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[2nd Photo] Kate Takes George & Charlotte to Houghton Horse Trials

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Although we haven't seen Kate and the kiddies at any polo games, she has been out and about with her little ones at other popular (although more private) horsey events. Today, she was spotted at the Houghton Horse Trials with George and Charlotte:


A second shot has also been shared. This is essentially the same moment from another direction. George seems quite taken with the dog.




The Cambridges took their kids to the Houghton Horse Trials last year, too. Houghton is owned by the Cholmondeleys, who hosted the glittering summer banquet at Houghton Hall in 2016. 


In addition to the fact that this is an annual event hosted on the property of a leading member of her social set, I suspect that Kate prefers these more relaxed events to the polo scene where cameras are trained on her throughout the events. UPDATE: UFO No More has IDed this dress [and I just saw Sarah in the comments knew it, too ;)] as the ZARA "Flocked Print Dress," and it is just $69.00!  


Kate has worn other off-the-shoulder dresses that she then pulls up to the shoulders, as she has with this dress. I think it is a really cute summer dress, and I love that Kate is at the horse trials in something so easy-breezy, but still a skirt. She really is a girls-girl. Michele on IG told me the bag is Little Makes Big, and Pippa has carried this bag in the past:


Sara just pointed out that Kate looks to be wearing her Catherine Zoraida leaf earrings!


And I agree that's a good ID.


Finally, huge thanks to reader Samantha for messaging me about the picture of Kate and the kids at the Horse Trials. I wouldn't be able keep up with this all without your help! Happy Sunday, all! 


82 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! So sweet, and I agree, this woman loves a dress... Even when wrangling little ones. I also love her hair! Seems like she did it herself but it's still a cool (literally and figuratively) up-do. Way cooler than the messy top knot I put my hair in every day!

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    1. I love her hair in this up do too. Kate looks the definition of health and happiness here. Perfectly in her element!

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  2. Such an adorable photo of the three of them!! Any ideas how she got her hair up like that?

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    1. I was thinking the exact same thing!

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    2. Look up “magic bun maker.” I had one several years ago and it made similar updos.

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    3. I looked it up--it said Stairmaster.

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  3. Orange County GrandmaMay 27, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Wish we would have seen the Cambridge family together. Guess William was a no show with his beautiful family

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    1. William was at Wembley to see his favourite football team---unfortunately they lost.

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    2. Orange County GrandmaMay 28, 2018 at 8:32 PM

      That was Saturday. This outing is on Sunday. He had time to get home.

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    3. “A no show with his beautiful family” assumes a lot. For all we know, he was with Louie, giving Kate a chance to have a fun afternoon with George and Charlotte. Yes, they have a nanny. But that doesn’t necessarily mean William doesn’t seek some 1-on-1 bonding time with his little ones, even as infants.

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    4. Plus...SUNDAY! Even the Downstairs crew in Downton Abbey days got Sunday off. ;+)

      The Nanny does not work 24/7 and both W&C's parents have their own life and homes no where near Anmer Hall. William was probably home on Daddy duty. Taking a newborn out in crowds isn't the best idea although W could have had Louis off to the side somewhere.
      Actually, unless this was an official engagement for William I don't think it is really anybody's business what he was doing--outside of murder and mayhem.

      PS Anon 10:41-I am agreeing with the spirit of your comment.
      I would add, however, this wasn't just a fun afternoon with the kids. This was an EACH benefit.

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  4. I want to know how she got all her hair up in that cool twist!

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    1. I'm not very hairstyle-savvy but I have done something similar with my hair using a plastic twisty thing for buns. I don't know what it's called but you pull your hair through, slide it to the end of your hair then roll it up and clip it together. If done neatly you get a round bun but you can also get this 3/4 round look more like Kate's by pushing the hair to the center of the clip as you roll. If doing a 3/4 bun, the ends of the plastic thing are clipped together *under* the hair *above* the bun to hide them. (A full bun hides the connection inside the bun.) I also used a "topsy tail" yrs ago with a few pins to get a similar effect. I think I remember a discussion here that one of Amanda's styles for Kate looked like it used a topsy-tail too. I can't remember when that was...maybe India? Or the second Canadian tour?

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    2. lizzie it does look like she used some type of "bun helper" gadgets. I have used some of those hair items myself.

