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The Cambridges Enjoy An Afternoon At Beaufort Polo

Sunday, June 10, 2018

We have been waiting a long time for Princess Charlotte to finally make her polo field debut, and this morning everyone's wish was finally granted. The Duchess of Cambridge brought her two little ones (Louis still has to stay home) to the Beaufort Polo Club to watch Prince William compete in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy. At some point, Charlotte was doing actual summersaults to the delight of her mother--and I think all royal watchers were joining her in spirit over these fun photo-sets.


The pictures that emerged were predictably adorable. This year, with double the Cambridge babies on hand, there was double adorable. Charlotte has a pair of sunnies she was enjoying. Maybe taking a cue from Gan-Gan? The Queen had cataract surgery recently and has been pictured wearing (unusually) sunglasses as several events. 


The Cambridges were at the sporting event with Autumn Phillips and her children, whom we just saw on the balcony yesterday. 


Much was made of Savannah Philips hushing Prince George yesterday during Trooping. Although children certainly have less inhibition, and start mixing it up with their peers far faster than an adult would, I thought her action suggested the second-cousins probably socialize often. Today's antics, and Charlotte's obvious relaxed attitude with Savannah, seem to confirm the theory.


Charlotte and George seem to be perfectly capable of amusing themselves, too, and there are number of sweet shots of Princess Charlotte keeping up with her big brother! I think this is the most casual we have seen George at an event like this?


There was plenty to keep the kids busy in addition to the fast-paced polo game. A helter-skelter by the field provided some extra excitement, and I have to give Kate lots of credit for getting all the way up there in a dress.  I think Kate is watching one of her little ones on the exterior slide, and I assume she followed shortly after. Sadly, I haven't found any photographic evidence, but how else would you get down! 


In addition to the polo mallets, coloring books, and slinky toys, the boys enjoyed what looks to have been a "tools of a police officer" toy set, since they had guns and handcuffs! This all reminds me so much of my childhood--I hope William and Kate have shown George a John Wayne or two. ;) 


It's hard to believe the last time we saw George at polo he was a little toddler squealing with delight as he tumbled down the hill, and just two summers later he looks long and lanky and almost ready to audition for the next Bond film.


George and Charlotte weren't the only ones running around. While coming down this steep incline, Kate ended up in what appears to be a forced run. 


I love how she ended it with a look on her face that said, "yes, I know this is now on camera...oh well."


Kate chose another light and airy summer frock from Zara. This is the label's "Striped Off-The-Shoulder" dress which retails for about $70. 


She was wearing new Russell & Bromley "Coco-Nut" wedges, which I am willing to bet she was also wearing to the Houghton Horse Trials, but we just couldn't make them out when she was kneeling. 



Finally, she was also toting her Victoria Beckham bag, visible here, and behind her in several of the shots of her sitting on the grass. 


There are a plethora of photos out there. It was a beautiful day full of fun and laughter. I loved Kate's relaxed, but feminine look. I suspect she feels more comfortable in front of the cameras wearing a dress right now, rather than skinnies. I thought she looked absolutely radiant. Motherhood really suits her. 


58 comments:

  1. While Kate's dress wasn't particularly flattering, she and the children look like they're having a great time! I love how much her little ones get along with Savannah. Reminds me of Zara's relationship with William and Harry.

    There was a pic on a news site of Charlotte playing with sunglasses where she looked a lot like Kate. Hadn't seen a resemblance before! (I usually think Charlotte looks like either Carole or the Queen or both.)

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    1. I also see Carole in Charlotte's side profile, even when she was a baby, something about the eyes and forehead. Then I see the Queen/Windsor genes from the front, and at times a dark haired Diana as well in some candid photos.

      She's an adorable child, so full of spunk! We're seeing a lot more of Charlotte lately, and what a gregarious personality!

      Belle

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  2. Wonderful surprise! This is the most relaxed we've seen Kate and the kids. I wish we'd get a couple events like this each year. It's nice to see the children just being children with Kate's focus just on them.

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  3. Beaufort pics are always so fun! Lots of cousins.....sometimes Charles is the visiting with the Tomlinsons.....Kate in her element having fun with the kiddos. In the pic of the boys with their toy guns I think that is Laura Meade (married to James Meade...godfather to Charlotte) and her children who are very similar in age to the Cambridge children. Great pics!

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  4. What a pleasant surprise. Kate is so good as a mom. That dress is perfect, airy and comfortable to run after the kids.

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  5. Kate's dress is so pretty. I love it! I also love how she looks like all us "normal" moms. She looks healthy and happy. I'm sure she'll probably be Uber skinny again but I think she looks radiant right now. Just perfect!
    The kids are adorable and so nice to see kids having so much fun together. I love these photos!

