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Prince George & Princess Charlotte's Children's Party

Thursday, September 29, 2016


We finally met Princess Charlotte, and it was such a delightful pleasure. As I have mentioned before, released pictures of Charlotte don't really give us the same sense of personality and temperament that live video does. To me, she has been a bit of an enigma, and the fleeting glimpses we have gotten, like the Buckingham Palace balcony, have not really fully introduced us. Today, as she ran around the lawn at Government House in Victoria, interacting with her parents and her brother, we finally, properly met Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.  She is an absolute doll and seems to have just the precocious, zesty personality I'd expect from Kate's daughter.


Charlotte had no sooner arrived at the party than she struggled out of her mother's arms to rush to a display of balloons, reportedly saying with purpose, "pop!" I have the sense that
Charlotte has encountered and popped many a balloon, and my bet is a significant number of Party Pieces balloons have met an untimely end at the hands of this excited tot.  George looked like he joined in just to be busy while he tried to get the lay of the land. With age, comes the burden and reality of forced social interaction. :)
The party included a petting zoo and performers, and Charlotte's excitement was not limited to the balloons.  When presented with Smores the rabbit, she leaned out eagerly to embrace the fluffy creature.

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A service dog was also the recipient of her enthusiastic affection. I honestly wonder at this point if Marvin is still alive. He probably has his own PPO.


Char clearly has has an abundance of love to give to others, but no moment was sweeter than that with her daddy. British Royals on Twitter recounted the time William was asked what made him happy, and he replied simply, "my children."

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I know we think of the Cambridges as patrons of charities and senior royals, but one more basic thing these two are doing is providing such a beautiful example of family life. They serve as a tribute to fidelity and love, to the joy of parenthood and the blessing of children. Most importantly, they provide these two little people with the attention and love they need to grow into functioning members of society.  

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Here is a sweet video that includes the wildly popular clip of Kate dancing with her little daughter:


 This clip overlaps, but is an extended version of the dancing:


George seemed a little shy today. I think he is the age where he hasn't reached the point where he understands the party isn't normal and that these aren't his regular chums, but he hasn't hit the point where he is entirely used to it. This also makes me think of his teary farewell of his parents when they flew to their two days in Cornwall. He may just be going through some stage. I'm not a parenting expert.;)  In any event, he brightened up, enjoying the balloons, the bubbles, and the company.


Kate couldn't have looked more youthful or lovely today. The dress is a big win. This $460 dress from See by Chloe features a crocheted bodice with a high, ruffled collar and ruffled cuffs.



Kate looks fabulous in cream, and this dress with its feminine touches was the perfect choice for a children's party in the charming garden. Getting a peek at Charlotte's personality was a highlight of the day. Seeing Kate as a mom was the other half of the fun.


I don't think it is hard to see what Kate is up to with all that time people say she isn't working.


The Cambridges took the rest of the day in private to relax with their children.

102 comments:

  1. Awwww so freaking cute I am going crazy - cuteness overload!!

    I love how sceptical and serious George always Looks - he seems like a very smart and thoughtful child.
    And Charlotte's Obsession for balloons is too cute. Hopefully we will see one of the Kids ride on a Pony!

    Is there a live stream? I'd love to watch it!

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  2. She said "Dada"... I just died a little ...omg they are so cute ❤❤❤❤

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    1. Yes, she is so adorable!

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    2. I hear you, Diane. :) Adorable children and wonderful to see the natural and loving interaction between the family.

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  3. So excited to see Charlotte walking (more like running)!

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  4. GEORGE ON A PONY!!!
    https://twitter.com/Chic_Happens_/status/781545896769183745

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  5. Charlotte really does look like a young Queen Elizabeth!

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    1. I'm always the one defending babies when people talk about their looks. "Charlotte looks like Charlotte"... But I have to agree with you, in every picture where she is smiling, I see her gg-gma Queen Elizabeth! There is an article out today they are calling her the Queen's mini-me.