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    3. "Bun helper"--- ali, that's a much better description than my "plastic twisty thingy for buns!" :)

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  5. Love seeing these causal family outing photos.❤️

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  6. The bag looks to be the same one in the picture you showed in the white shirt. Any idea what bag this is? I love it!!! Thanks

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  7. I think it's safe to assume that in her private life, Kate shuns the bouncy blow-waves and instead prefers her equivalent of a mum-bun. Incredibly practical for a mum with young kids. Her hair looks incredible and so intricate.

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  8. Wild that two people snapped essentially the same moment from different angles! She looks gorgeous - I love how she styled the dress. Always fun to see the kids out and about!

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    1. I wonder if it wasn't one person moving around to take the two photos vs two different people happening to take pictures at the same time. There are differences in the two shots besides the front/back perspective difference. In the first photo there is open space to the right of PC with a horizontal piece of wood behind her. There is also a person's grey sleeve trimmed in white on the *far right* of the frame. The horizontal wood is likely the bench but I think the people sitting on the bench to the side of PC in the second photo would have been caught in the first photo had they been there (although it's possible there is a foreshortening of distance in #2.) Also, the guy wearing what is what is likely the same grey & white shirt seems to have moved. I may be wrong but I don't think it would have been possible to get shots #1 & #2 at the exact same time given his position. I'm guessing though they weren't taken far apart in time----Charlotte's ice cream and the dog suggest they weren't.

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    2. Also, lizzie, if it were two separate photographers snapping nearly simultaneously opposite each other, wouldn't at least the second one have captured the first in the photo?
      I think the man in the shades with a beard could be security. He is the only one I see looking at them. In other photos it is clear there is a fenced in enclosure for apparently people who paid for the EACH benefit. The people outside the fence on the grounds on blankets etc. could have just come for the horse trials. If Kate was in the enclosure I imagine there could be some sort of security at the gate. Many of them are likely neighbors and acquaintances anyway. That might explain why they appeared to be minding their own business.

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    3. You're right, anon1, they might have caught each other in their shots if there were two different photographers. If you picture the face of a clock though with the family in the middle, I think the shots were taken at the "6" point and at the "9.5" point (not at 6 & 12) so maybe they wouldn't have caught each other. I still think though the chances of two people each taking a SINGLE shot so close in time are much lower than the chances of one person moving about and taking two shots. And I think between the shots people sat down or got up from the bench near Charlotte. Even if shot #2 (as in the second one here, maybe not the second taken) was taken with a telephoto-type lens that "squished up" the background I don't think that could explain the couple looking so close to PC on the bench in that shot and the bench being totally bare for such a distance in the other shot. Think you are probably right about the others in the picture.

      Like Kate's hair, George's seems to change with the light. Here he looks almost strawberry blonde! Don't think his hair will be nearly as blonde as Will's was by early adolescence.

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    4. I think it's the exact same moment based upon the dog's position, Kate and Charlotte's arm positioning, and George's glance over at the dog. I just don't think this exact positioning could have been at two separate moments in time. Personally I find this weird and a little unnerving...who was taking pictures at the same time? Was it coordinated? I love these casual pictures but I still believe in and hope for the Cambridges' right to privacy--they don't owe us anything more than they already give, after all. They regularly release portraits of the children and we've seen them at many official events over the years (tours to Canada and Scandinavia, Trooping the Color, christenings, ski trips, and in the past year, two weddings). Not to mention they are on display just hours after their births. Kate and William go to great lengths to control the press that their children get through all of the above efforts. Casual Kate is my favorite but I always feel bad and intrusive when we see these. It's a high price to pay for their family. No outing is a "normal" outing for them.

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    5. HaHa! lizzie....I'm not sure who wins the "Dog With a Bone" award this week but you and I are both close contenders. ;+)

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  9. Thanks for publishing the photos. They weren't on my radar at all. I love this dress! So nice to see her in a summery dress that doesn't cover her all up.

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  10. Pull the dress down on your shoulders, Kate! πŸ™„ She dresses like a old maid.πŸ˜”

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    1. She most certainly does not! She is out at a daytime public event with her small children, not hanging around a bar!

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    2. It is really up to Kate how she wants to wear the dress but as she is probably breastfeeding she'll likely need a more supportive and comfortable bra than off the shoulder style would accommodate.

