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[Update] Kate Absent for Prince George's 1st Day of School

Thursday, September 7, 2017

This is without a doubt, one of the most disappointing days of royal-watching to-date. Prince George arrived for his first day of school at Thomas' Battersea this morning with his daddy, but Kate was absent. Yesterday royal reporter Rebecca English said her sources were whispering that Kate would be much too sick to venture out, and it appears they were correct.


William was at a function earlier this week where he said that these early days are always very anxious and that there "wasn't much sleep happening" at Kensington Palace.  Kate is battling hyperemesis gravidarum which can leave women sick round the clock and has required Kate be placed on an IV drip in past pregnancies to keep hydrated and nourished.



I don't think William's comment tells us definitively where Kate is in her pregnancy, but I do think that the body has clock it likes to keep, and I am sticking to my sense that she is about at the same point in her pregnancy that she was when she announced with George and Charlotte. 


It is strange to think of Kate watching this big moment in George's life with all the rest of us--by video from her couch. Any sense of disappointment for fans must be magnified 100 fold for her as a mother.






Rebecca English reports that William spent forty minutes at Thomas' Battersea before leaving his little guy. Tough day for the parents all around.  



In other news, the woman who greeted the royals is Helen Haslem, the head of the lower school, and she was camera ready today. This ensemble is super cute. I love the fluted the sleeves and scalloped shoes. This is a very Kate-like ensemble, who has also worn this color combo on a number of occasions. I don't have time to check, but the dress looks like it could be from Goat or another of Kate's go-to brands. If anyone knows, clue us all in in the comment section.  It is L.K. Bennett! Thank you Anon607!


Get better soon, Kate. We miss you!

Update

The Palace released this photo of George and William on the steps of Kensington Palace. It showcases a smiling George who seems a little more cheerful about his new school. :)




61 comments:

  1. This must be so hard for Kate to miss, your first child's first day of school. My heart goes out to her. George and his father don't look too happy..I hope he adjusts quickly .

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  2. Other websites are noting Ms. Haslam is wearing the Amana Rose dress from LK Bennett. I'm sure Kate is devastated that she could not attend today. Do you think the high expectations for Kate to look spot-on is just added pressure on her (in addition to feeling terrible from HG.). Would a "regular" mom just put on a pair of jeans, a top, and put her hair in a ponytail for drop-off? We know all eyes would be on Kate, so I'm sure the extra burden was just too much. --Niki

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    1. I think HG goes beyond that. Many women aren't even able to get out of bed, let alone take an hour car ride, which would inevitably cause more symptoms just by the motion. My heart goes out to Kate. But also I want to congratulate both William and George of a job well done. George looks tentative, but so sweet and behaved. He and William seem to be quite close and Daddy is more than capable of looking after him. Big day for the little guy. Very cute too.

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    2. I went thrpough the same thing as Kate. I am a mother of two grandmother of four. One thing I know you cant get off the couch in anything blue jeans y. You just lie there and beg for a little time of no sick. I also rember taking my first of two sons to scholl. It was the most memorable day of my life I think. I stayed there about 45 minutes until teacher said time go. My little man Donald was laughing looking at me "like , why are you still here mom" I cried rest drive home.. I was also the first parent in line to pick him up. My heart hurts for Kate. Been there done that wrote the book. But She is going to have one thing I didn't a third child. I so wish I would of been brave enough to go through that illness the third time but I wasn't.....

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    3. Thank-you for commenting, Jeanne.

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    4. I also experienced HG with both pregnancies and it is why I only have two children. (Hats off to Kate for this third pregnancy!)

      HG is horrible. I'm thankful it subsided after the fourth month and I was able to enjoy the rest of the pregnancy. (As much as one can enjoy a pregnancy!)

      I was in the military the first time and HAD to work. It was one of the hardest things I did. Going ANYWHERE had to be planned in advance. Even just a short trip down the hall or downstairs to take care of business. Forget about having to run across base or into town for something!

      Thankfully, I had a bathroom next door to my office. Being one of the few females in the building meant I pretty much had a private bathroom. I'm also thankful that I didn't have to plan my clothing or hairstyle!! Haha!

