Prince William and Princess Catherine have been away from royal duties this past week, all due to their children.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have been on their school holiday for the February half-term, so their parents have been undoubtedly spending some quality time with them – most recently a “hugely exciting” trip to visit the set of a blockbuster TV show for George and Charlotte.
The royals reportedly toured the set of The Rings of Power – a Lord of the Rings spin-off series – located in Ascot near Windsor, where they also got to meet the cast!
“It was all hugely exciting for George and Charlotte who loved looking at the props and how everything was laid out. Louis stayed at home as it was a bit late in the evening for him. They were accompanied by security and it was very low-key,” says a source close to the royals.
Prince William is a huge Lord of the Rings fan – as revealed when he met actor Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, at the Hobbit premier – so he “jumped at the chance” to visit the production.
Describing the Prince, Freeman says: “He was a nice guy. He is the biggest royal fan. We have fans everywhere it is a very beloved book.
“William wanted to be there at the premiere as Kate was in hospital at the time so he obviously wanted to be there,” said Martin, before admitting: “He knew all the facts about Middle Earth and I think I kept him talking too long.
“You know the protocol, you have got to let them say what they want to say and let them move on but I think I was boring him a little bit as I held onto him talking about Middle Earth.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales are also due to rub shoulders with stars this weekend, as they are attending the BAFTA film awards for the first time in the past three years.
William and Kate will be attending the ceremony at Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, February 19, before meeting the winners and Rising Star nominees.