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    3. She's a mother with three children under five years-old on an outing with two of them at a horse event, not on a romantic stroll along the canal with her husband. I think she's dressed appropriately for the occasion. ;-)

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    4. I tend to find wearing dresses with the shoulders down not very comfortable when I am being at all active, i.e. tending little kids, I always end up having to adjust the shoulders as they are always riding up or down every time I lift my arms. But others may be able to wear that style more easily. It looks cute off the shoulder but for me really a bit of a pain.

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    5. She dresses modestly. I appreciate it. And she looks beautiful.

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    6. Looks better, and more approriate for her role pulled up. I would not want to have to worry about losing my top at the same time I was bending down, picking up children etc. She is not Beyonce.

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    7. I prefer it the way she wore it. Rather cute, and her back looks great that way. I don't think old mais, if they stil, dress like that.

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    8. I prefer the sleeves pulled up to down. Unless one is on a beach, you don't want too much sun. I don't find her attire ages her or makes her look matronly. She is a wonderful dresser with great, classic style. And what a lovely role model, too.

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    9. Only jealous women would want Kate to keep the dress up. It doesn't have to show a lot of skin, but slightly skimming the shoulders gives a wonderful line, especially with Kate's beautiful shoulders.

      And it would hardly be a look for a "bar". πŸ‘€ I mean. Please.

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    10. But anon 10:27 as another poster said Kate likely needs a supportive bra **with straps** while nursing. Most strapless bras are awful and tend to "compress", so they aren't comfortable or supportive & really would NOT be a thing to wear while nursing. Plus,"shoulder-skimming" styles aren't great for bending over & picking up children because they move about. So they are best left for other times and situations, including "date nights." No jealousy of "Kate's shoulders" needed or felt. Just a realistic opinion!

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    11. Obviously some here have not chased after preschoolers. "Slightly skimming the shoulders" soon becomes on the shoulders or the money shot. Not too practical. Leave daytime off the shoulder looks to Charro and Jane Russell photos and not to mothers of new borns. She has worn plenty of off the shoulder gowns to evening events.

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    12. I mentioned earlier that I do not like fiddling with the drop shoulder look if I a being active, just too much fiddling with them all the time, but Louise London also had another spot on reason, Kate is most likely wearing a pretty good supportive bra and maybe even a nursing bra and needed to cover her straps.

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    13. anon1, I can't reply right under your post but if I could I would agree and have a laughing face because your descriptions is so right on and funny:)

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    14. Well, ali, obviously you Have chased after preschoolers. :+)

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  11. Catherine and the kids look relaxed and like they are enjoying the outing. I did wonder where her protection officers were? We usually see someone hanging around. I wonder if most of the people did not even recognize her, non Royalty fans might not really know much about her and the kids, or at least not enough to spot when she is out and about in a very casual setting.

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    1. Am sure not very far away. It was reported they were visibly nearby on another report. I just love seeing Kate as a mother. She is so loving and engaged.

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    2. I believe the EACH benefit where Kate and little ones were was within an enclosed area. There appeared to be a roped off or fenced area with a gate sort of entrance. I don't know if it would prevent a terrorist attack but it might help prevent a kidnapping.
      With the news of the threats to George, it is a real concern. I really think the best protection is being surrounded by neighbors, a few of whom are probably PPOs.

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  12. She looks wonderful and it's nice to see her out with the kiddos to do something just for fun.

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  13. Yeah, very interesting to see Kate's hair up in her private life! We usually only see up-dos at formal events. Very cute sighting - looks like a fun outing!

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  14. Thank you! Very nice dress, fresh and summery! And the children are so sweet. Love how she dresses them

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  15. Has she lost all her baby fat in just 3 weeks?

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    1. Sorry to be a broken record! Postpartum bodies are not “baby fat”.
      This dress has give in all the right places- upper arms covered, waist loseish. She looked realistically like a post baby person at a he wedding.
      Maybe be Louis is in the private house at Houghton with the nanny out of sight but cosy and close to mouth to nuse in this nursing friendly dress.

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    2. I concur, am sure Louis close by and Kate is absolutely stunning in this dress.

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    3. Oo, did she have baby fat ?!? :) She is just fine.
      Tidefi

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    4. I think she looks great! I actually like that she's keeping her "baby fat" or whatever you want to call it. She was a bit thin before this IMO.

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  16. Pretty dress and love the hairstyle/
    Great to see the children, as long as they are not being pestered.

