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Prince George with His Parents at Tattoo Airshow

Friday, July 8, 2016

I was excited to see William and Kate today at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, but I didn't know that they had a special treat for us. Prince George, just shy of his third birthday, was the surprise addition that instantly took this event from fun to fabulous. It is always great to see the Duke and Duchess, but when we get to see them in their roles as parents, they can't be beat. 


News stories about George over the past few years have often noted his interest in trucks, fire engines, helicopters, and as we heard last night, dinosaurs. His daddy has flown a helicopter for George's entire (albeit short) span of cognizance and I am sure he has plenty of picture books to read about Daddy's job, to say nothing of the real McCoy. It is well known that a favorite pastime of the little prince when at his Kensington Palace nursery is to go to the field with Nanny Maria and see off one of his royal relatives. He has waved off Prince Harry, Princess Anne, his parents, and others. Today was such a natural engagement on which to bring him, I feel like something of an idiot for not having predicted it. 


Kate recycled her blue Stella McCartney dress, which I love, and paired it with another piece that ranks among my favorites, the Smythe blazer first worn while on tour in Canada. I thought Kate was radiantly gorgeous today, and even though I love the ensemble, I can't help but wonder if part of the beauty is radiating from her motherhood.


Seeing her not just as a beautiful woman or a British ambassador or a global superstar, but as a parent with that special bond with her little boy, is incredibly powerful.  I have flipped through dozens of photos and am charmed all over by Kate as a mother. Kate, whom we have seen crouch practically to the ground for numerous children the world over, using those skills to interact with her own little child.


Kate wearing thousands of pounds worth of clothes holding a toddler with his face smushed up against her expensive jacket:


Or with his shoes scuffing along the front of her Stella dress.


Kate Middleton is a Duchess, but most importantly, Kate Middleton is a mom. It isn't a brand new development, but for me it hasn't lost its bloom. Having followed her since the days of Mahiki and Whiskey Mist, this is pretty darn awesome.


But, let's not forget William. The Duke of Cambridge, usually so reserved, also shines particularly brightly when we get a peek into his private life with his children. He is obviously as besotted with his little ones as Kate is.

via RAF Red Arrows
When the noise got too loud, Daddy helped George put his protective gear on.


Although, Mummy made the finishing touches.


The Duke alternated with the Duchess minding the little prince and helped him explore a number of aircraft.


George might only be 2 and 9/10s years old, but he shares the universal confusion of men when watching women, skilled in heels, navigate tricky situations with ease and grace. It was a true father/son moment.  George: "Daddy, how does Mummy do that?"  William: "An eternal mystery, son."


When they first arrived Prince George hit the tarmac and immediately decided it was safer to get the lay of the land from Mummy's arms rather than the precarious ground level. Good strategy all around, if you ask me--take the high ground. This precipitated one of the most impressive feats of the day. Down Kate went in her heels, she grasped her almost three-year old and, mindfully shifting her weight in her heels, she hoisted him up using her leg muscles not her back. Apparently, she is literally perfect at everything. It was awesome:


To quickly be clear about a topic that has created some debate, George looks distressed in the still shot, but I think it is the momentary outburst of a child alerting his mother in no uncertain terms that he needs something ASAP. In the two seconds that it takes for William to circle around Kate and greet their hosts, George has already bounced back to equilibrium and is pointing out something of interest he has spotted off-camera.




The verdict today was a huge win, both for the heart-melting personal display and for the fashion. Kate pulled almost a full recycle of her Olympic tennis ensemble and I loved every bit of it. I have always been a huge fan of this dress, for its electric color, the simplicity of its structure, and the ingenious use of exterior darts. Kate has such gorgeous legs, too, and I am happy to see her still out there showing them off every now and again. To those who feel she dresses too matronly, I think this was a win for you, too, eh?

Via Kensington Palace Twitter 

The Smythe blazer is one of my favorites. When she first wore it the usual cut in the back was weird to me, but it has since skyrocketed to one of my favorite blazers in her closet. The tailoring is exquisite and really flatters the Duchess's frame. I want one!

