Duchess of Cambridge wears Smarties-inspired charity bracelet designed by mother of pop phenomenon Ed Sheeran
18:32 GMT, 23 March 2012
She usually keeps her jewellery to a minimum, wearing discreet stud earrings and plain silver chains.
But as she gave her first public address on Monday the Duchess of Cambridge opted for something bolder.
As she planted a commemorative tree in the grounds of the Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich onlookers were surprised to see a bright smartie-inspired bracelet dangling from her left wrist.
As the Duchess of Cambridge planted a commemorative tree in the grounds of the Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich onlookers were surprised to see the funky bracelet
Hidden under the cuff of her long-sleeved cobalt blue Reiss dress – worn two years earlier by her mother at Ascot – the bright purple and orange string of beads emerged as she started her digging efforts.
The funky creation has been designed by 52-year-old Imogen Sheeran, the mother of the Brit Award-winning musician Ed Sheeran.
The mother-of-two first began making jewellery to sell at her son's shows a couple of years ago and to date her designs have proved popular with the likes of Jameela Jamil, Rupert Grint and Jessie J.
Following the Duchess' public appearance Ed took to Twitter writing: ‘Big up
Kate Middleton, who is wearing some of my mums home made jewellery!’
Proceeds raised form the sale of the 10 bracelets will go to East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) which supports children and young people with life-threatening conditions
Kate's 10 bracelet, which featured
four round metallic stones that read EACH, has been specially commissioned
for the East Anglia Children's Hospice (EACH).
Many of Mrs Sheeran's designs are inspired by her son's favourite sweet treats from liquorice allsorts to Smarties and Rolos.
She previously said: 'I started making jewellery after the funding was cut for a youth arts programme I was working for'
'It needs a good eye and a bit of dexterity and I started to work on some of my own designs.
'I made some liquorice allsort bracelets for Ed to start with and they went down very well.'
Proceeds raised form the sale of the beads will go to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) which support children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, of which the Duchess is a royal patron.
In a foreword to a brochure produced by the charity for the occasion, Kate, 30, wrote:'it is a tremendous privilege to be Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, and I feel truly honoured to be involved with this organisation.
'EACH is a world leader in the way it cares for children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and is at the very forefront of children's palliative care.
'I have been deeply moved by the work of EACH's dedicated staff – and by the environment of support for families. For me, EACH provides services which demand an unerring and passionate level of understanding, knowledge and sensitivity.
'I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to be Royal Patron and I strongly encourage you to continue to support EACH's invaluable work.'
The Duchess became Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in January 2012.
Chief executive Graham Butland said:'The Duchess's visit will showcase the magnificent facilities we can now offer to life-threatened children and their families.'
Imogen Sheeran bases many of her jewellery designs on the sweets her son, musician Ed Sheeran, likes to eat, including Rolos, Smarties and liquorice allsorts
Following the Duchess of Cambridge's public appearance Ed took to Twitter
On her arrival at the Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich the Duchess was greeted by 600 flag waving supporters
For more information on the EACH charity bracelet visit, www.each.org.uk