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Candid Kate: Duchess Takes George and Charlotte for Walk in Park

Thursday, May 26, 2016

This week there was a rather surprising Kate sighting. The Duchess of Cambridge decided to get some fresh air, but rather than stay in the confines of Apartment 1A's private walled garden, Kate decided to venture out into the crowd. She was spotted wheeling the pram through the public areas around Kensington Garden, with George in tow.


At first I was not certain that it was Kate from the back, but a snap from the front makes it clear it is indeed the Duchess. She looks to be wearing her RayBans to shield her from the sun and possibly maintain an incognito status on some level. Trailing the royal trio at a discreet distance is a PPO. These photos were shared on Twitter by an American fan in London. 


It is likely that Kate takes far more public walks than we would imagine. A certain percentage of the crowd doubtless blows right past the ordinary little group, and those who do recognize the future little king and his world famous mum don't always take a snap or share. For her part, Kate probably likes to get out herself and to expose George and Charlotte to an average day at the park. Kate has long enjoyed walks in the public Kensington Gardens. You might recall she was spotted walking with her brother James in 2012:


She has been pictured on many occasions, particularly in the year after George's birth, taking long walks through the Kensington Gardens, often kitted out in sportswear. Prince William, possibly a little more averse to paparazzi than his wife, would take George in his pram on walks through the gardens, too, but he would do it in the very early hours of the morning before the gates opened to the public. I like that Kate doesn't shy away from the camera, but something about William's dawn walks in complete solitude appeals to me, too. 


The final picture below shows the princess either checking on Charlotte, or possibly taking her out of the pram to enjoy time on the lawn with George. 


Kate looks like she has taken inspiration from her tour to India. I am still searching for this skirt--shout out if you know the label--but it appears to have a little border at the bottom in a darker blue or purple.  Kate wore a light t-shirt and a sweater over her shoulders in case it got too chilly.


I wouldn't have expected this ensemble from Kate, who often chooses skinnies for her dressed down moments. Nevertheless, Kate has a long history of gravitating toward skirts even for casual moments, as fully documented throughout her university days and years in London as a single girl. I will be interested to see if this skirt turns out to be something she picked up on tour or in the run-up to her trip.

We will be seeing Kate at KP again, but in an official capacity, when she attends a dinner on behalf of SportsAid on June 9th! 

59 comments:

  1. I agree that it was hard to tell if it was Kate from some of the photos. The outfit actually did not appear like her style at all (to me) when she is out with the kids. I wonder if she chose it in part for that reason:). That outfit with the sunglasses would have made her hard to spot at first glance. I might have noticed George and recognized him more quickly.

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  2. I don't know how to say this tactfully, since it is a tactless comment-but, the rear view
    of the person's anatomy does not look like the contour we might associate with Kate.
    If it is Kate-good disguise and good observation 10:44! I would suggest a cap or wig for the tot.
    The shots Do look a little long-lensy to me. Or perhaps bad camera-phone shot.
    There are several shadowy male figures in the right background.PPO's? Paps?
    This photo was taken last week? I believe it is promoted as this week. Isn't that information embedded in camera photos? No?

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    1. Haha, oh gosh. Yes, this week. I just started summer classes yesterday, so I think it is Monday. I will fix that.

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    2. Three day weekends get me confused for the rest of the week.
      I actually believed you over the other guys and was thinking, "Aha!"

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    3. Sorry. I feel like I have let you down. :(

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    4. I'm crushed. ha!

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  3. I think it's Pippa walking with her brother ?

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    1. Legs are too long to be Pippa. And why would Pips have Kate's dog with her?

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    2. Yes, definitely Kate's legs. Additionally, the woman who took the picture said it was Kate. :)

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  4. What a delightful surprise! I imagine that when they are in London the little ones, especially George, get antsy always being pent up in the walled garden. This is the perfect way for her to get them out and get some exercise! I love her choice of casual wear and it may actually be that she picked that skirt up in India. What shoes do you think she was wearing?

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  5. I find it sweet and interesting that she's holding Prince George's hand the whole time. Probably a combination of her doing something all mothers do as well as her need to protect him in public? These pictures are just so maternal and it shows she's close with him. ( Heart melt!!)

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  6. This is one perk London has over Norfolk for those of us okay with these type of photos. So happy with the treat of photos this week! As much as I might question Kate's style or body shape, that boy and his clothing looks a lot like George. Either way, they're fun to look at!

    ~ A

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  7. At first I didn't think the picture was of Kate because the little boy looked to tall to be George. My goodness he's grown.