Via RAF Air Cadets
Kate has recycled the headband she wore to the Houghton Horse Trials. I think this is an unusual accessory, but I like it very much. It serves a practical purpose, obviously, but stylistically it injects a sense of whimsy and youth. It's a little 60s retro and somehow suits the Duchess very well.


It was such a fabulous day. A big thank you to James Whatling who took many of the stunning photos on this post and a whole bundle more that I browsed through on Splash. There really is a talent to it, and he had really great work that captured so many sweet moments!


112 comments:

  1. Adorable pictures! I wonder if they ever bring Prince George to see daddy at work in his helicopter.

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  2. So adorable! I love their hands on parenting!

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    1. Yes! It does shine through, Robin.

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  3. He's grown so much! How quickly they become little people from tiny babies.

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  4. Thank-you, Jane. I hadn't seen that second picture. Also, thanks for not including the crying one. It has been mis-represented, I feel.
    I understand DM is saying (headlining) that George had a "temper-tantrum" and had to be picked up by his mother. He's not quite three and I imagine the sights ,
    loud noises ,and crowds at an airshow could be almost too much for such a young child. He truly looked frightened in some photos, although it is impossible to work out the proper sequence.
    The slant of the story made George out to be spoiled (by whom?) It could have been anything-
    even flash bulbs and clicks from cameras.
    He seemed very engaged and attentive as his Papa showed him around. Almost like "take your
    son to work" day.

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    1. Oh, so typical of the DM, thankfully there are enough videos and pictures around for any one with half a brain to know that is not a "tantrum". How easy it is for them to take one picture out of a sequence and label it however they want. UGH! I thought he did quite well with all the noise and visual stimulation he encountered. I think he actually showed just what a great parenting job his parents are doing. He waved at the crowds and interacted very well with those he encountered especially for a three year old. Other than a few moments he appeared to be a very secure toddler.

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    2. I agree it's ridiculous to claim that he was having a tantrum - I know adults who would have a hard time with the chaos and noise that little guy was faced with. I thought he did remarkably well!

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    3. The DM seeks clicks and reactions. :(

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    4. There's a video on the bbc that makes it very obvious he was scared of a loud jet engine at least once when he needed to be picked up. The other time it's possible he was tired. He's not quite 3, that's a pretty busy day for someone so young.

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  5. Thanks for lovely photos.

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  6. As a mother of a child exactly the same age as George, it was definitely NOT a temper tantrum!! Ridiculous journalism. He is so well behaved in a completely unusual situation, and so young.

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    1. He was obviously covering his ears against the noise and they got him a noise canceling headset. You're right, ridiculous journalism indeed!

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  7. Skylar from North CarolinaJuly 8, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    As much as I like the outfit that Kate is wearing, in my opinion, i would have much preferred that Kate wore a pair of nice dress pants, and blouse. The photo's of Kate picking up George, or sitting in the helicopter, Kate's dress kept riding up. It seemed that William dressed kind of dressy casual. Again just my opinion.

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    1. Kate was there in her official Air Cadets role so it's understandable that she would wear a dress and jacket. She never wears trousers for formal appearances unless it's a sporting or active event. The dress looked fine. She's a young woman with great legs so why not wear the dress? It's just above the knee do it's hardly daring.

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    2. YES! That was exactly my thoughts the minute I saw this photograph. A pair of neutral colored (even white) tailored pants(not skinnies!) would have been so appropriate for this outing.

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    3. But she does not like pants, except jeans, so a dress for her was very appropriate. There is nothing magical about pants or better:) Women for ever and ever have made dresses work, her dress worked great all day. It really is just personal preference.

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    4. As a point of interest, according to the Court Circular, Catherine did not attend inher official RAF role.
      George wasnt mentioned either ;)

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    5. Why would she systematically greet the cadets if she were on a private holiday with her family?The officials were set up and organised for the royal engagement. The family have visited other venues privately and not found it necessary to to greet a receiving line. They are left to themselves, except for a few camera phone snaps.
      The CC omits items, underplays the activities of some and magnifies those of others
      at times. Check KP Twitter. If it's there, it's offcial.
      Why would George be mentioned? The talk of his "first engagement" wasn't serious, I'm sure, anymore than his playdate in New Zealand at age 9 months was.
      I do think it may be part of a plan to slowly introduce George to his future world.
      It is better than constantly inserting him in non-family activities that are beyond his current level of interest and understanding. It also prevents his becoming a
      clown or exhibitionist with constant exposure to admiring or flattering crowds of fans and photographers.

