Prince William, Kate and the kids return from summer holiday with George and Charlotte

The Cambridges have returned to the UK following a short but sweet summer holiday in France. Sources confirmed to Hello! that Prince William, Kate and their young children Prince George and Princess Charlotte bid farewell to France last week.

The family came back ahead of William's return to shift duties at the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity, where he works as an air ambulance pilot.

It is thought that the royals were away for just over a week, as they were spotted touching down at the small south-western airport of Pau-Pyrenees on Tuesday July 26.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYPrince William and Kate Middleton exit their jet The Cambridges touched down in the UK last week

The Cambridges arrived in style, flying in on the (CAD$13 million) Cessna private plane owned by their family friend the Duke of Westminster.

According to local publication La République des Pyrénées, the royals were swiftly moved into two waiting blacked-out Range Rover cars that were also registered under the Duke's name.

While very little is known about the private getaway, William and Kate were said to be visiting friends in France.

Kate Middleton holding Princess Charlotte and Prince William holding Prince George's hand over the British Royal's balcony The family spent just over a week in France

Local newspaper Sud Ouest also reported that the royals "spent a night" – potentially longer – at the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz, where a basic room costs (CAD$735) a night. The five star establishment was famously used as Emperor Napoleon II's summer palace, where he would holiday with his wife, Eugenie de Montijo, and on the website it is described as "neither passé or pompous but profoundly elegant".

It's unclear which type of room William, Kate and their children stayed in, but the hotel's Imperial Suite costs (CAD$5,635) for bed and breakfast in the month of August.

Prince William and Kate Middleton walking beside each other William and Kate will go on a tour of Canada in autumn

With no official engagements until the end of this month, the family are no doubt enjoying the rest of their summer in private. William and Kate are due to go on a tour of Canada in the autumn; it is unknown whether they will take their children George, three, and one-year-old Charlotte.

The Duke and Duchess recently accepted the invitation from the Canadian government. A Kensington Palace statement noted that the couple "look forward to exploring more of Canada, from British Columbia to the territory of Yukon, when they return this autumn".

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