Monday, 13 April 2015

Kate and Prince George's Day Out & A Prince George Quote You Need To Read!

We hope your week is off to a great start! We're back with some adorable Prince George news!

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George feature in the current issue of New Idea Magazine, and as you can see Prince Harry grabbed the top spot on the cover alongside some interesting "quotes"!!!

New Idea

Last week Kate took 21-month-old George to Snettisham Park - a 329-acre working farm and petting zoo near the family's country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. The British Monarchy Heir Facebook Page shared scans from the magazine, and they can viewed in their entirety here.

New Idea Magazine / The British Monarchy Heir Facebook Page

More from the article:

'Witnesses tell New Idea that George - without a hint of shyness - made a beeline for a sandpit, drawn by not only the prospect of a toy tractor to ride, but the company of a clutch of girl playmates. Kate lured the puffer-suited Prince to a wooden climbing frame, urging him to play with a little boy.'

Joining the kiddie circle, Kate nestled George or 'Georgie' as one onlooker said she called him on her knee and encouraged him to make noises to match the animals. The pair had a wonderful time and George was in his element. When it came time to leave, Kate had to coax him from a stack of bales.

New Idea Magazine / The British Monarchy Heir Facebook Page

Snettisham Park first opened to the public almost thirty years ago, and is a working Norfolk farm growing wheat for animal feed, malting barley, sugar beet and grass grazed by a 400 ewe flock, a herd of red deer, horses and ponies. Visitors to the farm have the opportunity to see lambs and deer calves being born, crops being sown and harvested and a chance to enjoy wildlife in beautiful West Norfolk.

Snettisham Park

Some of the animals George enjoyed seeing.

Snettisham Park

It's a particularly enjoyable day out for young children like Prince George, who want to explore and meet the animals, enjoy the toy tractors and interact with other children. Below we see other little boys enjoying the same activities as the little Prince.

Snettisham Park

Both William and Kate adore the outdoors and it's clear they want to instil that in their children too. Last summer,  Kate took George to Bucklebury Farm Park near her parents' home in Berkshire for an afternoon. George appears to love animals, and appeared to have a splendid time on both occasions.

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The Duchess looked casual in her brown quilted Barbour jacket.  Kate has had the piece for years now and was previously photographed wearing it in Anglesey. The exact style Kate owns is a past season piece; for those wishing to Repli-Kate the Beadnell is a great alternative. Below we see the jacket at House of Fraser reduced from £249 to £138. The brand is also carried at Nordstrom.

House of Fraser

Kate also wore her favourite Le Chameau Leather Lined 'Vierzonord' Wellington Boots. They are available in most sizes for £165 at Country Attire (receive 10% off if you sign up for the newsletter). They're also in stock at Harrods.


La Chameau

Kate completed the look with jeans, and I would say they are quite possibly from the Topshop maternity range.

And what did Prince George wear? The lovely ladies over at Prince George Pieces quickly identified his suit as the Columbia Baby Boys' Infant Snuggly Bunny Bunting. The 100% polyester piece is on sale is a number of colours and available from $45 to $95 at Amazon. It's also available at 6 p.m.

Columbia

As for who took the photos, I have tried to gauge that information and have been unable to acquire it. The general consensus is this: many (including photographers) have speculated they were taken by a mobile phone; others think the magazine's photographer took them (the magazine also has exclusive photos of Prince William cycling in Norfolk).

It's nice to see the family enjoying normality in Norfolk, similar to their life in Anglesey. We very rarely see such photos, and it's nice to see Kate and George together; he's clearly a very happy little boy and William and Kate obviously adore him.

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The Duchess was also spotted stuck in traffic last week in London.

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Before we leave you tonight, we have even more Prince George ADORABLENESS to share with you. As you all recall Kate attended The Goring Hotel's 105th birthday in March. There, she chatted with a number of guests including Claudia Gordon.

The Goring Hotel Facebook Page

More from this News Press article.

'Claudia Gordon not only got to meet and eat lunch with the Duchess of Cambridge, she got to have a personal, friendly conversation with the future queen.
 "I asked her if Prince George was excited about the new prince or princess that was coming and she said yes and that he is a toddler and is talking and walking," Gordon began. "Then she told me that his daddy, Prince William, was visiting China. After hearing this he went to the china cabinet, opened it and proclaimed 'daddy is not here.' She said they would work on his geography."'

Yes, can we say ADORABLE again :)

241 comments:

  1. I think my favorite photos of Kate are the candid photos like these. I think they show more personality since she is relaxed and doing something fun. I love these photos of them and George is pretty cute all bundled up. Is it really that cold still in the UK in April?

    I also wonder who took these photos. They are pretty close up and personal, so I am assuming that Kate knew about them? You make an interesting point Charlotte about maybe it was a photographer from the magazine. No matter where they came from or if they were planned I am just happy they were printed. It is great to see photos of Kate out and about!

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    1. Surely they are paparazzi. I'm sure Kate didn't know about them, or at least did not know they were going to sell the pictures to a magazine. Why would she do that in expense of her son not being able to go to the farm freely in the future? I enjoyed the photos, but I also think they are a little intrusive. I know if this was my son I'd be furious.

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    2. I felt rather the same as Anonymous. If Kate knew about these pictures and agreed to them, fine. If she didn't, and was just having a day out with her son (possibly one of the last before he has a sibling), then I think the pictures were intrusive. She wasn't doing anything which related to her public representational role as a member of the royal family, she was just being a Mum. I'm really not sure about photos like these.

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    3. Definitely a planned photo op. Im not throwing any shade a Catherine....but definitely done with her permission. It was probably at last decision by PR team to get some pics out of George before the birth to avoid the hassell of getting a professional family portrait taken.,.short cut anyone?

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    4. As others have mentioned, the little boy in the lower right of the photo seems to be looking at the camera/photographer.
      The photographer doesn't seem that far away from Kate and George given the proximity of the boy to them. The security detail for kate and george
      it would seem, knew the photos were being taken. The photographer was at more than one locale on the farm to take the other photos. The photos seemed to be taken by someone who
      knew about proper lighting. How many photos were taken to get these?
      The photos show up not too long after the announcement that Kate was going to take an extended maternity leave to take care of her children. Nice to see the photos though and George is a cutie.

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    5. upon further reflection, :)
      I think the photos were also taken to promote the farm and the photos might have been taken by a representative from the farm, with her PR teams approval and, of course, Kate's.
      A win win situation for both purposes,
      showing kate as an involved, attentive parent to assuage any naysayers regarding her extend maternal leave, and generating interest for the farm and giving us all the advantage of seeing those cute chubby cheeks of an
      adorably sweet George. :)

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    6. I don't think Kate would agree to it in order to give the farm publicity. That would be Not Done! To take George out for some Just George time before the new baby? Yep, can see that. I think the only reason we're even talking about why is because William's so consumed with privacy.

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    7. I think that makes totally sense surfer girl! I had not thought that it may have also been done to promote the farm. It's a good idea. Not to mention George looks too cute all bundled up! How could that not make people's heart's melt? Even the naysayers had to smile! :)

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    8. I prefer more candid shots of Kate. Even if she planned these, they appear to be natural. And what did we really see, not all that much: George is all bundled up and so pretty much is Kate. Just so sweet and adorable.

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    9. Maggie - Minneapolis16 April 2015 at 22:00

      I think if Kate wanted to give a farm publicity, she would have picked a different one. This one is in Norfolk, by Anmer Hall, and could be a farm she'd like to visit in the future with George and the new baby. Allowing this farm to get more publicity now means more people will visit it in hopes of catching a glimpse of the royals, which risks their privacy that they guard so carefully. I think she would have picked a farm further away to give publicity to.
      Also Bluhare - while I agree that usually this is Not Done! (love the capitalizing btw!), I do think that Kate choosing to go to the Goring reopening shows that maybe she DOES do this. The Goring Hotel thing was a private reception, but they did post pictures of her attending, and I'm sure she knew that would happen. In the same way, it could potentially be the case that a similar arrangement was made with the farm. Although the Goring hotel is a hotel she already had shown "favoritism" to by staying at it before the wedding (and there was no way to avoid showing favoritism since she could only stay at one hotel). Whereas it is odd for her to pick a farm to show "favoritism" towards, which is why the royals don't usually do PR for specific places that aren't a patronage. So maybe I've just argued myself back into agreeing with your bluhare :)
      If this WAS PR for the firm, I just don't know why they wouldn't just release the pictures officially. If this is PR, it's not very good PR. British media can't release these pictures, so unless someone in the British public is going to the Facebook page of this farm (in which case they probably already like the farm and don't need extra PR to draw them there), they won't be seeing these pictures. I'm not saying Kate and George should have gone with a bunch of cameras and stuff. But they could have had whoever take the pictures use a better quality camera, and then could have released the pictures officially. It would have been adorable. I think they didn't do it because the PR was not intended for the farm. But if the PR is intended for Kate, then the un-official pictures are perfect because they seem unstaged and like Kate is actually a hands-on mother, vs just posing for the cameras. I just don't think it makes sense to do poor-quality, un-official pictures if the PR is meant for the park.

