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Kate splashes out on a half-term treat: Duchess takes George and Charlotte swimming at a luxury spa near the family’s Anmer Hall mansion


The Duchess of Cambridge treated her children to a half term swimming treat at a luxury spa last week.

But ever glamorous, Kate was spotted in the pool wearing ‘full makeup, pearl earrings and her iconic engagement ring’, one onlooker has revealed.

Despite claims that they family had gone skiing during the week-long break, the duchess, along with her two eldest children, Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, three, actually slipped into a luxury Norfolk hotel complex – which the Mail is not naming for security reasons – on Tuesday afternoon.

Both children would have been enjoying their half term holiday at Anmer Hall, the Cambridge’s mansion on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

Her youngest child, Prince Louis, was seemingly left at home either with her husband, Prince William, or their nanny.

Wearing a maroon swimsuit, she tried to blend in amongst relaxing couples but onlookers quickly spotted the family during their half-hour splash about.

Kate, 37, apparently organised swimming races for the children and afterwards they practised little dives off the side. The royal trio then all went into the sauna and steam room.

One onlooker told the Mail: ‘Kate looked stunning. She had full make up one while she was in the pool. And she had drop pearl earrings and her engagement ring. ‘Her hair up in a butterfly type hair clip and looked extremely elegant.’

The royal fan said that both George and Charlotte were impeccably behaved. ‘The children were very well behaved and both were practising their diving from the side,’ they said.

‘Kate was organising little races for them and they did it around four or five times. She said “ready, steady go” and did a downward chopping action in the water to indicate the start of the race.’

An onlooker said that Charlotte (pictured playing at the Beaufort Polo Club) was doing sitting dives from the pool’s edge

Apparently George, naturally, won all the races. They said: ‘He was swimming front like a dog paddle style and jumping in from a squatting position the side.

‘Charlotte was doing sitting dives. She was squatting on the side with her arms up in dive position, she kept saying “Look mummy I’m diving in”.

‘Kate was very encouraging. At one point George went under and Kate had to grab him, he became a bit tearful and clung to her but then he soon went off again.’

Neither the little prince and princess had arm bands on and were ‘super confidant’ in the water.

Both William and Kate are good swimmers themselves and are clearly keen to pass on confidence in the water to their children.

‘Both the children swam unaided and were super confident,’ the source said. ‘They went under the quite forceful jets in the water. Kate politely asked us if it was ok for them to switch it on.

‘They were doing little jumps off the side into her arms. Kate did not move from their sides. George did ask to go outside to use the hot tub but she said “No”.

‘When the children tried to jump in the water , Kate frequently indicated “No” and shook her finger and then she pointed out the no diving signs to both children who then seemed appeased.

‘They went into the steam room and sauna for a four or five minutes each. ‘From my experience, both are usually out of bounds to children under 14.’

George and Charlotte are back in London today for the start of the school term.


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