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  6. What a wonderful outing and such adorable photos of the kids in their element. We really got to see a lot of George's personality in these photos while he was out running and playing in a place where he's comfortable and doesn't feel like he's in the spotlight. Little Charlotte's personality is always on display! Kate's dress is so summery and cute. It does appear to be a little tight across the bust which isn't unusual for a nursing mom. I'm glad to see her taking the weight off slowly and feeling relaxed. It's also nice to see the relationships between the cousins and cousins-in-law. Fun family outing!

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  7. She's popped a button across the bust....

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  8. Lovely family! ❤️

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  9. Cute photos! Looks like Kate got quite a bit of sun though. Who is the baby it looks like George is about to "shoot"?

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  10. I think Kate looks so pretty here! The kids look great too! I love these pics! Can't wait to see little Louis!

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  11. The sundress Kate wore, being inexpensive--dare I say cheap?--did nothing to disguise her postpartum body, which happily showed us, if her balcony appearance yesterday hadn't, that she is, indeed, in fine fettle. And it was very nice to see George and Charlotte hook up with Savannah and Isla Phillips again, as well as other unID's kids.

    Young children change constantly, so what I'm about to say should be taken with a grain of salt, but, more and more, George seems to bear a strong resemblance to the current Earl Spencer, Diana's brother--I see little Windsor in him. And, as for Charlotte, she would appear to look less like the Queen and more like her mother, these days. We'll see.

    I do think that George now knows, as much as any almost-five-year-old can, who he's meant to become. Personally, I don't think he's shy, but rather, resentful; for instance, when he was taken to meet his newborn baby brother, still in hospital, he refused to acknowledge the photographers massed nearby, neither looking their way, nor waving. Instead, he walked with his head down, with a small smile on his face, as if to say, politely, "Up yours!" If my conjecture is correct, he's too intelligent to be a member of the BRF and almost certainly should leave it and make his own way in life. Interesting, to be sure.

    JC

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    1. Hmm, I have to say I don't agree with your assessment of George. I do not think a child not quite five years old is capable of having the guile you feel he has. The fact that Savannah put her hand over his mouth and he took it in a good natured way suggests that he is not full of himself. He may be uncomfortable in front of crowds of photographers shouting his name - a far more credible theory for his age - but being sly and trying to purposefully stick it to the public is just not fathomable.

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    2. um, what? He’s 4 years old! Come on now. I agree with Robin.

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    3. JC- I know I should just leave this one alone...
      Your last sentence but one indicates you spoke in jest for the most part, with a little bit of "maybe" woven in.
      I actually agree in part. I think George is highly intelligent as well as intuitive. He may understand and pick up on nuances that other five year olds don't. I taught in a Montessori-based school that included preschool through age ten. I was teaching reading and math to three year olds. The theory is that the mind is most accepting and adapting to new experiences at that time. It is only later that they are molded by expectations and experiences of adults around them and the world is seen as more or less a photoshopped version of reality.

      Place an intelligent, imaginative child in the world George lives in. Actually--two contrasting worlds. How to respond? Ignore elements that don't fit in and live in a happy bubble or take each situation at face value and cope with what is at hand. OR--see the contradictions and nuances and either react or take it all in and allow it to smolder inside. I think some personality is present at birth. For the rest, how an individual child copes is guided by what he observes in those around him and to a lesser extent, what he hears and is taught. I think we all knew that Charlotte was going to be a bit Zen, compared to George, from the time Catherine and William showed her off in front of the hospital.

      If George had not given that little finger wave behind his back as he moved inside the building (which definitely said to me, "I'll play your silly games but I'll do it my way.") AND, if not for that sly smile, I would say he was of the smoldering type.

      Before anyone decides some five year olds aren't capable of passive-aggressive behavior or slyness, have a serious talk with one. Approach the conversation as though you would with any respected person. Ask an opinion on a subject-even what is on the news. Once the child realises you are sincere and he is safe from retribution, you may hear answers you never imagined from a five year old. One sticking point with having such a conversation is that by that age children are becoming aware that there are answers the child would like to give and answers an adult expects to hear and they may be quite different.


      PS Has no one ever seen Art Linkletter's Kids? Mostly five year olds.

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    4. anon1:
      I'm a great believer, as you are, in kiddie smarts; and a great believer in Montessori schooling--sent my son to one. Nor do I think that George's behaviour in front of the hospital is in any way sly--in its nasty connotations;I prefer to think that this is his native intelligence coming through, and as you put it, George has decided to play it HIS WAY.

      Just think of the repercussions for him, amongst his schoolmates, every time his face is in the papers, magnified greatly if he's caught waving back to a gaggle of photographers. He did what he reasonably could to mitigate the damage, and if that meant Daddy wasn't pleased, tough.

      As I see it...I really like George!

