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Goodbye Canada 2016: Cambridges Leave By Sea Plane

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Every tour must come to end. As bittersweet as the farewell always is, the final appearance is always special, and today it also meant we would again see Charlotte and George who were booked with their parents on a sea plane for an aerial tour before heading home. It couldn’t have been a more perfect goodbye to this stunning second tour of the north.



Headlines have claimed that George stole the show, and it isn’t far from the truth. When the little three-year old got out of the car, any sensitivity the tyke had felt on the day of the children's party had vanished. George was bubbly, excited, and ready to
wave. This is the best video I found of the most enthusiastic royal wave to-date. He started with one hand and then moved to two. Kate almost tumbles out of the car after him and once she has fixed his hair she gives him a little shove forward.

This snap of her face is one of the sweetest I have seen of the Duchess with her children. It’s a private face of amusement and love watching her little prince’s happy and innocent antics.



George has never been afraid of the press, and I think his bold and confident demeanor toward the press to-date speaks well for his upbringing, and I hope signals that he will continue to view the press and by extension the public, in a positive manner. If he does, the monarchy is on the right road. This video also makes me laugh. George has no problem trying to get mom's attention by a little ensemble sabotage.

I said George almost stole the show, because he didn’t entirely run away with it. Princess Charlotte, in a deep ruby red sweater and matching little shoes was also happy to wave to the fans and press alike.


Kate accepted flowers and lifted them to the 17-month old’s nose. Charlotte leaned in for a delicate sniff as the cameras clicked furiously. This one is for the history/biography books. In the background, George refused another high-dice offer. So, apparently this prince likes his adulation and attention from a distance.  :)

Crown in Canada

All together, they looked like a picture postcard. Kate didn’t disappoint when it came to planning coordinating ensembles. They arrived in in shades of blue, but they left in creamy whites, deep reds, and blue and grey accents. I know this is another tip of the hat to Canada, but if November is too busy for Kate, she can always use any one of these shots for her Christmas card photo. She probably won't choose this hilarious snap, though, as Charlotte appears to have lost the spirit of the occasion and George wants to rock 'n roll outta there ASAP.


Kate’s coat is a custom Catherine Walker, the same designer in which she waved goodbye to Canada in 2011. In a tour that debuted a number of new labels and paraded a host of pieces from Dolce & Gabbana to Alexander McQueen, it was nice to see a return to the royal staple. This coat is very, very similar in structure to the popular Lady Day coat by J. Crew. I have been hoping that Kate would wear that coat for some time, but so far no luck. Still, if you are looking to replicate, run over there. It just screams winter, especially paired with the kids deep reds, but it is a huge win. The ribbon detailing notches the formality up quite a bit from an average coat, and Kate is simply a knockout in white. I am just wondering if she should have worn red shoes or if that would have been too much. Maybe navy suede? This would look great recycled with black suede boots.


I imagine that the little Cambridges are very excited to head home to Lupo and Marvin, to their own beds, their own garden. The sea plane flew the Cambridges from the harbor to the Victoria airport. When they landed at the airport, George climbed into the cockpit. Victoria Murphy reported the exchange that took place:
"After we landed, once the co pilot got out, George climbed up into the seat and started playing with the controls and pretending he was flying the plane.
"Kate said 'Where are you going to fly us? Are you going to fly us to Canada?'
"And George said 'No I'm going to fly us to England'.
That's one little man who wants to go back to normal, too. This was a smash hit tour. I know a lot of people have a lot of opinions about it, but already I am hearing from readers it was their favorite to-date. I will be writing a little sum up in the next week or so. Let me know what your favorite part was!



127 comments:

  1. I think this tour was special because I was able to follow it so closely (my first Twitter tour). The India/Bhutan tour was a terrible time zone for me and I had jury duty that week. I loved the Australia/NZ tour a Lott though. So many lovely outfits and adorable George. And the first Canadian tour was special because I was getting to know Kare better and some of the outfits debuted then remain favorites. But this one... Charlotte's personality, the interactions between family members and the family as a whole... the Monarchy is in good hands :)

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  2. All good things must come to an end.Thank you Jane I love this blog.
    They are a cool wee family it's been fun viewing all the antics.

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  3. One of my most favorite photos is the one where Kate is shaking hands with a woman in the crowd and the woman's mouth was wide open with pure unabashed joy and excitement to meet Kate! (That would be my reaction as well!) Kate is not only an asset to her family and England, both present and future, but a much needed breath of beautiful fresh air for all who adore this sweet family.

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  4. Catherine's coat is my favourite for the tour. She was wearing a cream pleated skirt under it, possibly one she wore in California with a navy blue top.
    George was so excited--more about the plane ride.
    I don't think he understands a "high five"---well neither do I, but suspect he sees the hand in front of his face and sees it as a threat.
    It has been a lovely week with fantastic scenery; beautiful clothes and delightful little ones and has cast light on the problems of the people in the area.
    It has also given a lot of pleasure to people all over the world.
    Thank you Jane for letting us see them all

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    1. I have wondered about the "high five" too...Is it usual in Uk?? I am European but not Enghish and here we don't do it...

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    2. I have wondered about the "high five" too...Is it usual in Uk?? I am European but not Enghish and here we don't do it...

