Friday, 8 July 2016

The Cambridges Take Prince George to the World's Greatest Airshow

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Airford, Gloucestershire today, with a very special guest!


It was a fantastic treat to see the Prince, who celebrates his third birthday later this month, join in on the occasion. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: "The Air Tatoo is a fantastic family-orientated event and the Duke and Duchess know that George will enjoy seeing the aircraft up close."


The royals were greeted by Air Marshall Sir Kevin Leeson, Chairman of the RAF Charitable Trust, and Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford, Chief of the Air Staff, RAF. They also met two members of the Red Arrows in front of a Red Arrow Hawk.


Shortly after their arrival, George was a little upset until Kate picked him up.


...And then it was time to look at the aircraft.


George was eager to step aboard.


The royals took a closer look at a Squirrel helicopter – the same aircraft the Duke trained in when based at RAF Shawbury in 2009.


"Daddy are you going to fly us?"


George was fascinated by the 'tail rotor'.


More from People:

"George, who wore noise-blocking ear protectors, pointed at planes in the sky, waved to visitors and seemed especially fascinated by the tail rotor of a helicopter.  "I imagine his father has told him about helicopters, so he knew what that was called and kept saying, 'tail rotor.' It was good to see his technical knowledge! Some training going on early!" Flight Lieutenant Jim Hobkirk tells PEOPLE. 
"They wanted to put him on the Duke's lap [at the controls], but he was having none of it. The Duchess suggested shutting the door to try to persuade him. But he was happy sitting with his mum." Hobkirk says of the young family, "They seemed very relaxed. The Duke said he misses flying and he wishes he could fly more and said he was envious of me." 

William and George look at the aircraft on display.


George was very interested in the Red Arrow Hawk.


The Prince was eager to get in the cockpit.


For his first official UK engagement, Prince George appeared to be very much in his element. :)


George was given his own blue piggy bank.


The Cambridges have strong ties to the RAF, William having served with the search and rescue force at RAF Valley in Anglesey for over three years. In February, Prince Philip passed his patronage of the RAF Air Cadets down to Kate, who assumed the role of Honorary Air Commandant. The RIAT actually has a very strong connection to the Air Cadets. This year's event hosted official celebrations to mark the organisation's 75th anniversary.


Kate met a number of air cadets.


The Duke and Duchess chatted with television presenter Carol Voderman, who is an honorary ambassador for the cadets.


The event is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust, which was set up in 2005 to support the wider RAF family. As well as seeking to develop a spirit of air-mindedness in youngsters, it also aims to promote excellence with the Royal Air Force.


The Air Tattoo is the world's largest military air show, and last year featured 247 aircraft from 19 nations. The Air Tattoo's theme for 2016 is 'The Next Generation: Inspiring Innovation', offering visitors a display of cutting-edge aircraft technology both in the air and on the showground.


The thrilling event promises non-stop entertainment for all ages: "Fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft, and much, much more. There will be a chance to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and enjoy a feast of first-class entertainment including the Techno Zone, an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters, the Vintage Village, Autodrome and the Adrenalin Zone."


Showground attractions include the Autodrome with an array of automobiles. "There's more on offer than just supercars and classics though, once again the 'Get On' team will let youngsters over 12 taste the motorcycle experience with fully-trained instructors showing people the ropes in a safe and secure off-road area."


Vintage Village, allowing visitors a look back in time and a chance to revel in the fashion, jewellery and accessories of the 1940s. There's a vintage atmosphere with singing performances by award-winning artists clothed in authentic uniforms, not to mention tea and scones.


The showground map for the day.


Andy Armstrong, Chief Executive of RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, who runs the airshow, was delighted to have the royal couple there:

"I'm particularly pleased for the 1500-plus Air Cadets who'll be on site either helping us run the airshow or taking part in the 75th celebrations - and for the 2,000-plus volunteers who work so hard to make this amazing event happen. To have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with us effectively rewards all their efforts with a Royal stamp of approval."

A royal wave from Prince George.


The trio posed for a photo with the Chinook Display team.


What did George think of the show? He gave it a royal thumbs up!


It was a day of repeats for Kate in the style department.


The Duchess wore her favourite Stella McCartney 'Ridley' dress, which she debuted during London 2012 and has worn several times since. Below we see Kate wearing it at the 'Aiming High' exhibition, during a tennis match at London 2012, and in Canberra during the 2014 tour.


