Kate Middleton joy: The exciting news for Kate and her children as lockdown eases

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Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have been spending lockdown with their three children in Anmer Hall, their home in Norfolk’s countryside. From making homemade pasta and delivering it to vulnerable neighbours, to their newfound love for baking, the family of five have been busy during the past few months. Kate recently admitted that their youngest child, Prince Louis, doesn’t understand social distancing because he wants to “cuddle everything”.

The Duchess explained: “I was just saying, Louis doesn’t understand social distancing.

“So he goes out wanting to cuddle anyone and everything, particularly any babies that are younger than him.”

But while social distancing rules remain in place, there is one piece of exciting news amid the easing of lockdown restrictions that the Duchess and her family will be glad to hear of.

One of London’s favourite attractions among children and parents, the Natural History Museum, will reopen on August 5.

The South Kensington museum will once again be allowed to welcome visitors after an almost five-month long closure due to the pandemic.

The museum will initially reopen on Wednesdays to Sundays only, from 11am to 6pm, with last entries being admitted no later than 5pm.

The museum has long held a special place in the Duchess of Cambridge’s heart given that she is patron of the site.

She assumed her role as patron in 2013, and has visited the museum several times throughout her life, most recently in October 2019.

The Duchess’s three children, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2, are known to be big fans of the museum.

The Duke and Duchess first took George in July 2014, when they attended a private visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition to mark the Prince’s first birthday.

Prince Louis was also spotted admiring the dinosaurs by fans, as he went round the museum with his nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

However, visits to the much-loved Natural History Museum may not be as visitors remember pre-lockdown.

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Admissions will still be free, but to help manage the number of people in the museum, capacity will be significantly reduced.

It will be essential to book a free timed ticket in advance via the museum’s website.

The Natural History Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire, will also reopen on August 5, and will be accessible seven days a week.

Director of the Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon, said: “We’re delighted to be able to safely share our wonderful buildings, spacious galleries and gardens once again.

“The nation has reconnected with the natural world during lockdown and there is no better place to discover all it has to offer than our museum.

“From visiting our world-leading dinosaur galleries to seeing our awe-inspiring blue whale Hope plunging from the ceiling in Hintze Hall, we look forward to offering a uniquely relaxed visit.

“Visitors will be able to explore our magnificent halls and galleries without the crowds – something only our staff usually can experience outside opening hours.”

The summer holidays are just around the corner, so the Cambridge family will undoubtedly be making a visit to the museum in the near future.

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