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    10. I dunno, Maggie . . . . I see what you're trying to say re publicity for the park but I just don't think so. I don't. She went to a formal lunch reception for the Goring Hotel, one she's well associated with because of the wedding and I guess I don't see it as promoting it, although your point is well taken that the hotel certainly got something out of her attendance.. I think that is a bit different than taking out George for playtime. Actually I think Kat's onto something. I am going to put my tinfoil hat on and head down there for some good old fashioned conspiracy theory fun.

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  2. Aw! Looks like they had a fun day out! My, how he's grown!

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  3. Great Post! I love this pics of Georgie and Kate! Hopefully they aren't too annoyed with them!!

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  4. Aw... I think my head may explode from the cuteness overload. His Royal Chubby Cheeks is too adorable to be endured.

    These are some beautiful pictures of mom and son. The farm looks like a fun place to visit for kids and adults.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2015 at 23:29

      I agree. Such adorable pictures. And I adoooooooooore the China cabinet story!

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  5. Maggie - Minneapolis13 April 2015 at 23:10

    Prince George is developing much faster than most children! It's pretty impressive. He looks really really tall for someone not even two years old, and he clearly was walking earlier than most (as evidenced by all of his playmates in Australia at the Plunket appearance who were still crawling while he was almost walking alone). And while babies start talking around 18 months (which is late January/early February for him), to have the cognizance to understand his daddy is in "China" and then go to the China cabinet and look for his dad and then say "Daddy isn't here" is pretty far past what most children his age are saying (I think). Impressive baby! Or should I say child, since he's growing up so fast? :)

    Anyways, it's wonderful to see pictures like these of an adorable future king just playing with other children. I do have a slight feeling they may be PR set up - the farm's website posted the pictures without any issue and if they were taken by cellphone, there's no way Kate and her protection officers wouldn't have noticed someone following them around taking quite a few pictures. Or it's possible Kate noticed the photographer but decided to just let it be, but given all the reports of her asking people to stop taking pictures and her/William's response to most pap pictures, especially when involving George, it seems highly unlikely that's the case. It'll be interesting to see if the Cambridges complain about these pictures. To be completely honest, they seem to complain less when the pictures involve Kate and George. They didn't complain about the Mustique pictures two years ago, and they didn't really complain about pictures of Kate pushing George, but did complain when it was George and the nanny. But I could be wrong about their complaint record - I'm not confident about this.
    Just to be clear - I'm not saying Kate is a bad mother or anything even close to that. Their PR office capitalizing on her appearing to be a good mother does not prove or disprove whether or not she is actually a good mother, and by all accounts, she seems very invested in George and very interested in raising him well. But given all the new articles coming out over the past few days about her taking a longer maternity leave this time, it's entirely possible these pictures were released to show that she would be using her maternity leave to...well, be maternal, versus taking a break and leaving the kids with the nanny.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 April 2015 at 23:14

      I think there is a point to this. But there is also a difference. When Kate is with, the argument can be made that they were taking photos of her and not George. But when it's George with the nanny it's paparazzi following a child.

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    2. I can't believe for a moment that this is a PR set up. It makes zero sense. Kate would never do that in a place where George frequently goes. William would have never allowed it and Kate would never do anything to upset William. New Idea has been buying pics from an unauthorized paparazzi from ages. I am sure this is the same case.

      I also agree on George's advance state. He is incredibly smart.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis14 April 2015 at 06:55

      Rebecca - so that's a completely fair argument. That being said - George is the heir to the throne, not Kate. There may be an equally fair argument to saying that they are always following George, not Kate, because he is the more important person. Not saying this is true - just saying it's a possibility. Mostly, I just don't really understand the difference between following Kate vs following a child. For one thing - George is actually much less likely to be affected by pap pictures than Kate, since as a toddler, he isn't really aware of things such as privacy intrusions, etc. A toddler is very unlikely to have any idea what is going on if paparazzi are taking pictures of him (unless its like a ton of them, which is highly unlikely since that makes them visible and easy for protection officers to get rid of). Whereas Kate is very aware if she sees a stranger taking a picture of her. I guess I just honestly don't understand how George is being harassed. He obviously deserves the right to a fairly normal childhood. I say fairly normal because he is not normal - the privileges he receives and will receive in life are not normal and the title of King that he will most likely receive later in life is certainly not normal. But really, how do these pictures affect the possibility of George having a normal childhood? He doesn't even know what's going on! I guess there's the possibility of a bad precedent being set, but I also think that as future King, it's important that he realize from a young age that he is not normal. Long story short, I don't think having pictures released of your chilldhood is all that intrusive/is something that many parents do via Facebook/Twitter/Instagram these days (obviously on a smaller scale but still). But completely fair point to say the pictures may be of Kate rather than of George.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis14 April 2015 at 06:59

      Also given how strict Kate and William are about pap pictures of themselves - I just find it odd that they complain about pictures of Kate or William, and about pictures of George, but not about pictures of Kate AND George. If they didn't complain about Kate pictures, then I would get it. But they do - so it really just seems like they don't complain about George and Kate pictures because of the good image they send. But I may be wrong.
      AND, last thing - these are not paparazzi following George in swarms like they followed Kate when she was dating William. Again, that would lead to them being caught. It really seems like he/the nanny/the PPO's are unaware in any pictures of them - which leads me to think that their lives were not affected at the time of the pictures. So, where is the harassment? I dunno. I'm not famous enough to have the media following me around so it's certainly hard for me to understand where the Cambridges are coming from.

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    5. Jean from Lancs14 April 2015 at 13:18

      Perhaps Catherine decided that protesting at the time would have spoiled George's day.
      I feel it is unlikely she would have arranged with an obscure Australian magazine for the photos to be taken, so someone got lucky
      Am very surprised that the Park published the photos---probably means no more visits there.
      Wish the car number plate had been obscured-- surely publishing that is a security risk.
      Lovely little story---made me laugh. My son had a wide vocabulary at the same age and he loved long words. Being old houses built before they had refrigerators there are probably many walk--in cupboards which is possibly now a china cupboard.

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    6. Caroline in Montana14 April 2015 at 17:05

      Maggie, that was a lot to chew on and you really made me think, very thought provoking for me. Some very interesting points I agree with you on! Think you nailed it Rebecca with the difference between it being Kate and George VS George and the Nanny. On another note, and this may sound weird, but do you think they do like super advanced training for toddlers or something for George? knowing the china at his age seems unusual, right? (i don't have kids!) and it would seem a lot of coaching to make sure when you make appearances that they don't "spaz" out....have we ever seen a royal baby/toddler behave very badly? it always seemed even at a young age wills and harry were very aware of their position and demeanor, except the time I think it was harry who stuck his tounge out at the paps?? - Caroline

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    7. Caroline, I've heard that James is supposed to be a bit of a wild child and therefore doesn't do appearances with his parents, while Louise does.

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    8. I think that kids close to two years of age can have a wide vocabulary. It is not at all unusual for many children to know 200 words, even though the average number of words kids know that age will be between 50-100. My children certaining knew words like "dining room" and "living room" and could find things from each if I asked them to. So understanding "china" cabinet is not particularly advanced, I don't think. Now, friends of mine have a son who is reading at 2.5. That IMO, is highly unusual.

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    9. If I remember rightly, when Will and Kate complained about the pap pix of George and his Nanny, it was about a certain photographer stalking them on several occasions and getting closer than might be safe. Kidnapping attempts are know to have happened to other Royals and while there were several factors that went into Diana's death, the main one was the papp's chasing the car. I think perhaps if these were taken from a respectable distance and causing no safety concerns, William might not complain as much. Also, as we all know, when we age we can change our outlook on things. It's called growing and maturing.

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    10. I don't buy the PR angle either. Kate doesn't need PR in the motherhood department, far from it, and this photo (or any) will do zero to diminish the desire/demand for photos after the baby is born.

