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Princess Charlotte helps pack and deliver food parcels in fifth birthday photos

Princess Charlotte pitches in with food deliveries as the young royal joined millions of other Brits helping vulnerable people up and down the land.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter, who turns five on Saturday, loaded the family’s handmade produce into boxes before taking them out in a van to shielding locals.

She and brothers George, six, and Louis, two, had helped their parents make fresh pasta at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk.

In pictures released to mark her birthday, caring Charlotte – wearing a black and white checked collared dress – was also shown knocking at a resident’s door to drop off the food.

One onlooker told how the family got “absolutely soaked” while ­delivering goods in the rain. But the witness added: “They all looked like they were really enjoying their time out as a family together.

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“It’s such a sweet thing for them to do and help people who are having to stay indoors away from their family and loved ones at such a time.”

Over the past five weeks, staff at the Queen’s Sandringham estate have been preparing and ­delivering meals and goods to those most at risk of serious illness if they catch ­Covid-19. Locals have jokingly dubbed it a “Royal Mail service with a ­difference”.

More than 750,000 people signed up to join the Government’s “volunteer army” – three times the ­original target – to help relieve pressure on the NHS.

They will support 2.5 million people who are considered at risk from the virus. Millions of others are helping friends, family and neighbours.

A senior Palace source told how the Cambridges “wanted to help out and came up with the idea together” after hearing about the ­initiative that made and delivered 1,000 meals in the first week alone.

The insider added: “During the isolation period both the Duke and Duchess have been finding all sorts of ways to keep the children busy, as well as doing all the homeschooling.

“One of the family activities they have all loved doing was cooking and baking so it was the perfect solution to get involved in the fantastic project.

“They made the pasta together, packaged everything and helped deliver the care packages to locals, all while keeping a safe distance.

“The family have been so impressed with the outpouring of support shown by the British people, with so many thousands coming forward to v­olunteer, they were just delighted to help out in any small way they could.”

Other royal households have been assisting. Housekeepers at Balmoral are making facemasks and laundry bags for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Prince Charles and Camilla are staying at their Birkhall home in ­Scotland after being reunited following a period of self-isolation.

Charles, 71, was diagnosed with coronavirus in March. At Windsor Castle – where the Queen, 94 and 98-year-old Prince Philip are isolating – residents have been making scrubs, washbags, ­and headbands for NHS staff at various hospitals, including Frimley Park in Surrey.

Another Palace source added: “The entire family want to do their bit now and beyond when the ­lockdown is over and the end is in sight for the current crisis.

“This comes from the very top, from Her Majesty telling them they must stand shoulder to shoulder with the British people as the family have always done.”

Volunteers on the national scheme can pick which tasks they want to complete in their local area.

They have an app which they switch to “on duty” to show when they are available.

The ­volunteers may have to deliver food and medicines, drive patients to appointments and phone the isolated.

More than 80,000 people have now signed up to the Daily Mirror’s Kindness Will Keep Us Together campaign with the Red Cross.

Whether it’s teaching an older person to talk to their grandchildren on Skype, calling the lonely or ­distributing food supplies – helpers have volunteered from across the country to offer their services.

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