Sunday, 14 June 2015

Kate Takes Prince George to Watch William Play Polo

I've often compared royal appearances to buses - wait for ages for one to come along and then several appear! That is very much the case this weekend. Following William, Kate and George's appearance at Trooping the Colour yesterday, Kate brought George to watch Prince William play polo today.


The Sunday Times recently reported we would see more of Prince George publicly and obviously their reports were accurate. We've had the official photographs of George and Charlotte taken by Kate, yesterday's Trooping the Colour and today's surprise appearance.


Princes William and Harry participated in a charity polo match at the Festival of Polo at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.


Prince Harry played for Team Royal Salute and William for Team Piaget.


Prince Charles was also present today, no doubt to watch his sons playing and to see his grandson. His country residence, Highgrove, is situated south-west of Tetbury, located very close to the polo club.


A great shot of Charles and Zara.


The outing has produced some fabulous shots of Kate interacting with her son.


They both appear to be having a splendid time.


Other members of the royal family present included Mike and Zara Tindall with their daughter Mia and Peter and Autumn Phillips and their daughters Isla and Savannah.


Prince George will no doubt be a keen player himself one day. He seems very interested in his mallet already...


Prince George, who turns two next month, was in his element playing and exploring.


The Beaufort Polo Club was formed during the winter of 1928-1929 and has become known as one of the friendliest clubs in England. It is home to the famous Tomlinson polo dynasty and plays host to the first Audi England International match of the summer. The Princes have played polo there for years.

Beaufort Polo Club

After the match, William came over to Kate and George.


Prince George seemed fascinated by William's helmet.


It was the perfect opportunity for the young royals to catch up.


It's been a busy weekend for William and Kate. The Mirror reports they celebrated Prince Philip's 94th birthday at a wine bar with The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and Beatrice and Eugenie. It is understood Her Majesty was eager to celebrate with her grandchildren and the group stayed from 8 pm to 10.45 pm at the exclusive private dining club Berry Brother & Rudd in London's Kensington.


As many will recall, Kate brought George to watch his first polo match last June. Interestingly, the Duchess wore an incredibly similar outfit that day.


The Duchess looked casual yet stylish in a new striped shirt by M + EM. (with thanks to Kate & Pippa Style). The cobalt/white top originally retailed for £48. Below we see a product shot from the August 2014 catalogue. It is now available for pre-order here, it retails for £48.

M + EM

Kate is a fan of the British brand's striped tops and wore the lighter blue and white version to polo last year and during the 2014 royal tour. It remains available in sizes S to XXL on the brand's website. Below, another shot of Kate at last year's polo.


Maria shared a stellar alternative for the top. The Caslon Stripe Top comes in regular and petite sizing at Nordstrom. It retails for $48 and comes in several colours.

Nordstrom

Kate's jeans are unidentified at present.


Kate selected her trusty Sebago Bala Boat Shoes to complete the look.

Sebago

The Duchess accessorised with her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier

Kate's Ray-Ban 'Folding Wayfarer' Sunglasses remain available in a variety of colours. The brown flash colourway is currently on sale at Nordstrom discounted from $155 to $116.

Nordstrom

What did Prince George wear today? The talented ladies at Prince George Pieces quickly identified his outfit. George looked as cute as ever in the Oliver Baby and Kids Cashmere Cardigan, the £26 Mayoral Navy Blue Shorts and a pair of adorable Crocs. The Crocs are available at Amazon in an array of colours  retailing for $13 to $42.


A very special thank you to our favourite photographer James Whatling for his stellar images today. We leave you with just one more gorgeous photo of George :)


UPDATE: Kate will not be attending Order of the Garter. For those interested in seeing other royals at the event we covered it over on The Royal Digest.

206 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden14 June 2015 at 16:59

    What a very nice sighting :) Lovely too see them there with some other Winsors as well :)

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    1. Julia from Leominster15 June 2015 at 15:51

      Rebecca, have you been over to the Royal Digest. I would love to hear your comments on the royal wedding. The guests wore some truly amazing gowns. Can't wait for William and Kate to start joining such events - hoping, hoping, although I like seeing Edward and Sophie too.

      Just heard there has been a new little Swedish prince born - Congratulations. Madeleine looked wonderful at the wedding and was such a trooper to stay through so many events. Maybe this little prince will be a playmate for George.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden15 June 2015 at 17:49

      I have looked at it, but I commented so much at Order of Satorial splendor when the wedding was live that I feel rather done writing about it :P but it was a very joyus and love-filled occation!

      Yes, I heard that as well! Cutting it close :P Very happy for them. I doubt the Cambridges will start hanging out with them, but you never know :)

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    3. Julia from Leominster16 June 2015 at 05:33

      I didn't follow the live part of OSS so missed your remarks. Really enjoyed all the clothes though and it seems to have been a lovely and personal wedding.

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  2. Busloads of pictures indeed! We are blessed. Kate looks so much better with her post-baby curves. I hope she keeps them! Nice to see family gathering again.

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  3. That's is the first time I have seen Prince Charles dressed so casually, nice change

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    1. I know, right? I thought the same. He looked great.

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    2. That's my favorite Charles look, if I even have such a thing. I also think he is much more attractive now than he was in his 20's and 30's. That's who he needs to present to the public as a 21st Century monarch.

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    3. He is wearing socks with sandals! I had thought the toes of his shoes were scuffed and I thought," Right on, Charles!"
      Are those Birkenstocks(?) He looks as though he just popped over from his Highgrove garden and maybe
      out of a time-warp.
      Love it..

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  4. Julia from Leominster14 June 2015 at 17:20

    What a fun treat - and Kate looks so happy and wonderful in her jeans and shirt.

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  5. According to express.co.uk, all the cousins including William and Kate, had dinner with the Queen last night as well.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/584406/Duke-of-Cambridge-Duchess-of-Cambridge-Queen-s-89th-birthday-wine-bar

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  6. Thank you so much Charlotte - amongst Trooping, The Swedish Wedding, and this surprise you must be quite done in, but all your posts have been your usual superb job. I most especially love this large Royal family outing at Polo. It is very nice to see everyone looking so relaxed and happy.

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  7. Charlotte, thank you SO much for your usual wonderful coverage of Catherine's activities this month! Unexpected posts are the best!

    It's lovely to see our Duchess out and about, especially looking so happy. George is such a cutie, and no doubt keeps everyone on their toes. And it's great that Harry is getting to spend so much time with family before he leaves for Africa.

    I don't need to say, "Keep up the good work!" because you *always* do, dear Charlotte! Well done!
    Julie

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  8. Tammy from California14 June 2015 at 18:51

    So nice to see hands on mommy Kate! Nice to see her enjoying George and nice to see her not so super thin. As I commented yesterday, it's so nice to see Kate happy and relaxed. So happy for their little family, they are all so darling. A day seeing little Georgie is a happy day for me.

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  9. What a nice surprise today!

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  10. Kate is certainly back to normal shape, looks awesome! George is such a lovely boy, making faces all the time:))

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  11. That is one adorable little boy. Looks like he's out of diapers/nappies too.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 June 2015 at 19:15

      I didn't notice that, but it certanly looks like it :) At least the day-nappies :)

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    2. He looks so big already! He's quickly becoming a little boy and not a baby.

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    3. I am not sure about that. He looks to be wearing diapers to me. But nowadays disposables are so thin it is hard to tell. Maybe you all are spotting something I am not? The whole extended family looks so happy and relaxed, this is what I love to see. Seeing Charles interactions with family is fantastic. George is a hoot, Catherine is clearly still a new Mum, vey protective:) Sounds like a lovely weekend for the Queen and her kids and Grandkids.ali

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    4. I believe George is likely still wearing diapers, and given that he's not yet two, there's nothing unusual about that (especially for boys and the fact that he just experienced a major life transition with the birth of his sister). It looks like the "white shirt" he has on underneath the blue sweater is actually a one-piece (onesie) rather than a regular shirt. If he was wearing a regular shirt underneath, I suspect that it would have been coming untucked with all his rolling around and playfulness. The fact that it has stayed so carefully in place makes me think that it is a onesie he is wearing underneath his shorts and sweater. As far as potty training goes, I would guess that William and Kate will certainly begin working on that with George over the coming months, but I don't think it will be something they push right now. It is not usually a good idea to try and potty train one child when they've just gone through a big transition (like the birth of a sibling), because they can regress sometimes. Plus, boys usually require a longer time before potty training is achieved simply because they are often not ready for that milestone at 24 months. Parents have to wait until a child shows that he or she is ready and interested in using the potty, and that takes a lot of patience and understanding.

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    5. Didn't think that diapersnappies are thinner now. He just doesn't look like he's got baby bum to me.

