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Kate and George Play With Toy Tractors at Snettisham + New Court for Kate!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I am back a little sooner than expected, because we have some fun updates that caught my eye, and that add more to our growing picture of what life in Norfolk is like for the Cambridge family.  We have new photos of the charming little Prince George playing with Kate at Snettisham Farm Park. Yesterday, Christin (@PackhamGown) tweeted that Germany's People Magazine was running photos of Kate and George. She popped out today and picked up a copy and has sent us some snaps to enjoy:



It may seem odd that Kate would bring George so often to these public and easily accessible locations. The Cambridges have plenty of room at Anmer Hall, and they are certainly able to install a play-set there, so I think that Kate wants George out and interacting with other children his age, as we have seen (and heard) him do at the Bucklebury Farm Park, and Snettisham, as well. 





I knew Kate would be an amazing mom, (of course!) but I am still charmed by these various shots of her spending time with her son, giving him love and attention as they bond. Kate knows what a normal childhood is like, and William knows the other side of the coin, so together they are aptly positioned to raise the most balanced little ruler they can. I also think that Kate simply won't give up her time with her children, enjoying these average and mundane activities, simply for protocol. It's why we love her. 

Proposed Tennis Court at Anmer Hall via Daily Mail


Meanwhile, Kate is making plans for a little recreation of her own. The Daily Mail reports that the Cambridges have submitted a proposal to install a new tennis court at Anmer. 
King's Lynn and West Norfolk council received the planning application by surveyor Andrew Holt, from the Sandringham Estate office.

It said a tenant farmer was consulted about the refurbishment and a planning notice is online for public to submit comments by the end of July.
The proposal reads: 'The current tennis court needs extensive work to resurface and we have been advised that to resurface we need to remove all the existing court and start again.
I am only surprise that it has taken them this long to move forward on repairs. Apparently, the new court will sit farther from the house so as not to obstruct the view, and I imagine to give more space on warm summer days, between the home and the ruckus of the court.  Kate is a keen player and enjoys the sport with her entire family. I am sure she is looking forward to getting back into the swing of things after the birth of Princess Charlotte. The court will also be ready when Kate starts to teach George. Now, that will be cute! 

Canada 2001 Look-Back on Kate's Clothes Instagram 


As you probably remember, this time in 2011, William and Kate were touring Canada. I am conducting a look-back of that tour on my Kate's Clothes Instagram account, so be sure to stop by and reminisces with us on that one!

It has been confirmed. Kensington Palace announced the Duke and Duchess will be at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Lastly, it is rumored that Kate and William will be at Wimbledon on Wednesday. William will be at the Friday flyover to celebrate the Battle of Britain, but Kate has not been confirmed for that event. 

58 comments:

  1. Hi Jane. Thank you again for a great post. I love seeing Kate enjoying her time with George. I just wish we would see William and George interact like this. I posted something like this at another page and someone made the remark that William is to busy working and doing his royal duties. Well first the reason behind h taking this new job is because he could be home every night with his family. And as far as royal duties they fast only a few hours. And I am not saying at all that William does not play with his son just would love to see them interact at the park.
    Can't wait until Sunday and all the beautiful photos.
    Oh and we will see Kate and William at the tennis next Wednesday.
    Thanks again for this great blog and your time you spend on it.

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    1. Rebecca - SwedenJuly 4, 2015 at 3:20 AM

      I think Kate is more okay with being photographed so she doesn't shy away from these playthings while William might have a wish not to be photographed like that and therefor stays at home. Although, we know William has been with George feeding the lambs. Maybe he doesn't attract the cameras as much.

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  2. So she finds time to visit Wimbledon and have tea with celebrities but not to attend any official duties. Interesting!! I know she is on mat leave, but if she gets dressed and sit for 1-2 hours courtside, why not try something else like charity? I wonder how the public is gonna take this in the long run.

    George is cute as always!

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    1. I suggest because she believes being with her children at this time is the right thing to do. Very few British mothers would be back at work so soon after a baby's birth.
      Being free to be home with young children, should be the choice of the parents concerned, no matter who they are.

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    2. I think as long as William & the Queen are in agreement with Kate's schedule that will give you a rest!!

