Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Kate's Weekend at the Houghton Hall Horse Trials

We had hoped we would see Kate make a surprise appearance at the polo over the weekend, but instead the Duchess enjoyed the weekend at the Houghton Hall horse trials, located around the corner from the Cambridges' country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk. It was very much a family affair as Kate took the children, accompanied by Nanny Maria Teresa and friends James and Laura Meade, along to cheer on competitors. Below we see Kate holding George's hand and Laura Meade pushing the pram.


The folks at Lou Grey Cashmere were showcasing some of their fabulous pieces on Sunday when they spotted HRH walking past:

Lou Grey Cashmere Facebook Page

As mentioned earlier, William and Harry played at the Audi International Polo Challenge Saturday and Sunday at Coworth Park in Berkshire, in support of their charities The Royal Marsden, Sentebale, Tusk and WellChild. If I'm not mistaken, it's the bones of a three-hour drive from Norfolk to Berkshire, so William must have made the journey to Coworth Park on both days. Below, we see the Prince doing a spot of warming up before the polo commenced.


William and Kate also attended the horse trials on Saturday, there's a photo spread available at the Mail Online showing Kate with George and Charlotte. You can view it here. The photos were taken by Helen Mathias from EyeContact Photography.

 Lynn News shared this information in their article:

'William and Kate are friends of Marquees Cholmondeley, who owns Houghton. "They looked very relaxed and were obviously enjoying themselves," said an onlooker.
The four-­day event attracted hundreds of horses and riders, including top overseas competitors, and featured the only British leg of the FEI Nations Cup.'

Readers are of course familiar with the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley; Rose made quite the impression at the state banquet last October in her Temperley London gown. It's also been reported Kate will host a glittering gala in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices on 22 June. I expect it very likely Kate and Rose have forged a friendship, as they are of a similar age and both have young children.


Indeed, the weekend was rife with social connections. We saw the Duchess photographed with James and Laura Meade. James and William have been close friends since they attended Eton together. He is the son of Olympic gold medallist equestrian Richard Meade. He has become a close friend of Kate's too, and accompanied her to the Badminton Horse Trials after her brief split from William in 2007 (as pictured below).  He is also one of Princess Charlotte's godparents.


James's brother Harry Meade, also a friend of William and Harry's, was actually taking part in the trials, and undoubtedly they were all there to cheer him on. William and Kate attended Harry's wedding in October 2010, shortly before they announced their engagement.


It's been a hub of activity at Houghton Hall in recent days according to Lynn News: "As well as the main horse trials, with its cross country course set out across Houghton’s rolling parkland, other equestrian events included show jumping, dressage and Pony Club classes, with competitors from all over the country and a large number of more local riders."


A number of the riders showed off their skills on the cricket pitch during a match in aid of a favourite charity of Prince Harry's, Walking with the Wounded, on Saturday. I expect Kate may have been watching the cricket match in the photo above with George and James Meade.


Houghton Hall provides quite the backdrop for a summery drinks reception? Is anyone thinking Downton Abbey? :)


This year marked the event's tenth anniversary and organisers wanted to make it special for all the family. There were over seventy trade stands for onlookers to browse.


A look at Vintage Deli's stand.


The Duchess opted for casual looks for the horse trials. On Sunday, Kate wore a Barbour jacket she's had for years with skinny jeans and her hair in a bun.


On Saturday, Kate wore a breton stripe top. It was initially suggested it was one of her  Me + Em pieces. Upon closer inspection Susan from What Kate Wore noted the stripes on Kate's shirt are different and suggested Kate may have worn her Ralph Lauren 'Tori' top; below we see Kate wearing it in 2013.


The Duchess teamed the top with a navy sweater tied around her shoulders, with grey skinny jeans and what appears to be a leopard/animal print hairband. Kate's exact hairband hasn't been identified yet, but if you'd like to Repli-Kate it, Claire's Accessories has a a very similar piece for £2 and are currently running a Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion.

Claire's Accessories

On both days, Kate wore her Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots.

Harrods


With thanks to The Royals and I and What Would Kate Do for sharing their finds on Twitter.

