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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Prince William, 38, escaped the capital with their three children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, ahead of Christmas. While the Cambridges usually spend the holidays at Anmer Hall this year they stayed on in Norfolk a while longer due to lockdown.

The family is based at Kensington Palace in London during term time as it is a short drive from George and Charlotte’s school.

But when schools did not reopen in the New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions the family stayed put in the countryside.

George and Charlotte are both pupils at Thomas’s Battersea in South West London and have been homeschooled by their parents in recent months.

However, the young royals are due back in class on Monday as schools across the country reopen.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs on February 22: “All the evidence shows that classrooms are the best places for our young people to be and that’s why I’ve always said that schools would be the last to close and the first to reopen.”

Breakfast and after-school clubs will also be allowed to reopen, and other children’s activities including sport can restart “where necessary to help parents to work”.

This means that the Cambridge clan are likely to leave Norfolk this weekend at head back to London.

Kate and William’s main administrative base is at Kensington Palace but the couple have been carrying out virtual engagements from home in recent weeks.

They could get back to some face to face engagements once back in the capital.

Last week William paid an in-person visit to a vaccination centre in Norfolk.

On Wednesday, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also visited a vaccination centre in Croydon, having travelled from Gloucestershire for the special engagement.

During the visit, Prince Charles’s wife gave an update on Prince Philip’s health as the Duke remains in hospital for tests and observation.

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Prince Philip, 99, left Windsor Castle for London on February 16 and has been in hospital in the capital ever since.

On Monday he was transferred to St Batholomew’s Hospital in The City where he is said to be responding to treatment.

The latest Buckingham Palace update on the Duke’s health was released on Monday and read: “The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition.

“The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.”

Prince Charles, 72, is so far the only Royal Family member to have visited the Duke since his initial hospital admission.

While it is thought unlikely Philip will receive more visits before he is discharged, there is a chance that Prince William could see him in hospital once he and Kate have returned to London full time.

Kate and William are huge advocates of outdoor education and their children will have been enjoying the ample grounds at Anmer Hall throughout the recent lockdown.

Once Prince Goerge and Charlotte return to school, their little brother Louis who is yet to start nursery may have to get used to seeing less of his playmates.

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