Kate Middleton is spotted picking up ice creams for Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Duchess of Cambridge treated Prince George and Princess Charlotte to ice cream cones this week as the family enjoyed some spring sunshine in London.

Kate Middleton, 40, who also shares son Prince Louis, three, with the Duke, 39, was snapped visiting a vendor in a local London park to pick up Mr Whippy cones. 

Dressed in a relaxed green leopard print midi dress and matching khaki loafers, the mother-of-three appeared like any other doting mother as she glanced down at her children while they tucked into the ice creams.

In the undated snaps shared online, Prince George, eight, can be seen wearing a dark blue football shirt with matching shorts and long back and red socks, while Princess Charlotte, six, was also dressed in shorts with a white t-shirt.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, treated Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six, to ice cream cones this week as the family enjoyed some spring sunshine in London (pictured in April 2020) 

The rare family outing comes after Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanied their parents to the royal family’s traditional Easter service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor last week. 

The Cambridges, the most senior royals to attend, looked coordinated for the Easter Mattins Service, all wearing shades of blue. The couple’s youngest child, Prince Louis, three, did not attend.

Kate recycled an old favourite for the traditional trip to church – a pale blue bespoke dresscoat – while Prince George and Prince William donned sharp suits, with Princess Charlotte opting for a pretty blue floral dress and baby blue tights. 

The Cambridge children’s Easter Sunday outing follows another rare public appearance last month in honour of their great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Kate Middleton, who also shares son Prince Louis, three, with the Duke, 39, was snapped visiting a vendor in a local London park to pick up Mr Whippy cones (pictured on an engagement in June 2021)

Kate Middleton, who also shares son Prince Louis, three, with the Duke, 39, was snapped visiting a vendor in a local London park to pick up Mr Whippy cones (pictured on an engagement in June 2021) 

The eight-year-old future king and his six-year-old sister joined their parents at the memorial service for Philip at Westminster Abbey.

Meanwhile reports have emerged that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge only recently returned from holidaying in the French Alps with their children – just as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Queen and Prince Charles for a peace offering in Windsor.

Prince William and Kate are understood to be staying in the resort of Courcheval, with a picture circulating online of them watching their eldest son Prince George enjoy a skiing lesson.

Royal correspondent Robert Jobson said that it was ‘significant’ that the couple were not involved in the meeting between Harry and Meghan and other senior royals.

The rare family outing comes after Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanied their parents to the royal family's traditional Easter service at St George's Chapel in Windsor last week

The rare family outing comes after Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanied their parents to the royal family’s traditional Easter service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor last week

The brothers’ relationship is understood to be at rock bottom since Harry pressed the nuclear button on his royal life.

The rare public appearance from the Duchess with her children comes amid reports the Cambridges are looking to move the family out of the capital.

The couple are understood to be finalising arrangements to move Prince George to a new prep school in Berkshire this September, with co-educational Lambrook, near Ascot, thought to be the front runner.

But Princess Charlotte is more likely to remain at Thomas’s Battersea for the time being where she is ‘super happy and settled’ and is expected to be joined by her brother, Prince Louis, who turns four this spring.

The couple are also still eyeing up properties in the Windsor area – having looked at several potential family homes on the Queen’s Berkshire estate – with a view to living in the Royal Borough at weekends and holidays.

The Cambridge children's Easter Sunday outing follows another rare public appearance last month in honour of their great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh

The Cambridge children’s Easter Sunday outing follows another rare public appearance last month in honour of their great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh

Handily, Windsor is only a short drive from Kate’s family home in Bucklebury. Her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, are doting and very hands-on grandparents.

However Kensington Palace, where they live in Apartment 1A, and have their offices and their charitable Royal Foundation, will remain their weekday base.

It means that in the near future Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, may revert back to the Queen to pass on to another family member or rented out privately.

The changes have come as William and Kate are starting to map out where they see their family settling down.

It could, of course, be another 20 years before the couple accede to the throne and they are keen to afford their offspring as normal childhoods as possible before then