The eagle-eyed What Kate's Kids Wore quickly noted Prince George wore his Joules Baby Milford Quilted Jacket and Converse Kids Chuck Taylors. The shoes are available at Zappos for $30.

Joules/Zappos

In other news, Kate will attend SportsAid's 40th anniversary dinner at Kensington Palace on Thursday, 9 June. The Duchess, who has been patron of the organisation since 2013, will meet many of the charity's ambassadors and young athletes, including those hoping to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games later this summer.

123 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post!! I know June is a busy month. I can't wait for all the activities!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The leg in the pink tights looks to big to be Charlotte's. Do the Meade's have children? Perhaps their oldest - a girl?

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a sweet picture! I love the first picture (and so so wish we could have seen Charlotte - oh well! :)) What a sweet image they make all holding hands.

    The second one cracks me up. Such a mom moment - wiping George's face. Adorable!

    I wasn't expecting them to show up at the polo games this weekend. If I'm not mistaken, Kate has taken George to the same game both years - father's day? I think it is much more likely that she will take the kids then. Although if Charlotte is any bit as wiggly and curious as George, it will be quite the day of wrangling!

    Thanks for getting this up so quickly Charlotte, you are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sonja from Bavaria31 May 2016 at 06:06

      I'm sorry but wasn't father's day already on Ascension of Christ? So she missed it?

      Delete
    2. Sonja from Bavaria31 May 2016 at 06:07

      Oh I apologize, I just googled and found out that apparently father's day is on a different day than here in Britain. Ooops :D

      Delete
    3. Rebecca - Sweden31 May 2016 at 10:58

      Yeah, the game she's been at with George the past years are in June and more of the family usually are present. So it makes sense that they go then and not for the Audi one which is more celebrities and such.

      Delete
  4. I love that she wore a headband. I haven't seen that yet so that's a fun "new" look. I'm so glad she wasn't wearing a pair of navy pants either. =) Have we seen those before---on her India tour maybe? Her "bun" looks more complicated, like an up-do we've seen her wear to official functions...any photos of it from the backside?

    ReplyDelete
  5. what I lovely update charlotte hmm what a lovely picture of the duchess kate wiping prince George face is sweet moments hmm very possible that princess charlotte in pram maybe the leg pink tights boots belong to the duchess friend who attend these outing hmm I was hoping too see the Cambridge as family of four in the tropping colour

    ReplyDelete
  6. Alejandra Ramírez31 May 2016 at 04:28

    Excellent post! So much information! Thanks a lot! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sarah from Calif.31 May 2016 at 04:45

    Looks like a lovely day out :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. I agree. That girl in pink tights is much too old to be Charlotte. And it doesn't look like Nanny Maria either. Maybe people are mistaken and they actually didn't go. Same with William as there aren't any pics.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rebecca - Sweden31 May 2016 at 17:07

      Now there are pictures of all 4 of them. And I think that Kate and George might have gone alone that other day and that the girl in pink tights is a Meade girl since Laura Meade is driving the empty stroller right in front.

      Delete
  9. Great photos. I noticed them on another site but you always give details witch I love. I know this news isn't about Catherine. But I read that prince Philip at age 94 had to back out of an engagement due to doctors orders. I hope all is well with him. Prince William has a very close bond with him. Thanks for the post very informative and always check your page for updates

    ReplyDelete
  10. Kate looks sophisticated with her hair up. It seems a little incongruous with her casual style. Actually I like it. She looks very chic!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I just thought of one more thing. I hope Kate and Rose are good friends. I know she needs lots of support from true friends. I hope she has found one in Rose.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rose seems like a down to earth, trustworthy person from everything I have read. I don't think David would have married her otherwise.

      Delete
    2. I am not sure Rose and Kate are friends. The husbands are very different generations.

      Delete
    3. 04:48,

      Rose and Kate both have children about the same ages. Rose just had a baby girl, Iris, in March. Rose, from what I have read, usually chills with older people as a rule even when she was single. Her husband is older than she is.
      Rose's husband is a lifelong friend of William and now Kate, so it is very likely that Rose and Kate are friends. Rose's husband will be the Lord Chamberlain to William and Kate at the opening of Parliment when they become Prince and Princess of Wales. Kate and Rose are apparently hosting a charity gala on June 22 at Houghton Hall, Rose's home, so it seems they are already friends.