      I was sick at least five times before I ever made it to my car to go to work then usually was sick a time in the car on the short drive to work (kept a stock pile of plastic bags in the car and knew where trash cans were), then again after walking up the stairs to my office.

      I knew true thirst and hunger. :( I'm thankful my children are healthy.

      HG is no walk in the park. It's horrible.

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  3. Poor little boy, he looks very smart, but rather apprehensive. Probably anxious about his Mummy too.
    Good thing that the Duke has always been a hands-on parent too: makes things easier for George.
    Sorry Catherine is still so unwell. Hope it does follow how it was with the two previous pregnancies, but it does not always happen like that.

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  4. I think she would think least of her own appearance. I think more that her son is going to an important day and being sick in a car or in public would not create a peaceful morning. Certainly he seems confident with his dad for a small child facing his second big personal crowd (his birth was the first) on a first day of a new school. His mom made sure, I am guessing, that the morning was about him not the press curiosity about his parents.

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  5. My heart just breaks for Kate!:(( To feel so terribly sick and (knowing mamas!) probably guilty to miss this day in her son's life:( You couldn't help it Kate! Prayers for a speedy recovery!πŸ™πŸ™ That second photo of William and George just says it all!

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  6. When I woke up this morning and saw these photos my heart broke, as a fellow mother, for Kate. It made me want to cry so I'm sure that she was beyond devastated even with the whole British still upper lip and all! :) I really think that if she could have brought herself to go, she would have, even if it was in skinny jeans and a brenton top! I think her motherly wish would have trumped anything about her appearance. I secretly hope she was sitting secretly in the car but I know that would have made her feel too sick. I really hope this squashes some other commenters who I saw posting on other posts on this blog thinking she doesn't have HG because she eventually rallies. Clearly Kate is a devoted mother. No one like that would miss this moment if they just had morning sickness!

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  7. I don't think it's a sad day at all. I believe it's life coming in full circle. These pictures melt my heart because here's our Prince William, a man we've seen since his birth, bring his first born son to school. Not to mention the bond they have, it's so beautiful. George isn't as squeamish as he would be if his mommy was there.

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  8. Thank-you, Jane, for staying up late or rising early to produce this very nice post.

    I'll never forget leaving my son for the first time at nursery school. I had to turn around and walk away, knowing I left a sobbing child behind. I was devastated. One of the teachers later told me he stopped crying as soon as I was out of view. These little ones take their cue from their adults and respond accordingly. William appeared gentle yet firm- we Will do this. George did his Mum and Dad proud. I like to think he will soon be distracted by all sorts of colorful and interesting things to see and do. Did I imagine a slight perk up at the appearance of the very pretty lady dressed a lot like his Mummy?
    A tough time in the Cambridge household. It may be better for George and Kate both that he has this time away from the realities of living with HG to be with other children doing new activities.
    I do wish there was some way to hear about how his day went and what he liked best. Maybe at some point William will share that.

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  9. The world is watching this little boy grow up before eyes, there is nothing dissapointing about that. Sure, it would have been lovely for Kate to have been there but I think it's one of the most wonderful days ever for royal watchers, right up there with his birth. Kate not being there shouldn't subtract from our happiness, this day of course was all about Georgie of course <3

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    1. Yes, this day was about George's first day of school. But it is sad that Kate couldn't be there for his big day. So I'm sorry but to a certain extent it does take a bit of happiness away from the day. Simply knowing that as for most mum's it is a true sign that her baby boy is growing up. I know I certainly didn't want to miss either of my son's first anything, much less first day at school.. But I am very proud that William stepped up and did the job by himself rather than replace Kate with Carole or Pippa.

      On another note that Ms. Haslem looked as though she stepped directly out of Kate's closet!! I can πŸ’―% see her wearing that, nicely done ma'am..

      Did it look too anyone else that when George put his hand up to his mouth and nose that he looked like he was trying to cover his mouth to talk to his dad? As if he's been taught that the paps can read lips so hold your hand over your mouth in public? Or was it just me? The video is simply adorable!! Thanks William and Kate for allowing us to see George shake hands like a little gentleman and go into school on his first day! Wow time flies!!!

