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Happy 3rd Birthday, Princess Charlotte!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A very Happy Birthday to Princess Charlotte who turns three years old today!! To the disappointment of most fans, the Cambridges chose not to release a new photo of Charlotte to mark the day. This morning, their social accounts congratulated the little princess on her birthday with one of the pictures initially shared to mark her first day of nursery school.  


The years slipped by easily when we were following just William and Kate, but as George and Charlotte start stacking up the numbers, and changing rapidly before our eyes, they have really highlighting the passage of time! It feels like just yesterday Kate was presenting Charlotte at the Lindo Wing:


We got official photos of Charlotte--taken by Kate, and featuring proud big brother George--not too long afterward, and I am hopeful that the Cambridges will follow suit with Louis and release a picture that features all three children. 


I wonder if the Cambridges feel that with her Lindo Wing appearance, and (hopefully) a soon-to-be released picture with her baby brother Louis, that Charlotte will have enough press coverage this spring? It's always a little bit of a bummer not to get a new photo, but I am celebrating Charlotte with this sweet photo of her taken last summer in Berlin.  



I am sure that Carole Middleton has helped Kate put together a lovely spring birthday party for Charlotte. I don't know if you all saw, but the Queen took her helicopter from Windsor to Kensington Palace yesterday. She was pictured getting off the helicopter and moving to Range Rover that then drove her to the private apartments. The Queen was carrying a small bouquet of yellow flowers, which one reader on IG pointed out were likely for little Charlotte.




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  1. Well, I for one am disappointed that a new photo was not relaesed. Apparently, there is some sort of unspoken limit for the number of images that can be released to the media each year ( eye roll with sarcasm). Does that mean we won't get one for Georges birthday or Charlotte id already experiencing middle child syndrome? Come on William and Kate, you can do better than tjis!

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    1. Or maybe there’s a limit to the number and quality of photographs an exhausted mom of 2 toddlers and a newborn can take on schedule - Kate usually takes the pics that get released and she may have had a few other things to,take care of this past week. I think there will be a pic of all 3 children soon enough & probably pics of George and Charlotte at the wedding later this month. But by all means feel,free to put the least charitable spin possible on their choice for the pic they did release today.

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    2. All that may be true anon but many of the "birthday" pictures that have been released haven't been taken close in time to the child's actual birthday whether taken by Kate or by a professional. I believe it was reported the picture released for Charlotte's birthday last year had been taken nearly two months before in March. So it would seem the decision not to release a photo wasn't made this week. And media outlets are saying that according to "royal sources" W&K made the decision not to release a new photo in order to avoid "over-exposing" their children to the public. Those reports may not be true, of course. But Faith is hardly the first to make that case.

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    3. Undoubtedly Kate is busy. However, the birthday photos they release have always been taken well ahead of the actual date and in several cases were taken by a third party. So, I think it has more to do with that they think we have and will be seeing enough of Charlotte in the coming months than new mom exhaustion. Since George got a third birthday photo it would be nice if Charlotte did as well. The children are rarely seen and the annual photo is a lovely royal tradition that the public looks forward to.

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    4. Just because several people voice the same critical assumption does not make it any more true Lizzie. She had her hands full 2 months ago too when she was heavily pregnant with 2 small children. Some people will never be satisfied with the amount of access they get so even if W&K are choosing to limit the number of images released in any given time span I can’t fault them for wanting to keep some control over the public’s reasonable expectations.

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    5. Anon, these released photographs are of historic significance as well an established tradition of all the royal families throughout Europe. I think it is a reasonable expectation for the public to expect a new image to mark birthdays. Now in history, Charlotte will not have a new 3 year birthday image but her older brother did and her younger brother probably will as well- and she is the future Princess Royal! In order for the BRF to survive, there needs to be an interest. Regular releases of pictures of the children are part of cultivating that interest imo. The royals enjoy huge privileges and a yearly picture release would be a nice way to recognize that.