The electric blue dress is from the Fall 2012 collection and was described: "A vibrant crepe dress. This simple shift embodies easy luxury with its minimalist silhouette  and eye-catching bold hue. Concealed zip fastening at back. Round neck, short sleeves, darts at waist." It originally retailed for £515.

Stella McCartney

Another look at the dress on Kate today.


Kate teamed the dress with her navy Smythe One Button blazer.


Kate debuted it during the 2011 Canada tour and it's been suggested it may be a sartorial nod to the potential upcoming tour. The jacket is still available at Shopbop retailing for $595.

Smythe

Kate selected her L.K. Bennett 'Floret' pumps for the day.

L.K. Bennett

Kate wore the same Alice band which generated much chatter at Houghton Hall horse trials. For those hoping to Repli-Kate the look, J Crew has a very similar hair band.


She accessorised with her Kiki McDonough 'Lauren' earrings.

L.K. Bennett

And her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier

Prince George looked adorable in his white polo shirt, shorts and Trotters Nantucket Canvas Shoes (with thanks to What Kate's Kids Wore for the info on his outfit).


The blue sticker on George's T-shirt was from 2014, which celebrated the 50th Display Season of the Red Arrows.


George's earmuffs are the Baby Banz Infant Hearing Protection Earmuffs. They are available at Amazon for $29.


You can watch videos here and here.


In this video you can hear Prince George speak when he's given a sticker.


It was a lovely engagement and such a surprise to see Prince George with his parents on an official appearance. We leave you with a memorable shot from the visit.


Hope you all have a great weekend :)

281 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 15:05

    What a supernice surprise! And the perfect place to bring George!! What a great time it seemed to be! And how big he has gotten! He's gonna be one tall fella!!

    I love that Kate brought her headband!! She looks adorable in it. I know not everyone will like it, but I do. And the clothes is perfectly sensible, classic and pretty. It looked great the other times she wore it, and looks great now :)

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    1. I saw a video of their arrival. Initially Kate was not wearing the headband but she very quickly went off camera and returned wearing it. Smart!

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    2. I like the headband itself, just not in this outfit. I think headbands are adorable and I'm so glad Kate wears them. I just wish it had been in a solid color.

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  2. I was so shocked when I saw on Twitter that George was going to be there, and I am so glad we went!

    On another note, I am very sad about to shooting of police in Dallas.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 18:08

      You were there?! :O Did you see them?

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    2. Oh no! I meant, I'm so glad he went! I didn't even noticed that. I'm sorry for the confusion.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 20:17

      Haha, I thought you sounded way too calm and secretive! :P

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    4. Yes you're right, I would have been jumping up and down and sending Charlotte all of the picture's and videos I took of the day. If I ever see them.

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    5. Emily,
      That is a deeply political issue too painful for both sides better left off this blog. We escape here some times from the harsh reality of the daily news. I am sorry police officers were killed too. The bad cops have given the image and trust of police in America down to horror. For all the police who get killed, we need to be reminded to have said sorry on behalf of innocent victims killed out of plain bigot power of the bad police.

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    6. When a tragic situation happens, it's hard not to feel emotions. I feel sad, for many reasons. But I am not picking a side or getting into any sort of politics. Just bc it's painful doesn't mean we should ignore it.

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    7. Julia from Leominster9 July 2016 at 21:58

      No wish to jump in here either Anon 15, but it worth remembering how much attention certain incidents get from the press where others are mostly ignored - I recall reading about several instances recently of police killing unarmed white men, including one by a black officer. The situation is a complicated one, the country involved is huge, and decisions have to be made in an instant - I would never jump to conclusions of overwhelming bigotry - having been in Manhattan shortly after 9-11, I prefer to remember all those police officers who gave their lives trying to rescue people of all colours and undercover police who just a few days ago rescued some tourists in San Francisco who were facing an armed robbery in broad daylight - Mr Leo and I had walked in that pleasant neighbourhood just over a year ago - and it made me realise that could have happened to us and how lucky those girls were.

      My sympathy to all who have lost loved ones.

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    8. Anon you tell Emily to keep political issues off of here( she only felt bad for people being killed), but than you go into a rant about bad police. I feel that is not appropriate.
      It was a wonderful day to see George and his parents and we should leave it at that .

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  3. I've volunteered at RIAT for 7 years.... Except for this year :-)

    Lovely to see them enjoying what is a great family day out

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  4. Sarah from Calif.8 July 2016 at 15:11

    Love, love, love Prince George !
    All the Best to William and Kate as they try to raise him and Charlotte in this world. My prayers are with them!