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  10. True, funny-ish story. When I started school waaaay back in 1965, my Dad took me in for the first day. My poor mum had decided the night before that time was passing too fast for her, and drowned her sorrows with a couple (or more) of G&T's. She was no drinker, and so of course had a really bad headache etc. My Dad was ahead of his times as a parent and shared all the tasks very happily. I have vivid memories of that day because the local TV station came along and we were on the evening news too. ;)
    I think the two Princes did very well. I am glad that they were taken quietly through the back, and there was not hordes of yelling press clicking away.
    Margaret

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    1. What a great and relevant story! I love it!

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  11. George looked shy in the video, but in a really adorable way! Sad thst

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    1. Jane, I sent this too early, you can delete the whole thing if you want.

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  12. I love the shot from KP! It does say copyright TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - I wonder if Kate was at least well enough to take the photo on the steps of KP to see him off to school, even if she couldn't make the trip.

    Love Helen's ensemble - I agree, very reminiscent of Kate's style, and she was definitely camera ready.

    Hopefully the Duchess will be feeling better to do the school runs herself in the coming weeks. Thanks for the speedy post, Jane! <3

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  13. George looked shy in the video, but in a really adorable way! Sad that Kate couldn't be there but William did a great job I think. In public they always look like they have a great relationship with their children, but I often wonder how hands-on they really are. Not trying to criticize them or anything, just genuinely curious.

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    1. I think the videos of the kids with both their parents show they are quite hands on and very close. A child wouldn't be at ease or comforted in a stressful situation like today if he were accompanied by an absentee parent. That George clung to William's hand in an adorable way and took comfort in his words show William's involved in George's day to day upbringing. It's quite touching to see, actually.

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    2. Kinda of like you'd love to be a fly on the wall for one day or st?? I have thousands of questions about their home life.. How long have they been practicing the handshake? Something tells me since meeting the Canadian PM.. Usually he gives THAT smile when he knows the person behind the camera..Kate? Gma Carole? Gdad Michael? An assistant? I think being able to be at Anmer has allowed them to be more hands on. I also think William was bound to be, and Harry will be too, as hands on as he could be.. I thought I read that they had hired another nanny a while back, but if so she hasn't been seen at all. I do wonder what type of bond they have with Maria? Will they hire more help now? People say she doesn't do anything but I believe there is tons she does behind closed doors that we know nothing about. Just trying to pick the events she wants to attend and then to get her families clothing in order and to walk out the door would seem like an enormous endeavor!! I realize we do these things every day without help but we aren't Royal and we don't have protocols to follow..The way she picks her clothing for each event is admirable.. Which designer, what color, style, cut, which shoes, what jewelry,clutch, hat etc.. Who does all of the research to know what she should wear to X Y & Z or what Princess Diana wore and find something similar when she decides to give Diana a nod? And just what did Prince George have to know at 2 or 3 to be accepted to this school? Why THIS school? How do they go about making rules when they disagree on something? For William to say no one is really getting sleep means he's not like most men and off to another room to sleep. He seems to stick it out with her... But does he really?? Who knows?? We'll probably never know.. What's so amazing to me is that one day or week she's fine, or at least looks & seems it, then bam it hits her.. I feel sorry for her that is for sure!!! To miss this milestone must have broken her heart!! Maybe William recorded it for her, or maybe he had her on Skype or FaceTime? We already know she is one tough cookie, walking out of the hospital less than 12 hours after giving birth looking like a million bucks.. I didn't feel like it that's for sure!! I do hope she tones it down a bit this time, after having George it was her pure natural beauty, after Charlotte it was red carpet ready!! I truly believe when her time comes to truly be a full-time Royal she will be. Those that are over 35 should remember that Princess Diana had to carve out her own way, and it wasn't easy for her either. There's not a guidebook for the Monarchs' Grandsons' wife that says she has to do anything but have babies! Does anyone else think that Ms Haslem dressed to impress Kate? She looked like a total copyKate except for her shoes.. I could so see Kate wearing that exact dress, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Kate has the same dress hanging in her closet and has yet to wear it!! I think we should all pick a gender, name, and bday for the newest Cambridge and then look back later to see how close we were??? Thoughts Jane????