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    6. Poor Kate if she was so busy in the past 3 months that she was not able to call a photographer or take a pocture herself of her kids. I'm joking ;) we all know that she was oit and about and healthy in the past few months. So it seems to rather be a matter of "Charlotte will be anyway in public in the nect couple of weeks". Sad decision in my opinion, not only is royality about history, but also on a personal level for Charlotte i wonder whether one day she might find out that no licture was releazed for her 3rd birthday, while her other sibling had one. She seems like a confident little girl, so hopefully she wont mind.
      Tidefi

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    7. 1) it's still her birthday.
      2) what other family photos had been released around the time of George's third birthday, if any? anon1
      It doesn't seem likely to me that, given a royal family headed by a female, that William and Catherine would discount its female members--Charlotte, for one, which is what I take as the inference intended behind the George got one and Charlotte didn't remarks. There have been remarks by royal reporters, celebrity blogs, and tabloids that hint at a the Cambridges favoring George over Charlotte. I think that is nonsense.

      Also, I assume the references about other European royal families are primarily about the Swedish RF, Estelle specifically, in her earlier years. The Swedish family, which is forever being touted as the standard of excellence in royal family PR, early on seemed to be using Estelle's winning ways with the camera as a source of good will for the family. I have seen a limiting and refining of her presence since then. She is no longer the star of the show.
      PLUS -considering the obligatory criticism of nearly every child photo the Cambridges offer--Charlotte wasn't really in her mother's arms--she was photo-shopped; Charlotte has one eye bigger than the other; George was harming Lupo, etc...if I were her parents, royals or not, I wouldn't be eager to put my kid's image out there as a punching bag for Cambridge critics.

      Besides, Charlotte shows signs of being as media conscious as Estelle. It would probably not be wise to make a cover girl out of Princess Charlotte.

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    8. Maybe anon1. But surely they are taking personal photos at home of Charlotte along with their other children. And likely are having professional ones taken periodically as well.(The one of the 4 of them in the garden when Charlotte was an infant was taken for personal use only but later was used for their Christmas card I believe.) At age 3 Charlotte is not going to know if a photo taken at home is released (although she likely will know later in life.) So it seems a release of a new birthday photo for historical reasons wouldn't affect her "consciousness of the media" one way or the other now. But if that is the reasoning (rather than a rationing of images) then releasing the old already-seen photo of Charlotte's first day of school might have the same effect on HER. It also makes me wonder if the "cure" for Charlotte's apparent media comfort is fewer pictures (as you seemed to suggest would be a good idea) then is the "cure" for George's apparent media discomfort also fewer pictures? Or will only Charlotte's media exposure be curtailed? Hmmmm.

      I do think a new picture would have been a good thing for all the reasons Faith mentioned. W&K couldn't have known for sure a month or two ago (when a photo likely would have been taken for birthday purposes) that Charlotte would be photographed going to see the new baby at the hospital.
      (Presumably if she'd had a nasty "kiddie bug" caught at nursery school she wouldn't have gone) I don't really see why H&M's upcoming wedding where we MAY see her in the wedding party would have been reason not to release a birthday photo. It wasn't last year and I think it was known long before her birthday Charlotte would be in Pippa's May wedding. Because most birthday photos of the children have been taken well in advance, this does have the feel of rationing or perhaps a desire to send the message "don't expect a new birthday photo every yr." Of course W&K have the right not to release photos but I'm not sure that it's a good decision.