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    11. As I recall, little William behaved very badly indeed at the wedding of, I think, The Duke and Duchess of York. :-)

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    12. He did indeed. :)
      Those videos are classic and so precious. And as the carriage carrying fergie and andrew pulled away after their wedding william ran after the carriage and was almost under it and Queen Elizabeth ran after him and grabbed his arm to prevent him from continuing and possibly getting hurt.
      the Queen ran. She gained more respect from me that day, added to a lot of respect for her I had already. :)
      She seems to be a very practical, warm and funny lady. And oh, did I include
      dutiful? :)

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    13. Maggie - Minneapolis15 April 2015 at 22:44

      Royalfan - I guess I respectfully disagree with your take on Kate's need for PR in the motherhood department. There was just a huge flurry of articles about her taking a longer maternity leave this time, and the comments section on a lot of them was along the lines of "but the nanny does all of the child raising anyways!". And after the Maldives trip last year and the nanny being in Mustique this year, I don't think Kate is seen as a very hands-on mother by everyone, or even a majority. I'm not saying this is fair, just talking about appearances. And even if we accept that the comments sections are obviously usually one extreme, it's a good PR move to still show her as a hands-on mom right after these extended maternity leave articles came out. I do agree that it won't decrease demand for pictures after the baby is born - but perhaps that was never their intent.
      Also how do you explain these pictures being on the Park's Facebook without any complaint? Or the fact that there's almost no way the PPO's could have missed these pictures being taken?
      And Anon at 22:25 - I wasn't really saying George knowing the word "china" as being special - rather him putting together the fact that his father was gone and was apparently in this mysterious "china" place, and then going to find him in the china cabinet and saying he's not here. 20-month year olds usually don't string together so many thoughts, and usually certainly don't have the cognizance to go look for their father in the china cabinet and then point out that he's not there like his mother said. But maybe I'm wrong! :)

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    14. Maggie - Minneapolis15 April 2015 at 22:49

      I just think it's a little odd that pictures of George and the nanny have been complained about, even though they are like very few pictures, but pictures of Kate and George haven't been complained about - especially given that these pictures show Kate and George in multiple different places at the park, which seems much more stalker-ish/security-risk to me than managing to snap two quick pictures of George and his nanny. And also more troublesome because they involve two (actually three because Kate is pregnant) at-risk individuals, not just two. These pictures entail someone following Kate and George during their entire afternoon or day at the park. Versus the pictures of George and his nanny seem like they are a few quick ones a photographer could somehow manage to get before needing to get away from the PPO's, because they don't usually involve showing George and the nanny in multiple places on the same excursion. Obviously this is all conjecture, but just a thought about why I think these are PR.

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    15. Maggie, my take on the PR argument is this... These photos will have zero impact on the folks who would begrudge her the extended maternity leave. And for the folks who are supportive of her, again, no impact beyond being happy to see photos of mother and son out and about.

      And why they complain or don't, well, perhaps if Kate is there with her son, it doesn't seem as if he's as "vulnerable" as when his parents are not around. Yes, I'm aware of the PPO's, but there is a difference, even if it's just an emotional one.

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    16. P.S. Why the photos appeared on the farm's website... I don't know, but even if this was a PR move (and I don't believe it was), there would be no reason to go THAT far considering the insatiable demand for photos of Kate and George. To me this was nothing more than someone's very bad judgment.

      And perhaps the PPO's didn't go into James Bond mode in a setting with a lot of young children and parents enjoying a relaxing environment when no real harm was being done.

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    17. Maggie - Minneapolis16 April 2015 at 01:24

      Royalfan - all of your points make sense. For George's sake, I almost hope you're right, because it would be a shame if Kate and William insisted on the PPO's "going into James Bond mode" when pictures of George are being taken, because in a lot of ways, that affects his ability to live a normal life more than the photographers taking the pictures! But anyways, I guess at some point we just have to accept that this is all conjecture and just enjoy the pictures regardless of the intent :)

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    18. No offense royal fan, but since the
      PPO's are assigned to the wife of the future king and the son who is also a
      future king I would fully hope that the PPO's are in "James Bond" mode at all times whatever the venue. Given the recent tragedies in Paris and the school in Africa they should be even
      more alert. Can you imagine what William would do if anything happened to Kate or George (it won't of course)
      and William found out the PPO's had
      been less than in "James Bond" mode
      simply because they were at a playground with moms and children around? Otherwise why even bother have PPO's in the first place? Just my opinion.

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    19. I am surprised people don't think this was a PR move. To me it is pretty obvious that it is. The photos are taken at close range, in multiple locations. The children around George seem to recognize that photos are being taken and therefore one can safely assume that Kate knew as well. And than the PPO's always stop people from taking photos, either by pouncing on a unmoving car or approaching people in a store, regardless of children around. A PPO doesn't have to get all "James Bond mode", rather they just approach someone quietly and tell them not to take photos. They have even been known to make people delete photos. So, it would be very strange that the PPO's didn't stop a stranger from taking photos if they were not planned. Also, William has not complained, which he always does in a instance like this. The only time he didn't complain was when they were in Australia and that was only to keep the tour on good terms. William normally makes it very clear when he is unhappy. This all seems to suggest pretty obviously that it was planned and maybe even photographed by the zoo or someone with Kate (nanny or mom perhaps). It just seems logical putting 2 and 2 together combined with how the Cambridges act. It is not a bad thing having these be a PR move. There is nothing wrong with it. In fact, it is quiet smart since it shows Kate and George playing together. Makes the viewer go soften toward them. I think everyone is in agreement that even though these are planned, everyone loved them. It is nice to see them out and about.

      Maggie, I was thinking the same thing with these in regards to her maternity leave. It seems like too much of a coincidence. All these articles come out about Kate taking extended maternity leave and then BAM these photos appear. It seems like it was done to show that Kate is a hands on mom. That way people don't think Kate is taking an extended leave to just sit around and do nothing. Maria is always in photos with Kate and George and yet she was not in any of these. These may have been released to try and show Kate as a hands on mom. The Royals work the media to form the image they want. That is plain and simple (like most celebrities). No one really knows how hands on Kate is, so this was a way to show the world that she is. And I disagree about the photos having zero impact. Even if they are not for the public to change their opinions on Kate's mothering skills, but for the media outlets. I think the impact is for the media who are writing critical articles about Kate's leave. The media affects people's opinion a lot, so if the media see Kate one way, they will write more positive articles. Hence why these were released after the news of extended maternity leave. It is all about perception with them. It is a win-win for Kate and the Royal Family. Anyway, it doesn't really matter why these were released, I am glad they were. I just wanted to respond in regards to Kate not needing any PR in the motherhood department since that was brought up. And you can never have too much PR in the motherhood department, especially when most of what you do is behind closed doors and you have a nanny. It helps to see photos sometimes. Diana knew that and took advantage of it (which I am not saying is bad). It just shows that it is done.

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    20. Surfer girl I never intended to imply that the PPO's are not prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep Kate and George safe. My James Bond reference was strictly in reference to them stopping photos from being taken. Who doesn't have a camera phone these days? Surely other parents were there with their children and I assume taking pictures...and yes, "accidentally" (cough) K&G were included in the mix. Should the PPO's have intruded on other people's enjoyment in a public, open setting? I do not believe Kate would have gone along with that. Because if we're talking PR, that would have been the worst possible move. I could just imagine the bold "who does she think she is?!" headlines now.

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    21. Maggie, I'm speechless. :) Well, almost........................... Lol.

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    22. If done for PR. then why only published in Australia??

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    23. The internet, Bunny. The British press won't publish unauthorized photos but everyone gets to see them anyway via the internet. Anyone who's interested that is.

      Kat, you really think these were to show Kate's a hands on mother? Actually, what we really need is some photos of George with William to show he's a hands on dad. BOOM!

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    24. Lol, thanks for that bluhare. You just blew my mind :). We seriously need some photos of Will and George. No I really don't think these were done to show Kate is a hands on mother. I was just saying that in response to royalfan saying Kate doesn't need any PR in the mom department. I was just giving the flip side of the coin since no one really knows how hands on she is. I honestly think this was just done to make the public happy, which it has. Especially since no one sees George. And possibly to appease the public with Kate taking an extended maternity leave.

      Bunny if they published in the UK, then it would go against it seeming like an unplanned photo-op, since the UK has a deal with the Royals. This way it gets printed in Australia (still a commonwealth), but the world sees them as well. And the UK press still keeps their distance.