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    1. Amen Sarah.

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    2. It Seems for all the criticism they received for a while there, That They are Off To A Great Start! They are Easing Them In Nicely, while Still Protecting Their Privacy, to help the kids not have lenses in their faces all the time! I sadly always felt that Will & Charles etc etc always looked like scared animals at a zoo, during photocalls with all of those cameras & people snapping away!:(

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  5. Victoria from North Carolina8 July 2016 at 15:17

    Wow!! They make such a beautiful family. As much as I like this outfit, my only objective is the length of it in my opinion. Since she had George with her and I noticed she had to keep picking him up, or bending down to speak to George, the dress kept riding up. I think that a pair of nice dress pants with a nice blouse would have looked really great. Can Kate wear dress pants, or is there some kind of rule within the royal family of the women not being able to wear pant suits?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 18:10

      She can indeed. Have you seen princess Anne? It's probably just a matter of personal taste. I myself never wear pants :P

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    2. I am always hoping to see Kate in pants and this would have been a great event to try it. If somebody thought it inappropriate she could just blame it on picking up a little boy.

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    3. The only time I have seen photos of Anne in trousers is with her multiple uniforms or at a private (non royal) horse event. Since she appears in these more often than some other events, it may seem she wears trousers for royal duties. I have never seen her perform royal duties in trousers, other than perhaps a sport's event, as does Kate.
      I think people who are constantly disappointed with Kate are those who arbitrarily decide what Kate should wear, according to their own tastes, and are shocked when she follows protocol or her own preferences.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2016 at 01:19

      I'm pretty sure she wore one last week, but I cannot say what kind of event it was.

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    5. 23:33, I do agree.

      I consider myself to be a pretty even mix of traditional and modern, but when I see the female cadets in uniform (wearing skirts), I think pants would have been too casual in comparison. This was not a family day at the fair; it was an official engagement.

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    6. I think it's wrong to say that pants are too casual for royal engagements per se. Princess Mary and Queen Letizia in particular have worn some fantastic and entirely appropriate dress pants and pant suits.
      It doesn't seem to be done with the British royals though and I agree with Anonymous that Princess Anne doesn't wear pants either, unless it's for sporting events or private occasions. If it's not done with them, fine (though that may change in the future, who knows) but I think for this occasion Kate should have worn a longer dress. Not because I mind but because I think it would have been easier on her while getting in and out of helicopters, picking George up etc.
      I do think Kate could get away with wearing pants to a sporting event though, as Princess Anne does and I have to admit I'd love to see it - just to see it once ;-) I do think pants or a pant suit would suit her very well.

      Rebecca, do you really never wear pants? Ever? ;-) I'm asking because I love dresses and skirts myself but even I don't wear them every single day, though certainly more often than pants. Wearing dresses and skirts can give you a very nice feeling, I think and I also find them a lot more comfortable than skinny jeans ;-)

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    7. Tristan from Charleston South Carolina9 July 2016 at 18:57

      Anon 23:23 I have to slightly disagree with you. Are there some outfits that Kate have worn that I did not like? Sure. I have no problem with her dressing to fit protocol, or her own preference. I think we can all have opinions, and shouldn't be criticized for it. That's what I love about this blog, not everyone is going to like what Kate wears, but we can state our opinions. Sorry if i sound heated, I didn't mean for it to come off that way. Lol

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2016 at 20:52

      Caroline 16.24
      I wear sweatpants at home at times (although right now I'm in leggings and a stretch cotton dress). Otherwise, no I don't wear pants. The last time I wore jeans must have been 8-9 years ago. I just dont think it's comfortable. Even when it's cold it works, just have double tights on and you're good to go waiting for the bus in Swedish winter. I just like it more personally.

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    9. She wore non skinney jean trousers to the Heads Together launch, which was a sporty event. The trousers she wore climbing the mountain weren't skinny jeans, I don't think.
      And- has everyone forgotten those pants she wore watching a match with William (rugby? football?)-the ones initially called poka-dot. She wore them again with George
      at the museum.
      Dress pants? Maybe when she is Carole's age. Does she wear trousers?
      I'm not saying dress pants are for middle-aged, although Letizia and Mary
      do look very nice in them.( Does Queen Maxima wear trousers?) For whatever reason, so far, Kate doesn't do dress pant outfits. I think it is time to accept
      this and go on.