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    9. Even if we get a picture of all three children for Louis, my reasons for being sad are bit more sentimental I guess - aside from getting to see Charlotte change and grow up, in this case it's just that...i dk..any pictures to be released with Louis soon are supposed to be about celebrating Louis...just like Charlotte and George had pics in the weeks after they were born too. So that's for Louis. And I just wish Charlotte got her own separate picture (even if it also included all three) released in honor of just her birthday. Just like how even though the family celebrated the birth of Louis last week, I'm sure they will be giving Charlotte a SEPARATE birthday celebration of her own around now or sometime soon too. Or maybe they did it early but regardless does anyone think this family would ever combine their private celebrations of either birthday anytime soon/before they're much older at least?
      So that's basically the way I see it - that in the future they will probably try not to work for either child's birthday and also celebrate each one separately instead of combining celebrations for Louis and Charlotte since their birthdays are so close together in order to be able to work more,and for similar reasons its understandable I think that some of us are a tad saddened by them not publicly "celebrating" their children separately too, and their public celebration is limited to releasing new pictures in honor of that birthday. And I do think as a family serving in a historic institution, continuity and having a new pic for each bday for each child esp at beginning when they change a lot is important symbolically and for the purposes of recording history.

      But bottom line- its ultimately not a huge deal for us that they didn't release a picture-it's not gonna kill us to have to wait till wedding- but it would have been an even less big deal for them to just pick a picture they've already taken to share-and that wouldn't have killed them either.

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    10. Just because they didn't release a photo of Charlotte for her 3rd birthday doesn't mean one hasn't been taken. I don't think she is being short changed in history just because her face wasn't spread all over the newspapers and internet. My goodness! What a lot of senseless speculation over a personal decision made by a family who you would think had broken some sort of law.

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    11. Anon 5:33-the Cambridges DID "pick a picture they've already taken to share." KP posted it on her birthday. Your whole comment was based on a false assumption or perhaps a comment elsewhere on the internet, not actual fact. Blame was assigned..."...that wouldn't have killed them."
      That is my main complaint. It is ok to be critical of an action; just take care that it is based on fact, especially if blame is assigned and/or shaming is involved. I think I was responding to this statement, as well as your later one. The premise of your argument is false. Also, it is helpful to read and respond to the general drift of a discussion--the complaint was no NEW photo was shared. At least that is based on the fact that the Cambridges did acknowledge their daughter's birthday with a photo.

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  2. I think they will release a picture of all three children soon and she was out waving last week. It may be tricky to not seem like their family milestone week is hogging the spotlight after the new baby and their anniversary so quickly arriving together. And it sounds like she will be part of the photographs at the wedding. I hope a cute little snap of all three kids pops in between now and the wedding. I don't think it would steal any thunder from the run up.

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  3. I have no issue with them not releasing a photo right now. We did just see Charlotte and not in still photo but walking and waving. Such a precious few moments of the two of them that could not be captured as well in a photo. Happy birthday little one. Such an exciting time for the Cambridges and their extended family.

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    1. I agree with that. I'm just hoping that this doesn't set a precedence for not releasing a yearly photo regardless of if they have been seen in public recently or not.

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  4. Loads of engagements, a wedding being prepared for, two toddlers, an anniversary, and the little matter of giving birth. I think we can cut Kate some slack on this one. I'm sure Charlotte feels loved and fawned over for her big day. I also believe there will be a photo of all the children released soon. Those adorable photos of her waving at the photographers outside the hospital are wonderful. I'm sure there is a fair amount of tip toeing around not upstaging the bride and groom as well.

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  5. Happy Birthday, Charlotte!! I hope you have a wonderful day, full of cake and ice cream, balloons and play, and most of all, some SERIOUS presents: maybe your very own purse or a kaleidoscope. Of course, should some dummy gift you with, say, a silver bracelet or a gold locket try NOT to look too disappointed; you'll have many opportunities to wear these in the near future! And wearing them might make you feel like...well, sorta like a princess. And be sure to tell Mummy that NEXT year, you'll want to invite some of your own friends over, and to heck with the oldies! Really, what does anyone over the age of 12 know?

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    1. now there's a comment in the true spirit of the occasion, JC! Thank-you.
      And might I emphacise...plenty of BALLOONS!!! POP POP POP.. anon1
      Maybe a pony?

