Prince William and Kate grab gifts in Bhutan while missing George and Charlotte 'massively'

This week's royal tour of India and Bhutan marks the longest period of time that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton, have been away from their two adorable children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Like any doting parents would, the royals have admitted to missing their brood a few times while on tour, and were seen purchasing a gift that is likely for George.

After completing their six-hour trek to the sacred monastery, which is perched 3,000 metres up a mountain, William and Kate had time to peruse a local crafts market and the couple couldn't leave without purchasing some gifts.

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William bought a small bronze tiger, presumably for his son George.

William was spotted buying a small bronze tiger for 200 rupees, the equivalent of $3.80, which was presumably for his son. Kate meanwhile settled on a pair of dangly blue earrings that cost $9.

On their sixth day away from home while out doing a mountain trek in Bhutan, Kate was asked by the BBC's Peter Hunt if she was missing her children.

"Massively yes, of course. And we're looking forward to seeing them," she said. "They're in good hands."

Kate and William said they were "massively missing" their two youngsters.

The Duchess added that she and William had spoken to the youngsters "many times."

George, who turns three in July, and Charlotte, who celebrates her first birthday in a couple of weeks, are being looked after by their Spanish nanny Maria at home. It's likely that the children's grandmother, Kate's mom Carole Middleton, is also lending a helping hand.

Kate said that she had spoken to George and Charlotte "many times" during the trip.

Prince Charles visited Bhutan in 1988 and carried out the same trek, although he only made it halfway up and stopped to paint a watercolour picture of the monastery.

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"My father didn't make it to the top," laughed William. "So that's something I'll be reminding him of when I see him. It will be lovely if the children could come as well definitely."

"We did actually see one family up there with a small child on their front," said Kate. "It was very brave of them. Maybe when [George and Charlotte] are a bit more mobile, I think."

The Tiger's Nest monastery is considered the most important Buddhist temple in Bhutan. It was built in 1692 and is located close to the cave where Guru Padmasambhava – who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan – is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks and three days in the eighth century.

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