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  6. I cannot find a live stream anywhere and the first video won't download. Aack! These photos are so adorable and little Charlotte couldn't be cuter with her enthusiasm over those balloons! I was so excited seeing the children I forgot to even look at what Kate is wearing!

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  7. If you look closely, you can see George hugging William in the Background behind the fence in the Video by Richard Palmer!

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  8. I think Charlotte is so cute and George is as handsome as he can be.Thanks for the pictures 🎈🎈

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  9. Bright and lively wee people! Kate and William looks proud of them too. Lovely!

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  10. Did you see the adorable photo of Charlotte hugging a rabbit? Precious!
    https://twitter.com/RoyallyKate/status/781554027741978624

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  11. My gosh are they cute! Charlotte seems like a hoot - I bet she and uncle Harry get up to some serious play!

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  12. Thanks for the pictures and videos Prince George and Princess Charlotte's having a lot of fun she is so cute setting on that dog and he is so darling blowing bubbles l realing am enjoying watching them play. This is such a beautiful family a great future King and Queen who will love their subjects. God bless you. ⚘💖👑👑

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  13. That bunny cuddle picture is so precious! My goodness these children are darling!

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  14. I think this is the first time we've seen Charlotte out of her parents arms, and she seems really fun. George seems a bit more reserved, but the water bubble gun got him giggling. How lovely that the guests invited included military families. I assume once the press goes, the children can interact more with the other children? As for Kate's dress, it's okay. I don't think it is anything special. But, this is the one day her fashion won't be a headline anyhow!

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  15. OMG!! I cannot bear the Charlotte's cuteness!! I looooooove Charlotte! When we see her on mommy's arms she looks very silent and lady like, and here she is very very playful. Soooo sweeeeeeeeet!

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  16. The dress Kate is wearing (finally looking at the fashion) looks so much better with the belt she added. I don't particularly care for the wedges with it but, since she's standing on the lawn and chasing kids around, her choice is spot on. Heels would just be stuck in the lawn.

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    1. I thought she would have opted for flats. It would have been a first for an official appearance but she wears them when she is off duty with the kids and would be so practical with the grass and two children to keep up with!

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    2. I don't think that Kate is a "flats" kind of girl! These wedges are delicate and appropriate and would also be VERY comfortable with a small heel. I think she looks lovely. The crocheted style top with singlet/camisole underneath is very youthful and popular at the moment.

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    3. She wears flats all the time in her private life. There are numerous pictures, both of her before her marriage and since, wearing flats including the trip she and George took to the natural history museum.

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    4. For private yes, for official engagements I think not. Unless it is action, sport or sailing, we mostly see wedges and high heels.

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    5. Which is why I said it would be a first. But this was also the first public appearance of the foursome and the event was held on grass and involved children which on my book falls into the "action" category. In family photos (the Christmas card and the ski vacation) she wears flats. Makes it hard to argue she is "not a flats kind of girl" in general.

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    6. I can't see this dress with flats. Too schoolgirl-ish IMO.

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    7. I would assume that if she opted for flats she would have chosen something else then

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    8. It was a garden party. Kate chose her shoes and dress well, I think :-)

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    9. It was a children's party not a Buckingham palace garden party. I like the dress but not the shoes - either with this dress or for a children's party.

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  17. And the Charlotte trying to get comfortable on the dog!! Cutest girl ever! I guess Charlotte and Lupo must be very good playmates :D

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  18. Global News has a clio of Kate dancing with Charlotte. I cannot seem to copy the link? It is too cute.

    These kids are just so happy and it is so obvious that Mum and Dad are hands on parents. The love oozes and it is just a delight to watch.

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    1. I saw the Global News link. So dang cute! I cannot watch these videos too many times. I have to say that little Charlotte has just won my heart! Her little wave, dancing with Mummy, and how adorable is the image of Prince George with his arms around his daddy's neck! I need to search around and see if I can find Princess Charlotte's little dress somewhere! I'm thinking my youngest granddaughter *needs* to have that dress! So cute with the blue and that pop of raspberry!