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  6. Maggie - Minneapolis13 April 2015 at 23:12

    Also my gosh a 8-9 months pregnant woman using the slides is super impressive!

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  7. Debby from Paris13 April 2015 at 23:13

    I am just gonna die from all the cuteness!!!!!!!
    Love those pictures, and love even more the anecdote about China. Smart little Georgie!!!!!!!!

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  8. I'm glad these photos were developed. It's been forever since we have seen George. Kate and the royal family know what to expect when they go out in public. They have many times where no photos are published, so it's not like they are always being followed or someone taking a pic every time they see them.

    I think if we received an official play date photo here or there, there would be no need to publish photos when they are out and about. George has a great private life for being a Prince and I don't see anything wrong with these photos.

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    1. I agree Anon 23:19.

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    2. I think that this is their way of releasing photos. Obviously the entire article was sanctioned and their photographer took the pictures - these were not taken by some random mother who was playing alongside her.

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    3. I also wonder if they gave permission for the farm to publish on their web site as a good will gesture to their new neighbors and they were then "pirated" by the Australian magazine?

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    4. That is my guess. I can totally
      get kate giving permission to give the farm that kind of endorsement. She would want children outside and playing with the animals. I truly believe that will boost business for the farm noticeably.

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  9. It looks almost like someone in Kate's group was taking the photos, someone who was with the little girls. A parent or a teenager who made it seem like they were taking photos of their own family instead of Kate and George?

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  10. Sarah from Calif.14 April 2015 at 00:52

    What a little Sweetie pie!!!!! George is Truely Scrumptious!

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  11. I'm surprised the photo of her car with the license plate clearly visible is allowed. Although she is driving on a public street, so there is that.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis14 April 2015 at 06:48

      I do agree with Sofy that the professional media seems to do things such as blur out the plates. I wouldn't be surprised if this picture led to Kate/the Cambridges/the royal family going to whatever agency issues licenses and asking for a new one or just going to Range Rover and switching out vehicles. That being said, they often drive in public (i.e. George's birth and the upcoming one) so while protecting the license plate is good, obviously the public could just write it down whenever they see it (and when there's a birth, there's a lot of people there). All of this leads me to believe that really they can switch our vehicles and/or license plates pretty easily. And they probably do often. At least I bet their public appearance range rovers are different than their private appearance ones. But who knows!

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    3. Eve from Germany14 April 2015 at 07:44

      bluhare, this was my instant first thought as well!! Tricky security thing that could be, but I´m sure they can (and probably do) change number plates within seconds - otherwise it could be quite risky. I was surprised, too, that Kate is driving.and not one of the security officers as we usually see. There again, we don´t know what kind of security measures they consider to be necessary.....
      The photos of the farm park visit are adorable, and I guess "unavoidabe". If we as "the public" buy a magazine or click on a website that shows them, these photos will be taken - and there is absolutely no way anyone can stop them.... We as "the public" are the ones who can decide whether people (paparazzi or anyone else) will continue to take this kind of photos.....As soon as we stop buying the respective magazines or clicking on the respective websites, I assure you, this phenomenon will cease to exist quite quickly. No-one´s interested, no money can be made, no photos, simple as that.
      As obviously there IS interest in this kind of pics, they will be taken and the question what is "ok" and what is not will be subject to debate forever......

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    4. Charlotte, love all you do, but do you think publishing the Duchess' car registration number is a good idea? It would have been barely noticed in its original Instagram page....but your site is popular:-). Just a thought. Thanks for the lovely stories.

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    5. I this instant, not sure what difference it makes in the end as everyone knows where they live and I am sure the cars are strictly guarded. So in the end what information could someone gain from seeing this plate number.

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  12. Adorable pictures but they look extremely planned! Just because of how close the person who photographed them seems to be, because they are really good pictures: nice quality and detail, different angles, nearness, etc. Will and Kate are too protective of their privacy, I don't think that she would be pleased of someone taking pictures of that joyful moment with her son with such proximity. Still, always lovely to see them having a nice time as the normal family they deserve to be!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 April 2015 at 15:59

      My guess is that it's a kids parent trying to look like they're taking pictures of their own kid.

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    2. at all those different locations? No offense but I think the security detail might have gotten a little suspicious at that point. I think a representative from that farm took those with the cooperation of the palace PR team.
      The photos were on the farms website.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis15 April 2015 at 22:53

      Rebecca - my only thing with that explanation is that the kid's parents would have to have their kid basically follow George and Kate around, because George and Kate are pictured in multiple different places on the park. It's pretty hard to get a kid to cooperate like that, and, it's perhaps worrisome/unlikely (I hope) that the PPO's didn't notice Kate and George basically being stalked.

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  13. They look like long distance paparazzi shots. The Mag looks like a tabloid gossip rag. Is it? I am not familiar with it.
    Ali

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    1. This mag regularly buys from a paparazzi who follows them around. He doesn't sell in the UK because of his methods are shady.

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    2. The photos were on the farms website.
      perhaps that is where the magazine got them. Perhaps the photos were taken by a representative of that farm.

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  14. Well at least she gets stuck in traffic like the rest of us! Why arent the windows tinted?! If i were Catherine i would have blackout tint on my private car at the very least. Is it illegal to have dark window tint in England? Im a bit perplexed lol

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    1. I think Princess Diana had tinted windows. I must admit that if I was in their position I probably would too. Plus I've saw ordinary people (like my granddad) have tinted windows as well, I loved going in his car, made me feel so important :)

      Rebecca

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    2. In the UK you can't have tinted front side windows or front windscreen, only rear windows.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden14 April 2015 at 15:59

      I don't know how it is in the UK, but in Sweden only tint on the back windows are allowed, not the side-front or the front-front (:P) windows, so you don't obscure any sight.

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    4. Thank you all for clearing that up for me....here in the states it varies by state law...in some states some cops will pull you over and scrape the tint off your window right on the spot if its too dark...fun fact lol

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  15. Cuteness overload. Thanks, Charlotte. Happy to see George doing normal kid stuff like Diana used to do with his Dad. Won't be long now for his new sibling.

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    1. Yes, I agree. This put a smile on my face. George is a very lucky little boy. :)

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  16. Deanne from Canada14 April 2015 at 04:49

    Lovely photos! I do feel something is fishy. Kate's protection officers condoned these photos being taken (my guess) because they were taken by a fellow play group attendee. Yet (don't all jump on me at once!) what struck me as most somewhat odd is that Kate is wearing her engagement ring. I've seen her without it in previous informal play dates so this and her perfect ponytail make me question the rather 'spontaneous' nature of these photos.

    Due to this we get to see a rare glimpse of George in his element. He seems to be a natural ruler. Love his bossy face in the hay mound.

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    1. I don't see anything fishy here, but I too am a little surprised to see Kate wear her engagement ring at times like this, given the size! :)

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    2. I was thinking the same thing

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    3. I have often thought that it's William who guards the privacy so zealously, and that Kate would be OK with things being a bit looser. And I agree that these photos, while not exactly professional quality, appear to be close enough and in enough quantity that it would be very surprising if Kate didn't know s/he was there. One of the children appears to be looking in the photographer's direction too. Interesting about the engagement ring, as well.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden14 April 2015 at 23:38

      I agree that I think Kate is more OK with it. Or not ok per se, but she handles it better. I remember a story from her Jigsaw days when paparazzi was waiting outside her work and her collegues said they could smuggle her out the back. And she said it was better to get it over with or they would follow her until they got a picture. So I think she is more practical than William in this regard. He has too high emotions (understandebly), while she can see the logic in not always making a fuss about it.

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    5. Maybe it is as simple as she just forgot to take it off before going to the Park!!

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    6. Very true Rebecca. I think Kate has always taken it in her stride. But she can be practical about it; for William there will always be an emotional aspect to it.

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    7. I think your thoughts are probably spot on. In his mind it must be impossible, I know I am speculating, to separate the press form his Mothers death. Not sure he could ever not have that emotional underpinning to his reactions to the press around his family. ali

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    8. Diana is used as an almost bulletproof argument over William's dislike of the media. However, it started long before she died; I have read at least one book, maybe two, that talks about William's dislike of the media even as a young child. Not saying that Diana's death helped, but he also saw how his mother and father would use the media (sometimes even at his expense) to further their own agendas. Having his voicemail hacked probably didn't help either.

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  17. Lovely photos. George is grown so much, I wish they published more photos of him, I am sure they could avoid this craziness around the photos.

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  18. Charlotte: You are the best. This is such a great post!

