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Kate and William share Mother's Day card made by Prince George
22 March 2020, 09:29
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sharing a touching array of family keepsakes for Mother's Day as many are forced to spend it apart due to coronavirus.
Kensington Palace shared a new photo of Kate and William giving Prince George and Princess Charlotte piggy-back rides in the garden of their Norfolk home.
Charlotte's face can be seen breaking into a huge grin as her mother races her through the field.
The couple also shared a Mother's Day card made by six-year-old George, which had a yellow vase with three red flowers.
Prince Louis, the couple's youngest child, was absent in the pictures.
Kate's own mum, Carole Middleton, was included in the picture set in an image taken shortly after Kate's birth.
The family resemblance is unmistakeable in the throwback picture, with Carole looking almost exactly the same as Kate does now.
To mothers new and old and families spending today together and apart – we are thinking of you all at this difficult time.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2020
Happy Mother’s Day 🌷 pic.twitter.com/Qu0gkUYGdQ
The Duke also chose to include a picture of his own mum, Diana, Princess of Wales, in a garden with his brother, the Duke of Sussex.
Kate and William acknowledged how difficult this day may be for some families, after people have been urged to not see one another in person to stem the spread of coronavirus.
The tweet was captioned: "To mothers new and old and families spending today together and apart – we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Happy Mother’s Day".
The royal family Twitter account tweeted: "#MotheringSunday is a chance to thank and celebrate all mothers and caregivers, wherever they may be.
"So to all Mums everywhere, we are thinking of you, and wish you a very special Mother's Day."
The royal family shared a black and white image of the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, in 1951 with her mother, Queen Elizabeth, holding on to their hats as they arrived at Westminster Abbey for a wedding.
Last night, Boris Johnson issued his starkest warning about the spread of coronavirus yet, and urged people to resist visiting their mums on Mother's Day.
#MotheringSunday is a chance to thank and celebrate all mothers and caregivers, wherever they may be.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 22, 2020
So to all Mums everywhere, we are thinking of you, and wish you a very special Mother’s Day.#mothersday2020 pic.twitter.com/YgL2YhhBSk
The Prime Minister said the NHS was in danger of being "overwhelmed" by Covid-19 in the same way as the Italian healthcare system unless people heeded Government advice on "social distancing".
His message follows Friday's dramatic announcement that all pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres are to shut in the latest move to combat the disease.
The UK's Covid-19 death toll reached 233 yesterday, the same as Italy's total two weeks ago.Italy's toll now stands at 4,825, making it the hardest-hit country in the world.