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    3. It's common in the US

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    4. Ok,that's the reason of the child's reation...

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    5. It's common in the US and it's a particularly popular thing for a man to do. I think, however, with a little boy I don't know, and who doesn't know me, I would have gone for the hand shake.

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    6. I am told that it is fairly common among older children, but the children he probably sees the most, those at his nursery school--under fives in rural Norfolk, seem less likely to do it.
      I doubt if royal family's youngsters practice it when they are all together at Buckingham Palace.

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    7. I guess it's never to early to learn the greeting customs of the countries one will visit numerous times in the course of ones life

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    8. I don't think a "high five" is an essential greeting custom to learn-it is pretty casual and sporty. A handshake would be fine.

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    9. Well then you should feel free to seem overly formal in some situations Anon 4:15. In my opinion the people trying to twist an attempt to high five a young child rather than shake their hand are the ones really stretching it. It's not a big deal if George didn't want to high five back - it doesn't mean the person offering the gesture was "wrong"

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    10. I just read the DM headline about George "snubbing" this boy and I think it's very unfair to label it as such. George reacted shyly to a gesture he is unfamiliar with. Given that he is 3 years and 3 mos old at this point, I think he does quite well in the royal duties department.

      And, to HIS credit, the boy who attempted the high-five made a quick transition to a handshake but, understandably, a three year old is less likely to be as quick to "recover".

      General comment ... this is a prime example of why I would never be critical of what some folks may see as W&K's very attentive and proactive style of parenting (as seen it in public).

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    11. I agree. I do not think that a small British boy, let alone Royal, would know what a high five is. I grew up in Europe and didn't know about high fives until I was 30 haha. I would also have been utterly confused if someone had stuck a hand in my face and shouted High Five!! The recovery would have been slightly slow and traumatic!!

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    12. If his parents, relatives and social setting don´t greet like this, I doubt the child do it..
      I would have thought it was the "hi" of the American Natives...ha!!

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    13. Does anyone actually know if Prince George had never been exposed to the concept of a high five?! If not this is all just twisted justification to defend a perceived negative that he did not high five back. Even if he did know what a high five is it is perfectly ok if he did not high five back - anyone who has ever attempted to high five a child would know that.

      And as an aside children pick up knowledge from many sources including books, shows and movies (before anyone jumps on me Kate was quoted that she watches the Disney movie Frozen with the children). The Royal children do not live under a rock. If George gets to 30 without ever seeing a high five there is something seriously wrong.

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    14. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3769458/Kate-William-attempt-gnarly-hand-gesture-Cornwall.html

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2100867/Kate-Middleton-Valentines-Day-trip-Duchess-Cambridge-visit-Liverpool-childrens-hospital.html

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-middleton-drums-out-queen-7017097

      Google image search "kate middleton high five" for other examples. His parents certainly are aware of the high five concept.

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    15. I must live under a rock, I am 47 and didn't know the "high five", in Europe we don't do it.

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    16. My children don´t know what a high five is....They think it is something that the basket players do......in US...in fact they say a "give me five"..ha...

      I am from France...

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    17. I know what a high five is, but have never given one!I see it more as a group greeting, between teenagers, a kind of fashion, that becomes speedily old-fashioned, as new generations of teenagers invent other codes, not a greating custom of a country. I would never great a person I saw for the first time so casualy, even a child. I'm also from Europe ( not UK)

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    18. I live under a rock too...

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    19. I'm from the US and have been aware of high fives since - well, let's just say a very long time. Still, the only time I use it is at a sporting event or on those rare "drop the mic" moments with friends. I'm not criticizing the young man with George but the adults, who should know better, should realize that you don't just abruptly put an open hand in front of a small child's face.

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    20. Trust me I am not Justin's biggest fan, but can we give him credit for a least kneeling down on George's level? I see young children/toddlers being asked to high five often enough that it doesn't strike me as odd. Maybe Justin should have been more groomed. Maybe he should have known better. But he made the effort to connect with the child on his level, literally, he just didn't think through how to best handle the rest. Children are tricky to engage sometimes, but we also know Kate (& William) are doing a great job at developing their kids social skills. We've all had an awkward moment when something with a young child doesn't go as smooth as we'd hoped.
      ~ A

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    21. William and Kate are adults who high five children. Should they "know better"?

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    22. Honestly this hullabaloo about high fives confounds me. W&K both high five kids and have done so for years!

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    23. I think that nobody failed. Only trying to be aware what happened.
      When I was a child ,some people needed to squeeze my cheeks as a greeting.....it was horrible for me and for the most kids...(however very common in the country I live...)

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    24. Oh, my Italian aunties loved to pinch my cheeks. I was the baby of the family and oh how those cheek pinches made my eyes roll!

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    25. The outcome lies in the child's reaction: does he think,"What a strange thing to do" or "I must be strange because I don't like it."

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    26. anon 11:25- if it is a behavior he has seen at home George may accept it from his parents, but not a stranger. He may have a strong sense of personal space as well.
      He was put in a situation beyond his ability to cope or understand.

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  5. This was such a great tour and I think it's a watershed moment for Kate style-wise: she's expanded into a new range of high end designers and into totally new, and in some cases, very unexpected, looks. Jane, I'm really interested in your overall analysis of her fashion in Canada and whether you think she's moving into something of a new style phase!

