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Kate Takes George to Bucklebury Farm Park in June of 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We very rarely see any photos of Kate in Bucklebury, but one came to light today thanks in part to an article in The Telegraph that ran this morning. In the photo found on Twitter, Kate is pictured with George at Bucklebury Farm Park in Berkshire near Middleton Manor on June 27th of this year. It has also been reported that Carole was with them, which certainly would make sense. 

@elou71 Twitter

The Bucklebury Farm Park is a 74-acre property that essentially is a mix between a park and a zoo, ideal for children to get out and play and interact with animals, but in a more relaxed and natural environment than a traditional zoo. We have a very similar park/zoo close to where I grew up and I can personally attest that these venues are very special and delightful for children and adults of all ages. I always like to feed the goats... 
Bucklebury Farm Park Website 

Kate, who loves to spend time in the country herself, is clearly keen to impart that to George. The little prince is at that age when everything in the natural world fascinates him, and it is certainly a key learning stage in his development as he explores and becomes more cognizant of his surroundings. I am sure she is excited to introduce him to everything and explore it with him: 

The Telegraph's piece detailed the story of a young family heading to Bucklebury Farm Park when they got a flat tire and were forced to pull over. Their timing was unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on your perspective, I suppose) because they pulled over so close to Middleton Manor that Kate's royal protection detail was jumpy enough to surround the car---guns included.
"I went to put on the spare, but then realised I was missing the special screw-nut you need with a BMW to remove the wheel - it's meant to stop thieves.

"I was in a quandary, wondering what to do...then all of a sudden we found ourselves surrounded by policemen who were carrying guns.
The police squad tried to help the family, probably as an act of apology as much as of charity, but none of the local garages had the tool needed for a BMW. Again, fate seemed to play the family a mixed hand. They weren't able to make the farm that day, but if their brush with Kate's protection detail wasn't enough, when they did finally make it to the park the next afternoon, they saw the Princess herself, with George of the Chubby Cheeks.
By that time it was too late to go to the park. Mia was a bit disappointed because she'd been looking forward to it, so we went back the next day.

And while we were there, we saw Kate, her mum and Prince George at the farm shop, where you can buy fresh meat and other food.

When they got into their Range Rover to drive off, we took some photos - and there was no sign of the protection squad.
I know, right? I hope the reporter asked these three for their lucky numbers while he was at it. I'd play those at the lottery for sure... Among other things, this story does seem to highlight the very intense level of security that is in place around Bucklebury. Certainly, it was at fever-pitch in July of 2013 when Kate took newborn George to stay at her parents' for two weeks, but anytime the royals are in residence, the country town is under significantly heightened scrutiny. 

Animals at Bucklebury Farm Park Taken by Visitor Rich.Tee

The brush with royalty at Bucklebury Farm and the corroborating picture taken by Emma also reinforce that Kate is giving George the same experiences of normal childhood that she had. I think it should also highlight for naysayers why Kate slips away from London to spend time with her family in Bucklebury. She can shop and play with George in relative privacy and seclusion. While we often hear they are paying a visit to Bucklebury or even stories that they were out and about at this shop or that shop, it is quite unusual to see any photographic evidence at all, and undoubtedly there are many more times when they are there that we never even hear a whisper of. 

An Oak Tree in Berkshire
That is the scoop on the Bucklebury Farm Park. Currently, the Cambridges are in Scotland...see that report here.


  1. Hi Jane,

    I seen on several sites that this picture was actually taken in June, which makes sense given how small George looks here. But thanks for sharing and the nice post!

  2. Sorry, please forget about my last post, as there in the first paragraph you say that this picture was taken in June. Duh What can I say, it's been a day :)

    1. Oh, I know these days well...all too often :) Hope you have a relaxing evening!!

  3. Hey Jane, that picture may be from June, but the story of the family with the flat tire is very recently. Like within the last few weeks:). That is pretty current.

    1. The article seemed to suggest that it was recently, but to me it wasn't definitive. I don't think the picture tweeted was from the same day, certainly, as the photo the family took of Kate in her Range Rover has her wearing a different top from the afternoon carrying George. The Cambridges go often, so unless someone asserts a little more forcefully when exactly the particular story occurred, I couldn't say for certain. It is definitely possible that it was quite recently, though, yes.

  4. Great scoop! I really enjoyed reading this!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle


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