Royal Corner

Cambridges to Stay In Norfolk

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to remain in their Norfolk residence, Anmer Hall, for the forseeable future whilst in lockdown.

JANUARY 6th, 2021

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ith the news that England is to enter a new third national lockdown, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided to remain at Anmer Hall in Norfolk for the foreseeable future – at least until restrictions are loosened. The couple, along with their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, had originally intended to return to Kensington Palace in London after the Christmas period due to George and Charlotte resuming term time at school.

The Prime Minister’s lockdown announcement scuppered William and Catherine’s plans to return to London after the decision was made to close schools across the country until 15 February. This has left the couple with no reasons to return to the capital, as well as new laws restricting unessential travel.

Anmer Hall in Norfolk is the country residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. - © Getty Images

It is expected that the Duke and Duchess - like many parents across the UK - will return to home-schooling instead; something which Catherine discussed last year on BBC Breakfast: “The children have got such stamina," she said. "You pitch a tent, take the tent down again, cook, bake. You get to the end of the day—they've had a lovely time, but it's amazing how much you can cram into a day, that's for sure."

As the eldest Cambridge children begin their lessons from home, questions still remain over when Prince Louis will start his education. It was anticipated that the youngest Cambridge would be enrolled at Willcocks Nursery School – which is close to Kensington Palace – similarly to his older sister Princess Charlotte.

However, as nurseries have remained open across England, they could send Louis to attend Westacre Montessori School, which is local to their home in Norfolk. This was the nursery with which Prince George attended when he was two-and-a-half in January 2018.

A third option would be to enrol Louis in the summer term in April 2021, when it is believed that the more stringent lockdown rules would be loosened.

Furthermore, the Duchess of Cambridge is said to be celebrating her 39th birthday – which is on Saturday (9th January) – with a low-key celebration with her husband and children. “They’ll celebrate like any other family at this time,” claimed a source. “It will be quiet with just the five of them; though she’ll speak with family and friends over facetime and text, as would anyone else whilst in lockdown.”

Prince George was photographed by his mother as he started nursery in January 2016. - © HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

The news comes after the Duke of Cambridge was photographed privately volunteering at a local homeless centre The Passage in London before Christmas. William, who is patron of the charity, spent three days helping pack food parcels and speaking with residents on how they’ve been supported throughout the pandemic.

It also believed that the Duke and Duchess will start “Zoom engagements” shortly, due to the couple’s concern over the mental health of the nation as it is plunged into another lockdown. The Cambridges – who are both strong advocates for mental health awareness – last year donated £1.8 million to ten different mental health charities to help offer support to those on the frontline of the pandemic and beyond.

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