    (I know this contradicts the comments above but I think my least favourite look may have been the white Catherine Walker...I'm not sure why, but it just didn't work for me, although Kate looked lovely!)

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  6. I really liked this tour. I think it really showcases William and Kate coming into their own as a family, and as a senior royal court with their own agenda and interests. They complement HM and Prince Charles but have a totally modern approach to their roles. I think this tour probably showcases their outlooks much more closely than others. What's important to them: family life, the environment, the great outdoors, mental health and reaching out to people who have been underserved in society. Great legacies that both of William's parents have instilled in him. I bet it was very nice of him to hear what fondness his mother Diana still holds in country far, far away. While we knew this would be a more dressed down tour for Kate, I think she did very well with her sartorial choices. I think her arrival and departure outfits will be recycled for more regal events in the future. I think William was at his most relaxed too. It's nice to see the Cambridge family unit together- the kids were smashing cute.

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  7. What are the chances George will Not become a pilot?
    I really don't think the change in George's response to photographers from outside the Lindo
    Wing to now reflects getting used to it by repeated expoosure. I think he just reached a point in his mental/emotional development in which he could understand his parents' explanations. I think his departure enthusiasm had more to do with Airplane! and going
    home, not greater acceptance of the press, although it certainly served their needs.

    Beautifully tailored, elegant coat. Audrey Hepburn would have worn it.

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    1. Hee hee, I agree that i think his mad awing was an attempt to speed things along and get on the plane and get home:) Very cute, and Charlotte clearly has picked up the waving, but jus as something to follow what her Mom and big brother do. She shows some interest in those around her but still pretty parent focused and desperate to be on her own two feet and not carried anymore.

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    2. Anon 1, I tend to think it's a combination of the two ... experience AND the excitement about what was to come. :)

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    3. I just don't think experience is necessarily the best teacher.Practice of skills involving muscle and hand-eye coordination,, yes. Yet, even those require certain maturational levels. Who forces a two year old to ride a bicycle? I feel most experiences that involve emotional and mental maturity to understand and thus process are best left
      to an appropriate stage When Possible. I worry about placing very young children in such circumstances. Sophie and Edward seemed to have understood this in their choices, as relates to public viewing and photo ops involving intrusive, noisy cameras. I think their son appeared on the balcony, a relatively sheltered exposure,
      and on the church walk after age eight.

      Will children experiencing the horrors of war become accustomed and accepting? Maybe.
      I don't think parents should choose deliberately to expose their children and I don't believe they should feel forced to do so.
      I think George knew enough was enough.It wasn't naughtiness and neither was his
      attempt to escape or hide at other photo-ops.
      If one thinks, "Well, he needs to get used to it. This will be his life. It has always been that way," then perhaps that outlook should be extended to other life
      situations to understand my viewpoint. It is the same attitude that says that children should get used to poverty. Afterall, "The poor are always with us."
      (If one counters, ..."but that's from the Bible," one needs to review the context of that quote first.)

      We so often agree, royalfan, but my opinion differs on this one.

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    4. A pilot or a sea captain, his mom can sail...

      Anon2

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    5. Sadly, I don't think William and Kate have the same options Sophie and Edward had/have. The direct in line is expected to be seen. And we've all read what horrible things people say when we haven't seen the children for a little while. I don't think HMTQ would approve of the children not being seen until they were older because W&K have a duty to the crown and that includes the breeding and showcasing of future monarchs. It may sound blunt but there it is. I think W&K work really hard to balance all these differing views while trying to bridge the old with the new. It's obvious they are never going to please everyone but I think they try really hard to protect their children while doing what is expected because of their position.

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    6. Anon 1, I have no argument with your reasoning; experience may not always be the best teacher. True. And W&K are very supportive and proactive parents. But I do believe that experience has played a role in the difference in George's reaction to photographers today vs. when Charlotte was born.

      E&S have had a very different approach to exposing their children to the media circus, true, but they have the luxury of doing so. Meanwhile, some people expressed concern over W&K's approach to exposing their son to his future reality simply because they didn't release more photos of him.

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    7. That's what I meant by saying I don't think parents should feel forced to do so.
      I wonder if W&C would choose to expose their children if the public and other expectations allowed for a choice? I also feel W&C are making the best choices possible, given the framework they operate from- and they have to risk mass displeasure from the media-prompted response to do so.

      The fact that George may one day be king does not cancel the fact that he is now
      a three year old-one who seems to be constantly scowling at or hiding/running away from the invasion of his world.He is such an observant child and his reaction to the ballooons, parroting his younger sister's exuberant behavior, exhibits his confusion-
      "Am I supposed to do this now?" He realises he is on display. Charlotte just sees balloons. It's not the cameras-I'm sure his Mum sticks one in his face on a regular basis. It is partly being aware he is the center of attention, not just with adoring family, but in large groups of people unrelated to him.He seems to realise that people expect things from him, but what and why are beyond him at this point. Subtle aspects of his behavior have set off alarms for future problems. Some children may be able to handle it. George may not.

      As Robin mentions later, George has no concept of time or distance; how does one explain: "We are making you do this because Some Day you will be King."
      He is just as much a child as any other three year old, regarless of his future role.

