THEY may be royalty but Prince George and Princess Charlotte love nothing more than collecting eggs from chickens at their Norfolk country home.
The young royals have been self-isolating at the 10-bedroom, Grade II-listed pad during lockdown, and enjoy going outside each day to check on the resident chickens.
A source told Fabulous: “The great interest outside Anmer Hall are the hens, reared from chicks.
“Kate and the children are out daily in the hen house, collecting fresh eggs in their baskets, and the eggs are then used in the kitchen almost immediately.
“Kate and the children have a well laid out chicken coop, and a safe fox-proof chicken house, filled with healthy food and feeding treats.
“Organic self sufficiency is the name of the game with the Cambridges.”
Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, also have their own vegetable patch at Anmer Hall, where they grow lettuce, small cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.
No doubt Kate and Norland nanny Maria Borrallo will be keeping the children up-to-date with their studies during lockdown, but the duchess will also be enforcing the importance of outdoor play.
Kate has said in the past: “I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.”
The Cambridges aren’t the only green-fingered royals who love rearing chickens, and Prince Charles, 71, also has a flock at his family home Highgrove in Gloucestershire.
The Prince of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have a small flock of large Orpington chickens, which lay brown eggs.
The source explained: “Charles is the all-time chicken lover, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of most breeds and knows how to rear them.
“‘Cluckingham Palace’ is what his house is sometimes called.”
Prince Charles is such a keen chicken rearer that he even wrote a forward in the book The Illustrated Guide to Chickens: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them, by Celia Lewis.
The source added: “Even Camilla appreciates hearing and watching Charles's chickens walking in their fields and orchards down in Highgrove.
“They seem very content and are chatted to by the royal couple.”
Kate will likely be encouraging the kids to partake in one of their favourite outside activities; spider hunting.
We previously shared how Kate gave a glimpse of Anmer Hall grandeur as she praises Brits for ‘pulling together during the pandemic’.
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