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  6. Sarah MAryland USA8 July 2016 at 15:21

    What a great surprise to wake up to this morning! Very good public relations by william and kate!
    I loved her outfit but I think maybe her life would have been made a little easier if she had worn her hair in a ponytail or something

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  7. Another terrific post, Charlotte! Thanks for all the sweet photos of PG, he is simply too adorable!

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  8. Stunning post!! Brilliant pics :-) George has stolen the show, I barely looked at wha his Mum is wearing! But I love that McCartney dress and the bluse of dress and jacket were a perfect pick for an RAF-themed event. Also I suspect the dress was easier to move around quickly in with small boy in tow, and the heels were lower for the same reason. Also handy to have a straight skirt on windy runways. Not a fan of hairbands myself, but it's just right for a day out with the family. Everyone enjoyed themselves and that's the main thing!

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    1. I saw a video posted on instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/BHmjxOYD-Ja/?taken-by=katemiddletonvideos ) of her arrival and she didn't have a headband on, but looked super windy there and her hair was blowing everywhere and getting in her face. She had to keep pushing it to the side and tucking it behind her ear, so I think her stylist must have given it to her to wear.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 21:06

      You can actually see her in a video right at the beginning turning to Rebecca and saying "headband" or something of the sort, so it was clearly in the bag :)

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    3. yep. Becca had two bags then. Kate got her headband out of one of them and then Becca got
      the ear protectors from the other bag and gave them to William.

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  9. Kate, Texas, USA8 July 2016 at 15:31

    What a handsome little guy! Prince George seemed to be in his element looking at the aircraft. Maybe he will follow in his daddy's footsteps one day. It brings back memories of seeing a young William and Harry fascinated by helicopters and such. What a treat for him to attend the engagement with mom and dad!

    I love to see William and Kate on joint engagements. Such a sweet reminder of what a great team they make. I'm happy seeing Kate in the Ridley dress again. It's a great style and color for her. The possibility of a Canadian tour is very exciting! It would be fabulous to see the Cambridge family together in Canada. We can all keep our fingers crossed!

    Such a lovely post and a great way to start the weekend! Happy weekend to all the readers!

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    1. Lovely, lovely photos. What a beautiful family! And yes, Kate, it makes me think back! :) Diana and her boys ... July 18, 1986

      http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/princess-diana-july-18-1986?excludenudity=false&family=editorial&page=1&phrase=princess%20diana%20july%2018,%201986&sort=newest

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  10. What a wonderful surprise! It is great to see George there with his family. Unfortunately, the media has made a big deal about the so called "tantrum" George had upon arriving. I watched several clips of their arrival, and George did not have a tantrum. He began to cry because the noise and crowds were frightening for him. He reached for his mother and she picked him up. She calmed him down, he received ear protection, and then he was fine. There was no tantrum. This was a big day for him - going on an engagement with his parents. He was naturally overwhelmed when they arrived, but it seemed that the noise bothered him most of all. Many children would not keep ear protection on, but George did and I think that is testament to how much the noise was hurting his ears. I'm glad he was able to have the ear protection! I would have worn them too. He clearly enjoyed seeing the helicopters and airplanes, and it helps to have a father who is a pilot himself. I'm sure they had lots to talk about on the way home!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 18:12

      I agree. But that's the media for you.. If an adult getting voted out of a show get teary eyed they "had a breakdown backstage", so a proper cryingface from a toddler would seem like a meltdown to them...

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    2. +1
      Even if they want to call it a tantrum, he's THREE. Small children, no matter how well-behaved or well-trained, occasionally have a fit, it just comes with the age.
      It looks like he had fun for most of the visit, and what a perfect engagement to bring him to!

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    3. Yes, the media at its best.

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    4. What? The Media has been whining about not seeing the kids & here they have an Amazing appearance & they Botch it by complaining about a scared little 3yr old who actually did Great once his ears were protected! No wonder W&K keep them at arms length!

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  11. What a treat! They are truly a lovely family. Prince George is absolutely adorable and this was a great opportunity for Kate and William to share the day with him. Again, Kate has that effortless elegance even with an oft repeated repeat! The jacket with the dress give it the polish it needs for the occasion. The straight hair blow out look with the headband is fresh and modern. Love the pictures of them as a family together and the individual ones of William with George holding his hand and Kate holding George. Again, what a lovely family.

