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Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, broke up for the Easter holidays last Friday and will be back at home with their little brother Prince Louis, two, until the summer term starts on April 20. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Prince William, 38, usually travel to Norfolk for the school holidays but could decide against going this Easter.
On March 29, lockdown restrictions were eased in England allowing up to six people or two households to meet outdoors, including in private gardens.
While the welcome change will be a relief to families keen on celebrating Easter together, the Government’s “stay local” message remains in place.
The current Government guidance around travel in England states: “You should minimise travel as much as possible.
“Avoid the busiest times and routes.”
This could mean the Cambridges decide against travelling to Anmer Hall in Norfolk where they spent most of last year during lockdown.
They went there ahead of Christmas and remained at the country residence until schools reopened last month.
George and Charlotte are both pupils at Thomas’s Battersea, a short drive from the Cambridges London apartment at Kensington Palace.
Rather than celebrating Easter in the countryside this year, the family may choose to stay put in the capital.
George, Charlotte and Louis are known to love playing in the grounds but can still enjoy the gardens at Kensington Palace.
In 2018, Kate revealed she had put on an Easter egg hunt for her children while speaking to fans gathered outside St George’s Chapel following the traditional Easter Sunday service.
The duchess is a hands-on mum who always has plenty of activities planned to keep her children busy and will no doubt have something special in store for George, Charlotte and Louis this Easter.
She may even enlist the help of her mother Carole Middleton, 66, who runs party supplies business Party Pieces and is an expert when it comes to planning children’s parties.
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A recent post on Party Pieces Instagram included tips on how to celebrate Easter.
The post read: “Reconnect with loved ones over an Easter Sunday lunch and toast brighter days ahead.
“Whether you’re feasting indoors with your household or al fresco with a small group of friends, mark the special occasion in style and browse our spring themed table decorations, tableware and more by clicking the link in our bio.”
Easter is a time for family and the Royal Family usually come together on Easter Sunday to attend a special service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
This year the royal reunion has been called off due to coronavirus and it remains unclear when the Windsor clan will next meet en masse.
The Queen is head of the Church of England and expected to observe Easter by worshipping at one of Windsor Castle’s private chapels.
The Royal Maundy service at which the Queen hands out coins to pensioners was also called off amid the pandemic.
Unable to meet the recipients of Maundy money in person, the Queen sent them a heartfelt message which accompanied their gift of coins in the post.
The Queen’s Maundy Thursday message read: “I am delighted to send you the Maundy gift which I hope you will accept as an expression of my personal thanks to you for all that you have done to enrich the life of your community.
“Each year, at the Royal Maundy Service, we have an opportunity to recognise, and give thanks for, work done by countless people for the wellbeing of their neighbours; work that has often been taken for granted or hidden.”
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