By all reports, Kate and the Cambridges are settling in well to their rural life at Anmer Hall. According to People, Kate was recently spotted at Dersingham Recreation Ground where Prince George had a ball on the various playground equipment, notably the slide. The Dersingham park is a green space protected by the "Fields in Trust" project. Fields in Trust is an organization that protects green spaces and playing areas for children. The charity was one of the first patronages undertaken by the Duke of Edinburgh on his marriage to Elizabeth, when he accepted the role of president. In 2013, William took over the role. Fields in Trust is a member of The Charities Forum, so it is fun to see Kate's own children benefiting from the efforts she and other royals have put into this initiative.
You may recall the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's flirtations during an outing with Queen Elizabeth in 2012. Among other things, the trio were supporting Fields in Trust, in addition to the Scouts.
Reportedly, Kate's PPOs politely requested that the mothers at the play ground not photograph or film Prince George on his outing:
It was all really relaxed," the resident adds. "Kate's detective walked over to the other mothers and said, 'Would it be okay if you don't take any photos?' That was it."
I imagine the ladies were happy to oblige, given their tots were getting a chance to play with the future king, and the likelihood that Kate will return if she has a good experience is relatively high. They might even get a glimpse of Princess Charlotte in the future! By all accounts, George is loving having a tiny sister to ooh and aaahhh over, and I imagine Kate is teaching him to be gentle, so perhaps this outing was also meant to burn off the rambunctious toddler's excess energy.
While Kate works on keeping her little ones involved in a normal lifestyle, whispers are emerging she may also be considering joining the Women's Institute. For non-UK readers, the Women's Insitute (WI) is an organization founded during the first World War. Their mission statement:
The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK.
Interestingly, WI was founded in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, not far from Kate's first marital home in Wales. According to Hello!, a proffered invitation to the Duchess has been met with a positive response. The president of the Anmer Women's Institute:
"I had a very nice letter back from her private secretary saying she was interested," said the 70-year-old retired barrister. "We would be delighted to see her."
Kate would be joining a long list of royal ladies who have been involved in the historic organization:
The Queen became a member of Sandringham WI in 1943 and is now the branch’s president, having taken over the position from the Queen Mother. Prince Charles's wife the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward's wife the Countess of Wessex are also WI members, while Princess Anne is an associate member. Sophie and the Princess Royal are expected to join the Queen on 4 June to attend the WI's annual meeting – which will also mark its centenary.
If Kate and William intend to put down roots at Anmer, which we have every reason to believe they do, this would be a logical group for Kate to join. Nevertheless, her involvement would cause, by far, the greatest hullabaloo of any royal member. I suspect she will join, and we will have to wait and see to what extents she is involved.
Lastly, one of my lovely readers emailed me last week. She has created a little craft project to commemorate the birth of Princess Charlotte. Éva has made this little scene of the presentation on the steps of the Lindo Wing. I think it is super cool!
Apparently, these craft projects are a hobby of hers, and she made this from paper, wood, and other materials. I was particularly impressed by the detail she got on the dress, which she told me she hand painted, in addition to the blanket which she made to match Charlotte's!
I don't speak a word of Hungarian, but if you do, and want to check this out a little more thoroughly, you can find photos and narrative at her blog here.