      Delete
    4. Anon 20:05, how do you know who the Lord Chamberlain will be when W&K become Prince and Princess of Wales?

      Honest question as I am ignorant to a lot of the official positions, peers, and ceremonial traditions. :)

      Delete
    5. If David is still alive then he will be their Lord Chamberlain. It is a lifelong title.

      Delete
    6. I don't think it's a life title at all. Not sure where you're coming from on this info Anon 5:24. Please elaborate.

      Delete
    7. If you google David Cholmondeley Wiki, you will find that he inherited the position of Lord Chamberlain and that it is indeed a lifetime position. He served as a Paige to the Queen until he reached the required age to retire from that and then in 1990, when his father passed, he inherited the Lord Chamberlain position.

      Delete
    8. Google Lord Great Chamberlain. This office of state is somewhat complex.

      Delete
    9. It is Dabid Cholmondeley's position for his lifetime.

      Delete
    10. Yeah, it is confusing trying to figure it out online. Two positions called the Lord Chamberlain and one is more official and appointed. Which one presides over the ceremony that will appoint them P&P of Wales, I wonder?

      Delete
    11. Ahhhhhh, his title is Lord GREAT Chamberlain rather than Lord Chamberlain, and he does have a role in the Prince of Wales Investiture and is hereditary whereas the Lord Chamberlain is not. Confusing as their titles are so similar! Thanks for the chance to learn more. :)

      Well, all this according Wikipedia which is never wrong...... ;)

      Delete
  12. That really doesn't look like Maria Tessa to me, and Kate doesn't usually have her come along for family outtings. I think that person could even be Pippa! Perhaps the nanny was home with Charlotte?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 07:05,

      I thought the blonde might be Carole. If so that might be Pippa holding George's hand.

      Delete
    2. I do not think that that is Pippa or Carole.

      Delete
  13. Hello! I absolutely love seeing Kate out doing casual outings with the kids and friends it is so lovely. I just love her casual country style too, just wish we had a better look at her hair and how she did her bun it looks quite chic!

    ReplyDelete
  14. https://twitter.com/OnAnAdventure william and george at the trials

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Site not existimg

      Delete
    2. Check again, I got on and found great pictures of them all.

      Delete
  15. Rebecca - Sweden31 May 2016 at 10:57

    I can see why they decided to stay home and go to this instead of the polo! It seems like great fun, their friends are there and it's right next door to their home. And I heard they even had bouncing castles! Great to see some of their friends :)

    Are we sure that is Nanny Maria? Somehow it doesnt look like her.. But I might be wrong. Doesn't matter either way.

    I love Kate's headband. So adorable!

    Also.. I think William was there because the EyeContact photographer mentioned that they had a picture of him eating cake of a paper plate. They also mentioned having extra watermarks since the pictures might be worth a bit so I assume we'll see more pictures when they have sold them :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Eye Contact photographer's husband was participating in the horsing events, as far as I know at this time.

      Delete
  16. I was pleasantly surprised to see the leopard print headband on Kate. I didn't know she ever wore leopard print or headbands, and both are fun to wear. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rebecca - Sweden31 May 2016 at 17:08

      She has a leopard print clutch. She wore it with the green DVF dress in LA :P But yeah, nice to get a peek into her more casual style.

      Delete
    2. She also has a animal print silk dress from Max Mara that she has worn to a wedding in the Alps and underneath a coat when they visited Cambridge before announcing her pregnancy with George.

      Delete
  17. Who are the three women walking with Kate and George? I do not think the nanny, Maria is in that photo. I think the girl in the pink tights is older than Charlotte.

    It is so good that Kate gets to spend time with James Meade. Just like the old days. Would have been nice to have a photo of Kate and Rose, the lady of Houghton Hall, together, or of Iris, Rose's new daughter and Charlotte together, or of Rose's twin boys Oliver and Alexander(?) talking with George.
    Since there are usually so many activities going on at Houghton Hall those photos are not doubt in the future sooner than later.

    Glad that William does pre-polo warm-ups. First photo of that I think.