      JC

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    5. JC-George may be a slow bloomer; but I think, as you do, that he is dealing with being an intelligent, imaginative person in a somewhat silly, unimaginative environment at times. . Interesting about his saving face or just plain getting along with school friends being the root of his behavior. Apparently, his Granddad Charles and to some extent his Father William had to deal with being a royal child in public school. One retreated and escaped and the other dug in and became one of the guys. I think the tutor at home system for royal children may have had its benefits
      I think there could be issues with his cousins as well. --the news now says Savannah pushed George down the hill. (I don't know how accurate that story is) I vividly recall her Granny Anne's terse remarks when asked about the news of George's birth. There may be some touchy feelings in that family. George's fall was apparently the stimulus for Catherine's mad dash down the hill. I didn't think she looked like she was just having fun. That would go with the hand on the mouth scenario on the balcony with Savannah and George. Also,I actually assumed Savannah had inadvertently pushed or nudged Charlotte off her perch, from Savannah's response . Andrew's girls were nearly angelic at last year's Trooping while George and Charlotte were acting like normal kids--and getting into a little trouble for it. Autumn was not within thumping distance this time and Savannah took full advantage. I enjoyed the show-

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    6. You guys, these are young kids. Age 7 and under. I can’t believe some of the intentions that are being as ascribed to them. Princess Anne makes a remark about George (before he was born), so that’s why Savannah pushed him? Also nowhere did I see that Kate ran down because George was pushed down. He skidded down a few feet. Kate has more common sense than to gallop down a hill because of that. Seriously, some of these comments are just too much. I suppose making up some story (scheming and jealous relatives) makes royal watching more fun for some people.

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    7. HaHa. Peter's girls.

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    8. Oh Geez, anon1, you make it so complicated. Put yourself into a smart almost-five-year-old-kid's mind--which I know you can-- and what we see in front of the hospital is a bright little boy defending himself. Not sure what you mean by "the tutor at home system", but if that results in more royal children raised aka Prince Charles, then my vote is a resounding NO.

      This is a rough year for George; not only was he required to shift gears from two years in a Montessori school system into a system which, expensive as it is, probably sucks by comparison, but he had to leave his friends behind, and the only home he'd had--in his conscious mind.

      Re "the tutor at home system" you mentioned, NO! That produces emotional/social fools like the current POW. NO. What needs to be corrected is the parents' behaviour; e.g. dragging George and Charlotte out to the hospital, or, taking the kids to a polo game. (And, by the way, why the heck isn't Kate dressed suitably to mingle with the more illustrious guests, instead of being "seated" in the cheapest of the cheap seats, on the grass, feet away from the parking lot?)

      Now on to Savannah Phillips' behaviour. (You left no stone unturned, anon1.) Methinks this is nothing more or less than the behaviour exhibited by a jealous 7-year-old; I gave her a pass on the balcony, altho she struck me as a showoff, but I can't give her a pass at the polo game, where she, a seven-and-a half year old, shoved a four-almost-five year old down a rather steep slope. Clearly, she was the older and stronger; smacks of bullying to me. (And this within the royal family--nothing to do with school. Did I mention the word, jealous?)

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    9. I'm sure there's lots going on in the children's heads and no doubt some of it is pretty strange by adult standards! As least that's the case with most children and I don't know why it would be any different in the BRF. But to me it seems to go a bit far to decide the dynamics between the children relates to an off- hand remark Anne made over 5 yrs ago! Pictures can be deceiving but the (second?) cousins SEEM to know each other pretty well. (Maybe Charlotte regularly cuddles up with children she doesn't know but I kind of doubt it.) To me, their at-ease behavior suggests they've spent a fair amount of time together. I'm sure if it really appeared that George was being "bullied" Kate would limit their time together AND would not have appeared so relaxed in the photos. And I thought most sources were reporting Kate's run was at the end of the game to congratulate Will? Even if that's not true, I can't imagine that leaping run as photographed would have been because George slid a few feet on a hill while playing with others. Certainly bullying is harmful, but it seems we're too quick sometimes to apply that label. Was Harry being a bully when as a 6-yr old he covered *2-yr* old Bea's mouth during a Trooping? Did he do it because of something Charles said? Or Diana? I doubt it.

      While all of us (me included!) tend to extrapolate from still photos or brief videos, we really know very little about any of the children (or adults.) Based on what we do know, I would agree George has had a lot of disruption recently. A new school that is very large with more than 500 students, a school described by some as noisy and chaotic. (How could it not be?) Likely quite different from his Norfolk nursery that reportedly had fewer than 30 students. The student body demographics are quite different too at his new school in that the vast majority of the students at the Norfolk nursery received financial aid to attend whereas St. Thomas provides financial aid for children younger than age 12 only under "exceptional" circumstances. Longer days and longer school weeks with longer commutes. Mom sick during his first month or so at his new school. A new sibling. Dad working alot more.

      I'm also not sure we'd be quite as concerned about George's psyche if Charlotte wasn't so outgoing. I don't mean we'd not care about his well-being but I don't know that we'd think it needed to be so worried about. Maybe Savannah is a jealous "mean girl" and it makes her day to pick on George. But it seems a little unfair to decide that based on a few photos and an awful lot of assumptions about exactly what was going on and why. To me deciding Savannah has issues is just about as problematic as saying George does because he pointed his toy gun at other children including a baby! (Yeah, people probably ARE saying that somewhere online.)

