The Royal Family posted a black and white photo of the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, with her mother, Queen Elizabeth, on Twitter and Instagram. The image was taken in 1951 and they are holding on to their hats as they arrive at Westminster Abbey for a wedding.
The message read: “Mothering Sunday is a chance to thank and celebrate all mothers and caregivers, wherever they may be.
“Today may be a different and difficult day for those who would usually plan to spend time with their mothers, as we adapt to the necessary changes and disruption to our normal routine and regular patterns of life.
“But for all Mums everywhere, we are thinking of you, and wish you all a very special #mothersday.”
The post prompted a string of comments from royal fans.
One Twitter user replied: “Wishing our wonderful Queen a very happy Mother’s Day. please stay safe.”
Another said: “Beautiful picture of mother and daughter.”
A third wrote: “Happy mothers day to all the wonderful mum’s out there. Also much love to the mother of our country The Queen. Stay safe.”
One more said on Instagram: “Thank you for sharing this wonderful picture. happy Mother’s Day your majesty.”
A fifth added: “Two great ladies. Happy Mother’s day.”
It comes as people are being told not to visit their loved ones on Mother’s Day due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Queen, who turns 94 next month, is socially distancing herself at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, 98.
After leaving Buckingham Palace for Windsor, the Queen issued a public statement on the coronavirus crisis.
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She said: “As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.
“We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.
“At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.
“We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months.
“Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”
In other royal Mother’s Day messages, Prince William and Kate posted four pictures on their social media accounts including a previously unseen image of them giving Prince George and Princess Charlotte piggybacks in Norfolk.
Another photo is of Kate when she was a baby being held by her mother Carole Middleton.
And they shared a childhood picture of William and Prince Harry with Princess Diana.
The final image is of George’s adorable Mother’s Day card to Kate.
In the caption, they said: “To mothers new and old and families spending today together and apart – we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Happy Mother’s Day.”
It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the first members of the Royal Family to carry out a public engagement during the pandemic.
They visited an NHS 111 call centre in Croydon, south London, on Thursday.
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Today is #MotheringSunday. ������The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, is pictured with her mother, Queen Elizabeth in 1951. Mothering Sunday is a chance to thank and celebrate all mothers and caregivers, wherever they may be. Today may be a different and difficult day for those who would usually plan to spend time with their mothers, as we adapt to the necessary changes and disruption to our normal routine and regular patterns of life. . But for all Mums everywhere, we are thinking of you, and wish you all a very special #mothersday. . ©Press Association
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Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla also wished people a Happy Mother’s Day “particularly in a year when families may not be able to be together”.
They posted a picture of a young Charles playing in the Clarence House garden in 1950.
Charles, 71, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, are reported to have moved from Highgrove in Gloucestershire to Birkhall in Scotland.
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