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  8. There's something so healthy and authentic about this scenario. :) I do hope the two little ones get to enjoy simple childhood joys like these for many more years.

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  9. Hello Jane,
    I'm new to your blog and I love it! Thank you so much for doing this.

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  10. These photos are sweet and I do believe we are looking at Kate and George (with Charlotte!). But this is also a helpful "lesson" (not to sound dramatic!) for George. As they walk through the park, I can imagine some of the reactions, even if not over the top. And Kate's attitude/response is a wonderful example for George.

    JC, if you pop in, I bounced back at you (for a second time) in the sailing post. :)

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    1. Royalfan I agree that it is a good lesson for George. I was thinking more on Jane's comment about William being more averse to the cameras...I agree, he is. He grew up with them; Kate grew up living her life without that fear and wasn't a target until university - it seems that may have a big impact on how you are as an adult. So by Kate's willingness to take George shopping, for a walk in the park, to a museum, etc she is teaching him how to live his life and ignore that. Although normal for us, it has to be invaluable for George to have all these experiences. William tries to create normalcy, while Kate is trying to maintain it - does that make sense? That's how I am summarizing it; it comes more naturally to Kate, and that isn't William's fault and kudos to him for recognizing the change he wants and doing his best to implement it.

      ~ A

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    2. I totally agree with you A! That is really a very good assessment of the reality of life. I too think it's wonderful for the children to be out with Mum just likeep millions of other children walking in the park. Starting now is a perfect time. He will get used to hearing gasps and perhaps giggling tourists with mouths agape staring at them. Kate can quietly discuss and be there to answer his questions as any Mum would. But he is not totally shielded so that when he does appear in public he will be frightened. I personally think that William would prefer to hide them 99% of the time. I understand why he may lean that way but Kate appears to be the one who knows there must be a middle ground. They must have out in the public time that is not on display. Being in a park or visiting a museum is a wonderfully natural place to expose them.

      Many applaud the other houses for the photocalls of the children but to me that is rather being put on 'display'. They are basically posing and cameras are flashing. I think that is a bit scary for children. I prefer the Cambridge way even if that means I don't see many photos of the children. These shots here are not in their space and could be of anyone in the park. I was having my picture taken just the other day while having lunch al fresco. They were shooting scene behind me but honestly after a bit it was annoying and I am nobody... but they were in my space. No one likes that. So these are not a problem to me.

      Rambling.. I should be called 'Rose'rambling Rose lol

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    3. A & Diane, the irony here is that Diana certainly did her share of exposing W&H to life beyond palace walls. My goodness...I could cite so many examples of it... William's attitude towards the press is based on his mother's experience, and definitely not a lack of exposure or similar "training". I do believe that Kate understands her husband very, very well. She is aware of his experience, memories and comfort level, and she is quietly stepping up doing what needs to be done in this area of G&C's upbringing.

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    4. I agree with all of you royalfan, A, and Diane! Kate doesn't have that history to make her avoid park days. There was nothing like what William went through when he was a little boy out with Diana. She was the most photographed woman in the world. Diana was on the cover of People Magazine 57 times! The next closest is William at 29 times. And that doesn't count the times one or the other of them were the "little picture" in the inset. We can't begin to count the amount for the tabloids and the foreign press covers. Kate is doing a marvelous job of continuing what Diana tried to do but couldn't because of the immense 24/7 press lookout for her. If that had been Diana in the park like Kate was, the photogs would have been in the dozens and in her face. I cut William a lot (A LOT) of slack when it comes to his aversion to the press. The image in my mind of him out for early morning strolls with George is so heart warming.

      Now to the completely annoying part of this whole excursion - I was in that very place, on that very lawn, in front of that exact entry less than 6 months ago. Did Kate come out then? Nooo. Sigh.

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    5. I agree royalfan. I just meant that William would prefer to not be out there as much and that Kate seems to know and has picked up the torch in exposing them quietly and without much ado in public. Which should quite like Diana did when she took them places in the wee hours. Unfortunately Diana could never pull off a walk in a park like these photos depict. She was always exposed. Very sad really. I think that wold become very stressful to not be able to noticed. I rather enjoy being able to run to the market and not be looking perfect and know I can do that because frankly who cares? LOL

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    6. Royalfan I took Diana taking the boys out into consideration (just didn't say it) - the difference being for Kate it was normal to be normal and she wasn't photographed until she was an adult. William has a dad who doesn't carry money, and his exposure to normal life was being hounded. Kate knows what normal feels like. I see your point though :-)

      Robin I understand! I've been in London when Kate has been and no sightings for me either :-( lol

      ~ A

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    7. Robin, I sympathize with your right place at the wrong time scenario. :) If I may, what was your impression of the way they redesigned the entrance to the State Apartments and the grounds? IMO, Apartment A1 was more "out of reach" and the grounds were a better fit for the Palace.