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    10. lizzie, I take your comments on board, particularly in reference to referring to Savannah as a bully. However, according to pics I've seen, Savannah used her foot to send George sliding downslope, and Autumn did speak to her daughter about same, causing Savannah to shed a few tears of her own. Still, the use of the word bully MAY be too severe.

      If I might presume to make a suggestion, re your last para--and leaving out the whole gun episode--, the firstborn in line to become eventually monarch, at least in the BRF, has it much tougher than his siblings. Note that George appears to be given the lion's share of Daddy's attention, perhaps to train him for the road ahead, in much the same way William was given extra training, etc. Goes back generations. This usually results in stifling the child's real personality--and George had a BIG personality when younger.

      My theory is that even future monarchs need and deserve the right to just be kids, like second born, third born....Think we'd have far more interesting and effective monarchs, as a result.

      And lizzie, perhaps you might remember the chat we once had, re abdication/retirement and my remark that introducing earlier retirement might cut down on infidelity. You asked why. My short answer is that future monarchs need to be given CHOICES whenever possible; if they dislike riding or shooting, they should be backed up by their parents; if they'd prefer to attend a particular university and a particular course of studies, then why not? (I have read that the Queen was very keen for William to attend a university in Scotland, due to unrest in Scotland, at the time. This sort of nonsense needs to end.) Given true choices, and an end goal of spending their retirement as private members of British society, there'd be far less to rebel against, and I would think, far fewer mistresses and one-night-stands.

      Looking forward to your rebuttal, lizzie.

      JC

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    11. to reply to lizzie's comment about my Anne remark, if that's ok with you JC. Ha! By the way, I agree with your "just let them be kids" argument. Got a little lost in the infidelity discussion and your remark about my ability to get inside a five-year-old's mind. There are several interpretations of the latter remark...;+)

      lizzie- I spoke of "touchy feelings" in Anne's family that very possibly could have been communicated in other remarks, attitudes, actions when around her family. I don't see anything unusual with a sibling rivalry, but this rivalry is for more than just attention or who Mom or Pop likes best. This involves power and position in a royal family. Growing up, Anne would have been in her younger brother Andrew's shadow, as JC indicates Charlotte is in George's shadow when it comes to William. Being considered secondary to an older brother, Charles, is something else. Charlotte will not have to deal with a similar situation, most likely, with Louis, as she will out-rank him.
      Anne pointedly wears the male version of her Colonel's uniform and rides astride as her Father and brother, while her Mother wore a skirt with her uniform and rode side-saddle. There are a number of occasions that were reported in the news that made me wonder how Anne must feel about her secondary position in the family. She has been the "good" child and has out-performed most of her siblings in royal work.

      I no where suggested that Anne's remarks at the time five years ago of George's birth were the direct cause of Savannah's behavior. I also never used the label "bully" nor did JC. If the child's apparent behavior (on several occasions) seemed to you to be bullying, it is your label, not mine.

      In the reply I previously wrote to lizzie that went missing I also mentioned Catherine's work with identifying and dealing with causes and symptoms of childhood problems. I agree. She should be more aware than other mothers of possible difficulties her children are having with peer relationships. The thing is, sometimes a parent is too close and just as a visiting aunt might say, "My how you have grown," a parent might not notice the gradual, subtle signs of a child in difficulty. Children at age two or three might freely share information that could upset a parent, but older children soon realise that there are some subjects that adults are reluctant to discuss. I am mostly thinking of adult child abuse now but I think another child's verbally and/or physically taking advantage of a younger or more vulnerable child is also a sensitive and difficult topic for a child to discuss with a parent. There could be fears that the child himself would be admonished--"What have you done to upset..." " Are you sure he pushed you on purpose?" or even fears the other child's parent would be told and make a situation even more difficult.
      When one considers that in general the same history repeats over and over of abuse or bullying going on without a child confiding in his parent or the parent's recognition of the signs...how does this happen? I agree Catherine likely follows her own advice and encourages her children to confide. I think William in his work with combatting internet bullying --he has had activities in that cause just this week, along with receptions and BP award ceremonies in the Queen's name---I think William is learning as a parent. I think they would not hesitate to take action if behavior involved a school acquaintance, while remaining aware that their intervention from an apparent position of power may be viewed through a different lens that that of most school parents.This intervention may not be so simple if royal relatives are involved. anon1

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    12. Whoops! JC did mention bullying. I did not. anon1

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    13. Since I thought it was misused I knew I didn't introduce the term bullying into this discussion! Thanks for clarifying, Anon1.

      Will read both your reply and JC's more carefully and respond later.

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    14. Now I have discovered that "Anonymous" took umbrage with my Anne comment, not you, lizzie. I do apologise for doing what I have scolded others for doing: replying without careful reading first.

