,” she says.

There is strong precedent for royal members to join the group, a quaint English tradition that often centers around such domestic pursuits as jam-making and sewing.

The previous royal resident of Anmer (there have been other non-royal residents since), the Duchess of Kent, had been “a much-loved member” of the group, says Pulsford-Harris.

And Queen Elizabeth herself goes to Sandringham WI once a year – usually in January, when she is staying at the big house post-Christmas.

When it comes to Kate, says Pulsford-Harris, the door is always open.

“We d be delighted if she would like to come along,” she says, “but it s entirely up to her and depends on how her diary fits.”

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