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    6. Anon 1, I completely agree with you, especially regarding this being part of George's introduction to his future reality. The crowds, interaction, photographers, etc.

      Regarding the dress vs. pants issue... If the situation were to be reversed and she was criticized for wearing pants rather than a dress or skirt, I wonder how that would play out in 2016. IMO, she is quite capable of determining what is appropriate, and what she prefers.

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    7. The court circular has not been updated in a while on the royal family website. The cadets had her attendance on their website and Twitter and her attendance was also in the royal diary on the royal website

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  8. Skylar from North CarolinaJuly 8, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    As much as I like the outfit that Kate is wearing, in my opinion, i would have much preferred that Kate wore a pair of nice dress pants, and blouse. The photo's of Kate picking up George, or sitting in the helicopter, Kate's dress kept riding up. It seemed that William dressed kind of dressy casual. Again just my opinion.

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    1. Agree 100% Skylar. I've long thought Kate would look great in dress pants at more casual events. Some say she isn't "allowed" to wear them for official events no matter how casual.  But  she often wears the same old skin-tight jeggings for public "family" events. So an unofficial but not jeggings-appropriate event like this seems perfect to try out some dress pants. This dress isn't well-suited for the moving about and handling George IMO.


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    2. I would agree about wearing pants if this was fun family day, but it was an engagement, and if you consider the men and women in uniform (women in skirts), I think this was a respectful and appropriate choice.

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    3. It's probably a personal preference of hers not to wear dress pants. In all the years, even before her marriage, I don't recall her wearing dress pants. She could not have worn her jeggings to this event as she was there in her capacity as honorary air commandant of the cadets. She did well mixing formal and family.

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    4. Maybe she just doesn't like dress pants.

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    5. But this was an official visit. They did some hand shaking and she was there due to her being the patron of the Air Cadets. She was fairly casual.

      She wears her jeans and 'jeggings' though they are skinny jeans not jeggings to events on her private time...such as a Polo event with the family. She has also worked them (or changed into them after arriving in a dress) for something that is going to be sporty. Like sailing. Or when it's going to be a hands on sport event from the start.

      I thought she looked lovely. She knows how to move. I think Kate likes her dresses. William had in a jacket... semi casual.

      I think she doesn't like dress pants. Even when she was just Kate through the years I don't ever recall any pictures of her in dress slacks or a suit. She wore dresses or jean type pants. So I tend to think it's her preference and not a rule.

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    6. I'm around Kates height and have always found that it's much harder to find pants that fit than a skirt or dress

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    7. To be honest I didn't even pay attention to her outfit.George stole the show.

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    8. Hee hee Candice, I could care less what she was wearing also, but also agree who cares if she prefers dresses to pants, that is me also.

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    9. Sorry Skylar, but I disagree. If I had legs as beautifully toned as Kate, I would show them off in a tasteful way as often as possible. Kate looked very at ease and comfortable in this dress even while tending to a three year old. And isn't that all that matters? She is often criticized for looking too old. Nothing old about Kate's clothes today.

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    10. Skylar from North CarolinaJuly 9, 2016 at 12:31 PM

      Sorry, I didn't meant to cause a debate, like I said in my post it was just my opinion. Lol. I was just pointing out that when she had to bend down, the camera shot was right up her dress. Again, I don't know Kate personally, it was just my opinion. I know when I talk to my sister who also has a very spirited two year old son like George, and my sister loves her dresses as well, she prefers to wear pants/jeans. That way she can bend down without worrying about showing anything. But as stated in another comment, its Kate's decision at the end of the day, and if she felt comfortable in a dress that's all that matters.

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    11. But what is she going to show....I mean we are in 2016:):)

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    12. I would also add. "What did she show"? Even though the photographer chose to take such a picture, you saw nothing. She has become a master at being graceful even when attending to a three year old in a dress. Both she and William demonstrated how well they do at balancing their royal role and co parenting at this event.