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    2. Now as to ponies, anon1, I've formed a peculiar attachment--as did Charlotte herself, apparently--to those miniature ponies bred in Canada. They're just plain cute. And now that there's Louis, the financial investment might be worth it, altho, no doubt, Charlotte would want to oversee those proceedings, as any responsible owner would. What thinkest thou?

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    3. JC---Charlotte would insist upon overseeing the details. She will have definite ideas as to color and name. She loved that pony in Canada and I predict Zara and likely Mia will some day have some serious competition. I only hope the little Princess gets her equestrian skills up to snuff in time for many rides in Windsor Great Park with the Queen. anon1

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  6. The papers are saying the flowers were for Kate, but I agree that based on the timing (and the size of the posy), they were probably for Charlotte!

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    1. I agree. Charlotte must have loved getting her own little posy from her great grandmother.

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    2. Visiting Louis on Charlotte's birthday--with a posy for her. Flowers for Kate might have been sent ahead. I would bet HM wants to see the look on her little mini-me's face with the posy presentation. It is not unusual for a relative to bring a gift for a sibling when visiting a new family member.Timing is everything and I think it is another instance of HM's skill in non-verbal messages. Or killing two birds with one stone-very efficient use of her time.
      Was that the usual Queen helicopter? Isn't it red? And has Charles been yet? anon1

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    3. OK ..so this happened Monday, not on Charlotte's birthday. I forgot to allow time for shopping the photos around.
      So glad the Queen remembered Charlotte on the visit. With her birthday so close, the posy had to be for her. And very diplomatic of HM to not show up to see the new royal on Charlotte's day. I should have realised this. Not a subtle message at all. I don't think this was planned as a photo-op or she would not come in her Windsor duds in a helicopter not identified with HM , I believe...this was definitely a pap shot or a random visitor acting as a pap. KP is under 24/7 watch by the paps with the Charles visit frenzy whipped up by the media and with the upcoming wedding. I understand Eugenie and Jack are now living at Ivey Cottage (actually larger than NotCot, by the way). . anon1

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    4. I assumed the sweet small bouquet was for Charlotte and picked from the Windsor Gardens. As a child and frankly as a grown up woman I loved getting flowers. Very sweet.

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  7. What is the problem in this family with the photos? While other RF release few several photos during the year Cambridges doesn't even release a birthday photo. I don't believe they don't have any cute snaps to share with fans. It's just rude.

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  8. For those discussing how Kate may not have been able to take new pictures - this isn't really a debate though. William himself has said that Kate takes pictures of the children every day. I wouldn't expect that from her since giving birth, or maybe even in the weeks leading up to it (though she was clearly healthy and active enough up to the very day she gave birth), but are we to believe she suddenly became too busy or unable to take pictures of them at least somewhat regularly or just once between January's pictures of Charlotte and last month? Pregnancy doesn't make someone an invalid yall, including Kate who we saw carrying a 4 yr old boy in her 9th month lol. Plus unlike many people in the world, she also has more than enough money to just hire a photographer to take some pictures if she doesn't want to do it herself. She also has a nanny, housekeeper, and equerry at minimum for household staff, plus extra time with both kids in school since Jan, and doesn't ever work even close to what would constitute a full-time job. I think she's okay when it comes to finding time to take some pictures sometime in 4 months lol. Tho of course no one is expecting a whole separate special photo shoot just for this - they could just take one or a few of the pictures she takes every day already and share them. No extra work!

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    1. I think the too busy too tired slant originated with reporters/ blog commenters.

      Certainly no statement to that effect from her reps.
      So why these long diatribes against Kate for giving excuses she never gave? Kate did not say that, folks. It doesn't even make sense. It is like some commenters are not only serving as judge and jury-they have manufactured evidence to boot.
      If one does the math, Charlotte has had more official photos of her in the past year than Estelle and likely more than any other child of the Swedish RF. The Scandinavians do it better argument is not only old, it is inaccurate.
      I will never understand how a whole argument can be based on a premise that is simply not true. The Scandinavians don't show more kid pics per family and neither Kate nor her reps said she was too tired or too busy to take pictures.

