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Kate Middleton's half term with Prince George and Princess Charlotte revealed: spa, swimming and races

The Cambridge family made the most of half term!

Sharnaz Shahid

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made sure Prince George and Princess Charlotte enjoyed a few days away from the capital, heading to their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk for the children's half term holiday. It has since been revealed that Kate took her eldest two children to a luxury Norfolk hotel complex on one of the days. According to the Daily Mail, Kate enjoyed a half-hour swim with her kids with a source telling the publication: "Both the children swam unaided and were super confident. They went under the quite forceful jets in the water. Kate politely asked us if it was ok for them to switch it on."

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Prince William and Kate stayed at Anmer Hall during half term

The insider added: "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'." At one point, Charlotte did "little duck dives off the side of the pool" and shouted, "Look mummy I'm diving in." As well as swimming, mum-of-three Kate reportedly also organised races for five-year-old George. The source remarked: "She said 'ready, steady go' and did a downward chopping action in the water to indicate the start of the race." The royal trio then allegedly went into the sauna and steam room. It is thought that Kate's youngest child, Prince Louis, was left at home either with Prince William or their nanny.

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However, on Monday, it was back to school and nursery for little George and three-year-old Charlotte. George was reunited with his classmates at Thomas's Battersea, while his sister returned to Willcocks Nursery School. The family usually spend their spare time at their country home, where both George and Charlotte spent their early years. Prince Louis, who turns one in April, will have no doubt enjoyed having his older siblings around for the week too. Although in the past, William and Kate have also enjoyed going on skiing vacations in the February holidays. To make it even better, the royal couple had no official engagements booked last week, ensuring that they are around to see their children as much as possible.

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It seems the royals would have enjoyed the week-long break in privacy. A no-fly zone was enforced over Anmer Hall shortly after George's birth in 2013, while William and Kate also had a row of trees planted along their driveway to give them more privacy. The mansion has been the setting for a number of family occasions, including Prince George's 2nd birthday and amateur photographer Kate's photoshoot for George and Charlotte's first official portrait. Kate had initially raised Charlotte and George at Anmer Hall, which boasts a swimming pool, tennis courts, vast gardens and ten bedrooms.

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