    Is that Carole Middleton in that first photo? I think Kate looks very reserved and regal in that first photo, and the photo with the wipe is heartwarming.

    Thanks Charlotte for all your efforts.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks Charlotte for keeping us all up to date on the weekend's activities. It was nice to see Kate out with the kids for the weekend. I bet George and Charlotte just loved all the action and the horses.

    ReplyDelete
  19. hmm I think James and laura in is pusing the stroller frits picture harry and and his wife I don't think its nanny maria I guess nanny maria is with princess charlotte at home meanwhile I see prince William holding George too

    ReplyDelete
  20. I thought Kate was allergic to horses! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rebecca - Sweden31 May 2016 at 17:09

      Haha, that has been disproved many times over.

      Delete
    2. Julia from Leominster4 June 2016 at 00:19

      Actually, there has been quasi-official reports that she is allergic - given as a reason why she doesn't ride - (a major issue in the royal family) and one reason a car may have been used to take her to Westminster Abbey for her wedding. It never has stopped her from attending polo before her marriage though. (Worth noting she has been seen sneezing at least once as I recall following a carriage ride.)

      Delete
  21. Wonderful picture of William in a Greek athlete's pose!

    ReplyDelete
  22. In looking at the first photo is it possible there are two kids next to George, one in the pink tights and then maybe another totally hidden. It could be Charlotte in the pink tights but she does look tall for a 13 month old. But hard to tell. And hate to say it but which one is the Nanny in that first photo?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't think any of the women in the first photo look like Maria.

      Delete
    2. Rebecca - Sweden31 May 2016 at 20:52

      Me either anon 17.55..

      Delete
    3. I don't think that that is Maria.

      Delete
  23. I tapped onto the photo of Kate wiping George's mouth and the photo is by Helen Mathias, of Eye Contact Photography. She is an aristocrat of the horsey set and travels the world and takes amazing, amazing photos as she goes. Quite a beautiful gallery of photos there if you tap into that one photo. I very strongly recommend that you tap on that and take an amazing journey through her other photos. She is an expert, expert photographer and the things that catch her eye are amazing. She has such an amazing sense of humor in some of her photos also. You won't be disappointed. She has certainly become or of my favorite photographers now, that's for sure. Definitely give her a look, you will be glad you did. Happy viewing.

    ReplyDelete
  24. p.s. When do tap onto the photo of Kate, George and James Meade, be sure to visit both the photos to the left of Kate, George and James and also those to the right of them. (as indicated by the arrows). It will be worth it. And, be sure to read the captions for each photo. Some are very funny.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thanks for the update. Lovely to see Kate out with her family and friends - her life is one of huge contrasts isn't it : pomp and circumstance and mud and wet wipes?!
    Delighted to see William supporting the Royal Marsden: I am often at the hospital and saw his latest visit. The patients on the ward he toured were all delighted to meet him, and he was very informal and friendly once the cameras were off, agreeing to pictures arm in arm with some patients. No formal protocol at all.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thank you for the update Charlotte! Although the pink legs do look longer than a one year old would have, the presence of Nanny Maria and the empty push chair makes me think that was indeed Charlotte.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love surprise sightings! ....and I love the animal print headband. The nanny is definitely not in the photographs that we are looking at. Looks like Laura Marsham Meade to me. Also, unless PC has super long legs, that is another little girl in the pink tights. Her hips are up to PG's waist. Looks like a child closer to PG's age.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hi Charlotte,

    What a wonderful post! I'm so glad that Kate was able to be out with the children. I'm always cheering her on when she does. It has got to be hard to leave your home and know that the world is watching every single movement and every single breath you take.
    Keep it up Kate you're doing great!

    Thank you Charlotte!

    Rachel Chavez, Bellingham, Washington State, USA

    ReplyDelete
  29. Thank you for these Charlotte! I love seeing them out and about. There are a few photos floating about of William with George so he was definitely there! Also there's one of Charlotte and she is just too too cute. Hope you get a chance to see those. (Also they are all in blue which makes me laugh. They do love blue and they do love to colour coordinate!)