      Perhaps it'stime for another of my sabbaticals. Ha! anon1

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    15. I'll try to address your pts Anon1 & JC. There's a lot between you so I may miss some & may need a Part 2! First, surely there are complex dynamics in the BRF as there are in many families. Add in a family business & it gets dicey. When the business is NOT a meritocracy, no doubt it's even stranger. But if Anne is resentful & that affects her family, I'd expect to see it in Zara & Peter before Savannah. Zara & Will seem close & she's PG's godparent. Will & Peter seem close but Will attended Jecca's brother's wedding not Peter's so who knows. But "not close" isn't  "resents." And there's no sign Autumn bears ill will.

      I agree Anne often takes on a "manly" role. I don't know if it relates to her position in a *royal* family vs any other family w/lots of brothers. Freud likely didn't say it, but sometimes a cigar IS just a cigar. So far as not riding side-saddle, why should she? QEII learned side-saddle riding as a child, but in the 70s when Anne rode competitively, I doubt there were many side-saddle competitions. So why ride that way now for the Trooping? Perhaps her focus on riding was to gain family favor but that happens in other families too. Being in a system that ignores work & merit in favor of birth order & rewards men over women can't be pleasant. But I'm sure it's unpleasant for many daughters & second sons of a certain class too!

      Online pics show Savannah playing physically at events w/lots of children. And in some pics w/little Mia,SP seems to be getting the worst of it! If Autumn scolded her, she must have felt her behavior was wrong or thought Kate would. But it started because SP apparently didn't want PG to sit next to her. That stuff happens ALL the time w/kids & often is harmless.(He's touching me! She touched me 1st! Adult:There'll be no touching!) To me, PG & PC looked comfortable w/SP & IP. I doubt PG would've sat near SP if she is often mean to him. I don't know what caused PG's tears, but it wasn't the hill pushing.

      That was Savannah's 2nd Trooping. Was her behavior immature? Sure. She's 7, not 17. Some said elsewhere re: the mouth-covering "she shouldn't do that to a future king" (OK for Harry w/2 yr old Bea's lesser status?) Baloney. I think they were all behaving like kids including Harry w/Bea. And "let BRF kids be kids in public" was pushed by Diana, perhaps a bit too much. The BRF kids seem to stick out their tongues more than any group of kids I've ever seen! And some of "Billy Basher's" behavior likely crossed lines.

      I don't have an issue w/PG's gun but many did. When he's older he'll likely serve in the military & hunt for sport, no matter what his toys are now. My point was only that it's iffy to draw conclusions from children's play in photos or brief videos.

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    16. Part 2

      I don't agree that PG understands anything about his future role but I agree he's likely bright. He does seem to be treated differently than PC by W&K for whatever reason. (For yrs PG was publicly described as "naughty." Someone posted here yrs ago that's the way the British talk about their kids. That made sense but PC hasn't been described that way.) According to Penny J's book, for yrs C&D allowed Will to think he could do anything (like be a policeman or astronaut.) I take PJ's reporting w/a grain of salt but in 2015 Will said he thought he could be King part-time and fly helicopters part-time so....Maybe W&K are taking a different tactic w/PG but I doubt he knows much yet. It's true barring an abdication PG won't have free choice of a life & career because of his "accident of birth." But lots of children have no life choices because of accidents of their birth---like the over 3 million who die of hunger each yr. I enjoy watching the BRF from afar, and have sympathy for any life lived wo/choice. But I find my sympathy can only go so far re: ANY royal family's lack of choice. They do have choices others don't. Does that make up for choices they don't have? Sometimes absolutely yes, sometimes definitely not, IMO. Hard to say how/if it balances out. I still don't know if royal retirement becomes routine much would really change. Ordinary people are unfaithful all the time. They sometimes really dislike their jobs but feel forced to stay, miserable all the time. Ordinary people struggle w/family issues. The promise of retirement sometime after age 60 doesn't seem to affect feelings or give a sense of choice much in one's 20s 30s 40s for anyone else!

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    17. lizzie--actually, you did take issue with my Anne remarks in your earlier comment and now that you have extended them I therefore feel free to rebut your rebuttal and postpone my aforementioned sabbatical. Ha! However, although I was justified in the first reply, it still indicates rather fuzzy reading on my part at times. Sometimes I am fuzzy-headed.

      1)re- Anne riding astride because side-saddle is old fashioned and not generally done anymore:Within the context of the British Royal Family, I think that question more or less answers itself.