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    13. These are split seconds in time that the press or critics focus on at the expense of the big picture. I'd rather focus on all the positives that this engagement represents.

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    14. Have you ever noticed Kate does not wear pants to engagements much. She was there as patron to the Air cadets. And she did not wear pants much during their courtship either.

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  9. I watched a couple of videos and this was hardly a "tantrum". I have been a mother of a three year old and I know a tantrum when I see one...this was not one. And even if it was...it would just prove what a normal 3 yo he is. Having said that...I read the full coverage in the DM and they go on to downplay it ..saying that is was just at the beginning and then he returned to his normal "impeccable" behaviour. So in fairness to them... Bad choice of words but they certainly did not make it out to be a big deal. Just used the word to grab headline attention.

    George is just adorable. And honestly so...well behaved. Most three yo's I know would have taken off running across that Tarmac. He stuck right close to mom and dad.

    It was so nice to see W and K be very involved ....this was all about ensuring George was engaged and enjoying himself. I in particular enjoyed watching Will take on parent responsibility for George as Kate went and fulfilled her responsibilities as Patron ..shaking hands and talking to the Cadets. A modern day husband and father. Wonderful to see.

    I know it won't be everyone's cup of tea but I liked the headband. Youthful and fresh. Also liked RD's coat...and it seemed to me she was wearing shoes that looked a lot like the infamouse SW Corkswoon Wedges. But hard to know for sure.

    Lovely lovely outing and smart from a PR perspective. Well done W and K.

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    1. I liked her coat too - I saw it yesterday in Zara and almost picked it up myself!

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    2. I liked the headband as well. I thought it was a perfect choice for an airfield where it's always windy!

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    3. I enjoyed your comment, Laura.
      Except re: DM-the problem is, many people only look at pictures and read the headlines.
      If the headline tells one story and the body of the story another, I think it is mis-leading at best and probably unethical. Judging from the way these headlines travel from one tabloid to another, morphing and embellished as they spread, it is not just a clever sales device.. It is a mainstay
      of internet gossip and fodder for malicious bloggers and commenters. The underbelly
      of the internet.

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    4. Thanks anonymous 6;40...for the ID. I am now going to check out Zara and see if I can find it.

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    5. The "coat" was a blazer by Smythe (500€), not by Zara, Anon. 6:40.

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    6. I was responding to Laura's comment about Rebecca Deacon's coat which IS from Zara and not Kate's blazer which had been identified ages ago

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    7. http://www.zara.com/us/en/collection-aw16/woman/outerwear/printed-coat-c269183p3773805.html

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    8. No worries on either coat, I knew exactly which one was at Zara's. Thanks for the link...I found it online yesterday as well and given the reasonable price point it is very tempting. ...I think it would be very versatile...

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    9. Anon 1 - Thanks for your respectfully worded disagreement with me. And you have a fair point, I am likely giving the DM to much credit. I suppose it is because I have read so many articles now that the headline in no ways matches the message in the actual article that I have given up hoping for responsible journalism.

      I find it equally disturbing that in this day and age of digital communications that most people get their news in "sound bites" without actually making an attempt to understand the facts. And that is no slam against digital media but it just seems that people are happy to take the headlines and leave the fact behind. Very disturbing in my view


      But fair point anon 1. The media is a guilty party in this as well.

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    10. very gracious, Laura.
      ..."as well.." as the readers?
      It's a chicken/egg thing, but your point is well made.

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  10. Can we talk about this headband? I totally understand it for casual appearances, errands, or home life but for work appearances doesn't she normally use a few bobby pins to hold her layers back from wind? I'm not criticizing, just think it's funny as it isn't a trend I've seen emerging ... but now we know it will! lol

    I feel like Kate's heels look a smidge, maybe an inch, shorter than usual? I can see that for practicality with George. Although I am a tad surprised she didn't go with something a bit more casual like her wedges for this. Regardless, she seemed to manage fine.

    Both William and Kate again meltin hearts and impressing us with their natural hands-on parenting. The monarchy has a good future with this family ... and hopefully Harry's. I think William and Kate are a great example for marriage and family life.