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    2. Robin DM reports it is Pepa and Co.

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    3. I saw that. Very expensive for a little girl's dress because the smocking is hand done. But I definitely need to get some little smocked dresses!

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    4. Hand-smocking IS labor intensive although IMO not as labor intensive as say, covering the same amount of space with detailed crewel embroidery.  But if you sew Robin, it's not that hard to learn to do it. I taught myself yrs ago from a book but with internet resources it's probably even easier to learn. The main thing is to get the dots for gathering stitches right and use a garment pattern made for smocking because of the decreased width from the pleating. (Not sure if those patterns are hard to find these days-- McCalls used to make them.) A cute faux smocking look can be very easily done even by non-sewers by doing horizontal rows of cross-stitches using pearl cotton thread. It is faux but its still cute particularly on little girls' clothes. And since it doesn't change the width, it can be done on purchased clothing. Because there are stitches instead of gathers on the back, it's best done on bodices that aren't too tight (or sensitive skin could be irritated even though pearl cotton is quite soft)  

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    5. lizzie, I make quilts but not clothes. I have a friend who has done a lot of hand smocking for her grandchildren but she also makes everything else and she can knit and crochet as well. I don't have the patience for that. Maybe after we get our move over and get settled I'll venture out into a new area.

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    6. Quilting takes patience too! I've done rag quilts and tie quilts with all the joining done by machine..but nothing that required extensive hand-sewing. 

      Moving is overwhelming..I hate to even cook when that's going on so I sure wouldn't take on anything new either!

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  19. The children are adorable, it's so wonderful to see them growing and developing such fun personalities! Can't wait for them to get even older and another join them...? So fun! On the fashion front, I like this color on Kate, but not this dress. The "lace" bodice looks clingy and old and that all-the-way-up-to-the-neck thing is too much. Don't care for the shoes either, I'm sure there must be other grey wedges out there. ;) I DO love that belt, so creamy and luxe, but not with this dress. Oh well, She is a risk taker and that is always entertaining and she must be having so much fun with her wardrobe on this tour!

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  20. The kids look very cute. It was nice to see Will holding Charlotte and nice to see her walking some. It is also uncanny how much she looks like the Queen (and not just the Queen as a child but now too!) 


    I really don't care for Kate's dress at all. The color is fine...Kate wears cream often. But it reminds me of the kind of dress my much-loved grandmother used to wear back in the day. The ruffles also remind me of some of Diana's clothes from the frilly 80s. Maybe it's "fashion forward" now but ick in my book. I don't want to see most of the 1980s fashions again. I like the Neiil crepe on the same site Jane's link goes to much better.  

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    1. Having you compare Kate's dress to something your grandmother wore back in the day is keeping with the whole retro vibe she's had going on this trip. I think the dress is "OK" but I am very glad she put the belt with it. Without the belt the dress just hung on the model looking completely shapeless. I admit that when I saw the frilly collar my first thought was of Diana. I will also admit that I wore those frilly collars because she set the fashion trends for my age group and we all wanted to dress like her. Right down to the off white stockings! How glad I am that I've abandoned stockings of any sort unless it's freezing outside and I need a heavier, more opaque version. Why must women be stuffed in a sausage casing to be considered "dressed up?"

      I keep looking at photos of HMTQ as a child and the only resemblance I see between her and Charlotte is in the cheeks. The Queen's eyes are much more deep set and very light. I think that, around the eyes, Charlotte is all Carole. A good mix of her two grannies!

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    2. The dress is definitely retro. I agree the belt was needed and a belt would have been worn back in the day!

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    3. I don't think PC resembles the Queen much either Robin. At a year, Queen Elizabeth had very pronounced features looking markedly different than her great granddaughter. I think Princess Charlotte looks like the Windsors though.

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    4. She should have worn some less fancy dress. Sometimes she just misses the point.

