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Kate & Her Kids: Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Britain already celebrated Mother's Day, but many other countries just celebrated yesterday, so I have put together a list of ten of my favorite moments that feature Kate with her kids.  


In 2014, Kate and William undertook an almost month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand. It was their longest tour to date (hopefully never to be repeated ;)) and it introduced Prince George to the Commonwealth and to the world. A darling Mom Moment came on George's first official event of that tour, the Plunket Play-Date. This sweet shot made headlines at the time and still pops up on most people's favorite photo lists. I love it both for George's expression of happiness to be with his mommy, and also because it was one of our first real photo-sets of Kate as a mom!


I think that Kate was more active generally, but there was also likely a sense that as the future king, George's milestones needed to be marked publicly as well as privately that led Kate to attend a number of public events that summer. Kate took George to the polo game played on Father's Day in 2014, where the little prince delighted the photographers by taking some halting steps in plain view of the cameras. I loved this outing because we got more of George's hilarious facial expressions, and Kate dealing with this displeased contemplation is still one of my favorite photos. 


Kate is obviously a very affirming mom, but also a no nonsense one. Who can forget a year later at polo when Prince George needed some firm correction from his mom?  


Finally, for George-focused Mom Moments, is the Cambridges' visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo. George was getting big, but Kate was still toting her little guy around in her arms. To me this was such a great image of Kate as a princess and as a mom, wearing her perfectly tailored Smythe blazer and Stella McCartney sheath dress, not caring that George's shoes were skidding down the front of the dress. 


We haven't seen Charlotte as much as we have seen George. I think she has yet to be pictured at a polo game, although we have seen paparazzi shots of her at horse trials. We got a great look at both children at the children's garden party in Canada in 2016, and the delight evident in this beautiful picture of mommy and daughter made it a huge win among a packed photo-set of beautiful images from that party:


Kate clearly likes to let her little ones find their own way to the best of their ability. This picture of little Charlotte walking away from Christmas morning service on her own two little feet (but with the comforting/helping hand of her mom) is such a sweet encapsulation of Kate's mothering style.


Charlotte is such a self-confident little girl, but Kate is always there to check in on her even in her contemplative moments. In 2017, Charlotte melted hearts by propping her chin in her hands to take a good long look at the massive sea of people gathered for Trooping.


Poland and Germany provided some great Mom Moments for Kate, both those she would have chosen herself and those she may have wished to have avoided. Charlotte's little tantrum on the tarmac was such a favorite moment for me. I know Kate was not pleased, but she handled it so well and had her little firecracker smiling within minutes.


Motherhood certainly seems to suit Kate, who absolutely glows when she is with her children.


Since the above family photo was taken, we have (of course) welcomed a new little royal. I am hopeful the Cambridges will release a family photo by the end of the summer, in addition to the portrait we will probably get for the christening.


Happy Mother's Day, Kate! 

34 comments:

  1. Thank you Jane - that was lovely. I know Kate needs a rest but I miss her ☹️Xx

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  2. I second that emotion, Anonymous! Looking forward to Saturday and all the high fashion. I know Kate will look lovely...

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  3. It's great to see a surprise post. Will Kate be wearing McQueen for the royal wedding? And I wouldn't mind another month long tour!

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    1. I've been disappointed in McQueen lately. I'm hoping for something from someone new like Carolina Herrera. I suppose she has to wear British though.

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    2. What if she recycled a Packham maternity dress? It could be cut down to fit her post-partum figure and a recycle wouldn't attract attention away from the bride. it would also save her from needing to shop for a new ensemble while she has her hands full with a newborn. Just my prediction:)

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    3. I hope she looks wonderful, has a new beautiful dress and ravishing hat. She deserves it, 23 days after giving birth, she will feel sufficiently unattractive, as all mothers feel, and does not need to have the added pressure of having to be careful to not upstage the bride. The attention will inevitably be on the bride anyway.

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    4. A cut down version of a maternity dress could be lovely. I love the pink with the pearl buttons. A stunning new hat to go with it maybe for the day dress. I'll bet, since she's naturally thin anyway, she already looks fantastic - even if she doesn't feel that way. Not too much more time to wait.

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  4. Agree totally with anon 11:33! Thanks Jane! Can't wait until this weekend's wedding to see Kate, PG and PC!!! Though PL doesn't have the same ring as the older children, can't wait till his Christening!!

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    1. I honestly don’t understand the logic of watching the wedding just to see Kate, George and Charlotte. It’s Meghan and Harry’s wedding and the majority of coverage would be on them. They will only show Kate as she enters the chapel and probably once or twice during the ceremony. If you just wanna see Kate you could just look at pictures and video clips of her and the kids after the wedding. I agree that George and Charlotte are cute but it is Meghan and Harry’s wedding and they deserve all the coverage.

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    2. Why not? I will watch the wedding because of the pomp ,the music, Winsdsor Castle and because I am an Anglophile I am also looking forward to see Kate and the children. Others may only have eyes for Meghan, and it's their choice too. I certainly wouldn't be watching if it was just Meghan and Harry's wedding at a registrar.

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    3. I agree anon 11:45, I don’t understand the logic either. But I am pretty sure that Meghan knows that people who aren’t a fan of hers will be watching the wedding for other reasons. But all that matters is that her mom and close friends will be there to support her during the wedding and after.

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    4. Anon, 9:33 if it wasn’t for Meghan you would not be watching the wedding. And the main focus will obviously be on Meghan and Harry that day so if you want to see Kate just look at the pictures.

