Kate and William vacationed with kids on ‘Prince Charles’ car-free island’ | Royal | news

A hint that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had spent a few days holidaying on sandy beaches with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was provided in late July when Kensington Palace shared a picture to mark the third in line’s ninth birthday released to the throne. In the snap taken by Kate, the smiling boy is clearly standing on a beach, albeit blurry.

The Cambridges’ previous vacation to the Caribbean’s private island of Mustique may have led some royal observers to believe this picture was taken during a lull over the Atlantic.

However, Emily Prescott, diary editor of the Mail on Sunday, claims George, Charlotte, Louis and their parents went to Tresco, a tiny island in the Scilly Archipelago, in mid-July.

The tiny island is part of the Duchy of Cornwall and therefore owned by Prince Charles.

However, it is currently leased to Robert Dorrien-Smith and his wife Lucy, who run the Tresco estate.

Ms Prescott wrote: “The family spent a fortnight on Prince Charles’ car-free island.

“The Cambridges and their spaniel Orla, who arrived by helicopter, are said to have stayed at Dolphin House, a cozy granite manse in a walled garden.”

A video circulating on social media platforms on July 13 appeared to show a helicopter taking off from Kensington Palace after boarding the Cambridges and their adorable black dog.

Tresco can only be reached by air or sea and is completely car-free.

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Ms Prescott added that the exclusive island used to be a “haunt of Princess Diana”.

Prince William spent a family holiday at Dolphin House in 1989 with his mother, father and brother Prince Harry.

In Tresco, the Waleses were photographed riding bicycles and posing for a photograph while sitting on a low stone wall.

The Duke of Cambridge recalled his childhood holiday to Tresco in 2016 when he and Kate visited the island.


Speaking to then-89-year-old Gladys Perkins, William shared how he appreciated his break on the island.

She said: “I said to William, ‘You haven’t been here in a while,’ and he said ‘no.’

“I said the last time you were here with your brother you were just so high.”

The Duke and Duchess also reportedly spent family holidays in the Scilly Archipelago in the summers of 2020 and 2021.

During their break on the Isle of Scilly two years ago, the Cambridges are said to have been out cycling and chatting with the locals.

A resident of the Isles of Scilly told The Mail on Sunday at the time: “Dolphin House is truly an idyllic and modest family holiday home.

“Kate, William and the children will certainly have made the most of the tranquility there and the islanders have been careful to leave them alone and not disturb their journey.”

After their departure, a viewer said: “William and Kate were both smiling broadly and looking really happy and relaxed.

“Even her bodyguards had big smiles – you could tell it was a really nice vacation.”

The Cambridges’ last holiday break came after their appearance at Wimbledon for the men’s singles final.

Kate and William were joined to SW19 by their eldest son Prince George, a keen tennis fan, who sat with them in the royal box.

Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess performed two solo sporting engagements.

While William, as President of the FA, went to Wembley Stadium to support the Lionesses in the Women’s Euro Final, Kate attended the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth.

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