    It just shows the type of mother the Duchess is--hands-on; very determined to raise a well balanced son; the various activities that we have been privy to both with herself and George or with grandmother is proof positive. Love that he is so adorable and cute!

    Thanks again Charlotte.

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  19. Planned or not, whether she knew they were being taken or not, it's just nice to see the photos! If I were Kate, I'd not object to the occasional planned photos like these if it meant a little space on other days.

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  20. She is so much smaller during this pregnancy! I can barely tell that she's pregnant in these photos, and she's due this month! It's so nice to see Mummy and Son out together. It looks like they had a very fun day. She's a great parent.

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  21. Tedi in California14 April 2015 at 16:07

    What a nice surprise, thank you Charlotte! Great pictures, and the China story is wonderful. Smart little boy. Since I didn't expect any new photos, until after the new baby arrives, this was most welcome.

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  22. Caroline in Montana14 April 2015 at 16:47

    At first I wasn't too sure of this coat but the more I study it the more I like it, it also looks very different in different lights. love the boots though! George is getting big, so glad to see pictures. it does seem as if they were sanctioned? getting the baby fever, I don't know why but I think its a boy, but ill be happy either way and I bet they will be too! - Caroline

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  23. These pictures do not look posed, and they appear to have been taken with a zoom lens from a distance. Kate appears to urge George to explore. He doesn't smile (just as he did not in Australia/New Zealand), but in some pictures, especially among the hay bales, he looks engaged. Even though these are casual pictures, I think it is possible that Kate very occasionally gives us a glimpse of George's life on her own, perhaps in sympathy with those who would like to watch him growing up.

    I too wondered about the outdoor temperature in March or April. Since Kate is completely recognizable, George's snowsuit and warm cap can't be considered camouflage. Maybe he was recovering from a cold or ear infection?

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  24. George is so sweet <3 It is always good to see pictures like these. I can't wait for the new baby :)

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  25. Hello everyone,

    I agree about the car number plate and have blurred it out. Thank you all for pointing it out!

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  26. Such a SWEET post! So nice to see Kate and Georgie out for a day at the farm, getting to know the farm animals and enjoying the great outdoors. This is particularly wonderful as children today are so involved with electronic gadgets, that it is nice to see that Kate and William recognize the importance of knowing the earth and the wonder and beauty of animals. As a fellow animal lover, I can't imagine not having animals as a part of my life. He seems to be very much a "boy" enjoying trucks and the great outdoors. A very sweet post and nice to see Kate looking relaxed and great. Thanks so much for the update....can't wait until the baby is born.

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    1. Nancy I so agree with you! There are way too many electronic toys out there, so it is great to see George playing outside and with animals. We hear often about him doing this, which is great! I am always happy to see little boys getting to be little boys, i.e. playing in the dirt/grass and not worrying about staying clean. It is a great that a Royal baby is not expected to be any different. At least he is getting that normality :)

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    2. CuriousKat I can almost bet George has an Ipad or knows how to use his mom's phone! My son is 18 months and knows how to unlock my phone and go to his apps... limiting the time the child spends on the phone is key. For us it is a last resort of entertainment if we are running errands or out to eat. Or used to calm him down after a play date or playing outside and transition to lunch or nap time

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  27. George looks like he's dressed for the tundra - there are some other photos floating around of him with some other kids and none of them are dressed for such cold weather. It's great that these pictures surfaced showing Kate and George playing together, but unfortunate that the Cambridge's are so stingy with photos of George. I realize their need for privacy, but George is in line to be the King of England one day, and some photos more than every six months would take a lot of the bounty off his head for photos. He lives a very "private" life and the people of England will be paying for him one day and have not even seen him in public since he was born.

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  28. Prince George is too cute & the china story is fun.

    Woman's Day is an Australian weekly. It's a mix of celebrity gossip, recipes & tie-ins to reality TV shows like my My Kitchen Rules. It has a track record for controversy over questionable photos & buying paparazzi shots that other more reputable media won't touch. It hit the headlines in 2013 for putting a heavily photoshopped image of the Duchess of Cambridge on it's cover. The content is the usual sensationalist stuff of gossip magazines. The likelihood that these are 'official'/posed photos somehow released to this magazine is less than zero.

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    1. I do not think that magazine took those photos. I do think the PR
      team at the palace had something to do with them though IMHO.
      The photos showed up on the farms website and like someone else said the magazine might have gotten them from there. Good to know George seems happy and healthy and what a cutie. :)

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  29. Maybe the 'snowsuit' Prince George has on is 'lightweight' and waterproof to some degree. I would think it would serve as better protection against anything on the slide, anything in the sand or the tractor etc. It's just a thought. I know my grandchildren have both heavy duty and lighter weight snowsuits- winters are L O N G in NY. Looking forward to the new baby, pray God he or she is healthy and HRH has an easy time.

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  30. Bottle feeding a young animal: what a nice experience for George, who will have very soon a young sibling to feed... I think Kate is doing very well, trying to give her son a lot of meaningful experiences. No wonder, indeed, as she is so deeply interested in children's mental health: it looks a genuine and personal interest, a know-how she has got, partially at least, from her charities and she is directly employing with her own child. I think that the new PR is maybe not so unrelated to this series of photos.

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  31. Actually, no offense, the people will not be paying for King George. The civil list originated with a huge portion of the wealth
    and assets of the Royal family. The civil list is, in essence, a trust fund for the Royal family. Google civil list Britain and find out for yourself. Then perhaps the people are paying for the Royal family and they are accountable for how much they meet the publics various work standards and expect ions will take on a new light. Hopefully. :)

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    1. Where do you think the Royal family accumulated their initial assets ? From the British people and people of their colonies. If you don't understand that then of course you will be happy to believe that they are doing you a favor by living in their palaces and wearing their tiaras.
      Some critical thought is so essential in life.

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    2. colonization and the feudal system were viable means of accumulating wealth in those times just as accumulating wealth through real estate development, owning rental properties, owning manufacturing and distribution facilities, either directly or through stock investments is not all that different. Have you ever heard of capitalism? Have you ever attended a board meeting for corporate expansion.
      Not just a day at the park and on a smaller scale not that different from colonization ideologies. And, also life is enhanced by kindness rather than unfounded slurs. :) lol

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    3. Anonymous at 17:50, do you feel that way about all passively wealthy people or just the Royal family?

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    4. The Civil List is gone. It is now the sovereign grant. It is now paid to the monarch annually based on a formula (but interestingly can never go down even if profits do) . It was given to the government to use to fund government by a King a few hundred years ago (can't remember which one) because up until then the monarch paid for all government expense. Apparently this particular one saw some things he didn't like, so he ceded the lands over in return for an income. The monarch also gets the income from the Duchy of Lancaster, as the Prince of Wales gets his from the Duchy of Cornwall. They don't own anything outright, but they collect revenue from them.

      So they do and they don't is the short answer. It's nice and murky so we can all argue about it.

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    5. thanks Bluhare. I had mentioned that as the Civil List as that is how it has been mentioned here previously.
      I wanted to focus on the origin as that shows clearly the Royal families assets
      were transferred. The current grant for as much as I know is not unlike a family Irrevocable Trust wherein the family benefits from the income and interest gained on the assets within
      the trust but the trust basically retains ownership of all assets within the trust
      unless otherwise stipulated. Still,
      as I understand it, the Queen still is the largest private landowner in the world and she seems to own a few baubles
      and some artwork too. They could
      all just rest on their laurels and picnic for the rest of their lives but I am so thankful they choose to be as altruistic as they are. I don't really know if I would be.

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    6. and you know, we ladies never argue.
      :)
      we debate. lol

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  32. Melissa 212,

    I can see sympathize with you to a limit on this one. Yes George will in fact be King one day....emphasis on "One day". The Windors have longevity in thier genes....i will most likely(hopefully) be with the good lord long before George becomes King. Lets have him grow out of his pampers before he is paraded around in public...i would think huge crowds and flash photography might be a bit tramatic for such a youngster. Although he seemed to do quite well in Australia, its one step at a time, literally in little Georgies case. His parents should make all decisions in regards to his well being and they obviously feel like he shouldn't be exposed to huge crowds at the moment. I for one would like to see more of Queen Elizabeth....i am so fascinated and in total awe of the Sovereign. I know she is growing more frail but i just love to watch her cool, calm reseve when she is out in public....#amazinglady!!!! How lucky you are in the UK to have the Queen for your young women to observe and hopefully emulate...the US may be getting Hilary Clinton ughhhh.....sorry if anyone reading is a fan of Hilary...i am most certainly not ,and I was wondering...if she becomes president can we please trade her for Queen Elizabeth lol....as always im just kidding...not trying to start a bad thread, just a little lite humor on my part.