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  12. Hmm the cambridges looks so nice ans so lovely the duchess recycle other item

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  13. Melanie, Atlanta, Georgia8 July 2016 at 16:01

    Oh my word, George is the cutest. He's remarkably well behaved for a 2 year old. I bet the tantrum at the beginning was from the noise - the crowd, the aircraft, etc. It can be very overwhelming even for us older folks. They really are a lovely family.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 18:14

      He's actually turning 3 this month. But yes, he's handling it very well :)

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    2. This was such a lovely insight into who they are as a family.... & similarly how we glean so much from W&K's relationship by how they interact affectionately as a team..... We got such a wonderful look into their relationship with each other as parents, as well as their relationships with George:) I loved when Will was offering for George to come sit in the front of The Helicopter with him & George decided he was just fine sitting in back with Mummy:)

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  14. Courtney H Dallas, Tx8 July 2016 at 16:08

    She looks incredible but honestly...a dress and heels?!? I would've loved to finally see a nice pant suit or something LOL Getting in and out of those helicopters would've been a little easier in pants ;)

    I am a police officers wife and live 20 miles from the shootings in Dallas...I did want to take a moment to send my prayers and condensers to all the officers who lost their lives last night, to all those injured, and to all their families. It's such a heartbreaking tragedy.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 18:15

      Considering she was there not only as a family, but also as an Air Commandant meeting cadets I see why she stuck to a light version of her everyday princess uniform. Yes, she could have worn pants, but I think it's just a matter of taste.

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    2. *condolensces

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    3. Could not agree more Courtney.

      Condolences to all involved in the Dallas shootings.

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    4. If it was simply a family day of fun, I would go along with a vote for pants. However, given that this was an official engagement and she was meeting men and women in uniform (with the women in skirts), I think this was a respectful and appropriate choice.

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  15. What a treat! I'm sure he loved this. Does this count as an "official engagement" for him? Cute!

    He looks less like William as he grows older - would love to see pictures of Michael Middleton as a child to compare.

    If we didn't already know it, this proves Kate is a master at keeping those legs closed! Lol She does have a lot of grace! Kneeling to talk to a child, sitting in a helicopter, holding a 3 year old on her hip in a short dress - wow! :)

    Funny because now there appears to be a photo of PG levitating (the one where his parents are holding his hands). The American press got a kick out of an optical illusion in a photo of Kate at The Somme ceremonies where she appears to be levitating- now this of George. Funny! :)

    Always love seeing them together. Thanks, Charlotte!

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    1. They also have a funny one of David Cameron
      floating.

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    2. Prince George always has reminded me of his Middleton grandfather although I understand seeing a bit of William there too. Great dress, glad the headband made the trip.

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  16. Repeat or not the Duchess looks great as her look is classic. I realize she needs her hair out of the way when dealing with the little Prince but I would have chosen a different color hair band to go with that outfit or done some type of a ponytail.

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  17. the prince gorge looks cute

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  18. Oh boy! I haven't stopped giggling all day - how utterly adorable is Prince George in those ear defenders? Serious cute overload! If, indeed, there is another tour of Canada in the offing and the little Cambridges go, we are soooooo in for a treat!

    Slightly disappointed in Kate's choice of dress today. To be honest, if she was going to wear a cobalt blue shift, I would have preferred to see the L.K. Bennett one again - I think it has a more interesting neckline. Do we think she really has ditched the high street pieces once and for all? I do hope not in some cases - I think some of them hold their own against the designer pieces.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 18:16

      Nah, I doubt she has ditched the High street stuff. Her shoes today are LK bennet.

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  19. What a wonderful family outing!! Very low-key, very child-oriented but still "official". They are doing it well these days!

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  20. Also forgot to ask Charlotte, is there a count of how many appearances the Cambridges have made separately and together this year?

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    1. There is a website that actually does track Kate's visits. I forget what the name of that is.

      Does anyone know the name of that?

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    2. You could check out Gert's Royals blog. She has a section for appearances for each of the royals.

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    3. Anon 18:39 - I think it may be the one called "Duchess Kate Tracker." Here's the link:
      http://duchesskatetracker.blogspot.ca/

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    4. Thanks ya'll.

      The one I was thinking of is the "The Duchess Kate Tracker".

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  21. Sarah from Calif.8 July 2016 at 16:49

    Love it :))) Thank you Charlotte.

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  22. A bit overdressed for a visit to Fairford, that big airfield is always windy and I can't imagine walking around the show in heels.