      2) re: tongue sticking out more prevalent amongst BRF children: I read or saw a comment by Dickie Arbeiter, possibly Harry himself (both of whom I credit for reliable, somewhat un-biased royal anecdotes more than PJ)
      regarding the famous Harry/window/tongue incident--apparently, the paps had been sticking out their tongues at Harry, trying to provoke a response from him and were richly rewarded with the money shot. In this same regard, it was mentioned that when Diana and Catherine were dating their royals and after Diana no longer had RPO protection, the paps would shout nasty taunts at them, trying to provoke a response. I doubt the average, normal youngsters with whom the royal children are being compared here are subjected to such provocation. So, I do agree, lizzie, that a single photo or video without context is useless in evaluating a given situation

      3) William mostly smiles when asked about Charlotte. From his remarks when she was a baby she seems to have been a quieter, happier baby than George was. I don't recall any "naughty" comments about George, but it does sound like something a parent would say so as not to seem to be boasting. A sort of self-deprecatory remark, if one considers one's children as a reflection of oneself.
      It is possible we think George gets different treatment from Charlotte by their parents because of the nature of news. If William's heir does/says something it is more widely picked up and elaborated on, I think,than the occasional anecdote we hear about Charlotte. If the two children are treated differently as siblings in a family it may be simply because they are simply two very different children with almost opposite natures. It is really difficult to say the two are treated differently as we must rely on photos and videos and the isolated remark from family members.
      If that is not an accurate basis for making assumptions and giving opinion on Savannah and her family dynamics, I don't see how we can fairly say how George is treated compared to Charlotte. I think it maybe what some who write about the royals would have us believe, however.

      I will follow lizzie's example and go on to part two.


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    18. lizzie--I guess my simple answer to your "Part 2" would be that there IS one important choice all HRH's get to make: they can walk out of the monarchy or they can stay in. The most recent abdication in the BRF's was that of Edward VIIl, who was, I rather think, a fool, and not very bright to boot.But what if a bright kid came along, whose parents loved him more than they loved the institution of monarchy, and, instead of shunning him, as happened to Edward VIII, supported him if he wanted to walk out?

      Well, guess we'll have to disagree re George; I do think he knows he's "different". Bet he's been teased already at school, maybe not by his classmates, but that school has many older kids, too, kids old enough to read papers, go on line, or just listen to their parents talk about monarchy, and quite possibly mention George. But I still say, that George is best served by going to school--altho not boarding school until he's old enough to know how to protect himself one way or the other. In the meantime, his parents might want him to take a few self-defence courses, encourage him to join a debating club, encourage any sports HE chooses, and generally build his skill-set and self-esteem.

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    19. Remainder of my comment to lizzie; JC here.

      Sorry, lizzie, I'm not buying into your argument re choices. Sure the kids of refugees, those born into the slums of India (or any slum anywhere), have it tough, no question. But I was speaking about a very few kids born into one of the most retro monarchies in the western world, namely the BRF. Are they to pay the extraordinary price of their soul for the privilege of being born into a gilded cage? Or are their parents going to wise up, never use their kids for cheap publicity, and keep their kids' private lives private? After all, Kate has the ability to take terrific photos--and, best of all, she'd own the copyright; maybe she should do so, between two-four times a year. And maybe that's all we and the press get. No big deal, IMO.

      What do you think is more important, lizzie? Feeding a starving child who may well, because of his poverty-stricken circumstances, grow up to be a criminal, or feeding a soul, who may well, because of his circumstances, grow up to lead the charge on mental health or bring attention to lesbian/gay/bisexual/transexual rights and respect?

      Yep, ordinary people are unfaithful all the time. Granted. And leading the pack are the BRF. So SOMETHING needs to change, if we are to have decent, level-headed, happily married future monarchs. I suggested offering more freedom/choice, more sensible self-protection when children, and a lot less "protection" from PO's--they need to back off and butt out of royal kid's lives. No sitting at the back of the class, no video cameras of the classroom/s. Just blend into the wallpaper, and stop embarrassing the people you're "protecting."

      Give me something positive, lizzie; your ideas, on how to improve the lives of those in direct line of descent.
      Please.

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  12. These photos are lovely...but there are issues. Catherine top is too tight and in one picture it looks as though William had to tell her to fix it. No shame there, I've had my fair share of buttons pop loose but I've always been able to feel that. Especially if its the middle button. Pesky little thing that middle button.
    My biggest issue...Charlotte really needs to be in leggings/shorts/pants/ if she's going to be playing and around cameras. There are many photos of today all over the web and in some of them you can clearly see her undies. That's not okay. That is never okay.

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    1. I don’t think it’s a big deal, she’s a nursing mom and besides, running around with kids would do that to anyone’s clothes. Kate wisely picks brands like Zara for “play” and I love that she’s not afraid to get down in the trenches with the kids. I know what you mean about Charlotte—there are some real sickos out there. In the past, the only “underwear” I’ve seen are the matching bloomers for her dresses. I wonder if the brands kate favors for the kids (quite traditional, though not monogrammed or smocked) have little short and top sets.