      No one seems to want to address my point that Charlotte's second birthday photo was met with unkind remarks, yet some of the same people who criticise Cambridge children photos are jumping on the the no birthday photo shaming bandwagon. It almost seems that they must feel cheated of an opportunity to criticise yet another birthday photo. Weren't the George/ Lupo photos from a birthday photo-op?
      I think it is all arising from media attempts to promote contention and get clicks. I am surprised so many fell for it. Some tabloids are not discouraged by the lack of factual information. They just write the stories that sell papers. And we fall right in lockstep behind them. anon1

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    2. Anon 1, that's just the nature of the internet. There are lots of critics out there just waiting to pounce on anything in a negative fashion. However, for every negative comment, there are three positive ones. Surely, William and Kate are media savvy enough to know and expect that will happen. I doubt potential negative comments were behind the non release of a picture this year. As for the media promoting contention, perhaps, but it is my own personal conviction and I'm sure that of others that annual public birthday photos of these children is not too much to ask considering their position life. In this day and age, it would be smart to show goodwill to their supporters as the republican movement is growng fast abd furiously.

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    3. Of course, we don't know all the permutations of this decision. There may have been royals other than W&C involved. Although the Cambridges have taken the responsibility for the decision, we should not be so quick to assign blame. I remember an emergency staff meeting not so long ago wherein it was reportedly complained by some senior royals that a few royals were getting too much press publicity.

      Also,Harry has spoken openly and personally and William somewhat parenthetically and objectively about the harm and effect negative internet comments can have. As a parent, I can empathcise with the situation--to share a loved photo of a child and face unkind remarks in return. I, personally, would not be so quick to share again.

      There may be three positives for one negative, but the negative seem to receive the most social media coverage and have the most impact.

      I agree that the Cambridges would not give prior criticism as a reason for not publishing yet another new photo of Charlotte.
      A great deal was made in the press of Charlotte's making history as preceding Louis in the succession. This was in the context of huge publicity surrounding Louis's birth. Then there followed William's continued engagements post birth, including an unexpected appearance and assumption of ranking royal at the ANZAC service, when Harry and Meghan were to have been featured. Some royal noses may have been severely out of joint by the time Charlotte's birthday came along. W&C may actually have had a new photo ready to go but decided against it or they were possibly asked to withhold it.There may have been the feeling that Charlotte had received her share of PR for the time being, although little Charlotte herself was hopefully unaware of all this. anon1

      Faith and others, I understand your position that a precedent of yearly new birthday photos has been established in the royal family-at least since Charles became a parent. Previous to that, I believe there were certain significant birthdays of the monarch's family that were associated with a photo but I don't think the tradition had been photos/portraits every single birthday for every single child. I believe photos/portraits marking some birthdays for some children first came about in times during which few other photos of royal children were offered for immediate consumption. There were newspapers but I think it is the rise of the 24/7 internet that has magnified the demand for pictures. An historical basis for yearly new birthday photos/portraits for every BRF child/grandchild heir is simply not there.

      I don't appreciate media outlets and royal reporters dictating what my expectations should be. That is exactly what is happening. The public is being taught what to expect and those expectations are rooted in media needs. This whole discussion reminds me of the great expectations debate following Kate's missed shamrock distribution. It was the media that needed her appearance and we were encouraged to form expectations to support their need.
      I don't think it is any longer a question of whether or not a new birthday photo was owed the current public and historical record. I think the question morphed into yet another opportunity to assume the worst about the Cambridges without at least considering the big picture.. anon1
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      The status of the republican movement is a matter of perspective. Australia and Canada have had a chance to forgo the monarch as Head of State and have refused. There are republican mumblings and rumblings in the UK, but I would not describe their rate of growth as
      fast and furious. Perhaps loudest at times, but at this point they are shouting into the wind.
      Real Monarchists don't demand proofs of good will and I doubt a birthday photo is going to do it for a republican. They would just complain of the expense.
      We need to ask ourselves: who really gains the most from those photos?