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    8. Anon 1, I totally agree...he is three years old. Nothing changes that.

      if I recall correctly, George reacts the way William did as a child; sometimes he is more receptive to the attention than other times. All to be expected given his age. I'm sure W&K would make different choices if it was totally in their hands, but it is not and they are doing their best to balance what G&C need today with the expectations of the future.

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    9. Sounds about right for a three year old :) If George is more reserved like William I wonder if Charlotte will take free Haery? She seems like she's got tons of energy!

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    10. I guess we'll call it a draw, royalfan.Time will tell whether or not George will continue to follow his father's reportedly reserved and press-shy behavior. Each of Diana's sons reacted differently to the trauma experienced. Perhaps the Miidleton influence will work its magic on George as it seems to have done with William.
      I won't be around to see how it all turns out.
      I do think it could also involve older child seriousness and responsibility
      ( "Watch your sister, Billy.) versus younger child freedom and attention-competition behavior. It is apparently a common family dynamic-seen in families in the news
      from the Bush sisters and Billy and Jimmy Carter to Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor.

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    11. The Bush twins? Obviously one is slightly older but I sure don't know which one!

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    12. I believe Jenna Bush is the younger twin

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    13. I read that Barbara took on the older sibling role. Quite a contrast. There is usually a dominant twin, even in utero.

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    14. Anon 1, I have always believed that William and Harry's personalities are ideal for their individual roles. I sincerely doubt that William would get a pass for being as fun and spontaneous. And thanks to William carrying the heavier burden, Harry is able to be himself. BOTH are fine young men, but let us imagine Princess Margaret in the Queen's role and vice versa. Ha! ;)

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    15. Although in this interview with Barbara, it sounds like Jenna was more dominant and was the protector.

      http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/04/barbara-jenna-bush-sisters


      Perhaps there was a role reversal when they were older and since they aren't identical, differences may be more pronounced. I'd just never thought about which one was older before.

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  8. I second everything HoosierLori just said. We saw so much of their personalities as a family and, when it comes right down to it, there is nothing more important than parenting your children well and teaching them to be useful members of society. These children are just adorable and, while they may be shy in a group of people they don't know (not a bad thing), they are certainly cheerful and well loved. They just steal the show when they're there and I had to look at and watch them before I went back to look at Kate's clothes! Those enthusiastic waves were too cute and that photo of George with his little nose smashed up against the window in the cockpit is priceless!

    I agree that Kate's red or blue shoes would have looked better with this outfit but she looked beautiful. It's hard to pick a favorite time in this tour. They showcased the beauty of western Canada, the lovely First Nation people (and brought attention to their troubles), and we got to meet those adorable children and see their personalities. I think anything they did with the children would be the highlights. Sartorial choices have been out of the box for her and I salute her changes - especially with her shoes!! The highlight outfit though has to be that gorgeous blue dress and hat she wore upon arrival. Just stunning! Thank you for your wonderful coverage of the tour, Jane.

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  9. I only wish Kate could have found an opportunity to wear the Polar Bear brooch, gifted to her last tour:

    http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20508129,00.html


    Would have been a lovely acknowledgment of Canada's generosity to them.
    (Or, did I somehow miss it?)

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    1. The polar bear brooch was gifted by the people of the Northern Territories. Different territory or province that they visited on this tour.

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    2. Thank you Anon for the explanation, but still, when IS she going to ever wear it??

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    3. Maybe if they head back next year?

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    4. Correct me if I am wrong (and I am sure someone will ;) but I don't think Kate usually wears (in public) gifts of jewelry or other wearables she has been given in her royal role other than items given to be worn immediately like ceremonial scarves, etc. One exception is the gift necklace from Bhutan that she wore when departing that country. I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps there is a concern if she doesn't wear *everything* she has been given (and she's probably been given much more than we know about), it could cause offense to those who were left out. Anyway, I'm not sure we'll ever see the polar bear pin again although I'd like to.

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    5. It will probably cause offense if she never wears it

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    6. No it won't. Do you think that the queen or for that matter any member of the BRF has worn all the gifts that were gifted to them? Most times those gifts are never worn and are archived.

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    7. And if it does Anon 3:41 I doubt we will ever know. It's not likely something the giver would make a fuss about.

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    8. Take a peek at the "From Her Majesty's Jewelry Vault" blog and you will see how often the Queen has worn some of the gifts she was given over the years.

      If I had to make a bet, I would say that Kate will wear the Polar Bear brooch when they return to Canada’s Northwest Territories. Frankly, if she HAD worn it during this tour, it could have been seen as a solicitation for an equal or better gift. :)

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  10. My favourite part of this tour was family dynamics. I didn't mind Kate's entire cream ensemble for the farewell. To me she was trying to showcase her husband and children...and it worked. When I First saw the photos I barely looked at her because I was drawn to the colours of the kids, then William in navy. Plus it was a classic look for a lady. The children seem happy and engaged, and attached to both parents. I don't think any photos like this tour come close to any other Windsor family we've seen (but maybe I'm too young and I'm missing something?).

    My biggest shock was the lack of interaction between the Cambridges and the Trudeaus. Kate usually stood the furthest away from them. Did she feel engaging the Trudeaus would be seen as ignoring the public? The Trudeaus are very charismatic so I thought we would see more chemistry and engagement amongst the four of them. Perhaps the stiff upper lip of the English didn't know how to take passionate (French) Canadians? Especially being close to age and young parents I expected more. Like we've always seen more between them and the Obamas. Or maybe Justin's pro "rectify the wrongs towards the Aboriginals" goes against the monarchy's image? I ramble.

