The sweet traditions Kate Middleton & Prince William have on Mother's Day – & how they always remember 'Granny Diana'

THEY may live in palaces but when it comes to Mother’s Day, the royal family celebrate just like the rest of us.

Prince William and kids Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, have some very sweet traditions when it comes to celebrating Kate each year.

Mothering Sunday for the Cambridges often involves messy cake-baking sessions, homemade cards and also paying tribute to Diana.

Here’s what the day looks like behind royal closed doors…

Homemade cards

Like many children, George, Charlotte and Louis like to take a homemade approach when it comes to giving Kate a card.

In 2020, royal fans got a sneak peek at the card George had made for his mum, with the adorable DIY creation featuring a jar of flowers, with 3D stuck-up petals and a vase.

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Family cake-making

Last year, George and his siblings Charlotte and Louis baked Kate an amazing cake for Mother's Day.

The delicious treat was adorned with hearts, smarties and covered blobs of cream.

A picture of the Victoria Sponge was posted to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Instagram page.

It featured the caption: "Celebrating two other special mothers today. Made by George, Charlotte and Louis.”

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Remembering Diana

While the day is one of celebration, paying tribute to the likes of Kate and also the Queen, it can be a painful day for Prince William and Prince Harry.

Duncan Larcombe, Royal Author and former Royal Editor of The Sun, told Fabulous: “It wasn’t until the aftermath of the Death of Princess Diana in 1997, that Mother’s Day took on an extra significance for the Royals. 

“Since then, the fourth Sunday in the Christian festival of Lent – when Mother’s Day is marked in the UK – is shrouded in sadness for William and Harry. 

“Both the boys have spoken about how difficult they find the day, which for years they would always dread. 

“Prince Charles and the rest of the family were at pains to throw a ring of cotton wool around Diana’s children on the Mothering Sundays that followed her death.

“But this changed when first William and then Harry had children of their own. 

“Now the focus is on using the day as a chance to tell their children about the amazing grandmother they never met.”

Princess Charlotte and Prince George and Louis write touching Mother's Day cards to "Granny Diana".

In one heartbreaking note, written on green paper, Prince George, wrote: "Dear Granny Diana. Happy Mother's Day. I love you very much and think of you always.

"Sending lots of love from George."

Sharing sweet photos

Royal fans are often treated to some adorable royal pictures on social media for the big day.

In 2020, Kate and William paid tribute to "mothers new and old" while sharing a snap of them giving their two eldest children piggy backs as they raced around in the garden outside their Norfolk home.

What's more, the couple also used the thoughtful post to pay tribute to their own mothers Princess Diana and Carole Middleton.

And in 2021, Kate shared a snap of her as a little girl with her mum.

Clear their schedules

The royals typically have a jam-packed schedule of royal engagements and services.

However, Duncan added of the big day: “The Queen has only one rule when it comes to Mother’s Day – it’s all about the family. 

“Ever since the birth of her first child Prince Charles, Her Majesty has faced the challenges of balancing the demands of her public with the needs of her children. 

“On Mother’s Day each year, the Monarch traditionally leaves her diary empty to allow quality time with those closest to her. 

“For most of her reign, the Queen’s children have each sent their mother a bouquet of flowers and handwritten notes.

“This year Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward are expected to make an extra effort to deliver their flowers by hand to make up for last year’s lockdown.”  

Uniting Harry and William

Duncan said that little is known about how Harry marks the day now that he is a father and lives in the USA, where Mother’s Day takes place on the second Sunday of May.

He commented: “Sources say the Duke of Sussex has already followed William’s style of sharing his mother’s memories with his kids. 

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“At least by focusing on their own children this year, William and Harry have something to distract them from the elephant in the room. 

“Mother’s Day was always an occasion when the brothers gave comfort to each other – sadly one ‘family’ tradition that seems to have all but disappeared.” 

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