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  17. I'm so curious if Charlotte every wears anything but dresses. I put my daughter in dresses a lot, but also in rompers and shorts so she could tumble about with her brothers. I'm not criticizing, just curious. Kate look gorgeous as always! --J

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    1. I wondered the same thing (and not aiming to be critical); what a lovely treat these photos were!

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    2. Lots of little girls her age love dresses. My niece insists on wearing them every day. A pair of bike shorts underneath and she can tumble with and play with anyone!

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    3. Not to mention it's one article of clothing--she can put it on herself--and it's summer!

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  18. I think the Houghton trials might become their only go to annual family out at horsey thing instead of going out to any polo games. Is this the third year in a row?
    Rose Cholmondeley deeply supports Nook and recently became a Norfolk patron of the charity. These photos support the trials at Houghton and can also distance them somewhat from the polo culture photos of William's parent's days. While some people really like the polo family photos I think that K&W would rather their off duty family pictures be different from the ones from his childhood. Polo is a great charity money maker but the culture is out of reach for all but a very few Britons. They might like their children's enduring childhood images to be associated somewhere else.

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    1. Orange County GrandmaMay 28, 2018 at 8:29 PM

      Didn’t see William with his family. Don’t believe he spent time with them yesterday. Where he was is a unknown

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    2. He could be doing any number of things. Taking care of their newborn, working, planning for future engagements/his trip to the middle east in a few weeks. I don't believe any spouse is required to be with their family 24/7, much less capable--family life is busy even if you're a royal. My spouse is certainly not at every single outing or activity we do. I don't think there is any doubt that he is a dedicated, involved, hands-on father. The criticism I've seen on this makes no sense, I do not find it odd in the slightest.

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    3. Just because they did not capture William in a picture does NOT mean he was not there. UGH! Anything to try to make Neagative coments toward this beautiful family.

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  19. I made a few comments on this post in the initial version. Did they get dropped when you did the update? I am also again having trouble with Google mis-placing my comments which were put farther down than comments made later than mine. It really skews the discussion when this happens because comments are not located under the appropriate original remark and it becomes confusing who said what and when in response to whom.

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    1. I think one of my lost comments concerned the fact that Catherine is supporting one of her charities by attending this event. It irritates me a little when people speak of her "maternity leave "as though she is holed up in her house and totally disconnected from her royal charities and activities, never to be seen again until September. Obviously not. If it hadn't been for these lucky camera shots we would never have known that this event happened or that Kate was there and likely spent some time working with her neighbor and co-patron to set it up.
      We will never know how much unofficial time she puts into EACH or Girl Scouts, for example. One reason is the information isn't published as "under the radar" work as some visits others have made . If KP or the CC Mentions it, it is official...the Foundation meetings and other meetings that KP Twitter has mentioned. Otherwise, we have to rely on Instagram and those other social media sites. We will never know how much time she spends making phone calls, sending emails, and doing research, and meeting people at Anmer Hall.

      Who knows what William is doing. He could have been there just out of photo range. The trip to Israel and the area is a huge, significant undertaking. There will be information to learn--protocol, historical nuances--he will have to have to be able to hold his own in conversations. He can't say "Excuse me a minute whilst I consult my tablet/advisor." There will be speeches to learn.
      Personally, I hope he is minding Louis at home and getting in some baby/Dad bonding time.

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  20. I never get tired of seeing this lovely family doing what they do. A mother and father engaged with their children, having ice cream, whatever, it doesn't matter. Thank you. Looking forward to the next time.

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    1. I concur. Just so lovely to see such a solid and healthy family.

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    2. Yes, very nice and happy family.

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  21. Kate looks like summer and casual elegance. Love her hair too. As usual the children are adorable.

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  22. Thank you Jane for the lovely photos an article. I adore seeing Kate wearing clothing of her choice when not working. Her style is so fun & the hair up is so cute. Not too mention seeing George & Charlotte out in a causal environment is so real.

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  23. There is another picture from George: https://m.bild.de/unterhaltung/royals/catherine-mountbatten-windsor/in-einen-zara-kleid-zum-niederknien-55847174.bildMobile.html

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  24. SierrafromMontanaMay 30, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    How lovely - looks like Kate is enjoying summer activities. I'm sure the little ones had a blast. I hope we get a few more shots like these throughout the summer.

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  25. A very late, quick comment here.