    Trudeau has implied the couple will return for our 150th anniversary which isn't far away. Time will tell...

    ~ A

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    1. It's funny you say that...this article made me LOL: http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/09/kate-middleton-sure-is-enjoying-the-view-in-canada.html

      He is very handsome :)

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    2. I was thinking it was the other way around. I thought the Trudeaus were staying away from W&K. Just goes to show how nothing can be assumed. If I were Mrs. Trudeau (sorry, can't remember her name) I wouldn't want to stand next to Kate. I know she's considered some sort of style maven but Kate made her look frumpy. On the other hand, we don't know who was saying "You stand here and you stand over there." It may have just been some sort of weird protocol issue.

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    3. Anon 12:14 I did see that photo and he isn't unattractive. ;-) I hope W&K saw it and had a good laugh.
      ~ A

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    4. Robin...how do we know the Trudeaus didn't keep this distance, on their part as you felt, because of distance from the Cambridges? We could really argue this making many assumptions. Simply put, I was musing and speculating out loud and none of us blog readers know for sure.

      For someone who so frequently defends Kate and those looking for fault, why call Sophie Grégoire Trudeau frumpy? She is also an educated & supportive wife, mother, a woman who has put her career to the side, and one who has been showcasing her countries designers on the world stage. She gave scarves from a CDN designer to the Obama girls and that designer couldn't keep up with demand - good for our economy! It's hard to stand next to tall, skinny, toned, beautiful Kate - we've discussed this before sympathizing with women in good humour over this. But that doesn't mean someone has to be frumpy. And perhaps Sophie chose what she felt was more conservative attire to respect Royal English fashion (that tends to be more conservative) for their guests? To let Kate shine while still herself looking good and showcasing Canadian talent? We really need to stop undercutting women and their appearance like that.
      ~ A

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    5. Because A at 10:25 the most fervent "defenders" of Kate are the first to tear down any woman near Kate (Maxima, Mary, even Sophie) and other commenters.

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    6. No wonder you don't fault Williamfor not paying any attention to his hosts Robin sine you can't be bothered to know the name of Kates hostess who happens to be the First Lady of Americas direct neighbor.

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    7. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau wasn't frumpy, she is just older than Kate. And quite beautiful and stylish.

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    8. We were told that the Trudeau family would be at the party, but of course Mr.Trudeau had gone to Israel for the funeral of the former president, as had most of the worlds senior politicians.

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    9. Why are the Cambridges expected to buddy buddy with complete strangers?

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    10. Wow, such a response. All I did was respond to the comment that Kate was stood away from the Trudeaus and that it had appeared the other way around to me and how different we can interpret photos.

      Sorry I can't remember the first names of every spouse of every country's leaders. I was respectful and called her Mrs. Trudeau which is who she is, no? Quick, without looking, tell me the name of Angela Merkel's husband! Yes, I said she looked a bit frumpy next to Kate. I did not care for her clothing choices in the photos I've seen. I did not criticize her character, her work, her family - just what she was wearing. I thought fashion choices were what we discussed on this blog. Why praise her for showcasing her country's fashions and criticize Kate when she does the same? I have never "torn down" Maxima, Mary, or Sophie. I don't even follow them and don't care what they wear. If we're discussing fashion I thought I was allowed an opinion.

      You continually "anonymous" posters who find fault with those of us who love Kate have made me feel like commenting on this blog is not worth my time. Sorry, Jane, I know this isn't your fault but these trolls who are always here to criticize those of us who love Kate, criticize Kate, William, and any opinion they do not share have made this not fun anymore. I've heard that other Kate blogs aren't fun because the commenters were sucking the joy out of it. Congratulations on doing the same to this one. I will continue to read, Jane, but I'm outta here on the comments for awhile.

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    11. I think Sophie did not look frumpy at all. She looked absolutely stunning.
      I wholeheartedly agree with you A.

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    12. Anon 11:29 agreed. Sophie GT is older and has three kids. I also think she may have intentionally chosen her outfits out of respect and to let Kate, their guest, shine. Sophie GT has had some insanely fashionable moments. She is far from "frumpy", and even then we all dress down sometimes or make a faux pas.
      ~ A

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    13. Anon 9:00am I wouldn't say "buddy buddy" but usually you make an effort with your hosts as they invited you and are wining & dining you. Gratitude. Graciousness. I'm also not faulting them I just thought with being similar ages and young families they would have meshed better (from what I saw in photos). I simply thought we'd see (more) chemistry. That was also my assumption going into it so it was something that didn't live up to what I thought may happen. Maybe that's more of a failure on my part than theirs ;-)
      ~ A

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    14. I am inclined to agree with Robin here. This is a fashion blog where we discuss clothes. We all won't always agree.

      Robin, I can understand why you want a break, but I hope you come back soon. You are a longtime and very valued commenter. I always enjoy your thoughtful remarks.

      All my readers are valued, although I can't really know which anons are the same, so I don't have a sense of most anon posters.

