LONDON — Britain’s Prince William is all smiles in new photographs released on Sunday that show him playing with his children to mark both his birthday and Father's Day.
The Duke of Cambridge, who turned 38 on Sunday, was pictured at his Anmer Hall mansion on the Sandringham Estate in the west of England, where he has been living during the coronavirus lockdown with his family, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
One image shows Prince William being playfully jumped on his children, while another shows them posing together on a swing.
Both were captured earlier this month by the duchess, Kensington Palace said in a statement.
William’s birthday is only the latest in a line of royal birthdays celebrated during Britain's lockdown.
Prince Charles wished his son a happy birthday on Sunday with a photograph of the two embracing.
Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duke of Cambridge today! 🎊— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) June 21, 2020
📷 This new picture of The Prince of Wales and his son was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge last December. pic.twitter.com/Bjhz4bAp8v
A video in March taken just after Britain went into lockdown showed William and Kate’s three children participating in the U.K.’s “Clap for Carers” campaign to thank health workers for "working tirelessly to help those affected by COVID-19.”
To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.#ClapForOurCarers #ClapForNHS pic.twitter.com/XnaUPJyDoX— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) March 26, 2020
Prince William has been particularly vocal about the importance of safeguarding mental health during the pandemic and has warned of the negative consequences on health care workers.
He said on a British talk show last month that while health care workers were "superstars," he feared many could experience alienation as "once they have this hero tag, they can no longer shake that, and therefore they can't ask for support."
Prince William and Kate have long been advocates for mental health and their foundation supports "Our Frontline," a program that provides mental health and bereavement support for health workers.