    ~ A

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    1. It is excessively windy on an airfield. I think the headband was the perfect choice to keep the hair back and out of her face without having bobby pins that would get loosened.

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    2. She also wasn't wearing it when they first arrived so it might have been a bit of an impromptu addition to the ensemble once she realized how gusty it was

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    3. Hairbands FTW!!! I'm a huge fan of hairbands personally and they are my signature style, so I'm thrilled to see the DoC wear one that is fresh and youthful! I'd had enough of the mature hair, this is exactly what the doctor ordered. Loving this hairstyle!!

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  11. What an extraordinarily odd outfit to wear to an air show. I think I would have worn pants and flats. Love the headband.

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  12. Allie in Churchill, MBJuly 8, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Lovely photos! I don't like Kate's outfit - it doesn't fit her well, and I dislike the way the jacket is cut in the back. William's shoes are what I love, but alas, I am a very feminine woman and they just wouldn't suit me.

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    1. I don't like the cut out in the back of that Smythe blazer either. It's an odd design.

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    2. See now I am going to have to disagree with you ladies! I love the cut out at the back..very unique and different ..in fact I love it so much I have the same coat in 3 colors...black, navy and white. I wear it with jeans all the time. :)

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  13. Great to see photos of George with his parents. Kate looks amazing. Even with the shorter dress length she managed everything (getting in and out of planes, etc.) flawlessly. I prefer to see her in a dress than the skin tight jeggings any day.

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  14. George is going to be tall. He is so engaged and it's lovely to see his interaction with Kate and William. The DM (which has an awful headline about a tantrum) has a lovely picture of George being carried by William while Kate makes him laugh joyously by waving and making shapes with her fingers. I bet they are great parents and a breath of fresh air compared to previous generations in the BRF.

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  15. As much as I like her wedges I have to say I'm so happy to see Kate change up the shoe game! Seems to be part of the "updated" look :)

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  16. I like the outfit but I'm not a fan of the headband...it's too "90's" and "sloane" for my liking. And how did Kate's hair grow so fast?? Six months ago it was shoulder-length. Extensions, maybe? Not criticizing, genuinely curious...

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    1. By observation since her engagement, it seems as if her hair grows quite quickly. I have never known her to have extensions. She was reported to be sporting extensions during her first solo engagement (covering for Prince Charles), but this was later announced to be the result of a childhood surgery. No more information was divulged on this "private medical matter".

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    2. I just watched some video of the arrival. Kate wasn't wearing the headband when they first arrived. She ran over to RD to grab one out of her bag once the wind started whipping her hair around. Smart thing to have with her!

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    3. I do not think she wears extensions, frankly her hair seems to me to grow the normal rate as mine:)

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    4. I wondered that, too. My hair was around the same length as Kate's was when she cut it (I think it was in November?) and my hair has grown MAYBE 2 inches since then. But Kate's looks like it's grown 6-8 inches. I don't think that's humanly possible! I don't think it's as obvious in the pictures that Jane's chosen but it's quite obvious in some pictures on some of the other blogs. Like the earlier anon, not a criticism, just an observation. Her hair looks gorgeous. (But I'm also not a fan of the headband. I think a sleek ponytail would have looked so much more sophisticated.) --Christine

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    5. Perhaps her hair grows like a weed ... and I speak from experience! ;)

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  17. Jane:

    I do so love your writing--a joy to read, always. I am thrilled to bits for everyone --the Cambridge's, little Prince George and for royal watchers everywhere because this event today, was extra special. I think the winner all round today was Prince George. We know about his fascination with the planes, helicopters and such but it is totally different being on an airfield / tarmac, with those monstrosities and all that noise especially for a little one. He was beyond brave I think, and Mom and Dad must be immensely proud of their son and for royal watchers the world over, it will surely be a stand out memory.

    Thanks Jane for putting it into words. Although I like the photos, to me words along with photos just completes the experience.

    As this is a fashion blog,of course I could not leave without a word about the Duchess's dress. I must say that I am a huge fan of shift dresses. The Duchess seem to like them too, and on her they are always properly fitted. I love that she knows what she likes and it shows. It seems that in her clothing choices, the big picture, the short and long term is very much taken into consideration, so that in re-use the garment never looks dated and the color stays fresh and today that was evident.