    ReplyDelete
  30. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-middleton-prince-george-share-8089118 more pictures of kate and charlotte also

    ReplyDelete
  31. New photos of Charlotte at the horse races!!!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Sonja from Bavaria31 May 2016 at 17:30

    Several new photos surfaced, including cutie charlotte on Kate's lap!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGE-QA5Rqq3/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGE_esWrPk9/


    There are more, just search for the #katemiddleton on instagram :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Other photos have popped up that show William was indeed there with them. There's a fabulous one of Charlotte sitting in Kate's lap - she has so much hair!

    ReplyDelete
  34. There are so many publications that are printing these pictures. Does this mean that KP sanctioned these? Or does it mean that the press is going to go ahead and print pictures of the family on their off time ?

    ReplyDelete
  35. Charlotte,

    What happened to the Eye Contact photo? That was such a lovely link to other photos.

    Also, does Splash News have any affiliation with this blog? I notice that the photos from Splash News have this blogsite's name on them also.

    Can you in any way get confirmation on who the women are in the first photo. That does not look like Nanny Maria at all. I don't think that looks like Pippa either and I don't think the blonde is Carole. Is there any way you can find out? :)

    Thanks Charlotte. I know you don't have anything else to do. :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. Hello,

    I license photos from Splash and marking copyright is part of the contract.

    I updated the photo from Saturday, with an embedded tweet from the DM because it shows two great photos of Kate with the children.

    Unfortunately, I don't know for sure who the other ladies in the photo are :)

    Delete

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's Harry Meade's wife Rosie, Laura Meade and James Meade. Harry Meade was one of the riders.

      Delete
  37. Thank you Charlotte. :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thanks 19:59. Now, :), does anyone know who the blonde is. I don't think Maria was one of any of those women pictured.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Thanks for the clarification on the original photo. Great photos later of the family at the picnic.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Charlotte, again, you are the best.

    Thank you so much for the link to Helen Mathias and her photography, Eye Contact Photography. That was very sweet of you. Thanks. (I have instantly become a fan of her photography today. I have already shared some of her beautiful photos with two family members via texts.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There is a photo of them sitting in a circle in the ground having a picnic. James Meade is standing with his back to the camera. To Kate's left in the photo are the bare legs of a very young girl. Might that be James or Harry Meade's daughter?

      Delete
  41. How lovely to see Kate enjoying herself with her children and friends it is a long time since we have seen Kate out with friends The Mail carries a large number of photos however it is clear that the other man who the paper says is William is not William. Although he is wearing a cap you can see he has dark hair I think it may be Harry Meade who joined the rest of them for the picnic. It couldn't have been William as there is plenty of evidence that he was down South playing polo. I really think the papers do need to check on their facts. It is great that Kate seems to be just as friendly with the Meade family as William is. James & Laura were at her birthday weekend and at Church that Sunday and I believe were part of the skiing party in France. Harry and his wife do have children so the taller girl people refer to may be one of theirs I don't think James & Laura have any children.
    I suspect we will not see anything of Kate now until the 9th June, then probably on the 10th June at the thanksgiving service for the Queen at St Paul's cathedral then 11th, probably 12th and finally 13th Garter service. You will be busy Charlotte!! It will be interesting to see if William & Kate appear at Ascot for the first time.
    I was not surprised that Kate did not join William at the Polo though I have no doubt he will have thoroughly enjoyed himself not only playing polo which helps to raise a lot of money for his charities but also at the late night party that is held afterwards. I hope we shall see Kate with the children at one of the less high profile tournaments as previously possibly on Fathers day. I do think she is a little unwise in not accompanying William to some events on her own without the Children from photographic evidence from many different types of events he appears to be a flirtatious man with a liking for the women and women certainly gravitate to him.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Double check. It IS William.

      Delete
  42. Tammy from California31 May 2016 at 23:02

    Love seeing them enjoy themselves. Kate seems a nurturing mom, very balanced between royal and the everyday mom- very refreshing.

    I feel she is getting quite thin.

    ReplyDelete
  43. The woman holding George's left hand is Rosie Meade. Harry Meade and his wife, Rosie had a child in 2012. I don't know if James and Laura have children but my guess is yes. Any child in the photos who is not George or Charlotte is most likely Rosie's or Laura's.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do not think Laura and James have had any kids. So maybe Rosie and Harrys?