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    6. That didn't come out right. I meant to say I didn't realize they're thinner now. I didn't think either, but that's beside the point.

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  12. What a difference a year makes! Gorgeous photos! I love the last one especially.

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  13. Rebecca - Sweden14 June 2015 at 19:15

    Hahah, I love the horse poo under his shoes! :P

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  14. Great Post! I love unexpected appearances from Kate and Georgie! She looks great, better then yesterday in my opinion! What a nice family day!
    Hopefully she goes tomorrow!

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  15. LLBean also has their classic 3/4 sleeve striped shirt in several "colourways". I have the navy/cream one and it's very comfortable and practical. It's the "French Sailor's Shirt, Three-Quarter Sleeve Boatneck
    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/58620?feat=504209-GN2&page=french-sailor-s-shirt-three-quarter-sleeve-boatneck
    Sarah/MN

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    1. Why pay $ 75 for a label? Bean's shirts are well-priced and classic. Great post, Kate is enviably fit and George is adorable.

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  16. I never thought I would ever say this, but here goes! Much as I am sick of Kate and her obvious affection for breton tee-shirts, THIS one, with its navy background, did her proud. So much nicer than those with a white background. She can make an inexpensive outfit look twice as good as, as, for instance, the more expensive clothing worn by Zara Phillips. I actually prefer this, given the venue, to yesterdays look, given the venue. Re the latter, so much money spent to look mediocre--IMO.

    As for George, he looks great at todays polo event. I particularly like his hair, uncut and un*fixed* with whatever glue used at his hospital appearance. He has beautiful hair, thick and wavy (when not thinned and chopped by his hairdresser). Kate needs to have a serious talk with said person, or give him/her the chop!

    JC

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  17. I see a lot of William in George's expressions. He looks like a very active and bright little boy.

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    1. For instance... :)

      http://media1.popsugar-assets.com/files/2013/07/22/626/n/1922398/1d608b825090a4a6_107227457_10x1dOVw.xxxlarge_2x/i/Princess-Diana-carried-baby-Prince-William-Aberdeen-Scotland.jpg

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    2. I was thinking the same thing! Especially some of his confused/grumpy faces.

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    3. Julia from Leominster15 June 2015 at 15:55

      He does have the most wonderful expressions. A real little character.

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    4. Just a thought-I wonder if George is near-sighted? Some of his grimaces and facial contortions
      almoost look like squinting. In some pictures where he appears to be looking at something in the distance, it appears as though he is trying to make out what is there.
      Take another close look, before you start laughing. I've seen tiny children in spectacles, but not sure if it was
      for near-sightedness.

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    5. 99, I don't really think that is the case here as he didn't appear to have any problems identifying the airplanes coming when watching the fly past. No squinting then. I think it is just his inquisitive look trying to place everything into his growing brain.

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    6. It would be hard to miss airplanes trailing red, white, and blue plumes. Did he actually ID the planes?
      "Daddy, that's a Spitfire!" ha! Plus, his Dad and Mum no doubt were exclaiming, "Look at the airplanes, George!"
      Identifying facial features from a distance is a bit more involved.
      Anon 04:13- your writing style and word useage are so similar to a frequent-flyer here. Had me confused
      for a minute.

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    7. I'm seeing a lot of Michael Middleton in George. I didn't see it before when people mentioned it, but the resemblance is very apparent now.

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    8. I agree he resembles Michael Middleton.

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  18. Sarah from Calif.14 June 2015 at 20:46

    Precious and adorable! That boy has spunk!
    Thrilled to hear about Her Majesty's Birthday celebration with her Grandchildren 👑
    I'm in London right now and saddened by the excessive amount of security needed, yes, needed, to protect the Royal family......happy to hear about HRM 's celebration!!!!!!!
    Ha

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  19. Who said that "Kate is unsure about her body"??? To me she looks perfectly fit as always with her skinnies .
    George is ... The king of the cutiest, his expressions are priceless, it's just so funny ! And the pics of him interacting with Kate are gorgeous

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  20. To those asking about the women in the photo yesterday of George and Nanny Maria Teresa, the one according to the Mirror is Lady Diana Farnham, Lady in Waiting to the Queen. I suspect the other is also a Nanny, perhaps to the Phillips children as there is a young child with her as well who looks like it could be the same one pictured today with Autumn Phillips - a little difficult to tell.

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    1. Thank you! I was just asking on twitter if anyone had figured out who they were.

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    2. That makes perfect sense, even though both women look like Teresa! Lady Diana Farnham would have been dressed for her role and waiting for the Queen to return.

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  21. Love love love the pics!!Kate looks so relaxed compared to yesterday's event and George is simply adorable!xoxo

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  22. What an unexpected treat. It is so great to see a large family outing like this. Everyone looks like they are having a great time at the match. Prince George is so cute in this pictures. I hope he develops a love of horses, looks like he is off to a great start. Kate looks much better today, relaxed, happy, and glowing. I often wonder how many of the same style shirts she has. At my count this is now #3, this one, the one she wore last year, and her Ralph Lauren top.

    Thanks Charlotte for the great post.

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  23. So lovely to see these. Kate looks amazing. A tiny bit more curve suits her. While she was at trooping the colour she did look slightly self-conscious, but as every mum of a small baby knows there are lots of things to deal with when leaving baby behind, and still breastfeeding adds to this, (let down). Lovely to see them having some family time - albeit public. They look like they enjoy wee George,and all his fun.

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  24. Kate looks better today rather than yesterday in my opinion. Yesterday she looked very tense. She also looks great only 6 weeks after giving birth, I'm glad to see she's not afraid to still wear her maternity jeans. Lots of women after giving birth are so embarrassed to admit that they still have to wear their maternity clothes for a while. So good for her!

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    1. She looks great. She is like my Mother who had 6 kids and bounced back to here tiny shape very quickly after each pregnancy, some of it is just genes, and some is my Mother always exercised.

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    2. Julia from Leominster15 June 2015 at 15:59

      Kate may have been a little tense because of worrying how George would react on the balcony. It seems perfect to us, but a mum would worry he might be a little rowdy or even turn tearful. At polo much less to worry about with other wee ones there and not having whole generations of family about.

      The whole family did seem a little subdued at times - maybe the weather - the queen was in great spirits at Runnymede today.

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  25. Michelle in US14 June 2015 at 23:39

    I love the first picture at the top of this post. Kate looks so happy and relaxed with George, who is adorable. I love the casual look of the PW as well. What a great little family outing.

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  26. Much better after the disaster that was Trooping the Color yesterday.
    Nice to hear that the queen had dinner and wine with the grandkids but I wonder that any of them could bear to be in the same room together, if the glowering looks from the balcony and during the parade yesterday were any indication.
    I love the blue Breton top better on Kate than the white one, although the white one looked fantastic. And good for her for wearing maternity jeans and not trying to hide it. I think it sends a positive message to young women who might be trying to emulate Kate, that it's okay to not be a size 0 six weeks after having a baby.
    The marked difference from how Kate looks in casual clothes, the outfits she styles herself, to how she looks nowadays (post-wedding) in formal clothes is amazing. She looks like her old pre-wedding self, young, fresh, fun and stylish, vs. her formal looks which are dowdy, dull and aging. Really, really have to wonder if Angela Barnes or one of her assistants isn't styling Kate's formal looks nowadays.

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  27. Such a cute little boy George is growing up into. Odd that in yesterday's trooping of the colors, Kate in that coat dress looked like she still had a ways to go to get her figure back from Charlotte's birth - but today, that clearly was just the coat-dress she had on and shows how unflatting it was to her. Sorry that I won't live to see Little George (or most likely even William) become King - I am far too old now (old like Queen E II old).

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    1. I noticed that as well. The coatdress from Trooping The Colour made her look frumpy and lumpy underneath, but now in regular clothes it's obvious that it was just the coat dress.

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    2. Julia from Leominster15 June 2015 at 16:01

      It was gorgeous material but I think the fact it was stiff made the difference. Her clothes at polo are relaxed.

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    3. Kate is genuinely gorgeous - both in her face and her body. The extra few pounds look lovely on her. I hope she keeps it on. I am constantly blown away at the tone in her legs and arms. I think that comes from playing sports very regularly as a child and a teenager. I can see my five year old daughter has that sort of tone- very well muscled arms and calves. If she keeps up this level of activity I can see that in her teenage years she will develop a body like this.
      I think that Kate has a bit of a pooch in the lower ab area - totally normal at this stage. But unfortunately the hardest to get rid of especially because she has no fat anywhere else. When she will try to get rid of this extra layer on the tummy, the fat in her face will disappear making her look years older. I personally struggle constantly with this. If I get rid of the extra 1 inch in my stomach I simultaneously add five years to my face. If I were Kate I would keep the extra few pounds and the lovely cheeks (which accentuate the dimples) and just wear spanx to keep things nice and flat in the stomach.