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    3. Valerie, yeah, I'd love to be a fly on the wall and see what goes on behind closed doors! I have no problem admitting it :-)

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    4. Getty Images' Chris Jackson took the photo on the steps this morning. I agree that smile of George's is precious in the poses photograph. Chris is married to one of Kate's assistants, so I bet he is a familiar face. He is also the photographer behind many official portraits, including George's 4th birthday snaps.

      I was happy to see that the Cambridges once again chose to utilize Chris' natural talent!

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  14. I join all of you in feeling disappointed for Kate that she was obliged to miss this milestone day, but at least it's for the best of all reasons; a new baby is a huge reward. I thought William did a great job keeping it together and looking positive and hopefully Kate will be well enough when George returns home to get every detail of that adorable child's day. Well reported Jane, I sure hope Kate is out and about soon and we can get back to being her huge fans.

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  15. I think Prince William and Prince George carried the whole ordeal off with great aplomb and Kate would have been so proud of them. I feel so sorry for Kate and the dreadful problems she has with her pregnancies - having been through the process five times, I know a bit about morning sickness - but nothing as bad as Kate has suffered. She has my greatest admiration and sympathy and I wish her well very soon.

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  16. George looked so happy and confident standing on the steps of KP with Daddy...so, what happened? I did NOT see the same child at Thomas's Battersea; I saw a distressed child.

    Perhaps it was just the enormity of the school itself, if this was the first time he'd seen it. That is one intimidating school! And who was taking the pics there, someone George knew, or a stranger/s?

    Thank God William circumvented the crowd which had gathered outside of the main door, and chose instead to use a side entrance. (Some Brits, thankfully not all, seem to think they own the Cambridge family and expressed their disappointment saying that they'd wanted to see George and Kate with William--and instead saw nothing--to reporters standing by. Don't they get it? This was announced, but was never meant to be a public event; it was a private family affair. I doubt that it would've been announced beforehand if the parents hadn't been informed by school officials, months ago, that George would be joining them, creating the possibility of leaks. Stupidity on the part of the school.)

    Personally, I'd've been happy to wait until AFTER George had begun at Thomas's to learn of the school he'd entered, and to wait for the release of pics sanctioned by George's parents, which is precisely what occurred when George began nursery school at a Montessori school in Norfolk. Smart move.

    So very sorry for Kate and George that she couldn't make this milestone day in George's life, but...I expected it. You don't mess around with HG!

    JC

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    1. It's a long ride from KP to Battersea. Maybe he lost some enthusiasm along the way.

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    2. Mr. Chris Jackson, well-known to the family, took the KP steps photo. He must have done it at their request and not as a part of his Getty work since it is labeled as it is.
      I had mentioned awhile back that I thought there would be a KP departure photo taken by Kate with a pool photographer at the school.
      I had not realised it was a back entrance, but of course it was. It looked like a usual delivery truck area.
      I agree JC about the school's release of the plan. However, This is a big milestone, historic moment in BRF especially with a future monarch. There had to be some information. It could have easily turned into a media circus. I'm so glad William and the school worked it out so well. I don't think George ever got over his hospital appearance after Charlotte's birth. I do think one of those photos of George could be titled, "Can you believe this? Let's just get on with it." anon1

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  17. You see?! He was perfectly fine with dad. I notice he looks nervous when there's more than one camera around. It's truly beautiful to see William as a dad. I'm so impressed with their parenting.

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  18. I felt quite sentimental looking at these photos of William and George. I watched William grow up and here he is taking his own son to school. The photo from KP is just lovely! And I'm so sorry for Kate that she missed had to miss George's first day, but it does prove how ill she must be feeling.

    How I wish Diana was here to cheer on her grandson on this special day. I'm sure Carole and Mike are doing so but, wisely, out of the public eye. No need for more stories about them "monopolizing" George.

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  19. What a delightful photo of George and William together. I am thinking of Kate today she will be so sad she missed this milestone.

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  20. Love the photo of them on the steps of KP...William is a very doting daddy, it's so sweet to see.

