Up until this year, it was rare that we'd get a glimpse inside any royal homes. But with the arrival of the pandemic and the country-wide instructions to stay at home, the royal family began taking their engagements online, doing virtual calls like the rest of us.
This week, as we were sent back into lockdown in England, Kate Middleton was back at it with the conference calls. And behind her, we managed to catch a sneak peek at some of the cute family photos she's chosen to display at home.
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In the moving virtual engagement, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke with Armed Forces families who have lost loved ones at war, to discuss the significance of Remembrance Week. Today is Remembrance Day, marking 102 years since World War I ceased, and on Sunday the royals attended a socially distanced service at the Cenotaph to remember all those who lost their lives in the fighting.
Kate said it had been "a real honour" to speak to the families. "I think I speak for the whole nation when I say just how proud you should be of your loved ones, and for the sacrifice and the bravery that they've shown," she added.
The @RoyalBritishLegion provides lifelong support to anyone who has served with the British Armed Forces 💂♂️ and their families. The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Armed Forces families who have lost loved ones to hear about the impact that #Remembrance week has for them. Together they spoke about the support that they receive from members of the Armed Forces community, including other bereaved families, and from the Royal British Legion. #WeWillRememberThem
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The Duchess was smartly dressed in a white silk shirt with black collar for the occasion, along with - of course - a poppy. Over her shoulder, a series of photo frames lined the shelf, and if you look closely it's possible to identify just what the pictures are.
The first is a sweet one of Kate Middleton and her youngest son, Prince Louis, at the launch of her RHS Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show last spring. In the photo, the mum-of-three can be seen with her arm around the toddler, smiling as he plays.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Sunday afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den. The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”
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Another of the photographs features William and Kate's eldest son, Prince George. One of the pictures released last year for George's 6th birthday, the chosen image shows the young royal lying in the garden, laughing out loud and wearing his beloved England football kit. The Duchess of Cambridge took this photo herself, as she typically does with her children's portraits.
🦁🦁🦁 Happy Birthday Prince George! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share new photographs of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's sixth birthday. This photograph was taken recently in the garden of their home at Kensington Palace by The Duchess of Cambridge. Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages!
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A third picture on the shelf is a snap taken from Princess Charlotte's first day at school, where she can be seen grinning in her shiny new school uniform on some steps alongside her elder brother, Prince George. Adorable.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. The photo was taken shortly before Their Royal Highnesses left for Thomas's Battersea. 📷 Kensington Palace
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And finally, not forgetting her husband, there's also a sweet solo image of Prince William, taken on a trip to Africa in September 2018.
The Duke of Cambridge, @Tusk_org Patron, visited Mkomazi National Park to learn more about conservation efforts on the front line of a Tanzanian National Park — The Duke saw how Mkomazi are working to establish a viable breeding population of 50 black rhino, their work educating local children on wildlife, and joined the team to replace a security fence.
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What a lovely line up! All of the photos featuring behind the Duchess of Cambridge are ones displayed on their Instagram page, @KensingtonRoyal, suggesting the royals do largely share their favourite pick of the bunch with the public.
Now, writing this reminds me I should probably start filling the empty frames in my own home with some photos of my loved ones. It's not like we'll be short on time these next few weeks...
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