      Delete
    2. I don't know if that is Rosie Meade or not but I am of the opinion that that is the same women who was in Kensington Park with Kate and another (blonde) lady who was pushing a stroller. As I recall Kate had on her mid-length suede coat and the woman in question has a red coat on. That is the person who is holding George's hand at the horse trials.

      Delete
  44. James and Harry Meade are sons of Richard Meade, an Olympic equestrian gold medalist. James is married to Lady Laura whose father is an Earl and her mother is a Countess. They live in Norfolk. Laura is a second or third cousin to the Duchess of Cornwall. Harry and Rosie had the wedding that William and Kate attended right before they announced their royal engagement. They were engaged at the time of Harry and Rosie's wedding but hadn't told the public yet. Everyone knew something was up though because William and Kate arrived together at the church, entered the church together and exited the church together. Apparently that was a first.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Tedi in California31 May 2016 at 23:42

    Love the photos of Kate with George and Charlotte, thanks for sharing those links. I thought Kate looked chic in her casual clothes. Looked like a fun outing.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Lovely casual photos. Nice treat. :) Love George's haircut and Charlotte is a mini-Carole! Regarding Nanny Maria...it certainly looks like her to me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think she looks like Carole too, well from the side! First thing I thought. And the lady everyone thinks is the nanny really looks like Rosie Meade who is married to Harry Meade. Look her up. It looks just like her.

      Delete
    2. Google images of Harry and Rosie Meade and you will find pictures of them with a baby who is not a newborn, for example attending a wedding in the Alps. Probably the same wedding Kate attended when she was pregnant with George? I cannot find any indication that James and Laura Meade have a child. Therefore I think Miss Hot Pink Tights is the daughter of the lady beside her, who has been identified as Rosie Meade. I don't think Charlotte was present that day, and she may have been taken home for her nap before the picnic on the second day, where there is also a just visible child near George's size. Or maybe Charlotte was asleep in her stroller that day. I suspect hers, which William appears to manage, is different from the stroller Laura was pushing. Reading Nancy Drew all those years ago was good preparation for participating in this blog!

      Delete
    3. It does look like Rosie Meade. Her husband is participating in the horse events and Laura Meade, Rosie's sister-in-law, is with Kate so why wouldn't that be Rosie? It does not seem probable that Maria would necessarily be chillin' with the girls. Maria is probably taking some much deserved time off.

      Delete
    4. Does not look like Maria to me at all. The clothes, posture etc.

      Delete
    5. I think she looks like the Queen mum. I have googled photos of the Queen mum and they could be twins.

      Delete
    6. I grew up reading Nancy Drew too, anon 3:02. Fabulous hours! My daughter loves them as well. Did you graduate to Christie and Sayers etc. as an adult?

      I just never see Carole Middleton in PC. She looks all Windsor to me.

      Delete
    7. 3:02, I did Google them and I am going with your theory...right down to the stroller. :) Had I not seen a photo of Rosie Meade, I would have sworn it was Maria.

      Delete
    8. One summer as a teenager I read all of Sherlock Holmes. Since then I haven't read many mysteries, though I've seen an occasional Miss Marple movie.

      I think Charlotte has Carole Middleton's exotic eyes, and Kate's coloring. Her face shape is a lot like the Queen Mum's now, but she is after all a round faced baby. The royal who looks most like QM as an adult is Princess Eugenie. Charlotte has some resemblance to her.

      Delete
    9. It will be fun watching this little girl grow up. Every time she is photographed, she looks completely different.

      Delete
    10. I'm glad you agree, royalfan, as always! :-)

      Delete
    11. It does resemble Rosie. I do not think it is Maria.

      Delete
    12. The stroller in the photo of 11/16/12, in the park with the woman in the red coat, is not the same stroller as the one at Houghton.