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    4. I wonder if Catherine got the coatdress she wore to the Trooping of Colors earlier, shortly after Charlotte's birth. Since one's body changes so much after pregnancy and delivery, perhaps the tailoring of the coatdress wasn't done recently...?

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  28. Renee-New York15 June 2015 at 00:27

    Thank you for sharing the lovely family photos, they are so heart warming!

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  29. In the 7th picture, does anyone think that the brown handbag with skinny straps is Kate's? The straw hat in the bag looks like the one she wore on Mustique. Does anyone have an ID on the handbag? Or has anyone seen her carry this handbag before?

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    1. I believe that the bag & hat belong to Autumn Phillips.

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    2. The bag on the ground in the 7th picture appears to be the same one Autumn Phillips has over her shoulder in the 3rd photo, and the blue denim jacket with it looks like the one she is carrying.

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  30. Thanks for the fun post Charlotte. Nice to see the extended family relaxing together.

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  31. Charlotte! Thank you for posting and sharing all these pictures, love them and you 🌹❤️

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  32. George has adorable facial expressions!! A question -- it is a fancy polo club...why do spectators have to sit in the grass? Why no stands or seats? Or as an alternative, folding chairs ?

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  33. It so nice to see the casual side of the royals. That last pic of George rolling in the grass is priceless! Love, love, love that picture!

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  34. We have a large family with lots of generations & they all mix & mingle a lot! For us & it sounds the same from the outing The Queen had with her grandchildren, that everyone loves all the pep of the new Mommy & Daddy generation as they chase around all the little ones & it's also great fun watching the little ones interact with their cousins with whom they will be lifetime friends:) It was such a delight seeing The Windsors interacting with each other in such a low key hang out way:) So many great pics, but one of my unexpected favorites was the shot of Zara chatting with her casually clad Uncle Charles as she had her arm lightly over his shoulder:) Such a wonderful peek into Family Life.with them & to see that despite all the pomp & protocol they still have been able to cultivate a natural authentic family vibe:) Quite a unique experience for anyone seeing the pics:)
    Becca:)

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    1. Agree 100% with your thoughts. Ali

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  35. What great pictures!!! Kate and George look like they were having a ton of fun!! It's nice to see George interacting with his cousins! He has the most adorable little expressions! Quite cheeky looking!

    Question.....does anyone else think George is tall for his age??? It could just be the angle of the pictures etc, but it looks like he comes up to Kate's hips already..... though I know she is reported to have a longer torso than legs, but isn't she something like 5'8"?? How tall is an almost 2 year old supposed to be?

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    1. Kate is 5' 10"

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    2. Anonymous 16:19-
      Kate is actually 5'8, for some reason it's reported that she's 5'10 but lots of reporters and photographers have said that in person when she's wearing flats she's more around 5'8.

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    3. Nerissa, IMO yes, he is tall for his age. The Spencer gene, I suspect.

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    4. Thanks Royalfan, glad its not just me who thinks he is a tall little boy! I forgot the Spencers are a tall(er) bunch. I was thinking only about William....never thought about where his height came from. Although the Duke of Edinburough is quit tall himself now that i think about it....tall genes from both sides then???

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    5. Good point, Nerissa. I forget about Philip to be honest because his children aren't particularly tall. At this point, Harry and William tower over the Windsor's so I automatically think of Spencer genes. :))

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    6. Julia from Leominster16 June 2015 at 05:41

      I think Kate is around 5'8'' certainly not more. Look at the Scottish pictures of her standing next to Charles when she was pregnant with George and wearing boots with a low heel and no hat and she is several inches shorter than he is and he is no more than 5'10'' if that. The high heels she almost always wear add to her appearence of height.

      William is quite tall though and Diana was 5'10''. So George (and Charlotte of course too) will get tall genes from there - but it will be interesting to see if George ends up taller than his father.

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    7. Ladies it appears that I have FAR too much time on my hands!!! I have just spent the last half hour researching the height of all the royal family members......It is very interesting! So these are reported as:

      Queen Elizabeth 5'3"
      Prince Phillip 6'2"
      Prince Charles 5'10"
      Princess Anne 5'4"
      Prince Andrew 6'0"
      Prince Edward 6'0"

      Princess Diana 5'10"
      Prince William 6'3"
      Prince Harry 6'2"
      Duchess Kate 5'8"


      Interestingly, I wasn't able to find any stats on the heights of the Spencer's at all. Which made me wonder....how do we know the height of all the royals?? Does anyone know??

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    8. cute, Nerissa, thanks for the info.

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    9. Julia from Leominster17 June 2015 at 19:47

      Royal height always seems something of a guessing game - made more complicated by the very high heels some ladies wear.

      I remember referring to Letizia as petite and someone said: "no, she's not, she's 5-7'' , it's just that Felipe is so tall." But my dad was the same height as Felipe and I'm 5"8 and in flats I came up much higher on him than she does with Felipe in three or four inch heels. I don't see how she could be 5-7''. So it's a black art.

      I try to look at height in comparison to someone next to the person but for the women the heels make it confusing. I'm pretty sure Diana was five ten and a half, I read that a lot of places and just looking at her, her, her build was tall but her sisters seemed shorter. Not sure about brother Charles. It would be nice if George was tall like his dad but who knows.

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  36. I wonder what Isla Tindall did to her forehead.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA15 June 2015 at 14:56

      I wondered about that big plaster, too--but I think that's one of the little Phillips girls, isn't it?

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden15 June 2015 at 17:53

      Probably some fall while playing! The usual kids stuff :P

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    3. Yes, of course her name is Isla Phillips! I must have been asleep. . .

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    4. Gee. I do hope George didnt wallop her over the head with that sturdy-looking toy. ha! Kidding. I do think
      there was an altercation involving. the toy, George, and one of Autumn's girls. It is hard to tell sequence
      of events, but it looks as though George got the toy confiscated. Maybe the reason for the Kate and son
      heart-to-heart.
      The expression on George's face as they are walking side. by side, with G a little ahead- almost a smerk or
      snear. "I won! haha"
      Pure speculation.

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    5. I think you are probably right about that
      Anon @ 99. And that was just one example of why it was a good thing that Kate was being as attentive as she was. A spunky two year old boy with
      a mallet in a bunch of toddlers, young children? what's wrong with this picture? :) or even a spunky two year old boy without a mallet in a crowd of toddlers and children? oy vey :)

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  37. Are there any pictures of Harry interacting with George today or yesterday? I thought that Harry was crazy about kids or something? Or is that just PR? Even on the balcony he did not seem remotely interested in this charming toddler. I wonder why the royals are so restrained around each other. There are no pictures of anyone other than Kate interacting with George. Are they more normal and playful in private or are they just culturally not very demonstrative - with different ideas of personal space? Kids are sort of relegated to the background? I am always curious about what happens behind closed doors. I saw Zara come up to Kate and give her a hug but Kate and George sort of spent time by themselves.
    If you watch the Swedish wedding Leonore was passed around all the royal members in their white ties and tiaras and diamonds. Clearly the little child was comfortable with everyone, suggesting that they spend time with each other.

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    1. It is traditionally not British upperclass culture to show affection in public.
      We will see changes in the younger royals though.
      The Swedish culture is much more affectionate. Even amongst the royals.
      Johanna

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    2. I think you're reading too much into it.

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    3. Julia from Leominster15 June 2015 at 16:10

      I would say maybe reading too much into it -- Harry may have had his mind on his game - I've seen him interact with young cousins at other times.

      Kate stayed very close and involved with George - understandable since he hasn't been out much but hopefully soon she will loosen up a bit and let him roam and play with his cousins- there were delightful photos from the Windsor Horse Show of the next generation interacting -and Lady Louise playing with her younger cousins and doing a spot of toddler wrangling..

      The Swedish family does seem a little different - they bring their young children to so many occasions. Madeleine is a bit more relaxed than Kate - she not only attended a wedding two days before the birth, she was at National Day too. I thought the photo of little Leonore reaching for her granddad while the king was trying to look so serious was precious. Not sure if it is on the Royal Digest or not, but there are great photos there. The fact Victoria and Madeleine are sisters may make it more - all in the family- too,

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden15 June 2015 at 17:55

      Also, to add. There is pictures with Zara interacting with George at this event.

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    5. It is basically Zara bending to say Hi to George.

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    6. I had hoped to see photos of Harry playing with George too, but I don't see anything wrong if we didn't get to see it. Most likely, it comes down to how the afternoon unfolded. As far as the balcony appearance goes, it would have turned into the Harry and George show if Harry went into uncle-mode. Lol. Wonderful for us, but perhaps not ideal given the circumstances.

