May 7, 2011— -- From Westminster Abbey to the grocery store, Kate Middleton turned heads this week when she made a trip to her local market in Anglesey, North Wales – a rare trip for the normally private British royals.
Wearing skinny jeans and ballet flats, Kate, 29, pushed a grocery cart to the store with her protection officer near.
"She loaded all the shopping into her car on her own, then skipped as she ran the trolley back to the park," one observer told the Daily Mail.
"She looked very happy and was smiling at people. Most people didn't even spot who it was, despite her being probably the most famous person in the world at the moment."
Prince William and Kate -- now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- famously said they wanted to live as much of an ordinary life as possible, and they are living up to their word by residing in a modest cottage in Wales and shunning away the help of butlers and servants.
The newlyweds represent a new breed of monarchs that some are calling the modern royals -- strip away the titles and for the most part they are "just like us," going to college, having careers, and marrying for love. But even in while living modestly, William and Kate will not escape the scrutiny to which the royal family is subjected.
The marriages of three of Queen Elizabeth's four children and that of her sister all ended in divorce. The scandalous headlines and tales of adultery that accompanied many of these splits tarnished the royal family's image. Having inherited such a legacy of divorce, Prince William and Middleton have an opportunity to modernize the monarchy.
"And, for them, living in the public eye so much, when every flicker of an eyelid is recorded by the cameras and television … and now by mobile phones, the pressures are even greater. " William Shawcross, the queen mother's official biographer, said.
After the Royal Wedding, William returned to work as a Search and Rescue pilot in Anglesey. Palace officials are trying to keep the location of their home out of the press because of security and privacy concerns, according to The Associated Press.