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    3. As long as William, Kate & the Queen are in agreement with Kate &
      William's schedule that will give you a rest. They are a couple in total
      agreement with their duties.

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    4. Keira Knightley had a baby more recently than Kate, and Keira and her husband just had a date night on the town...should we judge her for not being back to work already, but out having fun?

      While I partially agree with your point as a larger comment about the workload she carries out when not on mat-leave, I think she is entitled to some fun. I also think Wimbledon is unofficial work as she usually cheers on a British player (Andy), and it's positive publicity for something the Brits host.

      Amanda, Canada

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    5. So much discussion revolved around whether Kate's position on the balcony recently was a PR problem. If you ask me, here is the real PR problem. She is announced as attending Wimbledon, but not the commemorative fly past the same week. Is she entitled to maternity leave? Absolutely. Should she be able to spend her time going and doing as she pleases? I would say yes. Would it look better if she did go ahead and attend the fly past? I believe so. This event celebrates a significant anniversary in Great Britain. It would not be the same as attending a more "run of the mill" if you will, charity engagement. It would not take much time, and would send a message that she takes her duties seriously, even while her main focus is (and should be) with her 2 very young children. Perhaps she will be on the balcony with the others anyway. In these days when the news about her is all tennis matches, tennis courts, and tea with celebrities, I think this would be the right PR move.

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    6. I am a bit surprised - is she not breastfeeding this time around ? I can not imagine how one can breastfeed/pump and spend hours away from an infant if she is either breastfeeding or pumping. I mean, the first few months you simply *have* to pump every 2-3 hours or you lose your supply. Presumably Trooping took < 2 hours and polo was around 2 hours. But Wimbledon can take easily 2-3 hours, plus the drive to and back = 4 hours or so. I am inclined to think that the royal baby is being given a diet of formula this time around.

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    7. Anon 1:23pm I mostly agree with some of your points and how it's about PR and justifying the time off or part-time work. However, they don't seem to be too concerned. Or maybe she will surprise us and attend. Who knows...

      Anon 2:41pm I have never breastfed (or had a baby) so I can't comment from a place of experience. However, celebrities love to talk about all the random and famous places they pump, because they are literally squeezing it in during a fabulous night or day out. Perhaps Kate will sneak away during Wimbledon for a quick pump. Or she'll quickly pump after arriving and before walking to her seat. I'm not sure the distance from Anmer to these farm parks, but maybe they are only there for 1-1.5 hours, and she pumps right be she leaves, and pumps right when she comes back. I too am inclined to think her children have not been on formula, but maybe they have been. Something we can't judge (and it doesn't seem that you are, you just seem curious).

      Amanda, Canada

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    8. Totally in agreement with you, Katie and Anon 1.23!
      Next week there are going to be two significant events, the Battle of Britain flypast and 10 year anniversary of the 7/7 attacks. There's no way PR can ever put a positive spin on Kate missing both, while, the same week, attending a game of tennis at Wimbledon.
      I actually cringed when I read she wasn't going to attend the flypast...personally, I'd lose some respect for Kate if she doesn't show up.
      No one is going to seriously imply her children are going to suffer is she isn't personally watching over them 24/7. She married into the Royal Family and with it come perks and privileges, but at the same time also duties.
      II'm afraid I don't really get all this maternity leave thing either...it's not as though she'd be commuting to a proper 9-5 job, it's a matter of being chauffeured to appear on a balcony for 5 minutes, surely not too much of an imposition.
      I do hope someone in PR can make her see sense and she does put in an official appearance next week!

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    9. Anon @ 2.41pm - I find it utterly bizarre that your thoughts are with Catherine's breasts and whether their lactating or not. Is it really that painful for people to accept that formula feeding is an acceptable way to nourish a new born child in 2015? It's come a long way from the 60s/70s you know.

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    10. Completely disagree with you Anon4:04. Best to leave it at that.

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    11. Have to say that Kate's post baby schedule is similar to the one she set when she had George. She had only three official engagements by his christening which took place when he was three months old. Kate has already attended one (Trooping) and has until the first
      week of August to get in the other two if she is to follow the same pattern. Don't think we should expect more of her now that she has two babies than when she had only the one.