    I thought both kids looked great in casual wear; George seemed very relaxed and completely unaware that he was being snapped. Charlotte, too, was oblivious to said bypasser--no doubt, had she caught sight of the person, she'd've waved! And I must say that I really liked Charlotte's pretty pink sundress; gone were the patterned flowers, replaced by a much more subtle print via use of the same colour--just a change in tone. MIA were the frilly collar at the neck, the puffy short sleeves and the ubiquitous smocking. Has Charlotte accidentally entered the 21st century? And no socks! (Did you and Big Bro get together and rebel? But what's with the missing laces on your sneakers/trainers? Is that a new trend for the under five group?)

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    1. When George and Charlotte are photographed at royal events, they really are “on official duty”and dressed appropriately. When off duty on the other 99% of the days of their lives, they dress like any other children in their social circle and play groups. Just like Kate didn’t choose to wear a smart dress coat and nude heels to the horse show. Nothing surprising here.

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    2. You may already know JC but the shoes have an elasticized front so laces aren't needed. https://www.hamptoncanvas.com/collections/kids. Apparently it is quite the trend for little kids. They come in adult sizes too but it seems to me that "look" wouldn't have wide appeal for adults--I could be wrong though. Besides the fashion aspect, I wonder if learning to tie one's shoes will go by the wayside as a right of passage (Remember it was a daunting task for me for a period of time when I was young!) Other "disappearing" skills we used to learn when young-- handwriting in cursive, telling time using a non-digital clock...

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    3. Also, anon3:56, photos taken at official events are more likely to become a part of historical record. She attires them with that possibility in mind. It is usually in traditional British upper class school child clothing. Which is what they are. When the other children are likely to be dressed casually I think she dresses them accordingly for non-official events. From what I have seen of Charlotte so far, she is likely to have very specific ideas what she will and will not wear. She may even be at that point now--footwear situation a case in point. Did someone say no shoestrings and no socks?

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    4. And they look as adorable of duty as off duty!

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    5. Go into the children's department of any store right now from Walmart to upscale boutiques and this is the style of shoes they're wearing - just of varying quality. With five grands I spend a lot of time in children's clothing departments and - as I'm still in TX - I just bought all of them several pairs of shoes to last for the next six months. (Except the newborn, of course, who doesn't even need little booties in this Texas heat!)

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    6. Thanks, lizzie. You are correct; I did discover the site you mentioned soon after I posted. I think the look is
      adorable, but...as you pointed out, how are kids going to learn to tie their own shoelaces, not to mention telling time (digital versus hands). I've solved the latter problem to my own satisfaction by placing sundials in my garden; my own kids and those unfortunate enough to use my yard as a shortcut when I'm out and about get treated to a lecture on how to tell time the old-fashioned way. I consider it a rite of passage, literally!

      And thanks, Robin, for the up-to-the-minute update on what is essential footwear for kiddies these days. Who knew? Well...maybe most of the world, but not me.

      Just love this friendly site.

      JC

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    7. How cool JC, I love sundials!

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    8. We finally went to Velcro fastening for early shoe options. My son had a terrible time learning to tie his shoes. It took awhile to realise he was left-handed being taught by a right-handed Mom. Once his left-handed Dad took over the lessons he figured it out. (isn't William left-handed? I wonder if George is. He wears oxfords) The "bunny/rabbit ear " teaching tool is confusing when a parent has a different dominant hand.
      I like the idea of the new style. I wonder why the need to still have eyelets if the shoe is slip-on? It looks a little strange to me. As some thought--missing shoe laces.

      Children don't have the eye-hand coordination at age two-three to easily tie a bow. Why torment them with learning a skill that is not really necessary at Charlotte's age? This way, they can become fairly independent in dressing at an early age. I imagine the exclamation "I want to do it myself!" is heard often in the Cambridge household.
      The only problem I see is--easy on, easy off.

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  26. Kate must get tired of rude people taking snaps of her and her children when she is off duty.

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    1. I don't know what I would do if I should encounter Kate and children out and about. I would hope that I would take the high road and not snap. Actually, I would probably be so excited I would drop the camera... and receive one of those "if looks could kill" faces from Mr. Security..

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  27. I wonder what initials she has on her bag! Pippa had PCM for Philippa Charlotte Middleton; I wonder what Kate would have... K for Kate or C for Catherine... CEC = Catherine Elizabeth Cambridge?? Unless the bag is from her Middleton days, but I doubt it.

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