The Duke of Cambridge spent Father’s Day with his two oldest children at a local half marathon event.
Pictures emerged on Sunday afternoon showing William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte gathering around a microphone and appearing to count down to the start of the race around the Sandringham Estate.
George and Charlotte were photographed wearing shorts and trainers, while the duke – who turns 39 on Monday – was dressed in a blue shirt and a pair of navy chinos.
Brian Cook, who participated in the run and photographed the royal trio, said it was a “nice surprise, and nice of them to do”.
According to the event’s website, Run Sandringham was welcoming hundreds of runners of all abilities and ages to run a half marathon, 5K or community mile, with the aim of raising “many thousands of pounds for good causes”.
The website said: “With a start and finish within the royal estate, the event boasts a super scenic route around the grounds of Sandringham Estate, Her Majesty The Queen’s winter retreat.”
Look who started today's race, the Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte 😊… https://t.co/l5cFqbpG05
All four are smiling in the black and white photograph, which was posted on the royal family Twitter feed.
A message accompanying the image said: “To all dads everywhere, we wish you a very special Father’s Day.”
Clarence House posted pictures to mark the occasion including photographs of Charles with both his sons, William and the Duke of Sussex.
To all Papas everywhere, and to those who may be missing their Dads today, we are thinking of you and wishing you a… https://t.co/4rvotaU1o6
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall)
Another image shared by Clarence House featured Philip, while another showed the Duchess of Cornwall with her father Bruce Shand.
An accompanying message said: “To all papas everywhere, and to those who may be missing their dads today, we are thinking of you and wishing you a special #FathersDay.”
The Cambridges also marked Father’s Day by posting a notice board style video featuring pictures of William with his father and brother from their younger days and a wedding photo of Kate and her father Michael Middleton.
Wishing fathers everywhere a happy Father’s Day https://t.co/bqU3FeICA7
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
The post also included a picture of William in uniform with his three children, and a photograph of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with their great-grandchildren.