      And in general, Europe's royal families are a lot more relaxed during public appearances (both formal and informal). I think the BRF will move in that direction, but not in the Queen's lifetime and perhaps not even with Charles. I don't know, but he is also rather conservative in this area. For example, during yesterday's polo outing, Charles was standing with Kate for a while but it looked as though he kept his hands in his pockets and didn't get too involved with George. Based on the photos I've seen, anyway.

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  38. Interesting observations. I would guess that Harry loves George and Charlotte, but he is young and till he is married and has kids of his own or over 50 :), he may not interact much with the kiddos. Having a spouse is a huge "changer" in relationships with friends and siblings and having kids is another huge change for siblings and friends. In families you tend to go thru these periods of some disconnect and then a few years later you all reconnect. With just a few snapshots at a few events, who knows how many time they all have been together, i.e. did Harry, Catherine the kids and William all stay at Charles place last night or all come by this AM to have coffee at his home before heading to the polo match? We know they had dinner with the queen last night but what else has happened over the last 72 hours :) All sorts of fun family get togethers never noted or seen may have occurred, or not:)

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    1. I am not so sure about marriage having anything to do with bonds with nieces and nephews. I was born years before my mother's or father's siblings got married and was the apple of their eye growing up. My brother and his girlfriend (now wife) doted on my children since they were born. They connected with my children from the first day they held them.
      I think that it comes down to how much time you spend with the child and whether you are interested in children or not. If you notice Charles with Zara and Peter - they seem to have always been close. In fact there are many videos with Diana and Charles talking/supervising/instructing Peter and Zara at Christenings, at family photo-ops, when they were little - you could see that they spent time with each other and there was a level of familiarity. William himself was close to Andrew even before his wedding - remember him running after the wedding carriage at Andrew's wedding. He was quite the doting uncle. I don't know about Harry.

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    2. Maybe, just maybe Harry and Charles didn't interact playfully with George because they didn't want to get him all excited etc. Once that happens, especially with toddlers the playtime can result in crankiness and tears.
      There was a photo of Charles squatting down and calling to George from a short distance to have a crawling younger George come to him. I think
      there will be photos in the future of interaction between George and his grandpa and uncle.

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    3. that photo was from a year or so ago.

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  39. PS I realize I did not address Anon 5:52 comments about Kate appearing to be by herself. From my own experience I can state that until the kiddos are at least there one tends to on ones own just chasing after them...especially if they are a boy:)

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    1. It depends on the style of parenting. If you notice Zara she is happy to let Mia explore on her own, while Kate is engaging constantly with George, while not really letting him be on his own at all. Zara is not constantly playing with Mia - she is talking to the adults and letting Mia be. Mia is playing with her cousins. It depends on how you want to raise your child - how much autonomy you want to give, how independent you would like to be, and what you think is good for the child's emotional and intellectual development.
      Actually, seeing how Zara and Kate are as individuals, this little display of parenting philosophy seems to be very much in keeping with the women they are.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden15 June 2015 at 17:57

      It also depends on George not being as used to be at events like these and on the personality of the child.

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    3. I certainly agree with you Rebecca. Mia is used to being around horses and a lot of people at horse events, George probably not so much. And Mia is a girl and GENERALLY girls aren't as rambunctious as boys at this age - and she is 6 months younger. It all depends on the child and your comfort level. I don't think this event speaks at all to parenting style, I think it just speaks to each parent's knowledge of his or her own child. Could you imagine if Kate was chatting in the background and not paying attention to George?! Oh the hue and cry!

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    4. The difference in parenting seen here (between Kate and Zara) may also have to do with their own childhoods. I think it's safe to say that Carole was a very hands-on and engaging mother, but in Anne's case perhaps not so much. I have a feeling Anne's approach was impacted by her own experience. Nothing wrong with that, but I'm sure it played a role.

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    5. Is it possible some are confusing Zara's tiny daughter with Autumn's older girls? Mia is the child we see
      firmly tucked under -Zara's arm, sack of potatoes style.
      At any rate, at the risk of being called sexist, my bouncing, climbing, jumping, escaping baby boy was a
      shock to my system, after my docile, self-entertaining daughters.At barely age two, my son managed to
      take advantage of my distracted moment and was found with his foot stuck in a crook half-way up a tree
      He was very adept at pulling his little wagon over as a step up to reach whatever looked interesting.
      My daughters were happy to sit quietly and play barbies.(not the outdoor cooker, Aussies)
      I realise there are exceptions, but my boys and girls behaved differently almost from birth.

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    6. 99 Agree. Ali

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    7. Julia from Leominster16 June 2015 at 05:56

      I think it makes little difference at this age but I hope George and Charlotte will be encouraged to assert their independence when older. The Middleton children frankly have never seemed very independent - they have looked to the parents to provide housing and support well into their adult years. The Middletons gave Kate a job, have financed James' failing business, while Pippa has ridden on her sister's coattails. None of them have really stuck out away from the family fold.

      I never considered Anne as any paradign for motherhood but her children do seem to have turned out well - certainly they have a privilged existence and Zara lived (and may still, I've lost track) on her mother's estate, but she has worked hard with her riding - including getting sponsorships. Of course, if she wasn't linked to the royal family, it's hard to say if she would do as well - but she does seem quite driven. Peter has been consistently employed - again it's hard to separate his opportunities from his royal connections and he has made bad blunders - such as the Hello photos of his wedding (although it was a happy blunder to my mind.) Still, there's a sense both Peter and Zara understand they must make their own way and they both seem devoted to their mum - and have praised her for being a great parent.

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    8. Julia from Leo

      I liked your take on both Kate and Zara. Nicely put!

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    9. I agree with you Julia. Zara makes upwards of 1 million pounds a year- according to a recent DM article. Her brother who runs a sports management company (where one can very effectively leverage one's royal connections) is equally successful.
      I think Anne's example (and that of many other career minded women around me) goes to show that one does not need to have one's life revolve around your children to raise them to be productive and fine members of society. It is obviously important to have a compass for them to follow, and you must be that compass, but by and large if they see that you live your life for a greater good, whatever that may be, they will be fine, regardless of how many hours a week you spend with them and whether you make them marshmallow bunny cakes or not. That is not to say that Carole's devotion to her kids was not appropriate - it very much was laudable.. but I agree that the Middletons may have erred on the side of a bit too much devotion and a little less "out of the mother ship find your own way". There is always a balance to encouraging independence and being "hands on".

      Anne is described unequivocally by her children as wonderful. They have said in interviews that she gave them much love while encouraging them to find their 'passion' and their calling very early on. That is the best thing you can do for your children, I think. Let them find out for themselves who they are and where their personal happiness lies. The rest, the embroidered tennis clothes and the fancy picnics - not really necessary.

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    10. Zara lives on Anne's estate now. She and her husband sold their Cheltenham house.

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    11. For the record, I am not taking anything away from Zara or Peter, and I give Anne credit for making it possible for her children to spread their wings beyond the royal fishbowl. But given their royal connections, I'm not sure I would consider them quite as independent as has been suggested here. They may not have titles, but they are still the grandchildren of the Queen and children of a princess.

      And I believe some of the Queen's children could have benefited from a bit of marshmallow bunny cake in their lives...

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    12. P.S. It's true that Zara and her husband live on Anne's estate. I see nothing wrong with it and we can only guess at how much contact they have.

      But wouldn't it be wonderful if the same "non-issue" approach was applied to visits from/with non-royal in-laws. :)

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    13. Maryland Moxie17 June 2015 at 05:36

      The Phillips children have trust funds from the Queen and live on their mother's estate which they will inherit. Only children of the very rich have the time and resources to pursue an equestrian career like Zara has. She's on par with Charlotte Casiraghi (of Monaco) and Athina Onassis and Bruce Springstein, Bill Gates, and Michael Bloomberg's daughters who also have nothing else to worry about except their sport and can spend millions on training and caring for horses. I doubt Zara makes a profit at her sport, but her earnings and sponsorships do help with the expenses. Peter is socking away money for his kid's trust funds with his job -- while not worrying about yearly expenses either. Living on your family's estate with annual income from Granny's trust fund is a delightful lifestyle -- as Harry and William and Kate also know.

      I see no difference in how Kate, William and the Phillip's children grew up - they all went to boarding school. And they are all adults who do not have to use income/job to support their lifestyle. None of them were "out of the mothership". Meanwhile I don't think anyone thinks that Kate should get a job and add income to the household. Just as they don't expect Autumn Kelly, Camilla Parker-Bowles, or Sophie Rhyes-Jones to either. The Cambridge children will most likely go to boarding school and college to learn "independence" like the generation before them and then never have to be independent because they have both the royal family wealth and Middleton trust funds to do whatever hobby/job they wish and will live on family estates.