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    12. See Richard Palmers article explaining why Kate is not attending the commemoration on Friday. She is not an honorary air commodore and that is why she was not invited to attend.
      Sometimes we are all so quick to judge. Facts do sometimes emerge which provide clarity on why things are done in a certain way.
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    13. I have read the article which offers explanation why she is not going. I still say this was again a bad pr move, they say all members of the family going but not Kate. They could simply said this before.What can you draw from this after what happened on the balcony? Confusing.

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    14. It is not a PR problem. Kensington Palace announced back in April that Kate was going on maternity leave and wouldn't be doing any engagements during the summer. Every single media outlet that has written an article on Kate has reported about this for the pass two months. If some people still have expectations of Kate doing official engagements that's not the palace's problem. Are they suppose to repeat that Kate is on maternity leave EVERY SINGLE TIME they announce engagements for other members of the royal family????

      The whole thing about comparing Wimbledon and tea to official engagements is ridiculous. Official engagements are preplanned, organized, and run on a specific schedule. They are not flexible. If the royals commit to an engagement then they commit to it entirely. Why would Kate commit to engagements if there were possibilities that she would have to cancel. While Wimbledon, Polo, and tea are very flexible. I mean they had tea at Kensington Palace, if Charlotte needed her all she had to do was walk upstairs. With Polo and Wimbledon she is not there in an official capacity. If she needed to leave early she could. She even has the flexibility to decide not to show up if she wakes up tired that day after a sleepless night with the baby, an option she wouldn't have with an official engagement.


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    15. Anon 2.41, it IS possible to breast feed AND go to the tennis. Catherine can pump or feed Charlotte before she goes, then she could pump or feed Charlotte in the middle of the game, OR Charlotte may have formula whilst Mum is at the tennis, and she can feed or pump again after the game. I would imagine that Charlotte could be brought to a location close by, should that be necessary. Furthermore, it is possible to top a baby up with formula without losing the breast milk supply. It is not that set in stone. Flexibility is a good thing. Trust me, I have done both, and I breast fed my babies for years AND went to the tennis, and other places without losing my breast milk supply or the babies dying of starvation.
      Finally, I have said it before and I will say it again, Wimbledon is a British tradition, and Catherine is doing the right thing by attending. She is there because she loves tennis, but she is also representing the royal family.
      Let Kate be Kate.
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    16. Anon 4:47, two great points. No it is not a PR issue...more a case of revisiting the subject of maternity leave. For now, if Kate does make an appearance, it's a bonus. My two cents, anyway. :) But flexibility is key; something she does not have once an engagement is planned *around her* and people depend on her.

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  3. I disagree with your view Katie. Kate is on maternity leave and has been clear that she is taking this time for family. There was no expectation that she would carry out duties until the fall. It isn't a question of finding the time. It is a question of living a life. She is doing exactly what she said she would do, with the added bonus of doing some of it in public rather than in private behind Anmer walls. The British people have had some lovely views of George, both public and private and the christening has a public component. I would think most people would give her a pass for taking a date day out with her husband to watch a tennis match. Something she does every year. Yes there will be those who think as you do that she is taking advantage, but there are those who think that way no matter what she does.

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  4. Sonja from BavariaJuly 2, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    These photos are soo cute! I saw them today at the grocery store... I really like the way kate does her hair when playing with george...

    It's so great to see her wear a checkered shirt - and the blue vest that george is wearing in the very first picture is just adorable!

    Little boys always love those toy tractors, my cousins loved theirs until the age of 9 or so ;D

    Hope that kate will wear something pink to charlotte's christening....

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  5. I love the pics of her with George interacting and playing. I agree she takes him to socialize with other kids, kids who will treat him without prejudice based on his title/family. It appears she isn't wearing her rings (or at least engagement ring), which seems practical and more low-key for recognition. It's also cute seeing George dressed more practically, and less preppy.

    Who would pay for the tennis court? I would hope they pay for it with their own funds. It makes sense to me, though, because I believe she plays with William and I am sure their children will play.

    Amanda, Canada

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  6. The Duchess is fortunate to be able to take time away from baby Princess Charlotte and focus purely on little Prince George. There aren't many parents who have the benefit of nannies or family members for childcare. Furthermore, I'd guess she is feeding with bottles at least some of the time, since she can take long hours away - that also is a luxury to have time to express milk (unless it's formula, but I doubt that considering what the media say about her healthy approach to life). Us mere mortals juggling multiple children with no extra home help must take heart that we are still awesome parents!