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  21. Ugh, I feel so absolutely terrible for Kate. The fact that she wasn't even able to be in the picture outside KP signals to me that she is quite quite sick. But what a MUFFIN George is. He seems very very comfortable with Chris Jackson. I love that they found someone who has such a great rapport with George. Poor thing looked nervous but excited to get on with it at school.

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  22. Prince George, very dapper! And how lovely it is see Prince William taking his son to school...and carrying his backpack. :) On another note, I DO NOT appreciate Ms. Haslem's ensemble--seems like a huge faux pas on her part, borderline underhanded and sneaky if you must ask. Sorry, but it was totally inappropriate for her to so flagrantly imitate the Duchess today. Silvia

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    1. Kate doesn't have a monopoly on pale pink L. K. Bennett dresses.

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    2. I don't believe she was trying to imitate Kate. Given her position, I'm sure this lady has a closet full of conservative dresses like this one.

      But I did think it was an Emilia Wickstead dress when i saw the seam at the waistline.

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    3. True dat, but it was in extreme bad taste to dress just LIKE her knowing she would be the woman standing next to Prince William and holding Prince George's hand...and that the pictures would be blasted across the world. Just sayin'. Silvia

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    4. If the head of a primary school leading up to the first day of school spends her time and energy focusing on every outfit Kate has form to ensure she doesn't look too much like her rather than focusing on oh I don't know running a school then I question why they are sending Prince George there.

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    5. The dress is a plain LK Bennett dress that I'm sure hundreds of women own. It is a very appropriate dress for a woman in her position to wear and there is nothing wrong with her wearing it. As an anon said, if she is focusing on Kate fashion as opposed to her job as an educator she is mistaken. She clearly choose a plan design and color dress to blend in. People can wear anything they want.

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    6. Unbelievable. God bless Ms. Haslem. I don't believe she thought of anything other than trying to look good when her picture was slashed across the world stage!!!!

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  23. Is the Jackson photo taken before or after the first day of school? Either way it is a cute photo. George has been going to preschool already so this is a different school and step up in intensity but not brand new. Also I thought I read that the new students had a get together at the school sometime earlier in the summer at the school. This is pretty typical of many schools. They have an open house before the first day for kids and parents to see the school and their classroom, get some basic information about schedules etc so George may have visited the school at least once before like many of the other new children. First day of "real school" is fun and exciting but typically not traumatic and pretty much not that big of a deal for the kids. Within a few days parents and kids are settled in and loving the new routine.

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  24. Disappointed Kate wasn't there, but so special to see George and William together. I can't wait to see photos from Charlotte's first day.

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  25. I wasn't disappointed in the least, George carried the day! He's got to be the cutest little prince in the world, straight out of Winnie The Pooh! xoxo And Prince William is the sweetest dad, carrying his backpack and holding his hand. What a sweet family! Can't wait to see Charlotte go too. George's teacher was very thoughtful to choose that dress that has such a familiar, friendly look. Have a great day Prince George! :)

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  26. George looked so adorable, and with his loving Dad by his side giving him confidence. I am sure Kate was sad to have missed his first day, but there will be more first for her to share with him.

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  27. Has anyone heard who picked George up? I assumed it was William but he had engagements that day. Maybe Carole? Not that the nanny couldn't do it, but being the first day and all, I hope it was Carole or Pip.

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  28. Oh gosh is he the cutest little boy ever? One could tell he is nervous but being so brave.
    As a fellow HG sufferer I feel Kate's pain-I missed a lot those first 3-4 months of each of my pregnancies, but the baby at the end is worth every second of it all. The guilt that goes along with HG is a whole other part of the illness that takes it toll. I hate that Kate suffers from it but so glad it is getting the attention it deserves-back 23 years ago with my first it was thought to be a psychological illness believe it or not-all in our heads-even by physicians! There was no help and little sympathy. I hope they find the cause one day and a cure.

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    1. That sounds SO terrible! I can't imagine!

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  29. Darling Prince George. Poor Catherine must be very ill, if she was unable to join them on KP steps for the picture. Hopefully she will feel better soon. Prince William's eyes look very tired in that picture. This too shall pass...

