22 March 2020 14:37
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - daily news Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email As families endure the most difficult Mother's Day of their lives, Kate Middleton has shared a charming picture of herself playing with Princess Charlotte alongside a poignant message. The Duchess of Cambridge is seen carrying her daughter on her back, with Prince William in the background. The candid snap, which has never been released before, was posted on the Kensington Palace Instagram page - as thousands of families across the UK face having to distance themselves from their mums. The moving post also includes pictures of William and Harry with their mum Princess Diana, and a baby Kate being held by her mum Carole. It comes as Brits are forced to spend Mother's Day apart from their parents in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pleaded with the public not to visit their mums as the country grapples with the pandemic. The Queen is reportedly communicating with her loved ones using video calls on FaceTime and Skype as drastic measures are put in place. The 93-year-old monarch is at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh, with both practicing social distancing to stay safe. This morning Kensington Palace tweeted: "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." A card from Prince George to his mother for this Mother's Day is also shown on the Instagram post. Six-year-old George's colourful card - an expertly-crafted collage made of card, paint and tissue paper - depicted a yellow vase with three red flowers. (Image: kensingtonroyal/Instagram) The royal family account tweeted: "Mothering Sunday 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." Clarence House wished people a Happy Mother's Day "particularly in a year when families may not be able to be together". The post featured an image of a young Prince Charles playing in the Clarence House garden with his mother in 1950. The Prime Minister advised people to keep away from elderly parents on Mother's Day today. He said: "The single best present that we can give... is to spare them the risk of catching a very dangerous disease." Speaking at his daily briefing on the coronavirus outbreak, the Prime Minister stressed once again the importance of Brits to 'socially distance'. But when asked about seeing his own mum on Mothering Sunday he said he 'hoped he would see her'. However he later appeared to backtrack on his statement, saying he would 'Skype' his mum.