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    1. Formula is not unhealthy. That is an insult to mothers who have no choice but to formula feed. This is a place to admire a royal not read 'mummy shaming' comments.

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    2. No one is shaming anyone here. It is not an insult to anyone to say one thing might be better than another. Truth after all, is not subjective. There is a very real debate on how healthy or unhealthy formula is. I personally do not think it is terribly healthy, and given the option would certainly choose to breastfeed. But, when you have no choice, you have no choice. I myself had to feed formula to the child my family was in the process of adopting. We had no other option. She turned out just fine, but in a perfect world, she would have been breastfed.

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    3. Yes, anonymous 4:37 but we're not in a perfect world are we, the exact point that adoptive mother 4:31 was making, dealing with real life situations.

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    4. Hi this is anon 2:29. I didn't intend to shame and am sorry if it's been read that way. I agree that formula is not unhealthy, however it IS widely accepted that breast milk is healthier, which was what I referred to. (I've fed my children both milks for the record). Anyway, this wasn't meant to be a formula versus breast milk post, but rather a comment encouraging all parents that they are doing their best regardless of how little/much help they have. In the Duchess' case, she has a lot of help (nanny + housekeeping), which enables her more time for things such as 1:1 play with her children, personal time without children, beauty regime etc. Therefore we parents with less help shouldn't beat ourselves up and compare ourselves to her.

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  7. She took her engagement and wedding rings off...

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  8. This poor lady will never be able to satisfy everybody's opinion. My advice to her will always be: Live your life - it's yours and you have only one. To all of us I would want to say, if you like following the Duchess, follow her with love and joy. If you don't like her or what she does or how she does it, stop following her and live your own life you also only have one!
    Lize

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  9. There are plenty of sites (famous persons unclean linen, eg) where one can express such disapproval of Kate without
    producing a reaction against one's opinions. The motive for those commenters is likely the rush some get from
    causing dissension. I think it possibly hypocritical for them to turn around and whinge about being "attacked," or not being
    able to say anything negative. It isn't always what is said, it is how and why it is said.
    Some of the above comments seem to me to be blatant baiting. And there was a desired response.

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    1. Hi MK, as the moderator I have to jump in here and say that I have seen no one baiting anyone, only opinions expressed. Difference of opinions are valid here, as long as they are respectful of Kate and respectful of other readers. To all readers, if there is a particular comment you feel I approved in error, please contact me at princesskateblog@gmail.com And MK, I have read back through and cannot determine which comment you found upsetting. Please do pop me an email if you would like to me to look into this further! xo, Jane

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    2. Jane, I can appreciate where mk is coming from. I had a similar impression with the suggestion that Kate has time for Wimbledon and having tea with celebrities, but not for charities. IMO, it was not respectful of Kate.

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  10. I was so happy to see a new post but upset to read the comments slyly vindicating formula feeding for newborns. Their is enough judgment in the real world and I do hope future comments are refused. It can be quite damaging to an emotionally fragile mother already experiencing unfair guilt from the 'breast is best' brigade.

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    1. I am sorry that you feel I was judging formula feeders - that is not the case. My children both had to be supplemented with formula as the months rolled by. I was making an observation, that is all. Certainly no "baiting" or anything.

      Jane - what a bunch of lively readers you have. I wish you the best of luck with them.

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    2. Yes anonymous 4:55 the majority of Jane's subscribers are lively, pleasant people

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    3. Adoptive mother 4:39...there are so many excellent formulas now. I feel by reading your post that you are experiencing some "New mommy" nerves. It is wonderful that you have chosen to adopt a child ...your sweet child will feel very loved in life :-)

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  11. I have held off long enough....

    1) She is at a play park with her toddler. Of course she would take off her rings. I always did. They can get caught up the rides and toys. Notice she is dressed down? Comfy. Hair piled high. Cadual clothes. Why were a huge ring? Frankly it is hard to tell whether she has on her wedding ring from the pictures. Who cares if she is ringless? I highly doubt this is a sign that all is not well at the Cambridge abode. Tosh.

