Sunday 4 December 2016

Kate Middleton and Prince William take Princess Charlotte on her first summer holiday

Sasha Brady

Published 27/07/2016 | 12:04

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William, watch a flypast as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horseguards Parade
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William, watch a flypast as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horseguards Parade
Kate Middleton and William leave Heathrow Airport on June 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Princess Charlotte laughs with her teddy in this photograph taken by her mother Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
Queen Elizabeth II (C) posing with her two grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn (L) and Lady Louise (2L) and her five great-grandchildren Mia Tindall (holding handbag), Savannah Philipps (3R), Isla Phillips (R), Prince George (2R) and Princess Charlotte (C) in the Green Drawing room at Windsor Castle in Windsor. Picture: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ/AFP/Getty Images
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
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Princess Charlotte is captured in this portrait taken by her mother Kate and released by the British royal family this week. Getty Images

Kate Middleton and Prince William have jetted off to the south of France with their two children.

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The royal couple reportedly arrived in Pau-Pyrenees on Tuesday afternoon with George and Charlotte.

The pair arrived on the £8 (€9) million Cessna private plane owned by the UK's richest man, the Duke of Westminster.

The couple regularly borrow the Duke's plane, which seats up to eight people and is said to cost £12,000 (€14,286) a day to hire.

Princess Charlotte poses for a photograph taken by her mother Kate Middleton, who is to appearon the cover of ‘Vogue’, inset, for its June centenary issue. Photo: Reuters
Princess Charlotte poses for a photograph taken by her mother Kate Middleton, who is to appearon the cover of ‘Vogue’, inset, for its June centenary issue. Photo: Reuters

According to French publication La Republique des Pyrenees, a blacked-out Range Rover was waiting to chauffeur the family to their destination, in the direction of north Bearn and Gers.

The royal protection officers and a group of Scotland Yard personnel were also spotted at the airport

A spokesperson for the Kensington Palace confirmed to OK magazine that they are on a "private family holiday" and it is believed they are visiting friends and relatives in France.

It is not known where the family were travelling to but the airport is located 70 miles from the glitzy coastal resort of Biarritz.

The French resort of Biarritz
The French resort of Biarritz

It's the second time that Kate and William have visited France this summer.

In June they travelled to France to pay tribute to the centenary of the Battle of Somme during World War One at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing.

And in March the couple visited a "top secret" resort in the French Alps with their two children for a skiing holiday.

The family's first ski holiday
The family's first ski holiday

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