    It would have been nice to see Kate in more casual mode, jeans and a nice top maybe but never mind. She looked nice and at least her dress was more or less windproof!

    Hasn't George grown? He's a lovely little lad. Nice to see the Cambridges enjoying a family day out.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 18:17

      I've seen many people suggest this (here and on other sites) but I think she hit a nice note in her clothing between "family day out" and "official royal meeting military personel she's involved with"

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    2. I very much agree, Rebecca. The perfect note.

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    3. She is the cadet patroness. It was not your usual family outing. George is being
      gradually exposed to a world that he will one day lead.

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    4. Rebecca @ 18:17, I just made a similar observation above... ;) Respect vs. just a family day of fun.

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    5. I think she was Spot On! Elegant, Professional, Respectful & able to leap into Mummy Mode with Efficiency & Grace! A+ from me:)

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    6. Royal fan, I think Kate could have been respectful in a nice pair of dress pants. IMO

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    7. Well, IMO, pants would have been casual in comparison to the female cadets' uniform.

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  23. Poor Prince George! Maybe it was more of a "Oh my goodness! Why is everyone staring at me and taking pictures?" Emotional moment rather than a tantrum lol! They all looked so great! I love this blog!!

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    1. Cassandra,

      I agree. It was more George's feeling intimidated with the crowds and cameras than him actually having a tantrum.

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    2. Yes, if you watch the first video Charlotte linked to, it wasn't a tantrum at all but a moment of insecurity. I imagine it's a lot for a 3 year to cope with!

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  24. Alejandra Ramírez8 July 2016 at 17:32

    Excellent post! Love the background info!
    BTW, I thought the same when I saw the blazer, what if it's a sign? (or maybe we are overthinking?) :P
    Thank you for your awesome job and the awesome photos!

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  25. What a fun family day they seemed to have had. It was really nice surprise to see PG at the engagement but makes so much sense. He seemed to really be enjoying it and I loved seeing him a typical 2 yr old moment before Kate picked him up.

    Airshows are always great fun and really interesting to me. I'm fascinated by flight and enjoy seeing vintage aircrafts and the air stunts that they can perform.

    As far as Kate's fashion she looked great today as always in this dress/blazer combo. I was happy to see her wear a lower heel as well with all that walking and climbing about. Really lovely pictures today.

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  26. What a great family outing. Looks as though George had a great time, after a bumpy start, seeing all the planes up close.
    I love Kate's look, and the headband was a wise choice against the windy day. All three of them looked wonderful.
    What a fun post.

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  27. Great to see the Cambridges combine 'work' with a family outing. What a special day for George!
    On days like these I just want to pull her hair into a ponytail! She obviously knew it would be windy, hence the Alice band, and while I love that she's bringing them back.. I can't get past them being for little girls!
    Ps. I think George is wearing a plain polo shirt with a air show sticker on, not 'merchandise' .

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    1. Yes I agree Abby. Some shots from early in the day show a plain polo and in the shot where Kate is holding George under his arms you can see the sticker is crinkled

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 18:18

      Yeah, it's a sticker he got :) He didnt have it when arriving

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  28. What a delight to see Prince George! I have always liked this dress. I am indifferent about the headband, I think a ponytail would have looked sophisticated and would have been more practical. But really, a minor quibble. She looks great, the family interaction was so nice to see, and I love seeing her as "mom" and not just in Duchess mode, if that makes sense. Great outing!

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  29. Oh, and, no purse today! :)

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    1. Watching the vide you can see Rebecca carries two....

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  30. Anyone know why George's sticker says "2014"?

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    1. Jean from Lancs8 July 2016 at 20:03

      That was the Red Arrows fiftieth year of flying displays

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    2. That is impressive Jean.

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  31. Every photo of today is a winner. George had his hands full with so much attention and goings on and he handled it way better than most. William and Kate were definitely calm, attentive parents in a very public situation. Not always an easy combination. Kate looked totally beautiful at every turn, regardless of what she had on, although I liked her choices very much, even the headband. William even looked casually chic. Who knew William could be casually chic? Love how they effortlessly juggled work and family time.

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    1. I agree that as parents they certainly act very calm and definitely attentive....not easy when all eyes are on you and your every move. Nice balance today between official visit and family time. As a family they look great today and agree with the casually chic effect for all! I for one like how William dresses when he dresses down. Always loved a man in a linen blazer and khaki pants. Also, kind of laughed a little, but are his loafers "suede"? Love the shoes and love them as a family!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 20:20

      Have you not noted how good William looks dressed casually chic before?!

