Royals in lockdown: William and Kate get a tan and Beatrice goes blonde!

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton
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  • We're looking at what the royals have been up to in lockdown and how they'll slowly be returning to work amid the pandemic.
  • Though the queen will likely remain at Windsor Castle and conduct her royal duties from home, some of the members of the royal family, including William and Kate, have already attended a few engagements.
  • The royals are keeping all future engagements quiet so as not to attract large crowds of people.


Though many royals have returned to work recently – even physically attending various engagements – lockdown has certainly brought about a few changes and pleasant surprises.

The latest in the royal calendar has seen the queen make a phone call to Donald Trump, while Kate Middleton and Prince Harry both voiced uplifting messages on behalf of Wimbledon and England Rugby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also recently paid a visit to gang rehabilitation centre Homeboy Industries in their new hometown of Los Angeles, while Prince William visited the Oxford Vaccine Group’s facility as they work towards finding a coronavirus vaccine and Kate Middleton visited a children’s hospice.

With the very many royal duties that have been put on hold though amid the pandemic, the royals have been and still are conducting business from their homes. So fans quickly pointed out that, in a video for Tusk, the organisation’s royal patron, Prince William, looks as though he’s been spending a lot of time soaking up the sun with his family, reports People.

They said the same of Kate, who looked as though her summer glow was back as she planted a garden at The Nook last week.

Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge helps to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk.

Another pleasant surprise? Princess Beatrice, who we’ve only ever seen with reddish-brown hair, seems to have gone blonde, as evidenced in her mother, Sarah Ferguson’s lockdown project in which she reads children’s stories.

The queen is not likely to return to royal duties any time soon, reports ITV News royal editor, Chris Ship, due to her age.

As for any other royal engagements going forward, they will be gradually phased in and kept secret until they actually happen. The royals do not want to encourage the public to gather in large numbers, which, of course, happens, at the very presence of the family.