The royal volunteers! Prince William leads Prince George and Princess Charlotte through the pouring rain as they deliver food to Norfolk’s vulnerable residents in a previously unseen photo taken by Kate Middleton
- Kensington Palace shared unseen picture of the Cambridge family volunteering
- Entire family helped with a local initiative started by the monarch’s staff in April
- Snap shows Prince William, 37, Prince George, six, and Princes Charlotte, five
- In the photo, taken by Kate, 38, trio are carrying bags of food through the rain
Prince William can be seen leading Prince George and Princess Charlotte through the rain as they volunteer in their local community in a previously unseen photograph released today.
In the snap, which was shared on the couple’s official Kensington Royal Instagram account today, the trio can be seen walking through a downpour as they delivering food parcels as part of a volunteering effort in Norfolk.
The image was snapped by amateur photographer the Duchess of Cambridge, 38 in April, while the family helped out a local initiative started by the monarch’s staff to deliver food to the vulnerable.
Sharing the image today, they wrote: ‘As we approach the end of #VolunteersWeek The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photo taken by The Duchess as they played their own part in the national volunteering effort.
Prince William, 38, could be seen leading his children Prince George, six, and Princess Charlotte, five, through the rain in the previously unseen photo released by Kensington Palace today
‘In April, The Duke and Duchess and their family visited the Sandringham Estate where they packed up and delivered food parcels to isolated pensioners in the local area.
‘Today Her Majesty The Queen has sent a message to volunteers around the world — visit @TheRoyalFamily to read the message in full.’
The photograph was taken between home schooling sessions at Anmer Hall, the family’s Norfolk home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
In the candid image of the family, Princess Charlotte, smartly dressed in a black and white checked dress from Zara with grey tights and black Mary Jane shoes, can be seen carrying bags of homemade pasta as the trio approach a pensioner’s home.
The family took part in the volunteering effort to deliver food to vulnerable people in Norfolk in April (pictured, Princess Charlotte helping)
Prince George appears to be enjoying the relaxed stroll, with his hands tucked into his pockets as he walked under his father’s umbrella.
Meanwhile Prince William could be seen looking proudly down at his two children as they walk toward the home close to the Sandringham Estate.
In April, the entire family helped out with a local initiative started by the monarch’s staff, who have been preparing and delivering meals for pensioners and the vulnerable in the area during the lockdown.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, 38, have been staying at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with their children throughout the coronavirus lockdown (pictured)
The family initially released a series of portraits of Princess Charlotte from the day in order to mark her fifth birthday
This time the Cambridges, all keen cooks, rustled up some home-made pasta which they separated into 12 large bags and tied up with raffia to add to the food parcels. Sources said all the children – even little Louis, two – were involved.
The following day, the family then helped to load bags of fresh produce into a van from the Sandringham Visitors’ Centre ready for delivery.
Sources say William, Kate, Charlotte and George spent two and a half hours driving around the area delivering food to those in need.
Photographs of the endeavour were released in May to mark Princess Charlotte’s birthday.
To mark Princess Charlotte’s fifth birthday in May, Kensington Palace released new pictures of Charlotte as she helped her parents deliver home-made pasta (left and right) to vulnerable Norfolk residents isolated by coronavirus earlier this week
In one image, the princess can even be seen in one picture proudly knocking on an elderly resident’s door with her goodies, standing on a mat which reads ‘Welcome Home, Wipe Your Feet’.
One surprised local said: ‘They got drenched as it was pouring with the rain but I think they just wanted to do their bit.’
The family’s effort was not the only volunteering iniaitvive that the royals have taken part in during the pandemic.
In a video released yesterday, the Duke revealed he has been secretly counselling people contacting crisis helpline Shout 85258 – a round-the-clock text messaging helpline developed by his Royal Foundation.
It’s not the only time the Cambridges have volunteered during lockdown, with Prince William revealing yesterday he has been secretly counselling people on the Shout crisis helpline
Prince William and Kate spoke to volunteers in different parts of the country to thank them for the support that they provide to their communities, during a Zoom call to marked Volunteers’ Week from their Amner Hall home on Wednesday.
The duke and duchess marked the service’s first anniversary by speaking to some of its volunteers via video call, and William said: ‘I’m going to share a little secret with you guys, but I’m actually on the platform volunteering.’
Kate has also been helping others and has taken part in ‘check in and chat’ calls with those self-isolating or vulnerable as part of the Royal Voluntary Service’s NHS Volunteer Responders scheme.
The Cambridges and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex helped to launch the crisis line in May last year, investing £3 million in the service through their Royal Foundation.
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