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    14. Moxie, I normally agree with everything you say, but I think that there is an anti-wealthy stance that seems to be coming across that I don't agree with. I think that the point being made above is that Anne's children have had a purpose in life - a goal from their young years, while the Middleton children have drifted to some extent. The royal children can not help their birth and of course will adjust to their immense priviledge - they know nothing else. Despite that they have shown ambition and drive and a purpose to carve out a name for themselves. That is, in my opinion, quite laudable. Their work ethic is strong.
      What would you have them do with their estates and their money ? Give it all away and work as factory workers in a village in China ? They are doing the best they can with what they have.

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    15. ANON @ 15:15
      I agree with you and I have said much the same before on this blog. I think William, Kate and Harry are doing
      exemplary things with their lives.
      Again, how much work would Moxie
      require of them before it would ever be enough? Personally, I don't think they could EVER please her no matter what they do. I am still waiting for a kind,
      encouraging or funny post from Moxie.
      wouldn't that be nice. :)
      (I truly am kind of worried about Moxie,
      no offense Moxie I hope you do find time to smell the roses.)
      So glad that the Royal family is staying calm and carrying on despite their critics.

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    16. Maryland Moxie17 June 2015 at 19:12

      Someone suggested that Peter and Zara were more well-adjusted than the Middleton children because they are independent and making their own way in the world. That is simply not true. They aren't making their own way in the world, THEY live with their mother, and the jobs they have enrich themselves - they are not for the "greater good" (farmers, doctors, nurses, environmentalists...). I thought the comparison invalid and pointed out why I thought so.

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    17. Julia from Leominster17 June 2015 at 20:03

      Thanks Anonymous 15:15 that's the point I was trying to make and you said it very well. There's privilege all the way around and no harm in that, but striking out on your own is important. I came from a very close family myself, who would have done anything for me, but it was "right, get a job" in the summer when I was a teenager, not because the money was needed but so I would learn how to work in the outside world. I suspect the Middletons may have gotten caught up with Kate's relationship with William or things might have been different for all three children and more expected of them in the way of careers..

      As for Kate - she supposedly has a job now and that is being a princess - and from the lips of the royal family themselves, that is a job. I do think she could have benefitted though from working outside of her family for a longer period of time before her marriage. Following her stated wish to be a teacher both would have given her a protective enviroment away from the press and speaking experience. But it would have interfered with her relaitonship with William in her mind and I think it unfortunate, although not surprising that both William and Harry have expected their girlfriends to be available to them at all times. That helped end Harry's relationship with Clelsy and possibly Cressida.

      As for Zara, I suspect she lives on Princess Anne's estate because of stabling. Anne no longer rides competively and assume the yard and menage she had are available for Zara. Before that, I think Zara lived a couple of different places incuding with that jockey boyfriend she had before Mike.

      Girls are normally less lively but I wonder about any daughter of Zara and Mike. Those two are quite a pair and I don't see them as being the quiet sorts.

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    18. For clarification, Zara doesn't live with Anne. She lives in a house on Anne's estate, and stables her horses at Anne's stables. Same with Peter and Autumn; they live on the estate but not in the same house.

      Zara has a trust fund as they all do, but she also makes her own way as she gets no income from the public purse, as it were, as she doesn't do royal events. She also does not incur security expenses.

      I see Moxie's point and I see everyone else's on this one. I don't think Zara and Peter have to worry about starving, and they probably dine out quite well on their royal connections.

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    19. Julia, I think you brought out a very overlooked (and often maligned) point.
      I think William did get used to having Kate close and on his schedule while they were living together at college, 3 years.
      And, I think that after college that was the consideration concerning a work schedule for her. I think that was more William's doing than any choice (or scheme) of Kate's. When they broke up briefly in 2007, Kate took the Initative and made her own schedule,
      although briefly, as I have read that they were seeing each other again long before July as reported. And, she did work for her parent's company where she could avoid paparazzi at work and to and from work, and have the availability of accommodating William's
      schedule.

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    20. anon @ 8:57

      I agree. With a two year old toddler, especially a boy, you do have to
      put constant vigilance over socializing.
      At least that is how it was most of the time when my son was that age. If
      I wanted to socialize I would either get a babysitter or schedule social get togethers while my son enjoyed activities in the mom's day out programs at the church.

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    21. Moxie - I am the original Anon who said that Anne worked for the greater good. I have to say that I am surprised at your comments. I have great regard for the perspective you bring to this blog. So, to clarify: I think that any purpose in life that stretches the bounds of human capability is a purpose for the greater good. And yes, that includes horse riding.
      You seem to have a narrow view of what is a worthwhile life to lead. As has been said above, of course the Phillips children or the daughter of Bruce Springsteen or Bill and Melinda Gates are not starving. And that is precisely why they are different from the Middleton children who have not set any real goals for themselves. They could have drifted on their parents' dime with no purpose, no challenge, no goal in life. Coasting from one vacation to another, from one party to another, like a certain royal lady we hear about.
      But NO, these young people are setting challenges for themselves, challenges that come with success or failure - they are putting their hearts and souls on the line. And going for a difficult prize. Have you actually competed for something - whether it be a prize, a milestone in your life, or anything? If you have, you know that going for it, deciding to compete comes with its own baggage - the possibility of failure becomes heartbreaking. That in itself is enough to deter many an athlete to compete professionally or many a woman from trying to climb the corporate ladder.
      Zara took this challenge despite her royal status. She could have chosen to coast. Don't you think that is laudable? Or do you just believe in manual labor? The world would be a pretty boring place if all of us were farmers or environmentalists.

      Now, as for the Middleton children: I do think that had Kate not met William she would have chosen a different life. But I suspect that it would not have been that different. Possibly a few years of aimless work here and there before she married and raised a family in the countryside. I do feel bad for Pippa - she never seemed to have any sort of passion or leaning, just like Kate. However, she and James do seem to be trying to make something of themselves now, but do have public opinion quite firmly stacked against them, and I don't believe that many people are rooting for their success.

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    22. Since there is no reply area for above remarks, here's my smorgasbord: Moxie@19:12- I agree. I would elaborate, but I am feeling slightly faint-agreeing with you does that to me.

      I don't think a daugher' s exactly following her mother's passion would necessarily be called independent thinking.
      If I were interviewed about my parents, you can bet my remarks would be favorable. Especially if my
      mother were still alive and the Queen's daughter, to boot.
      I think Kate's relationship with Will and subsequent marriage may have thrown her siblings off-balance for awhile.
      I truly believe their options have narrowed. They have the inconveniences of being associated with the RF,
      but not the perks that trickle down to Anne's children. As it is, Pippa seems to be involved raising money
      for charities through sports-sounds very well-adjusted to me. James is the youngest. Especially for a boy,
      it takes a little while to get off and running. Especially when big sis married a future king.

      I'm with royalfan on a couple of thoughts. Bunny birthday cakes are a great comfort-thought when life
      starts to bite back. It all depends on the ambiance, the caring associated with it. It's not the cake itself, but the hands-on, loving attention associated with it that counts. (that bunny cake remark was a little snarky) I'm sure the little girl in
      "Mommie Dearest" had great parties.
      Also, royalfan-please remember to remind us of Anne's whole
      family living on her estate, a stone's throw away, next time the "Carole spends too much time with Kate and
      Kate is always at her parents' house" discussion comes up.
      I think Anne raised her family the best she could, given the circumstances and the Middletons did too.
      There is no need to draw comparisons, after all.

      Has anybody read anthing about whether that assassination attempt had anything to do with Anne's
      distancing herself and children from the monarchy? It would do it for me.

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    23. Maryland Moxie17 June 2015 at 23:30

      To clarify bluhare's clarification - Anne's children are living on an estate that IS secure, because Anne lives there and she DOES get income from the public purse. So Anne is providing housing and security for her children and Grandma Elizabeth is providing trust fund money.

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    24. Moxie,
      Sometimes I understand your reasoning from where I come from and the American perspective. I grew up in a monarchist system (until I left for Europe and USA in my teen years) that had been around for centuries (not a common wealth country but friendly with Britain). When it collapsed, which was inevitable due to questionings like yours, I and other people felt the loss of stability and gradually, a sense of declined unified homogenous society, an absence of unified nationalism and some tradition. ( most of that could be from political division and experimenting with new system).

      If you assess British monarchy through the experience of an American, you will go through a never ending questioning. Regardless, your perspective except unless it gets out of line like personal choices of what a family does ( as in Kate taking photographs of her children vs supporting local professionals and a few other things), is provocative. The good thing is Charlotte posts it especially being a native who runs a royal blog. One thing is, there is never a dull moment with you especially when you provide information.
      There is good and bad about monarchy; sometimes especially the absolute kind and if its citizens are not happy requires change. It does not necessarily mean another system after a revolution or America is perfect either.
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      PG’s walk looks like a young boy’s stride with a mission to the horizon. Monarchy continued or not, by the virtue of his own nature, might be within his own destiny. The probability that he will have a profession (as Moxie described) could be highest of the royals.