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    1. Melissa, please read Meryl Streep's introduction of Hillary Clinton at the 2012 Women of the World Conference.

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    2. Theresa. New York16 April 2015 at 13:40

      @ Melissa 212,
      Do not appreciate your "humor". This is a lovely forum that does not benefit from an injection of political "humor."

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    3. Theresa. New York16 April 2015 at 13:42

      I think my comment should have been directed to Jenndog. My bad.

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    4. Jenndog: Totally inappropriate remark. I happen to be a Hillary fan/ Your comments were offensive.
      Let's all agree to keep politics off this blog in the future.
      Thanks!

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    5. OMG jenndog, you used a lot more 'h's" than I did recently. Yikes. Double demerit for you. :))

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    6. My request also was intended for jenndog. Sorry, Melissa, I read the monikers too hastily. Anon 01:29

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    7. With you on this one Jenndog. We all have our opinions and can voice them !!!

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    8. I respect everyone's opinion to like Hilary Clinton. Charlotte, with respect to your blog, you may take my comment down if you wish. The last thing i want is to inject political humor.,,.it might hurt Hilary Clintons feelings and i would NEVER want to do that.

      Eelady,

      You are so very welcome!

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    9. In regards to not speaking of politics on this blog,

      I guess this means we can stop talking about how the royal family and Catherines security team is supported by tax payer money then? Whew finally! Again, thank you so much eelady! You are appreciated.

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    10. USAAnglophile and Royal fan,

      If you look at my original comment, which i thought most would just scroll past.... the thread that follows (which i hoped would be lite hearted, but who knew) has turned into a minature poll! If the approval rating of this thread matches the larger public sentiment , hold on to your seats ladies and gentlemen we are in for a bumpy Four years...and just when you thought it couldnt get any worse. USAAnglophile, i appreciate your support

      Royalfan,
      You are so funny

      Surfergirl,
      Its nice to see you that appreciate humor, and are intelligent enough to know the difference.

      Everyone else who is offended or will be offended,
      I respect your opinion.

      I am excited to see His or Her Royal Cuteness. Good luck HRH Duchess of Cambridge, here is to the safe a swift delivery of your precious new addition. Congradulations William and Catherine

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    11. jenndog - at this point it looks like you're just making comments to provoke people. You're absolutely entitled to your opinion (and I'm saying this as an American voter who is neutral towards Mrs. Clinton) but is this really the appropriate forum? At least comments about the Duchess - whether positive or negative, or relating to the relationship between the royal family and the British public - are on-topic. Finally, you should keep in mind that you/we have the right to vote against politicians we don't like. Regardless of how I feel about any particular politician who happens to be in power, I am eternally grateful that none of them are guaranteed their positions or life tenure by virtue of their births. I love observing the royal family from afar, and leave it up to the Brits to decide how they want to arrange their government, but I'm so proud of our system even if doesn't always produce the results I like.

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    12. Anon 18:45,

      I respect your opinion. I am a former soldier...i too am proud of my country. Thank you for your service as an American voter. God bless the USA , the Queen and the rest of the world!

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    13. I just found out that Charles and Camilla had thier ten year wedding anniversary...has it been that long since they married? I have always wondered why Camilla married while Charles was away serving his country...you would think she would just have waited for him to return and then marry Charles. Then again, if that had happened we wouldn't have William and Catherine as the future King and Queen Consort of Great Britain....and Harry, well he is just wonderful. I have always admired the work he does with injured Veterans... He doesnt work with Veterans because he has to, he does it because he is passionate about the cause. He is a truly brave and compassionate soul.
      Also, it seems people are already camping outside the Lindo Wing...i hope they dont have to wait for too long.

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    14. jenndog, I understood your intent at humor, even if I didn't want to chime in on the politics. But a few comments later, I think the real "ouch" here was your reference to people being "....intelligent enough to know the difference" [regarding humor]. There *is* a difference between people not recognizing humor and not appreciating the content.

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    15. Well,

      Just want to share a little something...in november of 2013 i was in a terrible car accident. A tractor trailor weighing 40,000 pounds rear ended my car at 63 miles per hour. My five year old nephew as well as two other family member where in the car. One of my nephews was in ICU unit of the hospital for two weeks. Through gods never failing protective hand, we were all spared from death. My five year old nephew walked away with only a fat lip. We were rear ended so hard that the entire back seat was gone. The policeman with whom i spoke soon after the accident said he had no idea how anybody survived...he said the gas tank should have exploded on impact. It was while in recovery i found this blog. Charlotte's wonderful style of writing, sense of community , my respect for the Duchess and love of all things English came together in one place. I can honestly say that this blog was a huge factor in my emotional and physical recovery, third only to god and family of course.

      Since 2013 i have seen a major shift in the sense of community on this blog. Commentors have become intolerant of others opinions and quite frankly there are a few borderline trolls. I do not like when sombody is bullied by another commentator for making an honest statement that shows neither hate nor malice...only a personal unique prospective.

      Anon 18:45 by saying my comments are to provoke others, you in turn are trying to provoke me. You say i am commenting off topic...but then proceed to state your opinion on the "off topic" TOPIC! Pick or choose your which stance you are going to take anon 18:45!

      Charlotte, i want to thank you for what you do. You help so many people through difficult times by writing this blog because i am one of those people! You truly have a gift and. I believe this is so much more than just a hobby for you dear charlotte.

      So with that said, after more than two years of reading and commenting here i will have to find a different blog that gives me the freedom to be myself...a little quirky with a bit of sarcasm mixed in.

      Charlotte, i hope you will post my comment because i think many readers here are starting to feel bullied on this site. I have read other blogs/ comment sections lately, and i can tell you that your site is being mentioned for the bullying/ mob mentality treatment some of your most loyal readers are having to endure on this site. I know that is not the vision you have for your blog. Please post this comment, amd with all that said, i will take my jenndog moniker somewhere else. God bless

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    16. Come on jenndog, u can do better than leaving this blog because of some people who cant avoid commenting on every post which states negative/ different than one's own opinion. You can pick a number and stand in the row, there are so many of us were bullied here but If we took this so seriously, noone would ever comment here anymore.
      So please go on commenting especially at these exciting times ahead:))

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  33. Isn't Sandringham Estate a farm? That is - don't they live on a farm estate?
    Why the need to go to a public farm playground? They've got all this at their home.
    That's why I favor the PR theory.

    Again, I'd like to remind folks that W&K can't complain about foreign press publishing photos - to whom would they complain? They were in a public park. If they didn't want to be seen - they could have stayed within their 8000 acre backyard.

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    1. My thought is that it was for both Catherine and George to be around other adults and children without it having to be a planned playdate. Plus it can be fun to see a different farm, just like going to a new park is different than playing in your own backyard on your own swing set. Ali

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden15 April 2015 at 19:48

      Well, since Kate encouraged him to play with the other kids. My guess is that they take him to public places to expose him to other kidss and to give him the opportunity to play with all kinds of people.

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    3. Just for kicks, Moxie, I went and looked. Sandringham is a large estate with farming of produce, fruit and livestock. There is a children's play area and sculpture garden open to the public as well. They also sell Christmas trees.

      All that being said, I don't think George should be locked away on private land all the time, and I think it would be good for him to get out and see how everyone else lives. However, I do wonder about the PR as well. The farm published these photos on facebook. Doesn't seem like they'd do that without some sort of OK, either tacit or otherwise, and it also looks like the photographer wasn't stopped taking photos. Why? No idea. Maybe Kate thinks we should see George more because she's a proud mother and wants everyone to get googly over her child, maybe she wanted to steal Harry's thunder, maybe she wanted to make William mad, maybe she just doesn't care. I'm really curious about who took the photos. I think that would tell the tale. If there's a tale to be told.

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    4. It's more about allowing your child to interact with other kids. That's why us moms of toddlers have play dates, are always looking for new parks or fun interactive places to visit. 8000 acres is great but it's not setup to entertain and educate children. Sometimes going somewhere kills more time and we all hope for the kids to be so worn out they fall asleep in the car and take a good long nap.