      I do request that we all recommit to civil and pleasant debate when disagreeing on fashion. Disagreement is very simply welcome here and for that to work everyone needs to have a thick skin. Sometimes people look frumpy. I frankly think my own outfit today fit that description. Better tomorrow, I hope!

      I will be tougher on approval. If you try to shut down another opinion rather than addressing the substantive thrust of the fashion point, I won't approve the comment.

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    15. How does one successfully host the Cambridge's? The million dollar question. :)

      The interaction had to have been tricky from both sides. If we had seen amazing chemistry and laughs between the two couples, W&K would be criticized for not being professional, and the Trudeaus could have been accused of milking the royal visit or competing in some way. At the end of the day, this was a business trip and not a vacation with friends. If the Queen is on tour, is her chemistry with her hosts analyzed, or it is simply a question of hosts and guest being respectful of one another?

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    16. I hit publish too quickly! Ugh.

      Robin, I sincerely hope you reconsider... Please. :))

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    17. Getty Images has an enormous amount of pictures of the tour and there are a whole bunch that show the interaction between the couples and some of Sophie and Kate having a good laugh together. One can't expect them to have shown too much interaction in public as they had large crowds to greet.

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    18. Getty is a great source. I agree. Seeing all of the photos from a particular engagement is far more revealing than a single photo.

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    19. The media may have encouraged expectations regarding the meeting of the two couples.
      Hard to blame them:it was a fun idea to speculate about. The problem comes when
      expectations don't meet reality and the public sees it as a failure on one or both
      of the couples' part, instead of a failure of media hype.

      We don't know all the machinations that went on: someone mentioned the Israeli
      State funeral; the realisation that this was potential political hay being harvested;
      perhaps uneven publishing of interacting versus non-interacting photos.
      And what royalfan said@ 4:54.

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    20. So from now on, every Anon is a joysucker troll. Congratulations! I disagree fully, even more surprised that Jane you have nothing else to say, except for please do not leave Robin. I am out of here!

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  11. Just a few scattered remarks. And, before I start, would just like to say that, sartorially, its probably Kate's best tour to date. Looking forward to more and better in the future.

    This will no doubt stir the ire of some, but from my pov, watching the limited coverage on Ontario tv, the impact the kids, George and Charlotte, made on the tour wasn't great; the stars of the royal road show were definitely mom and pop.

    I am still in awe of Kate's Canadian entrance; that royal blue sheath with flattering blue hat which reflected the theme of the Queens maple leaf brooch (and by the way, like the modest and light-weight scroll tiara, this delicate diamond brooch was commissioned by the Queens father for his wife. George VI had terribly good taste in jewellery unlike his daughter, who, given the choice, went for the most opulent and expensive, often quite tasteless.) This outfit just blew me away; it was SO much better than the navy Erdem sheath Kate wore the last time Kate entered Canada. And the goodies didn't stop there!!

    Regarding George and his demeanour when departing Victoria, I suspect we can all read something into it.My take is that he was so happy to be leaving--either to get back to his school friends or to get into the cockpit of the seaplane--that he decided to give the send-off crowd their moneys worth, and smiled and waved very enthusiastically indeed, before taking the opportunity to escape Daddy and running off to the plane. Unfortunately, Daddy noticed, caught him in the act, made him stop, turn around, and wave some more. Bummer, eh George?

    Re Kates lovely away coat, unlike you Jane, I would prefer to see it paired with either fawn or burgundy, rather than black. Altho I generally like the cream-black combo, it has to be balanced; with so much cream, a splash of colour (burgundy) or a soft contrast (fawn) would work better, methinks. Black would be a harsh contrast, quite unsophisticated here, and, after all, we may have witnessed the birth of the second coming of Audrey Hepburn--wasn't that red Preen cocktail dress out-of-this-world?

    JC
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    1. It certainly was. I thought Kate looked perfect throughout the tour, but my favorites were the arrival outfit and the red Preen cocktail dress. She was just stunning.

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    2. My favorite was also the JP she wore upon arrival and I definitely see Kate strolling more toward the classic Audrey/Grace styling. She looked stunning.

      I think that, as a three year old, George was just excited to cross that little bridge and go on the airplane. Just plain toddler excitement who had to be reminded to wave first. I don't think he was thinking "I can't wait to get home" (which would be outside his thought processes because time and distance don't mean anything yet) but just "I want to go on the airplane!" Three year olds are the epitome of "Oh, look! A squirrel!" behavior.

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    3. Time and distance, no. Those are abstract concepts that usually, but not always,
      develope around age six or seven or later. They are concrete thinkers.If I can't see it or feel it, it doesn't exist. You can't see space or time.
      If he was told "we will be getting on a plane and flying home-"
      home, my own bed, toys, garden, routine-all very much within his thought processes.

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    4. I read so little into George and Charlotte's behaviour during the departure. They are so young and kids get tired or hungry or overwhelmed or whatever. It's been very evident to me through video and photos that generally speaking they are happy, interactive, loved, attended to children/toddlers/babies.
      ~ A

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    5. You have a point, A, and I do agree, especially with your last sentence.

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  12. I think the blue arrival outfit and the red Preen dress were my favorites. When I first saw the pictures of those two outfits my reaction was WOW. I also loved the new shoes. My favorites were the J.Crew pumps. Maybe she'll start moving away from solid pumps all the time. I'd be quite happy if she tossed all the nude pumps and wedges in the trash.