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    2. Where I live in the US it's not uncommon for girls to wear lightweight shorts or bike shorts under dresses if rough and tumble play is anticipated. Leggings are common under dresses for girls in cool weather. Pretty much everyone has a camera these days & those cameras aren't just aimed at royal or famous children (although shorts were worn under girls' dresses here long before cell phones) Its not just a "modesty" issue. Something extra underneath also can protect from painful scrapes from falls. Where I live though little girls also wear shorts sets, "pedal-pushers" culottes, & jeans for tumbling play.

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    3. She seems to have quite a lot of character, could be that she refuses to wear them!

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  13. What a lovely surprise today. Fabulous, candid pictures.

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  14. I took my son to a park this afternoon and the wind whipped my hair around and I sweated and squinted in the sun and I thought oh gosh how does Kate always look so lovely in any weather? I enjoy seeing these casual events, it shows us the children's personalities. Adorable!

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  15. I just adore these photos and I think she looks great—Kate nails looking casual yet put together. It’s always funny to me when people (on instagram) are shocked at how normal they are! This is what it’s like 95% of the time; they go to normal school, have a big extended family, tons of friends—we see so little of their lives as a whole. Charlotte is a total star and George looks happy as a clam with the polo mallet, slinky, and police toys, I just feel bad that his shyness is so obviously when he is in front of media on official outings. He knows that something’s up and he doesn’t like the attention. The kids are beautiful—can’t wait until she’s running after three little ones!

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  16. I love these pictures too. What a summery day and the whole group was relaxed and fully enjoying themselves. Kate looks really wonderful. I feel like there was some post partum after Charlotte but no evidence of it here! Cheers to them, they might not be everything we want them to be but can you imagine living your life knowing every move is being recorded? No thank you, not for all jewels in the crown. Imo, one of the most important jobs a mother has is being dedicated to raising children to become decent, kind, compassionate people who work hard and give back. I see she loves her babies dearly and I believe she’s doing her best.

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    1. It's fun to see everyone out playing. I am always confused when people decide anything about The Doc's postpartum life or her deliveries. They are super private and little is clear about their inner lives for the most part. It doesn't help women who experience postpartum depression when we make total guesses about a pubic figure spending the afternoon at a game. Frequently women who suffer from depression after birth push hard to exhibit exactly this kind of cheer and confidence in public. That's why it's so debilitating. I think that's why her support of education and support for this topic is so valuable.

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  17. These photos made me so happy! Kate had not been looking like herself at recent, more formal, events and I wondered if she was experiencing some post partum depression. However, after seeing these, it seems more likely that the stress of the formal events was the issue, as here she looks like the Kate we know and love.

    I'm disappointed, although not surprised, that there are comments about her "figure." She didn't choose this dress to flatter her figure, she chose it because she thought it was pretty and summery, and allowed her to sit comfortably on a hill with her kids.

    I think she looks amazing and it's refreshing to see her not rail-thin. I actually hope she stays this way. It means she is focused on her family, maybe feeling less pressure to look a certain way, and that she is maturing as a woman and a mother to rise above and beyond societal expectations of her. Kate is owning it. She looks empowered and confident.

    Seeing that popped button made me smile, as it's so relatable, especially for a nursing mother. My children are almost the exact same age as hers and although we lead very different lives, the shared experience of motherhood just makes me happy for her.

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    1. So well said. And yes, when everything down to your fingernail is being recorded and analyzed...let’s give her a break. Love her nonchalance, she knows the cameras are on but she almost doesn’t care (in a good way!!). She clearly sees motherhood as her main duty, I think any hint of feeling uncomfortable in the past month at formal events is because she has three kids and has barely taken a break from the spotlight. She must be exhausted. I know people say she “doesn’t work” but the emotional and physical toll of leading this life and raising her family in the public eye is a full time occupation.

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    2. Courtney the popped button is meaningless and the very changing body makes dressing a guess. I agree she wore it most likely because she thought it was cute, comfy and she could sit in it easily. However I do not think her weight being up or down has anything to do with bending to what she assumes society demands. I go from quite thin to not so thin just due to my own personal preference or changes in eating and exercise habits having nothing to do with how mature or relaxed I am or societal expectations etc.

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    3. Ali, with respect, your weight loss or gain is not a popular public topic like Kate's is. My opinion is that in her early years as a Duchess, Kate was "giving the people what they want" -- a thin, gorgeous, super model princess. But, as she has become a mother and a seasoned professional in her role, I sense a new confidence in her, both now and in the future as queen.

      She perhaps feels less pressure on her appearance and more on her ability to create real and lasting change through her actions, words and patronages.

      As a woman in my 30s, I can say it feels good to start shedding some of those old insecurities and focus on what matters: family, career, and community. I hope for Kate that she is doing the same!

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    4. Maybe the button didn't pop. It could be that she just missed it while buttoning up after the most recent nursing session. Another good reason to go with this dress. It unbuttons in the front and makes nursing very easy!