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      Kate did look "totally beautiful at every turn". And, li and behold, William did look "casually chic". lol

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    4. I have noticed how handsome is, yes, often in spite of his "outfits". lol

      Today I actually liked his fashion. :)

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 22:08

      Haha, fair enough. My favourite is when he wears beige pants and a shirt with rolled up sleeves.

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  32. Thanks for the update and for linking to the videos. Poor sweet thing looked overwhelmed. I like that Rebecca had the headphones handy in her purse, I imagine she carries all sorts of things just in case!

    I'm also surprised Kate dressed so formally but at least she wasn't trying to carry a clutch, haha.

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    1. She had to be dressed formally. There is a picture of the air cadets saluting her as their honourary air commandant. The visit was foremost because of her position.

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    2. RD was in trousers, but most other official women wore dresses. Catherine is the
      cadet patroness. Of course she would wear a dress.
      I did not realise there was a photo of RD removing headphones from her carryall;
      although, as Kate's assistant, I'm sure she adds Kate's items to the totebags.

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    3. The headphones were given to them today as a souvenir.

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  33. I do like this outfit, a repeat, but not in this situation. I'm with a few others who suggested slacks or pant suit, even if not her ubiquitous jeans, would have worked better at an airshow, climbing in and out of aircraft, etc. She certainly looked lovely in her Vogue photoshoot and that featured her wearing something other than her jeans or a shift dress. I just think that practically speaking, flats and not a dress would have made more sense. But as someone else said, she managed it gracefully as she always does. Really happy to see George at an event. I remember my daughter at that age at a parade and she found the noise overwhelming. No wonder he shed a few tears. I thought he looked adorable giving a thumbs up and wave!

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    1. Agree entirely. No need to wear a dress and heels to an event of this type. Lots of lovely formal trouser suits to choose from if formality were required which, judging from Prince William's attire, it was not.

      Hair should have been tied back too if only a ponytail.

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    2. I loved the outfit for this event. Picking up and putting down a toddler is the fastest way to find your blouse untucked and pants askew - as much as I'd love to see her in dress pants, they might well have been a disaster today. Agree on the ponytail though!

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    3. Pants would only have worked if she likes them. For this type of engagement dress equally suitable and workable. Thought Kate did great.

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    4. So true about the pants and blouse Rebecca. The dress she wore was perfect. I liked the headband also. She looked beautiful at every turn as someone said earlier.

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  34. The best thing about today was seeing how hands on William and Kate are with George. Seeing William as a dad is inspiring. He is writing new rules in the royal dad handbook. So good to see. Hope they continue to be a happy family.

























    Kate is amazing. What she can do while wearing heels is unreal. I think that William knew that Kate would be a great mom to their children. He and they are very lucky.










    Kate is amazi

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    1. I agree with you!! Lucky boy (and girl!)...great family unit.

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  35. I love the pics. But am I the only one thinking the nudes do not go very well with the dress and the blazer?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 20:22

      Haha, I agree. But they are lower than her usual ones and probably comfortable so in this case that goes first. In a rather new and "tense" situation, you dont want to worry about your shoes!

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  36. George is a big little guy for Kate to handle, without managing a totebag, too. I'm sure Kate's items, including the headphones, were included in the carryall. As I saw no photos of RD with the headphones, I believe that is an assumption. That is what assistants are for. Not a job for a "private secretary," however. RD was wearing trousers, but it looks like none of the official
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    1. There is a video of Rebecca Deacon getting into a tote and handing William the headphones for George.

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    2. Link? anon 20:15

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      Daily Mail for that day. She got the headband and the ear protectors out of the dark bag not the longer caramel colored bag.

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  37. The headphones were a souvenir from the air show gifted to Prince George along with a little blue piggy bank.

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  38. What a beautiful, happy family! What a fun treat to see Prince George. I loved Rebecca Deacons's outfit and I'm excited to she she's wearing the same shoes I have from J. Crew!

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  39. Beautiful, as always, but for the love of all, does the woman ever wear flats? Trousers?

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    1. She was there as Air Commander.

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    2. My thoughts exactly about the pants and flats. When I saw the dress and heels I thought what an extraordinarily odd outfit to wear to an airshow. Where you're picking up your child and getting in and out of helicopters.

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    3. Yes, but no on official functions.