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    5. It's 2015. I think it's okay for Kate to expose her son to a world beyond the Yeomen and moat. And I give her credit for doing so. If she didn't, there would be cries of how detached and pampered their lives are. [Oh wait.... :) ]

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    6. Sandringham is a working farm - there are children on site to play with. The Cambridges are free to go about anywhere they want in the UK - however going to a business and then complaining that people took photos of them in public is unreasonable. (They didn't complain) They weren't experiencing something that George couldn't experience at home - playing with other kids and animals on a farm. I can't think of anyone who lives on a farm that would then go pay to play on another farm. Except for someone who was bored and had unlimited financial resources. royalfan, you are slipping on your debate skills! Now if you said Kate wanted to support local businesses.... I would have rolled my eyes and let you have the point. But you didn't. :-)

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    7. I agree with bluhare and royalfan, there is nothing wrong to show and expose George to us, they should do a bit more as he is so cute and grows so fast. I think these are good opportunities for him to meet and mix with other kids, I remember Kate saying in Australia that play date was the first for George. He needs to socialize too:-))

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    8. To meet and play with other kids.

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    9. I have a kitchen in my house and yet sometimes I eat out.

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    10. Yes, any farm may do to allow a child to see animals and perhaps run around, but not every farm is "child friendly."

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    11. That's a good point, Moxie. I suspect queen would have done whatever it took for George to have access to cute farm animals, and maybe other children could have gone too. Bet she'd have let him take a turn on a pony (with someone hanging on to him!) as well. I love those ponies she keeps there. Fells I think.

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  34. It's fine to show pictures of a farm and say that George and his mother visited yesterday or whenever. To take photos of them at the farm is entirely different. Let him be a normal boy while he can.

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  35. prince george is growing so fast i agree what your are saying melissa212 the duke and duchess are getting the lindo wing a discount if they decided to stay one night they reporters are setting up charlotte i barely love that you tweet kim sears wedding dress

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  36. I’m curious about this notion that Kate and Will should let the British public see George more. I'm not criticizing, I'm just really wondering. He’s less than 2 years old. No one saw much of him for the first few months, but there was the “Michael Middleton” photo and the Christening. Then there was the mother’s day photo and then they went to Australia and New Zealand where there were plenty of George outings. After that, he was seen at William’s polo match last summer and the birthday photos. Then Kate was pregnant again and very sick for much of the Fall. Then winter set in. Now that spring has sprung, these pictures from Norfolk are out there. None of that includes the informal sightings, with or without pictures that we’ve all heard about. A couple of the outings were private, but many of the visits to parks and things did not require the facility to close to the public while they were there. So my question is, just when and under what circumstances were Will and Kate supposed to display George this past 18 months? I noticed that some of the comments speculate that these photos were a PR thing. If so, isn’t that exactly what you want? I remember those photo calls with William as a baby and I personally thought they were a little cringe worthy. It was great to see him, but they were so staged and Diana and Charles looked so stiff and formal. Once William was a little older, we saw more of him in less formal circumstances and were able to see the interaction between William and Harry. I believe that will be the case with George and his brother or sister as well. All in all, I think Kate and William have exposed George just enough to the public. Too much more and people would be complaining that it’s too much and that it’s all a PR stunt to make W&K look good. We are all entitled to our own opinions of course, but I just wanted to point out that the sightings we have seen of George have been for the most part natural and family oriented. I like that.

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    1. I think most of the people who have speculated that these photos were a PR thing have also said they appreciated the photos.

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    2. Yes Mary Jane, I love your take on the PR aspect of the commenters here. How true that posters here complain that the Cambridge's are "stingy" with photos of George, but then when we get photos they cry PR stunt. I agree that I also like these type of photos showing him in natural settings rather than the idea of "Photo Call" aspect that William and Harry were put through.

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    3. Mary Jane,

      Wills photo calls as a child were cringe worthy indeed! Thought i was the only one. PS...love your username!

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden17 April 2015 at 06:28

      I agree Jenndog. They showed him infront of a bunch of people and he just was there staring att these odd people. You could really tell he wasn't comfortable. The "photo calls" William and Kate did down under was way better with him being unaware that this was a situation focused on him.

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    5. I do not think these photos were PR , the quality is awful. But I agree to set a kid up for a planned photo op is awful. Agree there are plenty of photos that are "planned and released"from the Royal Family, and some that are are released via a PR move but frankly I do not think these were . They look like pap long lens photos They are very grainy, very digital looking.

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    6. With the Cambridge's taste for as much privacy as they can get (William in particular on this one), it's called a stunt when these photos are released and no one (read: William) complains about privacy. With his well known disdain for press and photographers, it's quite surprising he hasn't been complaining about invasion of their privacy during this outing, especially as the photos were published in a magazine spread. He certainly did complain about photos of he and Kate walking on the beach.

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    7. Anon 07.46: these pictures were taken from the newspaper and then uploaded. That is why they seem grainy.

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    8. Let's eliminate Diana's experience with the media and her tragic death from the equation. Completely.

      How friendly has Charles been to the media? He couldn't manage a pre-wedding photo call without behaving very badly to the point where it was awkward for his sons.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMSzIG4a5cw

      Princess Anne has told reporters to "naff off" and is curt at best.

      Does anyone recall how Edward stormed off when reporters weren't raving about his "It's A Royal Knockout"?

      Andrew has been equally "gracious". And Prince Philip, anyone?

      So before we go on about William as if his attitude towards the media is something off the charts, and how his mother's death is no excuse, perhaps we can consider the example set by his Windsor relatives and acknowledge that given HIS life experience, his attitude is far from over the top. He may have a determined approach to the subject, but it pales in comparison to the behavior exhibited by other members of the firm.

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    9. Yankee from California17 April 2015 at 23:11

      Hi bluehare! I agree that his complaints are becoming more inconsistent. Maybe he's just evolving. Or maybe he has just given up, so to speak, unless it's really intrusive? I mean, if one particular pap is in the park daily, that's a little scary. But if someone it tipped off on a one-off, maybe William has decided it is healthier just to let it go? I would hope so, for his sake. Even though he might rather be in total control, it's best that his child and wife do "normal people things" and know some pictures may be printed. No need to complain about the little things, even if he has in the past.

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    10. I think they picked up the disdain for the press very early on by hearing their mother (and father) talk/complain/discuss that. And they saw both their parents reactions to
      media also. It didn't just start at Diana's death. This is all obvious
      IMO, just thought I would remind myself and anyone else who cared to listen.

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    11. I agree with you, Anon 7:46. These do not look like closeups, and they are grainy. I think they were taken at a distance by someone who then sold the pictures to the Australian magazine. The fact that there have been no complaints must mean that they were not paparazzi pictures. There was really no one to complain about. Kate no doubt realizes that if she is in a public place, pictures can be taken by members of the public. She was evidently willing to take that risk in order to give George some time at an interesting park. And maybe she feels that a few candid shots from time to time do no harm.

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    12. I think that PR are possibly involved in the choice to make - or allow to make, or allow to print - the pictures, but I don't understand why the move should be judged in a negative way: for me, it's clear that PR team is deeply involved in W&K&G life, and about picture-taking more than other daily life aspects.

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  37. George seems bright and verbal, from her description, but it doesn't sound out of the norm of bright kids. (I know a kid who, upon hearing someone say, "Wow, she really speaks well," piped up with, "I very verbal!" True story; I was there. She was 14 months old. *That* was out of the norm.) Kate seems like an engaged mom, and the kid is clearly comfortable with her and trusting. Those are good signs that the family life is going along well. He is going to have some adjusting to do soon, though!

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    1. Well not out of the norm as well... simply it means they had taught her the word verbal.

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    2. Tracking the conversation of adults around her and spontaneously chiming in to agree through paraphrasing at fourteen months is what was out of the norm. Not an achievement no one's ever made before, but absolutely a statistical outlier. But you know what, it really doesn't matter; my point was only that George sounds bright and alert and normal. Was not my kid, BTW.

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    3. Jenny in jersey,

      That kid sounds amazingly bright. To say something that lucid at fourteen months quite cool. I can only hope i have a child that bright. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. It's true that George lives a private life. We did have official photos from his first birthday and Christmas, five months apart. And of course it was only three months from Australia/New Zealand to his birthday. There will no doubt be a picture after the new baby is born, four months after Christmas, and another for George's birthday three months later. So we are getting official photos fairly often. And Kate is allowing the occasional candid shots, whether deliberately or not, excepting last fall when she was ill. George has not really changed much since his Christmas pictures, but the candids are quite captivating. The possible connection with the intrusive pap and publication in the Australian tabloid are, however, rather bothersome.