    Regards,

    RW

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  18. Oh my, just watched the videos. I have so much respect and compassion for the family and trying to live at all a normal life. The videos and cameras surrounding what for most of us would be a private low key but super fun day at an air show with our kid is just crazy for George. Not even sure how a three year old would process this. Oh my, gorgeous great family but I do feel for the kids.

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    1. Thx for pointing all that out! They have received so much grief over the years for their priorities, but I think we are already seeing & will continue to see the fruits of their labor play out as PG & PC continue to grow! Well done W&K!

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    2. 1:06 and Becca, I wholeheartedly agree with you ladies.

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  19. Jane, Is James Whatling a long time photographer? Did he capture that last photo of George and William smiling? It was a lovely outing and FWIW almost every Mom I know does not care about their clothes when one of their kids needs a pick up or spits up on them, it truly just does not matter. I have three kids and came from a family of six.

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    1. Yes, he is. He tales many of the photos I use here on the blog, although not all. He also goes to things like polo, so he took many of the photos of Kate at polo over the past five years. According to my data, he didn't take the final photo of George and William on this post, but he took many of the other photos I used, induing Kate fixing George's headphones. He is very good at getting great color and clarity and catching the royals just at the right moment. I think it underlines the art that is involved in photography.
      P.S. Yes, she doesn't care about he clothes, which just makes it all the more precious! I am one of six, too. :)

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    2. Thank you for your reply. So is he a freelance photographer who roams around and then sells his photos? I am really interested in how this works. Does someone who does good work end up getting better access? Or o all the free lance photographers just jostle for position. I said in another reply that after looking at some of the videos of this event I can not believe what poor George has to go through just to see an airplane. I have understood the media and fans, but until I saw some of these videos did not realize it just did not stop after the first bit with only a few photographers following after the first here they come moments. How could a child of only 3 even

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  20. I loved seeing George give the thumbs up to one of the security team as he came off the steps from the plane! What a dear wee man, and so like Mike Middleton, a blonde version.

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    1. Me Too:) I like to think of him as a Mini Michael Middleton with Diana's coloring!:)

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  21. Jane, thank you for this lovely post. I really enjoy your blog. You always seem to have a picture or 2 that I haven't seen elsewhere. May I ask why you (and many others) still refer to Kate as Kate Middleton? She has not been Kate Middleton for over 5 years. No one ever refers to Sophie as Sophie Rhys-Jones or to Camilla as Camilla Parker-Bowles. Just wondering.
    As to Kate's outfit, I am relieved to see that she has learned her lesson not to wear something with a full skirt on a windy airfield!

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    1. Beth, are you referring to "Kate Middleton to Kate Cambridge, Following the Fashion of the Duchess of Cambridge"?

      I think Jane certainly does recognize Kate's position in the RF.

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    2. No Royalfan, I am referring to this paragraph:
      "Kate Middleton is a Duchess, but most importantly, Kate Middleton is a mom. It isn't a brand new development, but for me it hasn't lost its bloom. Having followed her since the days of Mahiki and Whiskey Mist, this is pretty darn awesome."

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    3. Perhaps the intent was "KM has become a duchess...KM has become a mom.."
      or "KM is (now) a Duchess..." Highlighting her transition in roles, which is what the title is all about, I think.
      That's the meaning I got from it.

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    4. Thank you for clarifying, Beth. But I don't think the comment is at all negative towards Kate. (And I say that as someone who HAS complained about her being referred to as KM.) MY interpretation here is that Jane is showing how far Kate has come since she (Jane) followed her as William's girlfriend.

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    5. I think it's also been explained many times over why in this era of Google there are practical reasons for continuing to refer to her as Kate Middleton notwithstanding that everyone knows what her title is and respects that

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  22. I enjoyed your celebration of Kate's "Momness,"but we all know it was mostly about
    George-as your photos illustrate so well. Your final photo sums the day up perfectly.
    George is already learning to keep calm (most of the time) and carry on.
    I especially enjoyed the first picture of William and George-the father's hand poised ever so gently on his son's arm.
    Lovely day, lovely post.