    We all know that Catherine's fashion sells out quickly, and her favorite brands increase in popularity in general. It's not like poor Helen is an exact copycat of the Duchess--especially with those flats. It's a proper dress and it looks great on her.

    Belle

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  30. My niece was the most precious child. Literally the most precious. (And that's without my Aunt goggles on!)

    George comes in second, he is absolutely adorable. Every picture. I just love him.πŸ€—

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  31. Although I certainly would never WISH for any parent to miss such a big day, I personally was not at all disappointed to not see Kate. Not because I didn't want her there (I want to see her more!), but because this is such a great metaphor for the relationship this particular father and this particular son share: They are both future kings. William single-handedly guiding his son through this experience represents all of the experiences they have yet to share together. We don't get to see JUST William with the kids in general, and I find these photos to be some of the best ever of the Cambridges. I also think that this is hands-down the most handsome William has ever looked. He was a gorgeous young man, but this is a whole new level of handsome. I imagine William was quite nervous to leave little George, probably anticipating a bit of fussing (or worse), so the confident relief on their faces in that last picture is so incredibly touching to me. I really hope Kate feels better soon, and resumes her royal work, but if this is representative of the gorgeous photos we might glimpse in the future, I have zero complaints. I can't wait to see more of William with his children.

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    1. Very good points.. But come to think of it I don't remember the last time he was pictured holding Charlotte??!! Not since the hospital??? I can't remember for sure but it does seem like William always has George and Kate has Charlotte?? Oh well we'll get it soon enough with baby #3!! I do hope all this home birth is pure bull bc we'll miss out on Wills taking George and Charlotte to meet the new baby. Not to mention the debut to the world on the hospital steps!! Come on April!!

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    2. You mirror my excitement exactly! I CAN NOT WAIT!

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  32. I think the home birth stuff is not true. There would be too much risk. (Please don't "educate" me on home births. I know people who suffered very horrible complications from theirs.) I think K & W value safety for their children and Kate. I don't think a home birth would fit them. Of course, I could be completely wrong. But I would be really surprised.😳

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  33. I'm in Australia and on our Channel 9 news site last night regarding the arrest of the woman entering George's school there was a quick video at the end of "George has arrived at school today like normal" with one of their landrovers driving in as proof - anyway I clearly saw a woman in the front passenger seat and immediately without consciousness thought that looks like Granny Carole - then I thought - it probably is! Makes sense if she staying with her daughter as she is still ill, and no doubt all concerned about this unfortunate incident at school with security, that Granny C might go for a school run drop off with whoever was driving!
    Cute image as we often wonder what she gets up to with her grandchildren. Such a Granny thing to do too. To accompany G on a school drop off then maybe run some errands before going back to her Daughters!
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  34. I think it is also possible that George's RPO is a woman.
    "Business as usual" carry on statement on RF's part perhaps, after the break-in. That news clip was yesterday? Thursday? I wonder if there will be a change after today's events.
    I agree. Carole is the mainstay of that family, judging from what we see in the news. I think it was grandparents' day in the US. anon1
    I am imagining Carole and Diana picking him up from school together.

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    1. It's a happy fantasy anon1 but I honestly wonder if Carole and Diana would have an easy time sharing the stage.

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    2. I think they would have been good friends.

      But Diana wanted William to go to an American college, she wanted him at Harvard. So, Kate and William probably wouldn't have fallen in love.

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  35. An interesting supposition, anon 6:20. I do wonder if Carole is growing weary of her time on stage and might appreciate being a part of the audience. She does have a husband and two other children to think about. If she were that interested in being "on stage" we would not have seen so many photos of her definitely dressed down when out and about with George. She would have been camera-ready. anon1.

    In my fantasy George was not a future king and they were just two grannies. :+)

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    1. My two cents... Carole has never courted the press attention she receives. She has always been a supportive mother and mother-in-law, but the rest is based on public interest/curiosity.

      What stands out to me is that ever since the stories appeared about Charles not seeing his grandson enough, we have not seen photos of the Middleton's with George or Charlotte. IMO, the Middleton's have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the royal in-law department and I wish it was recognized more often.

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