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  5. What a lovely surprise, thank you very much, Jane!

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  6. Another thing I've often wondered,when she does pay tribute to Princess Diana, does she clear it with William or does she just do it? She's done it constantly with her and the children's clothing.. If he minds it then he certainly doesn't win the arguments!! But I don't think it bothers him.. Thoughts have?

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    1. I want to know this too!

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    2. Personally, I think William would welcome all references to his late mother from Kate, spoken or sartorial. When my beloved mother died, a relative wrote in a sympathy card, "speak of her often". And I do, not as much as Id like with my father and brother, (it's too awkward) but I do with my 4 year old niece. It's important to me that she hears of her grandmother even though she will never know her in person.

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    3. Lovely comment, anon 5:53. And I agree about William. Maybe it is still difficult to talk that much about his Mum, as with your father and brother; but visual remembrances are effective as well. I believe there is a statue being made for Diana's garden at Kensington Palace, commissioned by her sons. Has it been finished yet? I imagine there will be a dedication ceremony.

      Talking about a loved one is important for the grieving process as well as for remembering.Memory books are nice, too. Maybe your niece could help you put one together. One of my family members made an album of photographs my mother had taken through the years. anon1

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  7. Thank you, lovely post! I admire Kate's sense of priorities and her family ethics.

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  8. Lovely review of some of Kate's best mom moments! My daughter and I are currently making our plan to watch the royal wedding with the newborn while Daddy and Grandpa watch and feed the other kids. Fingers crossed all goes well!

    I keep thinking of Kate watching those scales and exercising like crazy to fit into her dress for the big day this weekend. RobinfromCA-inTX

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  9. I'm hopeful she has had her eye on her new baby instead of a scale. Looking like a new mom who has starved herself for three weeks is not good for her or her initiative in support for new mother's emotional well being in Britain.

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  10. I'm hoping she is not exercising yet but just trying to get some much needed rest. We don't love her because of her looks but because she is so kind, loving & a great example to kids & adults alike. Praying you are enjoying your new baby & having enough time to sleep & eat yourself!

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    1. I agree Grtlk and 7:48, but I also know what I'd be doing if I knew I was going to be photographed in a wedding party - let alone by the world's press! Poor Harry has his hands full with his in-laws and he's not even down the aisle yet.

      Enjoying the new grand baby immensely and getting as much rest as possible trying to keep up with his older siblings! Wish we could borrow Nanny Maria for a couple of days but we settled for bringing in some housekeepers instead.

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  11. Thank you Jane for this wonderful post. It isa always a joy to read your Blog.
    Montaine

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  12. William requested a copy of the first photo. I like to think of it somewhere in the Palace.

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  13. It is a joy indeed to have a nice post about a nice family. A safe heaven from the disturbing news around the wedding.

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    1. Lol! I just came over here for the same reason.

      Lovely post, Jane. I needed it.

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    2. If you find Meghan Markle disturbing then don’t follow her or read articles about her or the wedding.

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    3. Oh, but I'd like to read about the wedding. Only I would prefer the news surrounding it to be nicer. There is a lot of drama and ugliness. I takes away the fun for me.
      That's why I was so happy to read about Kate's lovely family and those sweet children. If Kate is able to provide them a happy childhood and a close bond, she will have done a lot. We have just witnessed how toxic dysfunctional families can be.

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    4. Ditto, Faith. I never tire of looking at that NZ playdate photo of the family.
      I don't know if it was an intentional choice or not but George looks either stubborn or cranky to me, not shy, in most of the pictures. Each one tells a story, even the posed christening photograph. A little heavy on the photo-shopping, though. Ha!
      I had to laugh, seeing William and George's expressions in the balcony photo--almost identical. There is a lot of family dynamics going on in that picture, royal and otherwise. anon1

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    5. It is very sad when estranged relatives pop up to haunt ones happiest occasions. Poor Meghan didn't choose her relations and has no control over their actions, but their behavior now makes crystal clear why she apparently does not maintain a relationship with them. How shameful of the press to give those people such a platform so that rather than spend the days leading up to her wedding focusing on happy things she has to deal with frustrating and painful nonsense in a very public way. Even worse, those people who were not happy she is joining the BRF will cite this circus as more "evidence" against her despite the fact that she has no control over the behavior of other adults who insist on acting like deranged children.

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  14. Thank you Jane for thinking about Kate and a delightful blog celebrating Mother's Day with Mum Kate and her children. I enjoyed seeing all these photos again. My very favorite one is George in Australia at the play date.

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  15. Lovely pictures and a welcome calming post.

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  16. Goodmorning Jane,

    I requested this via email but maybe It's in the spambox:

    Excuse me if my English is not correct, I'm a fan from Belgium.

    I was wondering if you could make a blog post about Pippa her honeymoon outfits. She is almost a year married (and pregnant yay!) and now Kate will take time off till the autumn to spend time with her young family, you maybe have the time to give a throwback review of her beautifel sister and her newlywed days. 

    I know you will be first cover the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan but maybe It's a idea for the next months. 

    I'm very curious what the Grace Kelly of our generation will wear on her fairytale day and I'm looking forward to your blog post about the royal wedding! 

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  17. Thank you for this lovely Mother's Day post. I enjoyed it very much. One of my very favourite Kate photos of all time is the one where little George is snuggled into her shoulder, happy to be held by his mum. It's such a dear image.

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