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    25. Interesting conversation...

      I don't know if I would view Zara or Peter's lives as being driven by "goals" in the way that Joe Average's life might be. Zara, for example, does compete and, yes, goals and hard work are involved, but she would not have had the opportunity to pursue these goals (perhaps "passion" is a better word) in the first place without some very special circumstances. As grandchildren of the Queen, with bank accounts to match, and the freedom from restrictions related to royal titles, they have had the luxury of being able to do exactly as they please. And they have done so.

      Would Zara have a contract with Range Rover if she wasn't related to the Queen? Certainly not in such a visible capacity. Could she ride horses and compete as Zara Smith? Yes. Would she have been able to do so financially? Maybe. Her latest venture is a jewelry line with her name on it and it includes the "Coronet Suite". Cute? Perhaps. Capitalizing? Definitely.

      I do agree that Zara and Peter have goals and work towards them (they could opt to do nothing), but they are not exactly the sink or swim variety that is associated with true independence.

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    26. Maryland Moxie18 June 2015 at 17:19

      "Greater Good" implies doing something to benefit more than yourself - it benefits society. This is different from "personal achievement" - they are generally considered to be opposite. The Middleton children are engaged in business and sport pursuits - same as the Phillips children. Their lifestyles are the same and none of their careers are for "the greater good". Beatrice, who is currently living a carefree lifestyle on her trust fund -- just isn't taking the time right now to add to her wealth - like the others are - who are five years older. Perhaps she feels she has all she needs.

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    27. Julia from Leominster18 June 2015 at 18:23

      Interesting points here - Zara's parents were both involved with horses so she is following in her parents' steps - much like James and his cupcakes - she does seem to be quite a go-getter though. Peter does seem to be working on making his own living - again hard to divorce royal connections.

      While Zara lives on her mother's estate, it's hard to see Princess Anne popping over to help with baby Mia- but it is an enchanting picture. Maybe she does!

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    28. How can “Personal achievement” and The “Greater good” can be opposite except unless your definition of each is different?

      The people, foundations, philanthropists, great politicians, businesses, Mother Theressas, Popes and saints who contributed to the “Greater good” started from “Personal achievement” in one form or another. In US, it is the individual’s personal achievement in contribution or as part of a group towards “The Greater good”.

      There are people who have personal achievement and not necessarily go the extra miles or have the opportunity to be part in the greater good. Greater good may not be achieved without first attaining some kind of personal achievement. It is an ever going process that is more complex and involves so much and so many people, except for outstanding hero/ines.

      Regarding your comment, the Middleton children are involved in business: A lot of "Greater Good" started from excelling at business. You can not underestimate business; it starts small and at its best, when blossomed and the entrepreneurs have the success, mind and heart, its greater good had been evident.

      Zara Philips: In a way, she is not different from the high risk American football players who capitalize in their choice of sport. Their income from endorsement and ticket sales is huge and hopefully expect them to be part of the greater good. Her name recognition and boost from her family connection might help, but she does what she does at a great risk including losing her mobility up to diminished chance of child birth.

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    29. I think that the Olympic Games benefit society. Athletes benefit society. What professions benefit society Moxie in your opinion ? You listed three or four. So anyone who is doing anything else is not benefitting society by your definition?

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    30. Forgive me if this posts twice again. Having computer issues this evening.

      Personal achievement and greater good are almost diametrically opposed. The greater good is concerned with things outside yourself that benefits society as a whole -- altruism in other words. I don't see James Middleton as altruistic in the least. I see him as trying to make money in business. For himself. Neither is Pippa. Running or biking in charity events doesn't really count; if it did I'd be on a par with Mother Theresa. I don't think Zara Philips is altruistic either; she does what she does because it gives her personal satisfaction and a nice income. They all may do some work with charitable organizations, but I don't think any of their lives could be defined as an altruistic one.

      When thinking of business and altruism the best example I can think of is Bill Gates. But he didn't start Microsoft so he could do good works with the profits. I know people who worked and/or dated him back then and neither one would say he was in it to change the world and do good. He was in it for himself. I think he came from a background that valued civic contribution, but that didn't appear to develop in him until later.

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    31. Another smorgasbord: earning an Olympic (team) medal is certainly an admirable personal achievement. Using one's athletic
      ability to gain money and support for charities is beyond personal. Pippa Middleton does not win
      trophies for herself or personal accolades. Why mention the Middleton sports connection, but
      omit that it is often for charity?
      Why mention James and his ventures and not Pippa? That would be fair and balanced. Why emphasise Zara, not Peter?
      As for what Catherine would be doing, if she had not married William-thank goodness we don't know the
      answer to that . Saying she would flounder around for a couple years, then marry and live in the country is
      not only insulting, but also not rational, based on her education, her choice of "gap year" activities, and the
      enormous influence she has demonstrated in everything from her clothing choices to her support of
      her small, but hands-on group of charities- at least one of which she was involved with when she and William were not together.
      I think most of the readers here can see through half-truths and innuendo. I also believe most of the
      commenters are capable of honest, even-handed remarks; why some choose to use arguments that deliberately mis-represent or present biased information.....beats me.

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    32. In order to reach an altruistic stage, the person had attained either a clear view of civic duty/volunteerism, spiritual, financial or educational discipline. India’s Gandhi, doctors who treat Aids and Ebola patients closely while it is not understood yet at their own risk, philanthropists who give their money for scientific research etc. Did they not start from personal achievement first? Many business people could have a diverse interest, true they don’t start business with the primary goal of serving the greater goal.

      Somehow it is the idea that personal achievement and the greater good are opposite theory is so mesmerizing, and may be beyond this blog’s discussion time. If you look at the people in discussion (The Philips and The Middletons), in their own ways and circumstances they have personal achievement. The greater good Moxie talked about also included professional achievement (doctor, farmer, industrialist etc.).

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    33. It seems, all along, there had been a mingling of personal achievement vs. professional achievement. At some point in the discussion, personal achievement vs the greater good was thrown in. Personal achievement is too general. It is most likely defined up to the values and goals of the person who achieves it.

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    34. See I don't believe in altruism as a construct or even as a concept. Everyone does whatever they do for their personal satisfaction. Even Mother Teresa. For some that is helping the poor and for some that is collecting gold coins. It so happens that some people's preferences benefit others in a more direct way while other's benefit society in an indirect way. Every profession benefits society and moves forward the human civilization in some form or another. Whether it be a doctor who works the ER or the nurse that is wiping bums. Umm.. obviously we are excluding criminals and terrorists and such like from this discussion. I think that judging people and lining them up in their order of "contribution to the greater good" is a hopeless exercise.
      This way of thinking, moreover, reminds me of dictatorial regimes of the 1900s and can lead to all sorts of calamities. So who would be first in that line ? And who would be last ? Can you see why, when you extend this argument you land up in pretty hairy territory ?

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    35. Personal achievement is exactly that. It might be general, but it is quite clearly defined.

      al·tru·ism
      ˈaltro͞oˌizəm/Submit
      noun
      the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.
      "some may choose to work with vulnerable elderly people out of altruism"
      ZOOLOGY
      behavior of an animal that benefits another at its own expense.

      I believe someone mentioned that work can be altruistic, but I don't see any major, directed altruism in any of the individuals under discussion today. Interestingly, this morning I did hear an interview with a CEO of a company that is trying to engineer some social good by setting up crowd funding for individual enterprises -- Etsy.

      But judging people and lining them up in order is done here every single day. Why not do that for people who have tried to help the world? We may have an opinion of who goes where but I think it could be done. And I'd put Bill Gates on that list due to the work his foundation does. I'd also put Malala on it. But I wouldn't put Pippa or James Middleton or Zara Philips on it. I don't think many of the royals are driven by altruism. I think they're driven by keeping their lifestyles.

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    36. The definition of altruism which can be contained in “The Greater Good” is narrower than the definition of its goals/”Greater Good”. Once again “Greater Good” is a phrase that is used broadly although I don’t know if a specific academic discipline equates it strictly to altruism.

      At least the general public uses the phrase “The Greater Good” to mean from the basic to the grand. --Volunteerism /purposeful life to the “Greater Good”, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that revolutionized 21st century.
      -Self-employment is both personal and professional achievement. (The Middleton couple).
      - Climbing Kilimanjaro is a personal achievement which possibly leaves some records for mankind to understand its limits.
      -Kate marrying William is a personal achievement which could have a positive outcome.
      -Reaching the moon is personal, professional and “greater good” accomplishment.
      -Zara’s over worked race horses is active in altruism while she continues to work towards her personal achievement.

