Prince William, Kate Middleton share rare photo of their home in Easter message

Prince William and Kate Middleton have shared a rare snap of their Kensington Palace home in a short and sweet Easter message to their fans.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wished their 11.5 million Instagram followers a "safe and happy Easter", with the hashtag "#StayHomeSaveLives".

The rare glimpse of the royal residence shows its grand exterior, surrounded by daffodils.

The couple, who are parents to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four and Prince Louis, one, have endeavoured to keep the UK's young people in good spirits during the devastating COVID-19 outbreak. Last week, the royals talked with students from Casterton Primary Academy on a Zoom video call.

"Teachers across the UK are dedicating their time to keeping schools open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called teachers and school staff at Casterton Primary Academy to thank them for their hard work and dedication - and to wish the children a very Happy Easter," says a post on the official Kensington Palace Instagram.

In late March, the royal couple confirmed they are continuing to work closely with their charities throughout the pandemic.

"Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health - in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time," Kensington Palace shared on social media.

On April 6, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the UK with a rare, televised public statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The speech, recorded at Windsor Palace, encouraged resolve and unity amid the UK's escalating outbreak of the virus and thanked frontline workers for their efforts.