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    8. Diane and A, I understand what you ladies are saying and I don't disagree with you. Our comments here appear to be intertwined circles... :)

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  11. So lovely to see Kate in something besides skinnies in these candids. Tall socks seem to be reserved for formal occasions for George. These socks seem like they are regular length.

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  12. hmm its hard to tell if that duchess

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  13. This is excellent. I didn't know about William taking dawn walks but that sounds perfect ... and exactly what I think any young father and mother would want to do. Brilliant post!

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    1. I read when George was younger that William used to take him for walks in the early morning. Maybe so Kate could get some rest.

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  14. Jane, do you think it could be this Temperely skirt?

    http://www.temperleylondon.com/shop/gilda-skirt-chambray-white.html

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    1. To me the shape does not match your suggestion. It is flat from her waist down her bud on the pics which the Temeperley is not.

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  15. If that is Catherine, it is the fist time I have seen her wearing something I hate. It looks like the bed sheet wrapped round her.
    I suppose she is trying not to draw attention to herself. Glad she feels able and willing to venture into the park with the children. Hopefully she will be able to take them on the bus or the tube some time, but that would probably cause a riot.

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  16. I don't think this is Kate at all. Charlotte is a year old so why would she be in a lie flat pram which is what appears here?

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    1. I know. That' s my reservation about these photos. I'm not sure a one year old would fit in that pram lying down.

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    2. I don't think that is a flat lying pram. It looks like the kind that sits up. We call them strollers. The last pic shows at least to me that this is one that is smaller and the child is sitting up. It can be reclined in case they fall asleep. But this is not the big pram.

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    3. It is difficult to tell from the photos Diane but it looks like she's pushing a small convertible stroller/pram that is in the supine position rather than the sitting. I could be wrong but from the front view, I don't see a sitting child at all.

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    4. This is what it looks like to me also Faith.

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    5. It is difficult to tell Faith. I do think it's a stroller that allows for them to sit up. But maybe Charlotte is not in the stroller. Maybe it's just in case George gets tired? I used to push one more for carrying supplies it seemed when I woukd take mine out. Maybe it's just a boy and his Mum kind of day?

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    6. I apologize if this is a repeat, but multitasking has thrown me off here! :)

      The point I wanted to make is that I do believe this is a convertible pram and perhaps Kate chose to take this walk while Charlotte was sleeping. This would allow her to concentrate on George and his reactions, etc.

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    7. Again, so hard to tell from the photos but does the pram even look big enough for an average size 13 month old child to be lying down in? To me, it looks infant size from these pictures. I guess she could be all curled up but one year olds don't usually sleep in fetal position. Not trying to cause problems but it just looks off to me.

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    8. My comment went missing but, royalfan, I'm not sure a 13 month old could fit in that pram lying down. It seems to be infant size rather than toddler size, doesn't it?

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    9. Faith, I see your point, but maybe it's the type of convertible stroller with an opening for the feet..?

      Are you thinking staged...lookalikes?

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    10. I don't know what to think, royalfan. I just know none of my children would have fit in that stroller at a year.

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    11. Faith, I believe this is the stroller. It can be set up for the child to sit facing forward, or back.

      And there's a pap photo out there of George (on a scooter) with Nanny Maria and Charlotte in the stroller.

      http://tribune.com.pk/story/882424/british-royals-ask-paparazzi-to-leave-baby-princess-alone/

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    12. Oh, I see what you're saying royalfan. Yes, that could be the stroller.

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  17. The whole situation looks odd to me. Aside from Kate, the supposed PPO standing guard-when do we ever see one that disheveled and with his hand in pocket clutching an apparent weapon?
    The pap-appearing men in the background seem out of place. They appear to be focused in her direction while others seem oblivious of her presence-although, since faces are blurred, it's hard to tell. How could someone not using a long-lense or professional camera get off that many shots with a PPO in sight? Disturbing thought.

    I'm fairly certain the photo is either long-lens or the faces were purposefully blurred,
    with some details sharper than others. That doesn't fit the image of innocent bystander
    out for a stroll in Kensington Gardens. Neither do the motorcycle photos.