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    4. Well said, anon1. The media is setting the expectations, the public falls for it, the republicans revel in it, and it's all for the opportunity to stir the pot and make a buck (or a quid). We would love to see an adorable new photo of Charlotte but, for the most part, those squeaky wheels don't care except for the opportunity to complain - which they take if a photo is released or is not.

      I do believe that Harry couldn't care less if he's the focus of attention or not. He cares about what draws attention to the people he's passionate about helping. He doesn't have to rely on public opinion for his role and isn't in love with the media and attention. I don't think the possibility of upstaging his wedding has anything to do with a photo not being released.

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    5. Good point about Harry, Robin. It's also good to know someone is reading my ruminations. ;+) ...Other than Jane, Bless her!

      Harry has grown up. That little ginger imp who enthusiastically performed for family, friends, and photographers once exhibited the younger child technique for being the center of attention. Now,I think he would happily do cartwheels on the Palace lawn if it would lead to more support for his wounded vets and orphans.

      In studying the photos from the ANZAC church service, (those available), I did pick up on a mood--- body posture, facial expressions, the way M lagged behind Harry---that felt like there was something off. I think William knew he would be seen as stealing the spotlight from them and that explained the enthusiastic cheek kiss he planted on M. I think that the disruption of the planned appearance of the couple as ranking royals at the service at the very least may have caught them off-guard and unbalanced them temporarily. There was a reason for Harry to be featured as the royal rep at a significant ANZAC event: he has been chosen as a royal representative for a Commonwealth youth program and he is active in veterans' concerns.
      That is mostly pure musing on my part. William may have simply suddenly found himself free to attend.
      The new birthday photo issue must be seen as a part of a whole and not taken as an isolated occurrence. It is like a slow drip into a barrel-sooner or later, that barrel will overflow. No one drop will do it, but taken together..critical mass. The one new birthday photo alone would not upset the royal attention equilibrium but combined with all the other Cambridge publicity there was a threatened tipping of the scales. (I am hearing JC, lizzie chiding me for mixed metaphors about now. Ha!)
      I personally feel that the huge steady constant release of wedding details is not just a H/M thing but also a British tourism in the context of BREXIT thing. I think it is drops in another barrel.
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      PS- I think the Queen stole Everyone's thunder by her absolutely brilliant combined new royal welcome/birthday homage/return to London escapade. How efficient! It could not have been more dramatic if there had been parachutes and 007s involved. Helicopters! Queen-casual outfit! Tiny posy!
      I can even imagine HM thinking, with a little side glance at the photographer and smile: " THAT'S how a REAL pro does it."
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      I wonder if the helicopter appearance was the gift for George?

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    6. Speaking only for myself, anon1--lizzie has her own voice--, my view as a non-royalist who happens to like Kate and her kids, is that it's none of my damned business to witness, let alone expect, periodic photos of young children on the internet. I guard my privacy; why shouldn't they? Of course, when W&K do release kiddie photos, I look and enjoy.

      When it comes to young children, it is absolutely appalling to think that anyone would say anything which isn't positive, and tells me all I need to know about the character of the writer. I don't follow twitter or Facebook, unlike the rest of my family, but, it strikes me that much of it is unsubstantiated garbage.

      Regarding your speculation that releasing a new photo of Charlotte may've been quashed by other, more powerful royals, with other agendas, strikes me as par for the course/to be expected. This is a family which, historically, knifes each other in the back, and nothing seems to have changed.