      Delete
  47. Maggie - Minneapolis1 June 2016 at 01:18

    Looks like Charlotte's hair is following the same progression as her brother's in terms of getting lighter! I think she will turn out to be a blonde soon enough too. Sad because I did enjoy that George looks Middleton in his features but Windsor in his coloring, and Charlotte seemed to be Windsor in feature and Middleton in coloring. But her hair is lighter than it used to be, and is around the same shade as George's at the same age, or maybe just a little earlier in his life. But whatever, both are cuties! It does seem like Charlotte is less insistent on walking around than her brother was even at the same age, since I cannot imagine George just sitting in a stroller for an entire event as Charlotte seems to have mostly done on the day the entire family definitely went. Otherwise I imagine there'd be more pictures of her.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am not sure about the hair color. I do not think Charlotte will go through a true blond stage, George is barely blonde at 3. I think they both will be brown or dark haired children by age 10.

      Delete
  48. hmm lovely too see them I love the daily mail pictures large and clear glad to see them enjoying

    ReplyDelete
  49. Is it just me or is Kate thinner than ever? Nice to see the family out and about and William not getting on his high horse about photos! I agree that it does not look like Nanny B in the photos and somehow I don't see Kate dressing Charlotte in a ra-ra skirt and cerise tights, Kate usually has Charlotte more coordinated than that. I think it is a friend and their child.

    ReplyDelete
  50. there are more photos on daily mail

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3618109/The-Duke-Duchess-Cambridge-don-matching-blue-family-day-out.html

    ReplyDelete
  51. More pictures and information on daily mail. One of Kate holding Charlotte and William holding George.

    ReplyDelete
  52. I think the woman holding George's hand is the same woman shown with Kate in Kensington Park in November of 2012 as the woman pictured (in red coat) in What Kate Wore, 11/5/12 or 11/6/12. Kate wore the Temperley Odele suede coat. I don't know who the blonde woman in the photo is.

    ReplyDelete
  53. That was 11/16/12 for that photo in What Kate Wore.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Nice reverse side angle (yoga) stretch PW!! Do you suppose he does yoga with Kate?

    ReplyDelete
  55. Kate is so thin. No one is naturally that thin. But she must be on shape to do waht she does

    ReplyDelete
  56. Fantastic nice to see her looking so happy with her children in her arms

    ReplyDelete
  57. Sharon - Washington state2 June 2016 at 19:11

    I wonder if that is the nanny in the photo - looks like her to me - and if Charlotte is walking next to her but is hidden by the stroller. Thanks again for excellent reporting.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Nice photos- touching moments of W&K with their children. Charlotte is one moment the Queen’s image in some ways, and another moment Carole’s, and at times Kate’s. I have seen children who gravitate between two families, end up looking more and more similar to the person they see every day/most likely whoever raises them. The effect might be from having similar look topped with personality, facial and general character expression picked up from the adult who they see every day.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Kate, Texas, USA2 June 2016 at 23:29

    It looks to be a lovey day out with friends! I'm sure it was nice to have some down time and just relax. The children are absolutely precious. They are both getting so big! William and Kate looked great too! Houghton Hall is absolutely beautiful! It is a majestic backdrop and so pretty as the sun is setting.

    Thanks for the post Charlotte! It's always nice to see an unexpected Royal outing!

    ReplyDelete
  60. I'm sorry I'm late to the post but am confused about the questions of "who's holding George's hand?" Not sure if I'm missing pics, but the only one I see holding George's hand while walking is Kate! Am I missing something?

    ReplyDelete
  61. Thanks for a great post Charlotte. I think that the ID for George's trainers are not right because his have straps like the Clarks Doodles my 3 year old has rather than the laces on the Converse x

    ReplyDelete
  62. Becca,
    I think they meant to the left of George.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Julia from Leominster4 June 2016 at 00:31

    Lovely families photos - a great family day. We can hope for polo too. It's so nice to see Kate with the little ones - and I think photos are quite accepted at such an event - Zara and Mia are often photographed at similar events - it's expected.

    I visited the stables at Houghton a age ago (before many of you including Charlotte were born - that long) - they had the most beautiful heavy horses then; a Shire and a Suffolk Punch as well as ponies - w wonder if they still do. The house is worth a visit too, but those big boys won my heart - the stableman brought them out into the yard for the children to see and they were as sweet as dogs and so crushed when he called them to go back inside.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Julia, it sounds really special. Your descriptions are wonderful.:)

      Delete
  64. Quite a few people seem to be interested in who is who in the picture. By now it seems to have turned into an interesting puzzle game.

