The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wished the nation a Happy Easter by sharing a fun video of a chocolate Easter egg being smashed open with a rolling pin.
William and Kate posted the quirky clip - which showed the egg being broken open in reverse - on their official social media platforms, and added the message: "Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter."
The post was less traditional than previous Easter messages from the Cambridge family. Last year, the royal couple shared a photo of Kensington Palace, with an array of daffodils growing in front of the sprawling palace. We had just entered the first national lockdown as a result of the pandemic, and William and Kate had added the government slogan to protect the NHS: "#StayHomeSaveLives."
It's believed that the Cambridge family, including Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and two-year-old Louis, are spending Easter at Kensington Palace, where they returned when schools reopened last month. The family spent the majority of our third lockdown at their country residence of Anmer Hall in Norfolk, on the Queen's Sandringham estate.
Meanwhile, the duchess recently announced that she is launching a coffee table book of last year's poignant "Hold Still" exhibition, which saw 100 portraits taken by people from across the UK to highlight the different experiences during the country’s first national lockdown.
Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 will include an introduction written by Kate, who is patron of the gallery and served on the specialist panel that selected the final images used in the digital exhibition from over 31,000 submissions.
"When we look back at the Covid-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers,” she writes in the book, which is released May 7.
"But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal."
50 per cent of the net proceeds will go towards helping the National Portrait Gallery continue to deliver educational and community programs across Britain, and the other half helping to support leading mental health charity Mind.
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