Today is Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom. Yet another Mother's Day has come around and Kate is celebrating doubly this year as it is her first Mother's Day with a baby daughter. For fans it was a special year, because we seemed to see Kate more fully in her capacity as a mother.
This time last year, Kate was entering her final and seemingly busiest month of pregnancy. The Duchess had a number of engagements in March of 2015. She kicked the month off with a private visit to the Goring Hotel on the occasion of the grand establishment's re-opening.
Just a week later, on the 9th of March, she was in a delicate pink ensemble for the Commonwealth Day Observance Service at Westminster. As it happens, Kate will be at this event again on the 14th of this month, just a short week away. I don't think that Kate was signaling to us that her baby was a little girl, but this ensemble did turn out to be appropriate in color just a month and a half later.
Kate travelled to Margate to promote the arts on the 11th...
And she made a very popular visit to Downton Abbey on the 12th. The Christmas special, and absolute final episode of the beloved television series airs today here in the United States, so we have some more fantastic timing.
Kate followed this event up with the Afghanistan Service at St. Paul's...
A very cute St. Patrick's Day appearance on the 17th:
A mental health event at Brookhill school...
...and a final, farewell event on March 27th with Prince William.
We got a peek at a sweet "mummy moment" in March, too, as Kate was snapped with Prince George at the Snettisham play park. It was one of several we got to see over the course of the past year.
Kate was also pictured driving Prince George herself around London before Charlotte's birth. In this snap, you can just see the little prince looking out the back window from his carseat. Kate looks just like any ordinary mum running her errands, although this one has a second Range Rover with security personnel trailing her. :)
On May 2nd, Kate finally got to meet her daughter as she gave birth to Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. She astounded us with her resilience by appearing perfectly coiffed on the steps of the Lindo Wing less than 12 hours after the baby's birth:
It was a directed summer for Kate, who put her focus firmly on being a mom. When she brought Prince George to Beaufort for one of William's polo games, the sweet photos of the two stole hearts around the world. Kate was snapped watching with amusement as George displayed a dirtied knee to his Aunt Zara:
We even saw Kate undertaking one of the tougher jobs of being a mother, disciplining her child:
Kate spent her summer lavishing George and Charlotte with attention, and the occasional paparazzi snap made its way to the papers, including these super cute photos of Kate playing with George on play tractors.
On July 5th, we saw Kate again with Princess Charlotte as the beautiful baby was christened at St. Mary Magdalene's on Sandringham Estate. It was a pretty special moment to see the young family together, and there were even some tears (quickly dried) from little Prince George.
Kate was pictured with Prince George in October, showing her son around the Natural History Museum, of which she is patron. It was yet another special moment between the mother and son as they spent quality time together. It was also lovely to see Kate, like any mother, obviously keen to pass on one of her passions to her child.
We have seen Kate as a student:
...a royal girlfriend:
...as a young socialite:
...a working girl:
...a feted fiancée:
...a royal bride:
...a glamorous newlywed:
...a professional royal:
But, I think my favorite role by far has been Kate as a mother.
I think she enjoys that role best, too. There has been a bit of a hoopla over the younger royals and their working schedules, but Kate has been very straight forward from the get-go about where she plans to pour her energy first. She was raised in a culture that put an emphasis on family and clearly that resonated with her. I suspect it was one of the qualities that attracted William to her. Thankfully, there are many, many hours in the day, particularly for the organized and efficient, and Kate has given a lot of attention to her charities and shone the spotlight on many wonderful causes while balancing her family life. But, it is important not to forget the hierarchy in Kate's life, because for her, it starts, not with being a princess or a duchess or a royal, but in being a mother.
Happy Mother's Day, Kate!