    - I don’t think Maria is in these pictures at all.
    -The closest image I can think of is Pippa to the left of Kate. It can also be George holding the little girl’s hand, and the little girl holding “Pippa’s” hand.
    -The lady pushing the stroller is not familiar at all if that can be said ( She looks like Meade’s wife/somewhat similar figure from the daily mail image)
    -The little girl in pink is most likely, if not positively sure, she is not Charlotte. Charlotte turned one year last month. It is unlikely she will be walking spontaneously in the field. She had also been typically dressed with coordinated dress. If it is from the same day, she was dressed in blue.
    -The lady in the far left next to “Pippa” may or may not be Carol.
    The person who took the picture, please have your say, wherever you are.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3618109/The-Duke-Duchess-Cambridge-don-matching-blue-family-day-out.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The lady with the stroller has been identified as Laura Meade. Most writers are sure that behind her are
      Rosie Meade and her little daughter who is almost a year older than George, and therefore larger. The blond lady is unidentified, but may be another member of the Meade family? Are you looking at a very small screen? These ladies don't look at all like the Middletons.

      Delete
    2. I agree, 16:18.

      Delete
  65. The lady holding a child's hand opposite Kate is 90% chance she can pass for Pippa. Now looking at the larger photo, the chance that the woman in khaki pants is Carole is 5% to 0.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If Pippa, then who is the child? She is too tall for Charlotte.

      Delete
    2. For the purpose of completing the puzzle, the child remains as "the child in pink pants". Other than the color of "the child's pink pants", one can say, she is a girl, since her blue dress is partially visible. Some people who are more familiar or researched further had guessed, she is most likely, the Meade's daughter.

      Delete
    3. It isn't Pippa.

      Delete
    4. 19:20,

      It isn’t Pippa? My guesstimate was at 90% positive. Your concrete statement makes you either a, b, c, d or e.

      a. Pippa herself.
      b. An insider.
      c. The person who took the photo.
      d. An eye witness
      e. One, or more of the above.
      f. None of the above

      If f is the correct one, then I still think it is “Pippa”.

      Delete
    5. Yes, a Meade daughter, most likely. Laura apparently has no child, but Rosie does! There is a rule that the most straightforward answer to a question is usually the right answer.

      Delete
    6. Finally the riddle is over. Time is everything, may be.

      Charlotte had left a clue for the puzzle game. The photographer is Eye contact Photography most likely. What a name for the business of photography.

      In the world of blogs, and photography, eye contact can be one way. Photographing this group in their spontaneous activity can be one way eye contact. Direct pose looking at the camera as in Kate for Vogue is eye contact to the camera. The classic Eye contact is between two, or among more people. Yes, eye contact, "the window to the soul".

      https://www.facebook.com/eyecontactphoto/?fref=ts

      Delete
  66. I wish Kate had official Instagram , Twitter and Facebook accounts like HM Queen Rania of Jordan. HM and her team handle them all so beautifully and it makes her seem so much more approachable.

    ReplyDelete
  67. I do must say I find that Kate hasn’t been looking herself lately. Some days better, some days not so good based on their public appearances. Despite the makeup and hairstyle, and beautiful outfits, she looks a little drained, dehydrated, and, as a result, a bit older than her age. Before people start throwing tomatoes at me I will admit I am very fond of Kate and she has been a huge inspiration for me all around ☺ On top of that I think she is naturally a very beautiful person. Kate is so young and I am sure having small children can be very physically and emotionally demanding. On that note, I hope she gets the best pampering there is because she deserves it.
    It’s so good to see the family out and about outside of the special events. It is rare to see anything of Kate anymore (private candids), I am guessing because she is being a protective mom, and Charlotte is still so little. Nonetheless, I hope she does not stay cooped up.

    ReplyDelete

Comments are most welcome! Constructive discussion is always encouraged but off topic or hateful remarks will not be published. If you wish to share your name and where you're from without using the sign in options, simply select the "Name/URL" option on the drop down menu and insert your name, and if you wish the country/state you're from. You can leave the URL blank.

If there are a large number of comments, it is necessary to click the 'Load More' button at the end of the comments section to see the latest additions.