The Duke of Cambridge kicked off Father’s Day celebrations by counting down the start of a half-marathon on Sandringham estate with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.  

Prince William could be seen counting down from 10 to start three race around the estate with hundreds of runners in attendance. 

Prince William counts the runners down with a little help from Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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William, George and Charlotte had arrived just before the first-ever, rather wet, Run Sandringham got under way.

They walked to the stage holding hands, before sending runners on their way.

They Royals’ arrival was a secret known only to race organisers beforehand with the trio believed to be staying at nearby Anmer Hall.

The trio give an encouraging wave to the runners

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Surprised participants took selfies of William, George and Charlotte, who waved, clapped and shouted encouragement as runners set off from the starting line on three different routes through the pine woods and the lanes. 

Earlier today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  marked Father’s Day by sharing a previously unseen photo of William with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The royal couple posted a short clip on their official Instagram account which wished the public a Happy Father’s Day and featured a picture of the Duke in full military uniform while holding Louis and being hugged by George and Charlotte.

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The photo, believed to have been captured by the Duchess, was taken outside Kensington Palace at Trooping the Colour in 2019.

The clip also included a photo of Kate walking down the aisle with her dad Mike at her 2011 wedding to Prince William, a picture of Prince Charles with William and Harry as young boys in Scotland, and the Queen and Prince Philip surrounded by their grandchildren.