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  13. Agree with you about the blue and red outfits. Apart from the clothes, she looked great at every stop, but the sailing pictures were the best. She was really in her element that day. She raises the sartorial bar every tour - wouldn't want the challenge of outdoing myself every time.

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  14. Jane, I'm with you on burgundy shoes for today's ensemble.
    It would have matched the children's outfits so elegantly.

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    1. Maybe she will recycle it with burgundy shoes - I agree it would have looked fantastic especially against charlottes dark red

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    2. I am all for the burgundy shoes..!!

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    3. I loved the cream ones, perfectly finished look imo

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    4. I think it depends whether one wishes attention be drawn to the shoe or the coat. Such a beautuful garment deserves center-stage.
      The burgundy shoes worked with the red outfit because the attention was evenly drawn,
      I think.

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    5. I'm very fond of color contrast, it's pretty personal though.

      Anon2

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    6. ...but Anon2- with a cream coat and burgundy shoes, where are the eyes drawn first
      and repeatedly? My theory is that Kate wears neutral-colored shoes and minimal accessories when she wants her garment to be noticed, not to make her legs look longer.
      Contrast Is interesting. You must like Roksanda designs.

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    7. Have you ever seen something by Agata Ruiz de la Prada?? You should!!

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  15. I could see her recycling the cream coat for Christmas with red or green shoes and dress and maybe a scarf. Maybe not :) but one of the first things I thought when I saw the coat is it would be a great going to church with the family coat at Christmas.

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    1. I totally agree! It's a beautiful coat in one of her favorite colors and works so well to coordinate family outfits. I am betting on a recycle at some point!

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    2. I had the same thought. Also, the Carolina Hererra would be a great Christmas coat.

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    3. Faith you are so right the Hererra coat would be great for Christmas. I hope she recycles both of them and at least one for Christmas this year.

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    4. Do you think we will see George on the walk to church this year?

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    5. No, I doubt it. According what I've read royal children tend not to attend more public church services until 7-8.

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    6. I wish we would but I think they will wait until he is older. The other royal children seemed to start participating around the age of seven. He would be so cute walking to the church with his parents though.

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    7. Do you think it will be any different since George will be king one day? Honesty curious. There seems to be a lot that generally applies to all royal children but I sometimes wonder what they do differently (if anything) for the heir to the throne. Because at the end of the day George's life isn't going to be the same as the other royals, just like Williams fate isn't the same as the York girls. We will probably never know but I do sometimes wonder.

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    8. One could certainly assume that George would be expected to appear earlier at services than Edward's children, since he is an heir. That is-if the theory that
      toddler and small royal heirs have an obligation to show themselves on a regular basis is valid royal protocol. The church walk is nearly as iconic as the balcony appearance.
      A tabloid played that balcoony episode for all it was worth in revenue and other outlets followed. It likely would not even been noted in Charles' childhood, other than a chuckle or two.

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    9. anon 1 my musing was more about having George do things earlier or differently not because of royal protocol per se but more to make it all feel "normal" to him by having him experience what truly is "not normal" at an early age. Like you say, the walk to church is as iconic as a balcony appearance and George will take many of them throughout his life.

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    10. I don't think Will appeared on the Christmas church walk before he was about 7--certainly not when he was 3 1/2 although he was pretty "active" at that age as I recall.(Remember Andrew's wedding and he was at least 4 by then.) While W&K could choose to do things differently and have George appear much earlier, my guess is they won't.

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    11. Apparently. the first time Prince William walked to church on Christmas Day was in 1987 when he was five. So, if that is anything to go by then we must wait two more years.

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    12. Whenever it is I am really looking forward to it :)

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    13. George has already walked the walk -his baby sister's christening. Been to church, too.
      Elizabeth and Charles first walk?

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    14. I imagine George's walk will be huge different than any prior sovereign because of advances in camera technology/the press/social media, etc. He is growing up with a wall of cameras even more intense than William and Harry did. It must be quite a thing to get used to.

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    15. I don't think that George will accompany them to church. He is young, as has been mentioned here, and it would turn the Christmas Day appearance into even more of a Cambridge Show. Any bets on how much "merry" that would add to a chilly December morning? :)

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  16. See this piece from Macleans magazine. Comparison between the Cambridge's and the Trudeau's. A fun analysis. And accurate in my opinion.
    http://www.macleans.ca/society/the-cambridges-vs-the-trudeaus-who-did-it-better/

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    1. Because macleana clearly falls in the category of "unbiased" journalism

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  17. Jane, thanks for the tip about the J. Crew coat. Any suggestions on other designers in North America that have a longer hemline - I love the knee-length, even mid-thigh length that Kate often wears. It seems that most dresses and coats hit mid-thigh (and I'm pretty average height 5'6").
    This is my first time commenting. Your blog is my favourite Kate blog...I like the editorial style.

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  18. I think Charlotte resembles very much William during an old autumn or early winter photo session with his parents at Kensington palace in a yard when he looks about 1. You can see quite a difference in the way his parents sit far away mostly and watch him manage on his own vs. the way William rarely leaves his children without a hand to hold or up in his arms when in front of the cameras. I admire him for ignoring any comment that he might behave any differently where his children and the cameras are concerned. He understand more than anyone except maybe his brother what that environment can feel like.