    I agree. A nearly 13 month old active, walking Charlotte being pushed in a pram with a
    very subdued George alongside-what's wrong with this picture?
    The only thing that ruins the Kate impersonator theory for me is what Jean points out-the
    bed-sheet skirt. The Kate look-alikes dress as much like her as possible.
    I think the whole thing is an aberration, although a endearing, comforting image.
    And then there is the matter of the departing view...

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    1. Anon 1, the blurred photos point to pap photos, but I do believe this is Kate. My "evidence" :) ... we know she is fond of blue and both she and George are dressed in it. The hair and posture fits as does the sweater tied around her neck. Without seeing George's face, it certainly looks like him. And in the last photo it certainly looks like Kate's toned arms. Regarding the PPO, well, I suspect he would dress casually for this outing in order to blend in. My thoughts, for what they are worth... ;)

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    2. I don't see a weapon for the PPO I see his hand in his pocket. Not that he doesn't carry one but he wouldn't be so obvious. Jane said these were shared on Twitter by an American fan so, I'm guessing, these were taken on a phone and zoomed in as far as they could go. I'm sure they were also taken very quickly so as not to miss the opportunity. I'm sure that's why they are blurry. I've got the same kind of blurry photos of my grandkids on my phone from hurrying up to catch them while they're doing something cute. :-)

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    3. My comment didn't appear here. Among other concerns, I thought the fact that the shots appeared to be taken in several different locations , distances, and angles would indicate stalking, or at least following- which is the same to me if the person
      is unaware of the photographer.If one of you who has actually been there can
      say the photos could have been taken from one position out in the open, then
      I'll reconsider my opinion.
      Also,re Kate's posture-as the woman was bending over either the carraige or toward
      the little boy, posture would be hard to judge.
      Hair and clothing are the first items to be imitated.
      Her toned arms? Her right arm in the photo at the KP entrance looks very awkward.
      If you compare the arms in these photos to the boat ones or the motorcycle ones, with Kate in short sleeves, the elbow area appears much more pronounced in these
      photos.
      Additionally, Kates face in the ones where she is bending over the carriage isn't
      just blurred-there is a black box over it. how would that appear in a casual
      photo snappd by a KP garden stroller and immediately uploaded to twitter?
      Robin-the RPO/hand/pocket/gun situation.Either he has a gun or an unusually long
      hand, or-

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    4. Okay, Anon 1 @ 10:53, I accepted your challenge and studied the photos and Google Earth...very closely! :)

      Based on my prior visits and tonight's homework, I will tell you that the photos were taken from (nearly) one location. There's a distance of approx. 120FT between the first photo of Kate walking towards the camera and the second where she is leaning over the pram. And an additional 90FT or so from that point to the one of them walking away.

      The photos were taken on the path leading to (and from the grass directly in front of) the entrance to the State Apartments. I take back my comment about pap photos. Given the location and overall distance involved here, there's no way the PPO would have missed it. If you check Google Earth, take a look at the patch of grass directly in front of the entrance to the State Apartments (with the statue of Queen Victoria at the far end). Not exactly a place to play hide and seek.

      Robin has been there recently and I believe she will be able to back me up...

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    5. Aha! The "Grassey Knoll Theory."

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    6. :)) Theory, yes, but I'll eat one of Camilla's hats if I'm wrong on this one.

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  18. I have to agree there is something odd about these photos. They also are so grainy and blurry.I guess you could hire actors and do the whole thing in 20 minutes and then sell them?? Not sure what the point would be. So possible they are legitimate sightings of the trio but agree do not look casual, look like a long lens pap, very very long lens.:)

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    1. Exactly the conclusion I came to, anon 11:43. They remind me of the Government House
      lawn photos from Australia.

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    2. anon 1 that is true they do have the look of those Government House photos. Had not thought about it till you brought it up.

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  19. My only comment is that if that is indeed Kate and her children there would be far more than 1 PPO....

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    1. Absolutely, but there's nothing about these photos that suggests there was only one on hand. Most photos like this have only featured the one closest to the her, while others have not included a single PPO which we know is not the case.

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    2. The thing that struck me about the PPO is that in the past when she has walked George in the stroller in public in broad daylight, the PPO has always walked
      right next to Kate and George. I'm sure
      there has been others at a distance but
      there was always (as far as I can
      remember) one right there with them.
      The only exception I remember to that
      was when PG was an infant and she was
      seen walking him in the pram in
      Kensington with several PPO at a
      distance. However, it was either early
      morning or evening and very few people
      were around. I can't imagine they would
      be out in park like that with all those
      people around without a PPO walking
      right there with them. The more I look at
      these photos, the more I think we've been
      duped.

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  20. She looks kinda creepy...:-s

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