      Sometimes words and definitions leave us with limited messages however usable. Mankind by instinct, survival, wisdom or necessity is expected to look after him/her/self, to know and understand his/her purpose before he/she can be of service to others in a selfless manner or humane actions.

      As far as this thread, individual achievement in contribution to society for the greater good vs person achievement vs “The Greater Good” were used interchangeably when the discussion was initiated.
      It was great commenters continued to participate in crystallizing to differentiate meanings.

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    37. Isn't Pippa spokesperson for the heart association and haven't she and her brother contributed personnally to other charities also? I think they have. And those are only the ones that we know about. There certainly could be others.
      The middletons family in past generations seem to have been civic minded also.

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    38. "Judge not, unless you be judged."
      "Condemn not, unless you be condemned."
      For with the same measure that you judge others, so shall you be judged.

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  40. oh prince george was so cute and the duchess looks amazing indeed I super love and gather its nice too see prince charles dress casual now I never seen him before like that plus the fact princess anne children I love that george kicking ball when savannah phillps playing

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  41. Sharyn from Aus15 June 2015 at 09:36

    I saw that there was a new post this morning before work, but waited until I got home. A great read after a busy day! What an absolutely adorable family - and in including the extended family members in that. Love the photo of Charles and Zara. Everyone looks so relaxed and happy

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  42. Hello everyone,

    Thank you so much for your comments! No sign of Kate at Garter today!

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    1. Julia from Leominster15 June 2015 at 16:12

      What a shame. Such an important event.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden15 June 2015 at 19:24

      I kind of thought she would be there since we saw her 2 days in a row. But it could be that the principle is "only family events" right now. So the birthday and the polo fall under family things while Garter is more of a state-thing.

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    3. Julia from Leominster16 June 2015 at 06:00

      I think the Garter is quite a family event - as William would not be a member without family connections and ladies of the Garter are expected to be present. I wouldn't expect Kate to take on her charitable duties now but given there are few royal occasions in July, August and September, it would have been nice if she could have managed these - certainly more important than polo. It would have been wonderful to see her at the Magna Carta commenmoration - not sure how that decision was made since I don't think Camilla was there either - although Anne's husband was. I think it is quite important for Kate to be seen in connection with her historical role as a princess and wife of a future monarch when possible - to remind the world she's not just a celebrity.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden16 June 2015 at 06:40

      I agree that it would have been nice to see her there. I was just giving a possible explanation. That she's not really doing it yet, she was at a birthday thing and a polo game.

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    5. Valerie in HOT Arizona16 June 2015 at 16:38

      I was disappointed that she was not at the Garter event and, after seeing the photos on the balcony and how she was stuck at the back, wondered if the Queen didn't want her there. Everyone blames Kate when she doesn't turn up at events but I sometimes think she is subtly told "not" to go. She has been at the Garter ceremonies before (and I think Harry was there too, the year that William was inducted) but maybe this year the Queen felt that the numbers should be limited? Just guessing.

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    6. Valerie, I don't believe she was told not to come and, frankly, I doubt William would stand for it. IMO, this just falls under the maternity leave column.

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    7. Valerie, do not agree with your guessing...

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    8. How hot is it in Arizona Valerie?

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    9. I think Valerie's rationale was that William "stood" for Catherine's being squeezed out of the front balcony
      row of spouses and the same could apply for his "standing" for Catherine's being squeezed out of the Order
      ceremonies.
      Valerie, I hope I interpreted your comment correctly.
      The polo appearance-where all the women were wearing trousers or jeans, by the way-
      may have been the KP/Kate version of "I'm still here and I'm not going away."

      Also, I don't think Kate Loves Polo- Kate Loves William. How about that for a post? Have we ever seen her at
      a polo game that didn't involve William? Now tennis....

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    10. I agree Royal Fan, I think it was simply a maternity leave thing.

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    11. Think Kate stood behind Queen to showcase George. And, in that position
      William could have easily handed off to her had George gotten cranky or fussy.

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    12. Julia from Leominster17 June 2015 at 20:10

      As far as dress at polo, I think all of us dress up more before we're married. And even after marriage, Kate dressed up more at the couple of games she attended. Rolling around on the ground does make a difference. I agree too, that Kate loves Wiliam, not polo and sees less of a need to show up at every game now that she's married.

      I think Kate would have been perfectly welcome at the Garter has she wished, she is a companion to a knight of the garter and they are normally expected to attend. Nor do I think it would have taken more time than polo, since there was the Magna Carta event that same day. I think now the novelty has worn off, Kate may just not be that interested - I've had a feeling about that with a lot of her royal duties but hope I'm wrong because she has a lot of very boring duties to come.

      Magna Carta is another matter and I do think they may have limited who attended - although if Tim Lawrence attended, I don't see why Kate couldn't have. But Samantha wasn't there or the archbishop's wife - at least not in the royal seating area. Don't know if that made a difference.

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    13. I agree Julia, being a senior Royal whose husband is a knight of the garter
      so I think she would be welcome anytime.

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    14. Julia, when Kate attended polo matches as William's girlfriend, she wore jeans as often as she did dresses. Perhaps weather and other plans they may have had played a role in her decision. For the next several years, if she attends she will do so as the mother of very young children so I expect to see her dressed for that scenario.

      I also think it's unfair to label Kate as losing interest in royal duties. It's quite common for couples to spend a lot of their downtime together when they are dating and not living together. Once you live together, life has a way of adjusting the formula. And having a child (now two) is a major adjustment.

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    15. I think everyone is forgetting that Kate is a nursing mother. The Magna Carta ceremony plus the Garter service would have required a lot of logistics, and a Windsor Castle full of non-family guests may not have been the appropriate place for two tiny children to be cared for.

      If you watch the video of the Trooping balcony scene, Princes Andrew and Harry moved away from where they had been standing to give William, Kate, and George their places. The balcony was already very full. This was not a matter of squeezing but of getting Prince George into a visible spot. The uncles obviously thought that was important.

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    16. Julia from Leominster18 June 2015 at 18:27

      I looked back over various photos of Kate at polo and I see a lot more sundresses than I see jeans. Only found one pair of jeans at polo, with a white top, although she did wear shorts once. She wore jeans quite often out - but less often at polo.

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    17. First of all, apologies if this appears twice. I don't think my response sent.

      Out of curiosity, why is Windsor Castle an inappropriate place for two children if others are there? I think it more likely others would have been displaced should William/Kate/children wanted to stay. And it's not like it's a four bedroom semi detached with no privacy to feed or pump either, is it? Not sure how much more logistical planning would have gone into that vs. whatever logistics went into them staying at Highgrove over the weekend.

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    18. I don't know how spacious the private quarters at Windsor are. Buckingham Palace is quite close to Kensington Palace, so the children's nursery is an easy retreat. Highgrove certainly would not have been the hive of activity that Windsor is during Garter weekend, with the addition of Magna Carta. That made a long day probably requiring different outfits. The Garter weekend is closely followed by Ascot, bringing more guests and more frenetic activity. Were other young children at Windsor over the weekend?

      Kate also missed Garter the year of George's birth, after attending Trooping, perhaps to stay closer to the hospital. But it's interesting that she followed the same pattern again this year.

      I just noticed that Tiggy Legge Bourke's son is now listed as a page of honor to the Queen. He was one of the pages at William and Catherine's wedding.

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  43. Tedi in California15 June 2015 at 15:47

    Lovely post. Kate looks so beautiful, and George is such an adorable little boy. Lovely to see Grandpa Prince Charles so relaxed and casual with his family. This was a real treat. Thanks Charlotte.

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  44. Oh my gosh thank you Charlotte for this great post!! George looks so adorable! I love these photos of Kate with her son and she looks so amazing no tummy after giving birth and all glowing and happy wow wish we were all so lucky hahah! I love that shot of Charles and Zara!

    Thank you!

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  45. Love the adorable photos of George interacting with his parents. I approve of the way Kate dresses him. Some people say it is too "old school" but I think she has wonderful taste, even though I wasn't a fan of her hat at Trooping of the Colours. :-) George's tiny "Crocs" are precious! And doesn't Kate look fabulous since giving birth. Either she has very good genes or she works very hard to get back into shape.

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  46. Beverlee Utah
    I disagree with the comments about Zara and Kate's parenting styles. Their styles may be different however, in this
    case I think it is because Mia is older than Prince George and allowed more freedom. Lovely post and a wonderful
    Surprise.

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    1. Mia is six months younger than George.

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  47. In the photo of George walking with his left arm behind him (the one with his outfit pictured on the side), I think his expression makes him look a lot like Michael Middleton.
    I have noticed those resemblances before.

