Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has had her hands full keeping three young children occupied throughout lockdown. Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, broke up for the school holidays earlier this month and Kate decided to keep them entertained with a welcome change of scenery.
George, Charlotte and their little brother Prince Louis, two, left London with their parents in March and relocated to Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
While the energetic youngsters will have been enjoying the run of Anmer’s extensive gardens, they may have grown a little restless nonetheless.
As George and Charlotte are due back at school in London in September, Kate took the decision to take her children on a staycation.
Prince William and Kate are reported to have spent most of the week with their children on the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall.
The staycation came when new quarantine measures were imposed for Britons returning from a handful of European countries, including Spain and Luxembourg.
Kate and William are huge fans of the outdoors and will have enjoyed the stunning landscape and seclusion of the Cornish isles where the Duke holidayed with Diana as a child.
The relaxed couple were spotted out cycling across the Isle of Tresco on Thursday.
One holidaymaker told the Mirror: “William and Kate were riding their bicycles, having a laugh. They looked so happy enjoying the weather.”
They added: “I did do a double-take. They were really friendly and said hello.”
According to a royal insider, the couple decided to take their children away for a staycation ahead of schools reopening in autumn.
The source said: “They decided on a quick getaway before the children return to school.”
“They were keen to support our travel industry.”
Kate’s decision to support the UK’s travel industry with a family staycation may inspire more British mums to do the same.
Staycations are the safest option for families summer with UK Government currently advising against non-essential travel to Spain and Portugal.
Cornwall has always been a popular British holiday spot and the Isles of Scilly may experience an uplift in trade following Kate and William’s getaway.
By raising the profile of British holidays the royal couple may have hoped to boost an industry that has been hard hit by the pandemic.
The Isles of Scilly have a special place in Kate in William’s hearts as they were reported to have headed to the secluded destination following their wedding in 2011.
They also visited the Isles in 2016 where William touched on his memories of a childhood holiday there.
During the visit, he spoke to 89-year-old local Gladys Perkins.
Mrs Perkins said: “I said to William, ‘you haven’t been here for a good while’ and he said ‘no’.
“I said the ‘last time you were here with your brother you were only so high’.”