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  19. I have to add just a couple of more points on the fashion. First, her hair- OMG it was styled beautifully and appropriately for the day's engagements. She has beautiful hair and I also like to see it up and out of her beautiful face! I like it with the hairband, I liked the low ponytail, I liked it up and I like it with half up/ half down look too. Her updos have been stellar this year without looking dated-perfect for a tiara event should she need one! Second, I know she carried the Canadian tartan scarf with her- couldn't she get a bespoke dress, jacket or skirt made in this? That would've been fun to see!!!

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  20. Catherine has a busy week next week---Monday she is with William and Harry at the London Eye--to do with "Heads Together". Tues she is in the Netherlands for the exhibition of Pictures loaned from the Royal Collection and Friday is in Manchester. Fingers crossed, hope to get to see her at the Cenotaph in the city centre.

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  21. I look really good wearing a headband, but I have a lot of trouble keeping them on my head. If they're tight enough that they will stay on, they give me a headache. Looser ones just slide back and I have to keep re-positioning them. It's a dilemma.

    I've kept up with and enjoyed this tour much more than the others. It seemed they enjoyed themselves much more than the others. Every day I'd log in and see pictures of them smiling and laughing, there was even an article that focused only on the many pictures of them laughing together.

    Maybe it's because the kids were able to join them. Catherine appears to be an excellent, loving, patient mother--as her mother was I'm sure. And William certainly dotes on his children much more than royals were allowed to in the past--in public.

    Queen Elizabeth chastised him on the BP Balcony for bending down and speaking to George not too long ago. She is from a different era, I recall seeing a video of her returning from a long trip abroad, a young Prince Charles was among the greeting party and she only acknowledged him with a look and a few words as he stood stock still. No hug or kiss or cuddle. I'm glad William is breaking that tradition.

    Belle

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    1. I agree, Belle, that at 90 yrs old Queen Elizabeth is certainly from a different generation and time than William. But the much-ballyhooed  balcony "scolding" I think had more to do with the timing vs the way she parented her own children more than 60 years ago. The fly-over was about to occur when Will knelt down. None of us can know what George's question/concern was, but I can understand HM's probable belief (and agree with it) that Will should be standing for the fly-over else it might appear disrespectful. Had the Cambridge family not been front and center on the balcony this year, having only the top of Will's head show during that aviation honor might have been less of a big deal. And after all, if George was feeling anxious Will could have picked him up, cuddled him and continued to talk to him without kneeling down. I know George is young (I think he was a little over a month from turning 3 then), but in non-royal ordinary real life, aren't most children that age beginning to be taught they may have to wait a few moments for mom or dad's exclusive attention? Why should George not begin to learn that too? It seems it would help him in the long run and W&K say they want him to have a "normal" life for now. Maybe today's parents who "helicopter" drop everything they are doing and turn away from anyone they may have been talking to when their 3 yr old child asks a question, but the ones I know are more likely to try to begin to teach patience and "3 yr old manners" to their children. 

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    2. I think you are right Lizzie that the "scolding" was a timing thing rather than the Queen suggesting William shouldn't be attentive to his son. She has clearly been supportive of W&K being more "modern" in their parenting style and the results were on display this past tour.

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    3. Oh it is so easy to offer parental advice when the children are not your own! As most parents do, William and Kate are most likely trying their best to raise their children, except they at times have to do so in the glare of the public eye. We don't even know what the scenario was on the balcony. George may not have asked a question. William could have on his own accord bent down to explain that the fly past was about to happen.

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    4. All the posts about the balcony scene have really good points. I get the impression that while William and Kate are very hands on and very "attentive" as many parents especially are with their first born, much of what I see in public appears to be an attempt to keep the kids from having a fit or "doing" something "naughty" that causes a scene in a public official setting. It is a hard balancing act and actually were having the Nanny right there to deal with could be a plus. In these official settings were William and Kate have a grown up role and were it is all being recorded a Nanny who can truly deal with the kids really takes the focus off of their parenting style or away from their duties at the event. I suspect when hanging out with friends they are much more likely to work on the limit setting that might turn into a melt down.

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    5. I can understand "helicoptering" when you are raising a child to be a senior member of the BRF. For the rest of their lives, every smile, expression, action or mood will be analyzed and, potentially, criticized. As I stated elsewhere, W&K's children don't have the luxury of having an anonymous temper tantrum. At least they are actively engaging and guiding their children. Amen compared to past generations.

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  22. Anon 10.49

    I agree, all parents try to do their best, but it doesn't mean on their way doing so, they won't make mistakes. I think William made a mistake on that balcony, and the Queen reminded him of that. Anyway, I think they could all explain before the event not necessarily during.

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  23. Did anyone watch Ben Aflleck on Live With Kelly yesterday? He said while filming in London this summer he took his son to a gymboree... and the "royal kids" were there. He said protection officers were all over and he can now tell his son he played with a (future) king of England. I thought it was a fun story! More insight into the "normal" aspects of life they're exposed to, and knowing more how they (or at least George) can go have normal kid fun with others kids. I'm not sure if I believe Charlotte was there, maybe she was, but I believe at least George was.
    ~ A

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