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    5. Ali, with respect, your weight loss or gain is not a popular public topic like Kate's is. My opinion is that in her early years as a Duchess, Kate was "giving the people what they want" -- a thin, gorgeous, super model princess. But, as she has become a mother and a seasoned professional in her role, I sense a new confidence in her, both now and in the future as queen.

      She perhaps feels less pressure on her appearance and more on her ability to create real and lasting change through her actions, words and patronages.

      As a woman in my 30s, I can say it feels good to start shedding some of those old insecurities and focus on what matters: family, career, and community. I hope for Kate that she is doing the same!

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    6. Orange County GrandmaJune 16, 2018 at 6:15 PM

      I would think William loves a “fuller” wife. He has more to love❤️ Just thought I would add a little laugh.
      But being honest what man would not want to hold a beautiful woman like Kate. William is a very lucky man. Hope he cherishes what he has

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  18. Lovely pictures, thank you! Kate looks gorgeous as do the children and they all seem so happy!

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  19. SierrafromMontanaJune 11, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    This family is adorable. I think it's great how Kate and Wills are trying to give them as normal an upbringing as they can. Kate looks really happy.

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  20. I wish I could afford the handbag. That being said, I think Kate does high/low fashion better than just about anyone.

    The children are absolutely adorable.

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  21. These are the sweetest photos!
    The Cambridges just living their best life.

    They all looked happy and comfy. The duchess looked cool and casual, appropriate for the outing. I like light-weight dresses in the summer, they are cooler. Of course, I live in south Texas and it's hotter than fried he!! here.

    Popped button??? It's a reality for almost all women. It happens. Catherine looks like a happy, healthy, loving mom in these photos.

    Charlotte's undies? I didn't notice that, but yeah, mom needs to watch that.
    Too many sickos in the world. :(
    However, she is just adorable. Perky and enthusiastic, she makes me smile.

    George. Wasn't it wonderful to see him playing, happy and carefree? Just being a little boy. I worry about the royal children. They have limited control over the type of life they have to lead. Charles, William, now George. Unless they want to cause a crisis in their country, they have follow a set path. I love the whole royal thing, but I feel for those who really have no choice.

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    1. Mary, I just spent a month with my daughter in south Texas and I love your description! My seven year old grandson would tell anyone he talked to that "This heat is not Grandma's friend." lol!

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  22. You summed up the royal paradox succinctly in your last paragraph, Mary, and have shown true compassion, if not empathy for this family. It is a unique position perhaps comparable only to heirs of large, family-owned and operated businesses--only this family business is one of the most conservative, tradition-bound in the world. It has its roots in family yet is now publicly controlled to a great extent. Nothing they have accumulated through the ages is really considered their own. They have been made mere figureheads without a real say in the company and yet are constantly open to public censure. What a frustrating position to find oneself in!

    Sometimes I like to imagine Elizabeth's life if she had had a choice-country life with plenty of dogs and horses. Not to mention, a Phillip who was not destined to walk behind his wife.
    Then I have my own reality check: Margaret Rose would have been Queen. Who knows? Would the position have shaped her or would she have altered the position?
    I can't really imagine the world without Elizabeth as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. We are all fortunate she made the sacrifice, but oh, what a price to pay.

    Thanks for the reality check, Mary.

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  23. Hello Captain Obvious......I find the constant references to "Kate's still recovering figure" and other snarky remarks to be both mean spirited and lacking in body awareness. She gave birth less then two months ago! Obviously every women takes a bit of time to recover from the birth of their third child. Do we ever take Kate's feelings into account here? She obviously is an extremely weight conscious person and does not need reminders about it. Are these comments remotely helpful to her if she choses to read this blog? With Diana's admission of an having an eating disorder I think we should be very sensitive to people whose every seam and button is scrutinized by long lenses and allow Kate and any other royal to have a bit of breathing room after giving birth to 3 children in less then 5 years.

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    1. Breathe deeply and go back reread what most people have said. She is not being body shamed but people are happy she's not crash dieting and that she's just letting things happen naturally. Mostly I think people notice it because it is so relatable. Here is the gorgeous woman who is a duchess, a princess, and lives a life of royal privilege in the spotlight of the world but, underneath all of that, she's just like the rest of us. She is showing every woman of child bearing age that you can be happy, healthy, confident, and put together even when you've just given birth. More power to her! This speaks volumes more than she could ever say in a speech at a Heads Together event.

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  24. What a sensible statement you make in your last paragraph, Mary. I could not agree more!

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  25. The way I look at it: she was pregnant nearly 30 of 84 months she has been a Duchess. Close to 30% of her time as a royal. One out of every three days. The fact that she has been able to accomplish as much as she has is amazing to me. That last multi-country tour in her third trimester..the woman is made of strong stuff. She is neither shrinking violet nor fragile bloom.

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  26. What a joyful outing, and the pictures are magnificent. Kate looks so beautiful, young, and carefree. The children are precious, and you can see what a marvelous, caring mother she is. Such a wonderful post to enjoy.

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