This week Kate and William returned to in-person royal engagements for the first time since the lockdown began. On Thursday Kate visited Fakenham garden centre whilst on Friday William dropped in on Smiths The Bakers in King’s Lynn.
The royals are aiming to boost local businesses which have just reopened following the coronavirus pandemic.
Since lockdown began William and Kate have been living with their children at Amber Hall, their Norfolk country home.
Amber Hall was gifted to William and Kate by the Queen in 2013 as a late wedding present.
During her visit to Fakenham Kate revealed her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, all love to visit garden centres.
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Kate at Fakenham garden centre on Thursday
She said: “They love it!
“It’s such a great space for children and families to come to garden centres.
“I’ve been food shopping, but I have to say I haven’t been out a huge amount more – but it’s good and so important now as things start to ease, people know they can go out and particularly to places like this.”
William and Kate have been home-schooling George and Charlotte, who had been attending a school in London, since the lockdown began.
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“It’s such a great space for children and families to come to garden centres”
The royal couple posted pictures of their visits on the official Kensington royal Instagram along with a caption explained they were aiming to support local businesses.
They said: “As non-essential shops start reopening in parts of the UK, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited two independent businesses to hear how they have been impacted by coronavirus, and how they are returning to a new normal.
“The Duke of Cambridge visited Smiths the Bakers, who have been serving Kings Lynn for 50 years.
“With the owners of the bakery and members of staff, The Duke spoke about how coronavirus restrictions have impacted on the family-run business, with 80 percent of the company’s wholesale customers having to close their own operations.
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Prince William visited Smiths The Bakers in King’s Lynn on Friday
“The Duchess of Cambridge visited Fakenham Garden Centre, where she met the centre’s owners, before speaking to staff members, and heard more about the measures which that the garden centre has implemented to ensure that customers are able to visit and shop safely.”
On Friday the Government said the number of coronavirus infections across the UK are falling each day by between two and four percent.
As a result they announced Britain’s COVID-19 alert level is dropping from four to three.
It was also announced the UK’s reproduction rate, or R number, is between 0.7 and 0.9.
If the R number rises above one it means the number of coronavirus cases is increasing exponentially.
Prince William is due to celebrate his 38th birthday on Sunday.
To mark the occasion the Prince was given a cake during his visit to Smiths The Bakers.
The birthday cake that was given to Prince William
He discussed how his family had been handling the lockdown with the shop’s owner.
According to the Belfast Telegraph he said: “Well I’ve done a little bit of baking.
“The children have been attacking the kitchen and it’s just been an explosion of flour and chocolate everywhere.
“Catherine’s been doing quite a bit of baking.”