Prince William Received This Special Early Gift Ahead Of His 38th Birthday
Prince William was surprised with a personalized bakery item during his visit to Smiths the Bakers in King's Lynn on Friday morning. See photos of the Duke of Cambridge's early birthday present here.
Prince William turns 38 years old on Sunday, June 21 — but festivities got underway a little bit early this year.
On Friday morning, the Duke of Cambridge visited Smiths the Bakers in King's Lynn. The outing came as part of the royal family's effort to assist local business owners as lockdown restrictions have eased in the U.K.
William chatted with the owners of the family-run bakery about their struggles amid the pandemic, before purchasing some baked goods—four pain au chocolat and a croissant, to be exact.
Prince William hits age 38 on June 21
But it turned out the bakery staff was aware that the prince had a birthday coming up on the weekend. They prepared for him a lovely personalized birthday cake!
Appropriately, the cake was football-themed and sported a lower ring of U.K. flags. "Happy Birthday Prince William From All At Smiths the Bakers," the vanilla sponge cake's message read.
William appeared touched by the surprise development at Smiths the Bakers.
William, Kate, George, Charlotte, and Louis love to bake
During the visit, William shared with the bakers his and the Cambridge family's affinity for kitchen work. "I've done a little bit of baking. The children have been attacking the kitchen and it's just been an explosion of flour and chocolate everywhere. Catherine's been doing quite a bit of baking."
The prince additionally reiterated his worries about the "waistline of the nation" as people are emerging from lockdown after months of inactivity. "I think we've all eaten so many cakes and chocolate," he said.
He learned that Smiths the Bakers had reopened on June 15 after having been closed for 11 weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The bakers told William of having to furlough multiple employees and adapt to reduced sales by offering new products and a delivery service.
By the end of the bakery outing, the Duke of Cambridge exited with the birthday cake, a loaf of bread, and a jar of tea in addition to his personal purchases.
That same morning, Duchess Kate made her post-lockdown public debut during a visit to Fakenham Garden Centre.
The Queen, who is patron of the British Chambers of Commerce, also shared a message with "her warmest best wishes and support to business communities throughout the UK, Commonwealth and around the world."
The royals' Friday outings were organized to express their support of business communities as they reopen.
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As non-essential shops start reopening in parts of the UK, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited two independent businesses to hear how they have been impacted by coronavirus, and how they are returning to a new normal. The Duke of Cambridge visited Smiths the Bakers, who have been serving Kings Lynn for 50 years. With the owners of the bakery and members of staff, The Duke spoke about how coronavirus restrictions have impacted on the family-run business, with 80% of the company's wholesale customers having to close their own operations. The Duchess of Cambridge visited Fakenham Garden Centre, where she met the centre's owners, before speaking to staff members, and heard more about the measures which that the garden centre has implemented to ensure that customers are able to visit and shop safely. The Duke and Duchess' visits come as The Queen, Patron of the British Chambers of Commerce, sent a message of support to business communities as they continue to reopen — visit @theroyalfamily to read Her Majesty's message.