Spas, swimming and races, everything you would expect from a royal holiday.
For their half-term holiday, the Duke and Duchess decided to take Prince George and Princess Charlotte away from the busy capital, and instead spend it at their country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk. During their stay, it has been revealed that Kate took her eldest two children to a luxury Norfolk hotel complex on one of the days.
According to the Daily Mail, there Kate enjoyed a half-hour swim with her kids, with the source telling the publication: “Both the children swam unaided and were super confident. They went under the quite forceful jets in the water. Kate politely asked us if it was ok for them to switch it on.”
The insider added: “They were doing little jumps off the side into her arms. Kate did not move from their sides. George did ask to go outside to use the hot tub but she said ‘No’.” At one point, Charlotte did “little duck dives off the side of the pool” and shouted, “Look, mummy, I’m diving in.” During the swim, it was reported that there was a race between Kate and Prince George, with the winner still unknown.
The source remarked: “She said ‘ready, steady go’ and did a downward chopping action in the water to indicate the start of the race.” During their visit, the royal trio also went into the sauna and steam room. The youngest of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids, Prince Louis, was left at home with either his dad Prince William or their nanny.
But like all good things it must end, and on Monday it was back to school and nursery for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Prince George returned to his classmates at Thomas’s Battersea, while his sister returned to Willcocks Nursery School. Cambridge prefers spending their spare time at their country home, where both Prince George and Princess Charlotte spend their early years.
Prince Louis certainly enjoyed having his older siblings around for the week. He turns one in April and will soon be able to join his brother and sister in their play. This was a perfect weekend for family time, as both William and Kate had no engagements planned last week so that they can see their children as much as possible.
This week-long break in privacy was long awaited for the Royals. It is understandable that after so much time in the public eye, one would like some peace and quiet. For example, a no-fly zone was enforced over Anmer Hall shortly after George’s birth in 2013, while William and Kate also had a row of trees planted along their driveway to give them more privacy.
The mansion has been the setting for a number of family occasions, including Prince George’s 2nd birthday and amateur photographer Kate’s photoshoot for George and Charlotte’s first official portrait. Kate had initially raised Charlotte and George at Anmer Hall, which ‘only’has a swimming pool, tennis courts, vast gardens and ten bedrooms.