Princess Charlotte will be celebrating her fifth birthday with a Zoom party which the Queen will be joining, royal sources say.
As well as cakes and games, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are organising a video call so little Charlotte can see her family and friends on her special day next Saturday (May 2) despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The family are spending lockdown at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, which was a wedding gift to William and Kate from the Queen.
The Georgian country house is part of the 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate, where the family are understood to be spending their days enjoying long walks and picnics.
Despite the unprecedented circumstances, Charlotte’s parents are keen to give her “all the fun of a birthday” next weekend, the Sun reports.
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Like many Brits, the family are turning to video conferencing to keep in touch with their loved ones on special occasions and Charlotte’s great-grandmother is among those who are expected to dial in.
“The family has arranged a Zoom party for her, so she can speak to family and friends. Then, they have put together a full plan that will give her all the fun of a birthday – including cake and games – despite the extraordinary circumstances we are faced with,” a source told the paper.
“Her great-grandmother will be joining the family call on the big day. As far as Charlotte is concerned, the important part is that her whole family are by her side to say: ‘Happy Birthday’.”
It is hoped that Prince Philip, who normally lives at nearby Wood Farm but is currently isolating with the Queen at Windsor Castle will also join the call.
The 98-year-old is said to have a natural connection with Charlotte owing to a shared “mischievous streak”, despite there being an age gap between the two which spans nearly a century.
“Philip has no shortage of descendants. The fact that he takes such a close interest in Charlotte is telling. She has a spark about her that transcends the generations,” the source added.
Four-year-old Charlotte warmed the nation’s hearts on Thursday when she led her family and millions of Brits in clapping for NHS workers who are on the frontline of battling Covid-19.
The Duke of Cambridge and his family paid tribute to NHS heroes in a hilarious skit with comedy legend Stephen Fry, which aired on BBC One’s The Big Night In.
In the sketch, based on the cult series Blackadder, Fry reprised his infamous role of Lord Melchett to telephone Prince William.
Love Actually director Richard Curtis, who co-wrote the hit series with Ben Elton, penned the pre-recorded skit that ran for almost two minutes.
A few moments after the sketch ended, a door opened and out came William, Kate and their three children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, who celebrated his second birthday on Thursday.
Charlotte began clapping and was joined by the rest of her family in the weekly tribute, with the programme showing various parts of the country where people also clapped.