It is a Mother's Day like no other here in the UK. The vital advice to come together by staying apart is particularly stark as so many forego their tradition of spending the day with their mother or grandmother, going out for Sunday lunch or preparing a family meal. This year though, the greatest gift we can give will not come in the form of flowers or gifts, it will be through rigorously abiding to essential measures such as social distancing and staying at home if possible to play our part in saving the lives of so many mother's and grandmother's out there. I suspected we would see a special post by the Cambridges to mark the day - and we were treated to an unseen family snap of Kate giving Charlotte, and William giving George, a piggyback. The standout from this shot is the little Princess' expression; look at that smile!
It looks like the photo is from a set taken by Matt Porteous in Autumn 2018 at Anmer Hall. A family image was released that December for the Cambridges' Christmas card photo. The Duchess wore her Fjallraven Forest Green Sweater and Asprey Oak leaf earrings.
In a message accompanying the post, Kensington Palace wrote: "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!" They shared a gorgeous photo of Diana with William and Harry too. This image has always been a favourite of mine throughout the years. I have no doubt they are both thinking of their mother today.
There was a surprise in the post in the form of a lovely photograph of Carole Middleton holding baby Kate in her arms in her nursery. I've always though Kate resembled her father, and she most certainly does (as does George) but in this photo I see quite a likeness between the Duchess and her mother. Kate's incredibly close to her family and today was a fitting opportunity to honour her mother.
Very sweetly, the final addition to the post was George's Mother's Day Card for his mum. How talented is he? The Cambridge children adore doing arts and crafts and it certainly shows. George's beautiful creation features a yellow vase with a red heart and three flowers. Like so many mothers today, the gift of a homemade card will put a smile on their faces and mean more than ever.
Buckingham Palace shared a photo of a young Queen with the late Queen Mother with the message: "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 shared a darling photo of a young Prince Charles with his mother taken in 1950.
Wishing all celebrating a very Happy Mother's Day. If you're outside the UK, today feels like a perfect day to call your mum regardless and tell her you love her.