    2) The blog states that she is NOT confirmed. That does not mean she is not going. It means as if right now 'who knows'. If she does not make an appearance then we can discuss PR failure.

    3) Let her have her maternity leave. She has two small children. She is a hands on Mom even with a Nanny. That is so obvious so nyet to the naysayers we read about. She should be allowed to live her life and have some fun .. Wimbledon. She is a fixture.
    It bothers me much when comments are made about her not having a 9-5 job and that it is just a chauffeured drive to a balcony.... perhaps so. But I always try to remember that we do not all that goes on behind the scenes. She has released videos and announcements on the past while on leave. So she is still working behind closed doors. I just thinknow we should not make assumptions as to her long leave or failure to appear when that is not known as a definite at this time.

    Not pointing fingers but very often it seems that some who follow this blog and other outlets seem to almost look to find a flaw or make a remark about Kate. Almost loke that is exactly what you are looking for.. some dirt! Perhaps that they are not happy.. gasp she took off her ring so she could play Farmer with the son... but it cannot be play at work.. something is wrong. .. ugh

    Or that she snubs tradition. I guarantee you that of the QUEEN wanted her at any function Kate will be there. She knows exactly what the job and she has been impeccable. Again, while no one said it outwardly it is implied ... again not pointing a lone finger anywhere. Can't we just give her a break and let her have some fun?

    Sorry for my rambling thread ~ Nina

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    1. Replying to my own post. For the life of me I can't understand why words are missing and there are so many spelling errors. My apologies. I read and reread several times prior to submitting.

      Nina

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  12. General comment to everyone--no one in particular--please keep the debate polite. ;) I know we all have different perspectives, but everyone is allowed to voice an opinion. It is the mark of civilized people to be have a disagreement, to debate without beating each other with sticks, to agree to disagree. :) I have updated the commenting rules--you can see them below. Again, this is directed at no one in particular, it is simply my input as I see several points of tension and I know we all do not agree. We don't have to agree, we have to to have polite discussion, take what we can from it, and enjoy this space.

    Merci à toutes (et à tous? ;))! xoxo, Jane

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  13. Geez, ladies, I can barely believe that, yet again, my eyes are being assaulted by the never-ending discussion re whether Kate works enuf or not. Its been done, overdone, burnt, and is no longer edible. Some people seem to overlook the simple fact that HMTQ failed, utterly, as both wife and mother because she neglected to encourage either role in her rush to pursue Duty and to reinforce Edwardian Protocol.

    I submit, for your further consideration, that the Queen may have lived long enuf to realize and regret some of her life choices; Sophie of Wessex was the first royal wife to benefit; Kate is the second. Add to that my suspicion that neither Charles nor the Queen WANT Kate front and centre; they WANT to promote Charles and Camilla--and never forget that Charles controls the purse strings; he decides how much money to allocate for W/Ks public appearances, and its a lot cheaper to send William (and Harry) out and about than it is to properly outfit a princess (i.e. Kate). Charles also controls the Kensington Palace press office--HE is their paymaster and will remain so until William becomes Duke of Cornwall, and a rich man, himself.

    Lastly, no one knows how Kate feels about all of the above; she has remained as silent as the Sphinx. Does SHE want to be a stay-at-home Mum? Would SHE prefer to be out and about? We don't know, and we will never know unless she decides to pull a Diana, and tell us.

    What I do know is that William, George and Charlotte are bound to benefit from Kate's apparent willingness to put her marriage and children FIRST and Duty and Edwardian protocol a distinct second. Now, to get back to the meat of this post....

    Delighted, as always, to see Kate and George at play at Snettisham Farm Park, c/o some of the paparazzi--these photos look to be taken with a long lens. I, too, think Jane (Barr), that Kate takes George to public places such as this, in order to allow him to mix with normals. As you know, mk and I hold the undisputed belief that thats where and how George learned to be such an accomplished nose-picker. So I have to ask myself what George may learn next. How to swear? Or perhaps, as he becomes more verbal, how to ask/demand certain things from his mother: How come YOU don't make kool-aid popsicles; everyone else's Mum does! How come I don't have a pair of Nikes, like everyone else?!? The possibilities are endless and God help Kate when she tries to explain that he comes from Planet Windsor and that everyone else comes from Planet Earth.