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    1. Anonymous at 00:33 in the thread of 4/14/15, I find your suggestions refreshing and right on. brilliant.
      thank you. :)

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  39. Maggie - Minneapolis15 April 2015 at 22:59

    I thought I'd share some happy, unrelated-to-Kate news with everyone! I mentioned a few months ago that I had recently been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Well, they just ended and I had tests done to see how effective they were, and today I found out that they worked about as well as we could have hoped! I have another round of treatments starting in a month, and if they also go as planned (knock on wood), I will be able to beat this thing. Dunno how the next round will go, but even just this round going so well is great because it means that even if the next round doesn't work, surgery is now a much lower-risk option. Just thought I'd share this with everyone since I shared the initial bad news.
    I'd also like to say that I know that many of you on here view me as persistently negative, and I am really very sorry if I have hampered your experience on such a wonderfully-written blog. For me, this blog has been a great distraction during some rather stressful times, especially because I love discussions that challenge my world-views. So thank you to everyone who has helped make that possible for me :)

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    1. Maggie, I know I speak for everyone here when I say I am so truly delighted to hear your good news! It is simply WONDERFUL and I know after your next round you'll be sharing the excellent news you've beaten it.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden15 April 2015 at 23:30

      Wow, I'm so glad. :) This made me very happy! Amazing news!! :D

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    3. Great news.

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    4. That's awesome news Maggie. Crossing fingers, toes & everything else that the next round is also really successful.

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    5. Maggie, that is great news and I do wish you all the best. Sincerely. :)

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    6. YAY Maggie! I'm glad we have helped you during this time. Hoping the rest of your treatments go as well.

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    7. Erika from Massachusetts16 April 2015 at 00:34

      Excellent news Maggie!! I wish you the best :-)

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    8. Maggie: That is just wonderful news. I can't imagine the joy and the relieve you must be experiencing. To God be the Glory. I will keep you in prayer. All the best to you and your family and thanks for sharing your good news.

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    9. Maggie - Minneapolis16 April 2015 at 01:25

      Thank you so much everyone! :) Really, your good wishes mean a lot to me.

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    10. Rose from Montreal Canada16 April 2015 at 03:07

      Great news Maggie. All the best with your other round of treatments. I am so glad we were able to offer you a bit of distraction during your treatment. I do wish you the very best.

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    11. That's wonderful to hear Maggie. My prayers are with you for the next round. And I personally always enjoy your comments, so Thank You for encouraging different views in discussions.

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    12. Hi Maggie, what a great new to read in the morning! you made my day! thank you so much for sharing. You are not so negative LOL!!!

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    13. Get well, Maggie!! Always good to hear from you:-)

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    14. Eve from Germany16 April 2015 at 12:09

      Maggie, my thoughts and prayers are with you - and what wonderful news! Thanks for sharing them with us and I keep fingers crossed your next round will be as successful as this one. I know that it´s usually not getting easier each time so to know that it works will help you to get through this trying time, I´m sure.
      And as far as your "negativity" (if there was one ;-)) ) is concerned - I can only tell you as a therapist, an illness like cancer makes you VERY aware and see things VERY clearly - and very often you just don´t put up with things like you might usually do any more. Which is a GOOD thing I might add.... So let´s see instead of "negativity" just a very sharp eye, shall we? ;-))))
      Lots of all the best wishes to you from Germany!!

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    15. Caroline in Montana16 April 2015 at 16:27

      Maggie, that is wonderful! I am so happy for you. I hope the next round is successful! Thanks for all your comments, even when I don't agree you give me something to think about:) Plus Im a MPLS native born and raised so we should stick together! -Caroline

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    16. Marion from Germany16 April 2015 at 19:15

      Dear Maggie,

      I am very happy to hear your good news, keep going! Cancer is a terrible disease, no matter what, but I want to tell you that most people survive nowadays. I know what I am talking about as I had cancer, too, in 2009 and everything just turned out perfectly – and that will happen to you as well!

      Do not worry if you feel depressed at times or even after your treatment has ended, because that is a common reaction to all the hardship you have gone through. But you will be back to your “old” self after some time and regain your inner balance, a positive outlook and complete trust in your body again.

      All the best wishes from me!

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    17. Maggie - Minneapolis16 April 2015 at 22:25

      Thank you, thank you! Marion - I'm glad to hear that your cancer treatments went well! And thank you for the advice :)

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    18. Great news, I know that we all see things much differently when going through a life threatening illness. I really must tell you up at the beginning of this post, I said to myself when reading some of your posts, "I wonder if Maggie is feeling better" as your posts were a little more on the positive side.

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    19. anon from Leominster18 April 2015 at 09:58

      Having some computer issues so not sure if this is a repeat but want to say how glad I am the news igood and look forward to the day you tell us all treatments are completed. Despite sometimes differences this is an extremely supportive community and glad you have found strength following this blog.

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    20. What wonderful news Maggie and Marion!!

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  40. my prayers and the prayers of my prayer group are with you Maggie. Thank you so much for sharing. Prayer is powerful and God loves you and wants you healthy. :)
    love and hugs to you

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis16 April 2015 at 01:26

      Thank you SO much for your prayers! You have no idea how much I appreciate that.

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    2. you are more than welcome. :)

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  41. Love the snuggling goats!

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  42. Kate, Texas, USA16 April 2015 at 05:04

    Oh my stars, George is adorable! He's really growing and is such a bundle of love! I love seeing Kate and George in their element relaxing and enjoying life. I'm glad they have these days before the little prince or princess arrives to spend time together. This post is wonderful!

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  43. The Toronto Sun reported Monday that the streets around St. Mary's hospital are being cleared and parking restrictions put in place there.

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  44. I am excited! Praying for safe delivery. Those pictures of Prince George & Mom are adorable. Love, XOXOXOXOXO

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  45. Something just occurred to me! (The brilliance I come up with when I scoop the litter box amazes me sometimes. :)) )

    Do you recall when it was reported that Kate took George to the Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in KP Gardens? Well, I remember cries of "PR" because we *didn't* have any photos to go with the story. And folks were saying how incredible that was given that everyone has a camera phone.

    And here we are with another PR debate. I have visions of Kate with both arms up in the air...... :)

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    1. It's because people don't trust Will and Kate's motivations behind the moves they make.

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    2. Well, how nice then that so many disillusioned people aren't deterred by their distrust and continue to follow W&K. :)

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    3. that's it in a nutshell Stephanie.
      And look at all the cackling that it
      causes in the hen house, even a seemingly casual one like this.

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    4. Yankee from California17 April 2015 at 22:57

      I never thought about trusting them, but I guess if that's the explanation, here's a person who trusts them. And royalfan, thanks for the visual of a flummoxed Kate. Very funny!

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    5. Stephanie People dont beleive W&K because they do not like the idea that they want to live as a normal life as possible and raise their children out of the spot light. And I don't blame then one bit.

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  46. I was so glad to see these photos! I don't normally buy New Idea (it's an awful trashy magazine) but had to buy a copy to see these photos! what you don't see in the pics in the link above is a really cute photo of George hugging a little girl! it's sooooo cute! I wish I had a scanner so I could share the photo with you guys! Think he's going to be a bit of a charmer when he's older :P

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    1. Okay, I have been wanting to ask someone who bought this magazine.....What IS Harry's one true love???? :) I am guessing it is the military or something along those lines, but I have been curious what the magazine said inside since reading that headline.

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    2. You mean besides me?

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    3. I am guessing the military also.
      anyone read that article and willing to share?

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    4. His one true love is "giving back and helping others, just as his mother Princess Diana did before him". The article talks about his charitable work in three key areas - promoting the welfare of those in the armed forces, helping children in need and supporting conservation issues. It speaks of him being the People's Prince and goes on to say how after he's finished his military career he'll devote himself to good causes. Quite nice actually :)

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    5. I read 'No Idea' in the supermarket. Harry's one true love is (wait for it) "giving back and helping others - just as his mother, Princess Diana, did before him". So no secret Aussie girlfriend then!

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  47. The photo of George hugging the little girl is on british_royals Instagram :) sooo cute <3

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  48. Deanne from Canada18 April 2015 at 01:15

    Maggie: Keep up the great work, girl! Stay positive!!

    When oh when is this baby to arrive because this is taking forever!!! #baby2CambridgeWatch is on!!

    As for the photos: I'm a skeptic by nature and realize that by HM's adage, "To be seen is to be believed." So whether this is real or staged is moot. We appreciate seeing a happy and healthy little boy causing havoc while out and about (cue Canadian accent).

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  49. Oh it is cute. One wonders what happened before the hug... :) Ali

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  50. Was George also in the car,behind Kate?

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