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    5. I bet we will see this outfit at a Wimbledon!! :D

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    6. I don't think Kate would choose it for Wimbledon.

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  21. Feel honoured to be able to see this beautiful family enjoying family life!
    Making us prou.

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  22. You can see the Kate and Charlotte dancing on YouTube as well N

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  23. ABC News has the longest video I've seen. Great to see the kids in action.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that! The video was so much fun. And we got to hear that Kate and Charlotte were dancing to La Bamba! Being a children's music teacher, I so wish someone had thought to invite Canada's own Charlotte Diamond to entertain the kids. I had the opportunity to do a couple of workshops with her and she is so wonderful and so fantastic at getting children to join in!

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    2. My kids grew up listening to Charlotte Dimond! Ten hugs a day, I am a pizza etc.We still have the cd in the car.

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    3. Yea for Charlotte Diamond! Four Hugs A Day but that's the minimum, not the maximum! ;-)

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  24. On no! Is it those wedges??!!!

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  25. I don't see the resemblance to the Queen as a child at all (from the photos of the Queen at that age); I think Charlotte looks a bit like William did at that age; I'm older enough to remember this.

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    1. Anon 4:24..The picture where I find the resemblance to HM most startling (including HM of today) isn't on this blog. Its the pic on the Duchess Kate blog where PC is petting a white dog. 

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    2. I'm in the same camp but I also think there is a lot of Middleton in there. Either way she is just adorable!!

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    3. Think my last comment from the afternoon may have gotten lost...the still photos from today in which I think Charlotte looks most like HM aren't on this blog. One is the pic where PC is petting a white dog. Another is one where Kate is holding Charlotte and that "circle on a stick" thingy is in the pic. (What is that anyway?) Both look like an exact mini-me of the Queen to me but I also agree sometimes there is more Middleton. Not really seeing all that much of a young Will.


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    4. The instrument is called a Den Den. It is a little drum on a stick with a bead on the end of the string. When you rotate it back and forth the bead hits the drum making it a rhythm instrument.

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  26. I think Charlotte looks a little bit like Lady Sarah Catto ( Princess Margarets daughter)

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    1. Good call Dy! She does look a little like Lady Sarah!

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    2. Exactly what I was thinking!

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    3. So glad I am not the only one who sees this!

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    4. 'Chatto' not 'Catto'.

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    5. And Lady Sarah resembles her Grandmother, the QM (Margaret's mum), whom the queen (Margaret's sister) takes after who
      Charlotte resembles.

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  27. George a blonde version of his grandfather Michael Middleton.

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  28. How fun to see the whole family and to see the kids interaction with each other as siblings, very typical sibling interactions:) and with the other kids. Thought they all looked wonderful clothing wise. I liked Kate's addition of the belt to the dress and like this dress. All in all a lovely outing.ali

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  29. Charlotte definitely favors the Windsors. I see the Queen resemblance. George does look like a thoughtful boy, very sweet. They are so adorable, this family!
    Kate's dress - very nice! I like the high neck with the cutouts - modest and modern.

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  30. George is a blond Michel Middleton and Charlotte is a brunette Queen Elizabrth. Beautiful mix of genes!

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  31. Okay, Jane. Intel, please. In the last year William has begun strolling with a hand in the pocket and occasionally crossing his legs. No more spread legs and awkward fingers. Like an American gentleman. Looks so much more natural to my eye. Why all of a sudden?

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  32. Interesting what each of us see in the children. To me George looks so much like William, with some Middleton thrown in of course, and Charlotte the splitting image of Kate -- with a dash of Windor for sure.

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  33. I wonder if one of the reasons Kate chose this dress is because of its high neck. She knew she'd be holding one or both of her children this afternoon, and it's all too easy for a neckline to be tugged out of alignment by a little one. The Duchess seems to favor covered-up looks, but maybe that's for practical as well as personal reasons. She projects an image of poise and elegance, and she's careful to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. I think she uses her artist's eye when she dresses, and she's aware that pictures taken at any event she attends will be around for years. Hence, the classic lines and timeless styles for her and her kiddos.