    JC

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    1. Fabulous post, JC. I enjoyed it very much. Oh, we are on for crashing the next wedding! :)

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  14. I love seeing the duchess and duke in Wimbledon I guess the duchess Cambridge is more focus on her children so we can see her undertaking official engagements I love too see her more but I know she is determine to be children possible as they can I know she good mother

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  15. Well, all the breast feeding and working/not working while on maternity leave aside, these are adorable photos! Thanks for posting them! When all is said and done, being the best mom she can be is the most important thing in the world. If the Queen had not had to step into the role she did at such a young age, maybe her offspring wouldn't be the train wrecks they are. Let's face it, none of them has ever been accused of being well adjusted!

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    1. With hindsight, perhaps the Queen would do things differently, yes. I don't think her uncle's abdication helped matters. I mean as far as what was expected of her, and what she expected of herself given what was seen as his lack of commitment to duty.

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    2. I agree royalfan. The Queen was so young and the monarchy had gone through a really rough time because of Edward. Her mother was her guide and she is the woman who remained in London with her children during the blitz to give courage to their subjects. The Queen didn't really have a choice but Kate and William do and Bravo! to The Queen for supporting them.

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  16. It is sad that people jump to adverse comments without knowing the truth of the situation.
    I hope people will bear in mind that if she had been invited, she would be there.
    The fault lies with the organizer. As a fly past, she should have been invited and possibly Prince George too
    It almost seems as though someone is trying to arrange things, so Catherine can be criticized..

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  17. Hi everybody. I rarely write here, but this time I need to say I found the comments on breastfeeding vs. formula feeding very very upsetting. It is not our business and it is really morbid. Every woman should be completely free to do whatever she wishes in this regard. A woman can have a huge supply, time and help at home, and still can have no desire whatsoever to breastfeed her baby. And it is perfectly fine. Having said that, I am glad that we don't know what Kate is really doing.
    From Italy.

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    1. Great comment.

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    2. I agree, too. I read this blog regularly because I love Jane's insightful commentary. She obviously puts a lot of work--and love--into this blog. I don't know that I'd call the breastfeeding vs. formula comments "morbid" or "upsetting." But I think they are rather ridiculous, and I'm not sure how the commentary got so off course.It's really nobody's else's business if Kate (or any other mother out there) breastfeeds or not. Why would anyone care??
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  18. Slightly off topic, but hope will be forgiven. To my mind, "Flypasts" are celebratory and I can see no reason why July 10th should be celebrates! Commemorated-yes, but it was the start of the Battle of Britain--- with invasion seeming to be inevitable. It was a time I remember well, as had just started school. We went to bed and were soon disturbed by the sirens---climbed into one piece suits (called siren suits then) and were ushered into the shelter in the back garden. Then my father went off to do his duty with the home guard
    Friday ought to have been a solemn commemoration of the young men(boys really) who gave their lives during those months.
    October should be the time for the celebration when the Luftwaffe was defeated and invasion no longer threatened. Without that victory there could have been no "D Day" and no overall victory, because there would have been nowhere for the armies to gather.
    Sorry, but I feel quite stronlgy that someone has made a bit of a mess of the whole thing

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience Jean. It is so important to document the stories of those who have been there.

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  19. It's a pity that the photos were not published in the UK with some explanation of the visit to the park by mother and son. It would be even better if an arranged 'visit' with the Cambs at home were recorded, just as was done with W's parents. It could be done outside so private indoor spaces aren't revealed. George does seem to be having fun at the park.
    ~Nan

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  20. I agree, Nan - the more natural photos are humanizing, but I also understand that they feel invasive, I'm sure. Le sigh.
    I love the checked shirt and Wellies. And I think Kate, being in the 3rd generation of the British royal family, pulls her weight adequately. She seems to love being a mom!

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  21. I find it disrespectful to be discussing if the Duchess is breast feeding or not. It is a real personal thing and to be discussing it on a blog is out of bad taste. And I find it kinda of funny that Jane has not made any comments regarding this topic.

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    1. Yes, it is in bad taste. I love this blog--but sometimes the comments get so wacky and off course that I have to skip them entirely.

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