Kate gets ready for first Mother's Day

Last updated 11:25 26/03/2014
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With the royal tour to New Zealand and Australia rapidly approaching, the Duchess of Cambridge is to spend her first Mothering Sunday - Britain's version of Mother's Day - privately.

That was about the only official information  E! News could get out of Kensington Palace about the celebration this coming Sunday.

Kate would surely be celebrating the day with eight-month-old Prince George and Prince William, E! said.

The trio were due to hit New Zealand shores on April 7 for a nine day tour, before heading over to Australia for the rest of the trip.

An idea of how Mothering Sunday at the Cambridge household might look has been prepared using lookalikes by online lifestyle retailer Notonthehighstreet.com.

Along with Kate and the two princes, others represented in the pictures by spoof photographer Alison Jackson include the Queen, Kate's mum Carole Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

E! suggested that should Kate and William decide to slip out of the house on Sunday, they would be able to leave George at home with new Spanish nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, who will also be on the tour to this part of the world.

Borrallo's mother told Spanish newspaper El Mundo she was very proud of her daughter, saying she had worked hard to get to where she was now.

A neighbour said Borrallo had always wanted to be a nanny, and a hairdresser said she was a good person, very special and shy.

As well as preparing for the royal tour, Kate has been working on decorating the interior of the family's 10-bedroom country house Anmer Hall on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Kate, who studied art history, was sourcing interior details for the house to which a sunlit garden room was being added, People magazine said.

Retailer Simon Knight told the magazine he spent time with the Duchess of Cambridge when she visited his antique rug store in January and bought several Turkish kilims

"She was looking for things for bedrooms, so she wanted softer pastel shades rather than strong colours,' he said.

After first doing her research online, Kate came into the store armed with specific stock codes. 

"She knew exactly what she wanted to look at, as she had looked at my website," said Knight. "She is very hands-on and down-to-earth, helping to get things out. She really wants to be involved." 

The duchess was also spotted at the Design Centre in posh London suburb Chelsea, which has 500 designer brands.

"I think she likes to pop in every now and again to look for inspiration," a source said. "She is always by herself and very low-key. She browses and stops for a coffee."

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