Kate Middleton and Prince William’s getaway trip before UK lockdown rules on Thursday

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Kate and William took their children away on a trip to the Isle of Sicily last week. The family rented a cottage for a low-key staycation just in time to avoid the new rules.

What many are referring to as the “second lockdown”, Britons are anticipating nationwide restrictions on Thursday after a series of Government leaks. Boris Johnson will be addressing the nation at 6:30pm this evening.

The restrictions are expected to see all foreign travel banned and no mixing of people inside anywhere and are predicted to be in place for a month.

Many will be wishing, like the Cambridges, they got a last minute trip in.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rented a stone cottage in the Isles of Scilly.

The romantic location is an island 25 miles from Cornwall.

The island can be reached by a ferry from Penzance.

It is not known exactly where the family stayed, but cosy cottages in the area can cost more £1,000 a night to rent.

The Isle of Scilly is covered in sandy beaches and picturesque heaths, and its major islands include Tresco and St Mary’s.

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The trip took place over the half term holidays last week, according to The Sun.

This is the second holiday the Camrbridge’s have taken to the isles, the first being in July in Tresco.

At the time a local said: “We hardly noticed at first as they seemed a normal family on holiday intent on keeping themselves to themselves.”

“The place where they were staying was quite modest and certainly not hugely luxurious,” the source told The Sun.

“We couldn’t help thinking what the weather might be like in California — but it’s much better to be holidaying here in Britain.”

It was fortunate timing for the family who, like the rest of us, will be homebound for the next month at least.

It is a far cry from Kate and William’s summer holiday last year in the Caribbean island of Mustique, an island associated with wealth and royalty.

Kate and William’s Mustique holiday saw them stay for two weeks at the Villa Antilles.

A low season rate at the villa is £18,958 per week or £2708 per day.

In the high season in summer it costs as much as £22,256 per week or £3,179 per day.

Over Christmas prices are even more eye-watering.

They cost £38,329 per week, or £5,475 per day.

Kate Middleton’s parenting shopping list was revealed by Express.co.uk and it is rather pricey. 

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 71, is currently second-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 35. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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