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    7. No chiding anon1 but I did have the weirdest mental image of dripping scales when reading your post ;)

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    8. I wrote the original anon comment for this thread and as I said in the very first sentence of that comment, I was addressing those discussing whether kate could have been able to take the pics. Ppl here and other comments have mentioned things like maybe she's too tired etc and I was addressing those. I never said I was directing my comment at kate as though she had given those reasons, and again I was actually addressing the hypothetical reasons various posters in comments have given for why she couldn't have been able to take the pictures. I understand kate hasn't given any reasons lol.

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    9. JC--I think you are agreeing with me? Ha!
      Now that both Twitter and FB as well as many email accounts have been hacked or exploited, I don't have much use for them. I read KP Twitter on a regular basis and that is it. I have ten friends on FB, all but one family. A relative set up FB for me so I could see pictures of my grandchildren. Now I worry that those photos will end up in the wrong hands. anon1

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    10. Anon 7:41--I understand your intent. I just meant to point out that complaints of being tired or busy did not come from Kate. I understand that you were actually trying to defend Kate or refute the tired/busy defense of others. Unfortunately, through no fault of your own, some took your remarks and others and not only attributed them to Kate, but also scolded her for using that excuse. It all sounded like the usual Kate criticisms to me.. The same thing happened on another Kate blog I read. Long comments about how Kate had no right to complain about busyness or fatigue as she was well-off and had all kinds of help and besides, she's tax-payer funded. She hasn't publically complained.
      I appreciate your clarifying your remark. By attempting to not implicate a specific commenter I ended up implicating them all.

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    11. HAHA! lizzie (5:47) anon1

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  9. I think not releasing a birthday photo is miserable of them. I don't care how busy they are, how recently she was seen or what photo may or may not appear soon, a birthday portrait is not an unreasonable expectation. Bad choice W & C!

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  10. Jean from LancsMay 3, 2018 at 6:29 AM

    Most of the photos issued on the children's birthdays are taken well before, but we had a recent picture, released as it was taken and showing the character of Charlotte.
    I think a posed photo. from weeks back, would have told us nothing of Charlotte.
    Hopefully we will have a picture of the three children and perhaps pictures from the wedding, to look forward to.

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    1. Jean, I agree! We will get to see more of Charlotte soon enough. It was an absolute joy to see her visiting her new baby brother & looking so confident with her little regal wave :)

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  11. I was also disappointed when I realized there would be no new picture released, and I also think it would be nice and not too much to ask for, if every child got a new birthday portrait every year. On the other hand, W & C may have had the impression that after all the frenzy around Louis' birth, their wedding anniversary and in the run-up to H & M's wedding it would somehow go under or not be appreciated enough, even more so when a picture of all three children is soon to be released. Difficult decision, all in all.

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    1. Jean from Lancs.May 5, 2018 at 4:03 AM

      With the announcement yesterday that all Meghan's bridesmaids and Page boys are children, I am pretty sure we will be seeing photos of George and Charlotte amongst them, so there will be photographs galore.

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    2. That may have been a subtle way of saying Kate will not be in the wedding party, although William will be.
      Jean, I have seen photos of many British weddings without an adult female in the Bridal party, especially country weddings, which seems to be the ambiance Meghan is going for.. Is that true in your experience? The Queen, of course, had a number of women attendants-but she IS the Queen and it was a State occasion-certainly not a country wedding.
      I think the media has been building up the expectation of Kate (among others) as matron of honor and I am glad KP PR found a way to politely refute this. Now there will probably be speculation on WHY Kate is not included. That sells papers, too.
      I really do feel the media guide and perhaps suggest and promote what the public expectations should be. This is a private event of a public person. Harry is not likely to be King or even POW. We are lucky they are permitting television coverage. The event has likely had a tremendous boost to tourism and I suspect the economy. It is a source of distraction from other news and a lifting of spirits. We are also lucky to have as many non-pap photos of Charlotte as we do. More then any other European royal child during the past year I would guess.anon1

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