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    1. I do agree! The photos of William at the same age look nothing like George, except for the hair color. It will be even more interesting to compare photos as he grows a bit older.

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  48. Beverlee Utah
    You are right about Mia, I guess I was too quick to defend Kate. Thanks, Anonymous at 18.24

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  49. I give up I thanked the wrong Anonymous I meant 18:59. I will quit making comments until I can get my facts straight.

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  50. 99 @ 23:20

    Can you imagine what could have happened if Kate had been more "casual" about letting George have more "freedom"? I think Kate managed the outing perfectly. And, she looked calm in addition. George obviously knows to listen to what his mother says because there were no "tantrum" confrontations. (Any of you moms remember those?) Kate did corall him once when he wanted to go somewhere but she did that in a playful way and amazingly that worked with no tears or pouting. And also
    the other toddlers were girls and maybe had been used to that type of outing. Horses are huge in comparison to George and George doesn't know about going up behind a horse the wrong way etc. Horses can be unpredictable and they were definitely there yesterday. I think Kate did an amazing job in parenting George at that event. Not overly protective at all. And she stayed cool as a cucumber the whole time. Oh and it was at a ritzy polo club. That alone could
    make even the most seasoned mom take a second thought. Not to mention having your every move photographed and having those photographs go all over the world.

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    1. cool as a cucumber... love it! and very true also

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  51. So true about horses. I think your thoughts are probably spot on. George also looks like he can bolt:) ali

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    1. He certainly does Ali, and with
      great forethought too. :)

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  52. anyone remember the photos of Prince George on the steps of Kensington Palace in his little toy soldier sweater. Remember the expressions in those photos. would you let that same toddler run loose at the Beaumont Polo Club or anywhere else
    at his age? :)

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  53. We used to see Kate and Chelsy in dresses on the sidelines at polo. Now everyone is in jeans. I don't mind at all, the jeans are certainly appropriate for sitting on the ground and chasing kids, but it's an interesting change of style/culture.

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    1. I was wondering about that as well, I think it's more of a clothing choice for Kate rather than style/culture.
      Before Kate had children, but was married she would wear heels dresses and wedges to the matches, remember the photo of her in her Stuart Weitzman Minx wedges running after William.
      Now she dresses comfortably because she has a small child to run after and bending over and running after a child on a windy day in front of photographers would make for some bad photos.
      But there are more formal polo matches where it is required to dress up, The Queen was at a match the exact same day and everyone there was very dressy.

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    2. I certainly agree that jeans are more practical, and safer! It isn't just Kate; all the ladies in the pictures are in jeans. No more sun dresses for them.

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  54. Skinny jeans are simply the worst. These photos prove what I have always suspected. No one looks good in them, not even Kate.
    George is cute though.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden16 June 2015 at 06:37

      I think she looks chic, a very nice everyday outfit. I think it might be a generational thing. I don't use jeans at all, but I can see why people like skinny jeans.

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    2. I like them too and they do look cute with the right figure. I see them as a modern day version of the Audrey Hepburn-like cigarette pants.

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    3. The skinnies are fabulous but she would also really rock a pair of bootcut or flairs.

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    4. I love skinny jeans and I wear skinny jeans. I am a Kate fan. I do think though that these jeans are too tight and don't flatter her derrière and actually make it look flat from the rear view (no pun intended). They look so tight that I was concerned about her circulation/comfort when she would stoop or squat to interact with George.
      I like skinny jeans though. Perhaps a dark indigo would have looked better with that top than a midwash blue.

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    5. being so tight on her now, I don't know how she wore them when she was pregnant.

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    6. Julia from Leominster18 June 2015 at 18:36

      Probably multiple pairs - in different fits.

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  55. Royalfan, look please at the picture of Camilla chatting with Prince William: do you see the horse trying to eat Camilla's hat? Are you involved for something in its mischievous gesture?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3124982/The-Queen-smiles-leads-Order-Garter-parade-Windsor-accompanied-Charles-William-Camilla.html

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    1. Ha! Thank you for the laugh, Paola! :)) And for the record, I know nothing........ ;)

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  56. Can I just say I LOVE that Kate is still wearing her maternity jeans?! I wore my maternity jeans for around two months after my sons were born. Not because of weight, they were just more comfortable!

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  57. Someone should run a blog on the QUEEN'S fashion, today and over the years! ;) It is absolutely spectacular. I wish I could raid her closet! Her outfit at Ascot's today is breathtaking. Silvia

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    1. They do. They're all over the internet. There's one on her jewellery too.

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    2. Julia from Leominster17 June 2015 at 20:15

      Charlotte is starting to cover jewels over at the Royal Digest - at least tiaras. Would love to see her do the queen's brooches too - I find them fascinating. Always look to see which one she is wearing and have my favourites.

      In the meantime, I don't think Charlotte will mind if I say there is From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault, although Charlotte when she covers things normally goes into greater depth. The jewel vault is a very complete site but alas now covers Camilla so I don't follow it as much. Most of her jewels are gifts from Charles or from the Middle East and not as interesting as the historical origins of the queen's pieces.

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    3. Thank you so much for the lovely mention!

      Can I chime in and suggest Order of Splendor (the same lady runs From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault) and The Court Jeweller as amazing resources. I'm a huge fan of all three :)

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    4. Thanks Charlotte. My family has three more things to tease me about now. :)

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    5. Thank you all for your replies & suggestions (especially Charlotte!). Very appreciated!! :) Silvia

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  58. Me+Em top is available to pre-order yay! http://www.meandem.com/breton-top-cobalt-stripe

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  59. Charlotte,
    I know you've already done a Kate Loves polo in 2012. How about doing a part 2, because she really does seem to enjoy polo.

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  60. So all you Royal archers... I just looked at photos from the Ascot races, and Zara looked happy happy, she loves horses:) everyone else looked less than thrilled. So even if the photos were not a true expression, I look at them and think in terms of my own live, the 20th, 30th time at an event and an event that you have to wear ridiculous clothes especially then men, how tired on must be, might be doable without photographers, or with a spouse, but for Harry?? Or Andrew?? Sorry I know it is the job but still...

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    1. Julia from Leominster17 June 2015 at 20:24

      I don't know -- the queen seems to be having a fantastic time on both days - she does love her racing and the rest of the family too. I don't think Peter and Autumn would have to be there unless they wanted to be - the same with the Michaels or Gloucesters.

      Actually, I would love to have an excuse to wear Ascot clothes and have hubby wear a morning suit - but that's only for the Royal Enclosure. Again, if Charlotte, doesn't mind me mentioning another blog, the Royal Hat blog has a video from Ascot about appropriate dress which I found quite beautifully done. I also don't think Harry has to be there unless he wanted to be - as for Andrew, he always seems to be in the grumps these days which is a pity because he was so handome once (and was my favourite male royal for a brief time) and still does have a very nice smile - on the rare occasions we're allowed to see it.

      Like poor Princess Margaret, he is an example of how royal family members can fall if they aren't careful, why I'm always on about William and Kate. Because that lovely flush of youth doesn't last forever and a reputation for work lasts longer. (And I stress reputation because both Margaret and especially Andrew do work - it is how they are seen by the public. That's why I think it so important Kate shake Duchess-do-little before it gets entrenched.

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  61. For those who hated Kate's Trooping hat, how did you like Sophie's Ascot Day 1 hat?? :-D

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/prince-edward-earl-of-wessex-and-sophie-countess-of-wessex-news-photo/477326376?et=r3qqCnv0RwJ1gMIpL-Uq-w&referrer=http:%2F%2Fwww.royalty.nu%2Fnews.html

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    1. I liked Autumn's...

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/autumn-phillips-attends-day-1-of-royal-ascot-at-ascot-news-photo/477361352

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    2. I would have liked Autumn's better with white flowers, to lighten the effect a bit. It was a nice shape.

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    3. Balbina - Austria18 June 2015 at 02:00

      I think Sophie's cartwheel is awesome. Drama baby, drama! It works because the right elements are put together. Shape of dress, collar, updo. That all creates the perfect silhouette. And most importantly: wear it like you mean it!!
      Of course that hat is slightly hideous by itself. But the ensemble is stunning in my opinion.

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    4. I agree with Balbina. All together, the whole thing works.

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  62. Wow! That is some hat! Her vision on the right side is completely blocked. I would not want to be seated behind her. Usually Sophie's fashion choices are spot on, but unfortunately this is a definite NO for me.

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    1. Julia from Leominster17 June 2015 at 20:25

      Same with Camilla and Princess Michael. But if you're that close to the family, you may not be thinking too much about the races.

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  63. The lady in pink on the left in the eighth picture looks familiar. Is she one of Kate's assistants? Or maybe a friend.

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