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  23. It looks like the Cambridges had a wonderful day out with George. George is so cute and every bit the normal youngster enthralled with the sights and sounds of all things aircraft. He looks to be a very confident, happy little boy. Thanks for the great post Jane. I always look forward to your take on an engagement.

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  24. if the DM reporter thought George's little weep was a tantrum, he/she has never seen a 2/3 tears old having a tantrum!
    I loved the calm way they dealt with the problem and the way William is prepared to take a back seat when it is Catherine's engagement--just calmly filling in or taking charge of George.
    Wonderful photos.
    Loved the outfit. What gorgeous legs she has.

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    1. So true, Jean. A 15 second cry does not a tantrum make! They are certainly a great team and have such an adorable family.

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    2. Amen, Jean.

      What IS worth pointing out is how uninhibited, curious and well behaved George was during the engagement.

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    3. Definitely royalfan, he really demonstrated what a secure toddler William and Kate are raising. What a great job they are doing.

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  25. The photo of William, George and the pilot watching Kate step out of the helicopter is a riot.

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  26. The star of the show was, obviously, George, at least for me--forget Mummy and Daddy!--altho, to be sure, they make handy accessories, whenever George feels a tad overwhelmed, or needs a lift, or wants a better view. Just compare this outing to the staged pics we have of the Queen and her consort with their own first two kids...and the inescapable conclusion is the William and Kate are far closer to theirs, an enormous improvement. If they keep it up, and ensure that they have a sound marriage going forward, theres a good chance that both kids will be the first British royals to grow up emotionally sound, and able to fend off courtiers and other royals who try to quash their personalities and turn them into the typical cardboard characters routinely churned out. (I would add this quote:The best gift a father can give his children is a happy mother.)

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention Georges hair, which had neither been newly cut nor plastered down; it looked great, IMO, just what a little boys hair should look like, tousled, thick, charming, with a hint of Tom Sawyer.

    I had almost forgotten what Kate used to wear: age-appropriate clothing. And it worked so well at a windy airport! No chance of a fly-away skirt on Friday. I live for the day that Kate embraces smart trousers/pants/slacks!!

    JC

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      Role appropriate.

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  27. Poor babies don't have well-developed language skills-they can't describe their feelings.
    Emotional responses tend to involve the large muscles-so kicking and running about.
    If you've ever seen a two year old sit down on the floor in the middle of a grocery store
    and procede to kick his feet, wave his arms about,and scream at the top of his voice-
    then you've seen a proper tantrum.
    I can hear Kate or William saying,"Use your words, George. Use your words" before the situation gets to that point.

    Yes. There was no doubt whose engagement it was and who was along for the ride, doing Daddy duty.
    I do have a question: in the video I saw the woman curtsy to William, but not to Catherine, unless I missed something. Was she perhaps distracted when George reached up for his Mum?
    Was a curtsy due and just missed when William came right along at that moment?

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  28. Yet again Their Devotion to Each Other, Their Family.... & all while fulfilling Professional Duty speaks to The Legacy of Other Such Legendary Couples of The British Monarchy.... George Vl & Elizabeth; George V & Mary of Teck & Especially (to me) Victoria & Albert! W&K are Such A Loving & Wonderful Team, I just love seeing them blazing their own new modern trail, but always with respect to Tradition! Great Post Jane (loved your conversational ad-libs, esp The Man Moment Marveling at Mom & her pumps) lol

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  29. I adore her headband. Any idea where it is from? And the blazer?

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  30. I’m in agreement with Jane. I love this ensemble. The dress is a gorgeous shade of blue. I also like that Kate kept her jewelry to a minimum (I’m not a fan of wearing a lot of jewelry during the day). The back of the jacket a little odd and I probably wouldn’t choose this jacket for myself, but somehow it goes with the dress. While I generally like this skirt length—not too short and not too long—in this case, the dress may have been a bit short for all the bending and climbing in and out of planes that Kate had to do. Nonetheless, this is a big win for me. Also, I’ve always loved headbands and wish they would come back in style. And maybe now they will, since Kate has been photographed a few times wearing a headband.