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    1. I agree. And I believe that the design makes it look dressier than it is; I see a nice comfortable knit dress. Not unlike photos of W&H...except William is not wearing a suit. :))

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  34. Oh my, Charlotte does look just like the Queen and Lady Sarah Chatto! I absolutely loved Kate's dress but to me, this ensemble didn't work with these particular wedges. Another pair of wedges, sure, but not canvas ones that look both slightly grey and slightly scuffed...

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  35. Was there some type of underskirt going on under her dress? In one pic when she bends down it looked like there was a short something around her delicate areas. N

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    1. According to the info on the designer's site, there is a slip with the dress reaching to mid-thigh.

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  36. Such a wonderful event. I bet all of the kids had a wonderful day :) . I know reviews on the dress Kate was wearing are quite mixed. While I loved the color and neckline on her, I would have much preferred to have seen her in a pallazo pant with matching top and belt - basically the same look she was wearing but with flowing pants. Kate would be stunning with her long lined figure in that style. Also, when you know you are being photographed endlessly and stooping down to engage with children, the length dress she was wearing became inappropriate for the occasion. While the other Mums were able to get away with that length, they were not being photographed with "up skirt shots" repeatedly. I really hope Kate will expand her style to include some fabulous pant suits (especially a flowing style leg). It would be fashion forward and still allow for conservative coverage.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about the dress. I was relieved, however, when I saw another picture which clearly showed a fitted skirt underneath thus preventing any unwanted exposure. I thought the dress was beautiful but could have done without the neck ruffle. I don't know if we'll ever see Kate in pallazo pants. It seems to be skinny jeans or bust.

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  37. It seemed to me that on arrival, George saw , first of all, another line up of people waiting to shake hands and wasn't too over-joyed. He soon brightened when he saw everything else---particularly the bubbles and balloons.
    Unfortunately, children's parties today are all about adults entertaining the children, rather than getting them all playing games together. When Catherine was dancing with Charlotte, it seemed a pity others didn't join in, but I suppose they are a little shy to join in.
    The children are lovely, and the Duke and Duchess impressively hands on. Its nice to see children dressed as children, not mini adults---but then I'm an old fogey!
    I liked Catherine's dress; very garden partyish. Can see that turning up on Buckingham Palace lawn next year.
    Only one more full day now, before they are heading home

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    1. You're not an old fogey. I too enjoy seeing children dressed like children. :)

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    2. Not an old fogey Jean. This is how I dressed my children and they are still young, so not too long ago. I love classic children's clothing because you see the child first, not what they have on. We lived in Paris for a few years and it was hard to find clothng for young children that didn't look like this which was more than fine for me.

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    3. No old fogey-ness in my mind! I love to see children dressed in this classic manner as well. My daughter dresses her children this way but we have certain brands we have to stick with so they don't look like mini-teens. Childhood is so fleeting and I'm all for making the most of it and not hurrying them along to the next stage!

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  38. Ah such a beautiful family and I really applaud William & Kate for making sure their royal duties do not take precedence over their children. Whenever I hear criticism of W & K's supposed "shirking", I think of so many other royal children, including William & Harry who spent way too much time with nannies whilst their parents carried out literally hundreds of public engagements each year. Thankfully George & Charlotte won't ever know what that feels like.

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  39. I really paid no attention at first to what Kate was wearing. It was all about the kids in my opinion and were so delightful. They both are so precious. I truly like the way they are both dressed too. I love knee socks on Prince George. Yes the fact this couple is hands on with their children is the best. I am sure Nanny Maria has lots of time with them and together could be why the two are so well behaved and happy/content. It is amazing that one never sees thumb sucking or pacifiers with Royal youngins.

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  40. I can not tell who Charlotte looks like? May just have to wait quite a few more years. Someone mentioned Lady Sarah, that is a possibility.

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    1. Yes, mouth is similar to Sarah's. But she may have the mouth from Kate, perhaps, who has quite a wide mouth.

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  41. Cuteness overload. I bet some of these pictures will make it into frames in the family living room(s). The ones with William holding both of his kids are particularly sweet.
    Hope the family could unwind a bit before the next round of engagements. I bet Nanny Maria was given the day off so she could explore the city. Do we think we had pizza and ice cream for dinner?

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  42. I've been watching videos and I have a feeling that something didn't work out here as it was planed. Royals mingling by themselfs. Royal children not interested in other children. Other children not interested in Royals. No interaction, no games, no running around. It feels like totaly upstaged photoshoot session for George and Charlotte only.

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    1. I wonder if that changed once the cameras left

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  43. I thought that too, but have just seen an interview with Sky's royal reporter who said the media had to leave after the first hour and from what parents leaving the party said, there seemed to be more mixing then.

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  44. In some photographs Charlotte looks like Carole Middleton and in others she looks like William as a child. I can't see the Queen, Margaret, Sarah Chatto, Anne or Zara in her at all.

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    1. I wish we could find photos of Carole Middleton as a child for comparison.

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    2. I agree, Faith! I would love to see a baby picture of Carole!

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  45. Allie in Churchill, MBSeptember 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    This children's party is one of my favourite royal events ever. The thing I love the most is the photo of George with his arms wrapped tightly around his father, with their faces pressed together - only a child raised lovingly and hands-on would hold on to daddy for security like that. Charlotte is a delight. She must be quite the handful to raise! Being able to see the whole family together, and to see what a loving unit they are was just perfect. Thank you, Jane, for this excellent post.

    I thought that Kate's dress was perfect for the occasion. It's a little too frilly for my taste, but it kept her in the background of her family, making the children, and not her clothing the highlight. It was also cut appropriately to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions caused by her children.

    What a great family.

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  46. Lovely that you can hear the odd thing that William says to George; he is lovely with the children. Little George seems a tad diffident. Kate's dress was Edwardian in style, somewhat formal for the occasion. Would have preferred a more casual dress, and ballet flats. I have read that she was wearing shorts underneath. Not very practical wearing a dress as she was expected to crouch down with Charlotte. There's an odd photo of her revealing what's under the skirt; an underskirt or shorts.

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    1. George very much has the same personality as my five year old grandson. He watches and assess everything around him. He watched very closely what the balloon artist was doing and you could see the fascination on his face. He's only three. Trust me, in another year or so he will be more interactive and verbal - my grandson never stops now! Little George is in a strange place with a bunch of people he doesn't know and he is very much out of his comfort zone. Notice the photos of him when the POTUS visited KP. George was shaking hands and much more relaxed in his own home.

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    2. Well, it was a staged photo of George shaking hands with the President, and he looked petty shy to me.

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  47. I LOVE THEM! The whole family is so sweet. That video of William and George watching Kate and Charlotte dance is so sweet!

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  48. It always amazes me when people are surprised when a photo is "staged" during a photo op
    at an event. The Scandinavian royals are praised for their staged photo ops with their
    children. Does CP Victoria really bake cookies with her daughter on a regular basis?
    Besides, I have a feeling, after seeing Charlotte in action,the Queen herself could not
    have forced that determined little girl to hug a bunny. I would fear for that bunny, as
    Jane worries over Marvin. Actually, somewhere in my memory banks is a visual of William and
    or Catherine instructing George to be gentle with Lupo. Did I imagine that?

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  49. Did anyone else notice the boo-boo on Charlotte's knee?

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  50. I can't keep myself from commenting here that latex balloons are a very, very dangerous choking hazard to young children. Once a popped balloon has been inhaled, there is not much you can do. I certainly hope Charlotte and George don't spend much time popping balloons. Sorry to be a downer...I actually know someone whose child died this way.

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