    I’d love to have an outfit like this for myself. The words “sleek” and “polished” come to my mind. I think it would be perfect to wear on a job interview or for a client presentation.

    P.S.: I can't leave without saying that George is absolutely adorable!

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  31. Alejandra RamรญrezJuly 9, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Excellent post! Love the fact that rather than focusing on the event and what they did, you focused on history, relating past and present, how much they have grown and changed. It was a refreshing and excellent point of view.
    This type of posts are my absolute favorite, I tend to go back to them from time to time because you reflect of how everything has evolved and the meaning behind scenes.
    Thank you so much for all the hard work you do! God bless!

    P.S. Can you imagine how it will be when Charlotte goes to her first official event? Twitter will break!

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  32. Little off topic ~

    A channel here in the States has been showing programs about Diana today. As someone who started following the royal family because of Diana it is of course all I have watched today. Much of this I have seen before. Some is new and interesting.

    Currently the program is a new one and had I watch these films of 1980-1981 and the wedding I am flooded with so much angst. On the one hand I recall all of it and the joy and happiness that we all felt and yet I watch today and I realize it was basically a lie. This fills me with anger. Much anger. Little bothered that after all this time it still deeply bothers me. Call me crazy but it's almost personal? Perhaps because tied into that day and my own life I too thought that fairy tales can come true. But they don't.

    I feel she was cheated. It was a terrible thing to do to such a young girl. I understand the times and that things were different. Surely the young brides that came before her in these arranged kind of marriages (and that marriage was basically arranged unbeknownst to Diana) coped better and understood their roles. Diana was the first who said NO. And yet the world was not ready for a royal bride to say NO.

    Yet as I watch with tears and laughter and more tears I think that the plan of the cosmos all along was perhaps never for Diana to be Queen or have a happy marriage to Charles. Her path was to usher in a major change in the hidden away roles. New parenting ...ruffling feathers... and her major role (not minimizing her life and many gifts and all she did) was to have a future King. I think that her children William and Harry are her legacy. The rest ..HIV landmines etc are worthy of noting but her path....was to have these children. Maybe I look too deep and well ok I admit I am a believer in our destiny being pretty much written before we are born.... so has I watch through my tears I think .... William... Catherine...George...Charlotte...and Harry....none of what we all love and watch and kind of live for LOL is because of Diana .... so I smile even with tears.....


    Sorry... these programs always remind of life and time and the speed of that time and life ....

    Sorry Jane.... it's pouring out of me๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ’œ

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  33. Oops forgot the end... I know I know.. enough Diane....point is ...I read this blog and see this beautiful family and that is the fairy tale happy ending.....

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    1. Diane, you KNOW that I am on board with your sentiments. Every last one of them. Diana's life was far too short, but what an impact she had (has!) on the Firm in spite of it...both in her lifetime, and future generations. I too, take great pleasure in seeing the fairy tale happy ending she made possible... :)

      Which channel, by the way?

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    2. REELZ ~ I think it continues today or perhaps next Saturday. I was glued to the programs.

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    3. I didn't see anything like that on TV but, then again, I wasn't really looking for it. Darn!! You are so right about what Diana stepped into - unknowingly - but the impact she had in her short life was huge. I think that, without her, the monarchy would not survive beyond the Queen. She taught William and Harry to be kind, compassionate, and to see what the world outside of the royal family is like.

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    4. Just turned from Wimbledon to REELZ royalfan and the shows are ongoing.

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    5. Thank you, Diane. I will take a look... :)

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    6. RobinfromCA: So very true what you said about Princess Diana(I still miss her.)

      I hope you are enjoying your summer thus far!

      RW.

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  34. It's ok, Diane. Part of why I read this blog is she publishes comments like yours.

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  35. I thought she looked great - I also love the Alice band. Anyone seen an ID on it?

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  36. William and Catherine were at Wimbledon this afternoon--and William wasn't wearing a blue suit.

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  37. Those last 2 pictures, where each of his parents have their hand on his little arm just slay me. They are so cute. I love how involved and obviously in love their are with their little guy.

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  38. Does anyone else feel like she looks exhausted? Lovely and graceful, yes, but really, really tired.

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