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  40. If the Cambridges do go to Canada at some point in the future, and take George and Charlotte, I think George would handle the trip well. He is very well behaved for his age, and at the same time, William and Kate allow him to be a 3-year old (almost). It is a special treat to see them in the role of parent, and they are great with him.

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  41. Laura in Canada8 July 2016 at 20:17

    Well...what an amazing day. W and K made this look so easy and let me tell you ...it is not. When my son was younger I would get invited to a lot of "family" client events. And let me tell you...mixing work with business is NOT easy. Children are highly unpredictable and I found trying to be in "Mom" mode but at the same time visit with clients and "network" ...a difficult act to manage. Will and Kate did amazing well today. It was so lovely to see both of them attentive to George...especially Will. He is setting a wonderful example of what it means to be a father in today's modern world.

    And George himself is just adorable. I do think he looks like Mike Middelton. It was clear that Will and Kate had spent a lot of time prepping him...he even seemed to know what the headphones were about. Well done.

    I liked everything about Kate's outfit today. I have that Smythe jacket in 3 colors - black, white and navy as it is so very versatile and looks great with everything. I liked the headband...thought it looked youthful and fresh. Would pants and a ponytail been more functional...yes and lord knows I am dying to see her in a pantsuit...but Kate...as always made this work. She was calm, graceful and gracious.

    Just a fantastic outing.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 22:10

      What a great post and nice insight Laura :)

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    2. Great Post Laura:) I often wonder what work W&K are doing with the kids to prepare them for the Big Events? They seem to be achieving something we mere mortals can not do!:) So far, other than a few understandable tears at the start, George seems to be totally up for whatever they bring him to.... Waving at the press while going to meet his new little Sister; Waving & Behaving on his Balcony Appearances & he was up for checking all sorts of things out today & Waved & Gave a Thumbs Up! I remember noting how Kate carried George facing out towards the crowds during The Austrailia Tour! They seem to do things in a Very Thought Out Fashion! I'd bet William is a Font of Knowledge & Ideas, from his growing years! He Truly Is Blazing His Own Trail & If Seeing Him as A Father is Any indication? We are in for Great Things from Him as a Modern Monarch!:)

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    3. Becca,

      Kate carried George facing outwards because George wouldn't have it any other way. lol He always wiggled and strongly turned himself facing forward. He was the most observant child I had ever seen at that time. There were times he literally did some 360 rotations almost so he could see everything that was going on around him. I was surprised Kate could disembark from the Jets with George turning like that. I commented on that at the time because I was astonished at how almost aggressively alert he was. He seems to be a precocious child. One who is being taught how to behave properly even with the precociousness.

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    4. I don't think his parents had much say in it-:-) baby George managed to squirm and wiggle his way around until he could see what was going on. He had this little trick of pushing his hand against Kate's chest for momentum.

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  42. Great pictures of what looked like a fun day out! Quick question - did anyone else notice that Kate was wearing a gold chain tucked into her dress? Wonder what that was... Guess we'll never know!

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  43. I think Kate did an eloquent job of lifting, carrying, entertaining George, fulfilling her purposes for the visit and still looking graceful, beautiful and smiling the whole time. Who does that?

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    1. Zora from Prague8 July 2016 at 23:21

      I totally agree. Well done indeed! I love today's post, thank you! It brought back memories from almost exactly 1 month ago - seeing them all on Buckingham Palace balcony with my own eyes. :) I suppose planes, helicopters and all kinds of aircraft are getting increasingly exciting for Prince George!

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      That's why she gets the big bucks. lol
      (Just a Joke...... I am one of her most ardent fans.)

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    3. Sweet. Zora that is so neat that you got to see them on the balcony. Obviously that will always be, and is, a very special memory for you. :)

      Tell me the Royal family isn't worthwhile.

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  44. Laura, I agree with everything you said. Mixing "mom" duty in business situations can seem surreal. Kate and William made it look effortless.

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    1. She did make it look effortless. She got into that helicopter so gracefully. And she got out of the helicopter so gracefully also. Remember when she had to climb into that cockpit at some other event?
      She did it easily and gracefully then also. William was in the cockpit seat behind her then. Everyone was kind of like, "Uh, oh. How's she going to do this?......). Gracefully, that's how.

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  45. Great to see little George out with his parents! Have to say all the papers saying he had a tantrum are wrong you only have to watch the videos to see he was probably a bit scared by the noise hence prancing a bit on his feet and wanting to be picked up. Poor little chap! I see Kate has a fine gold necklace on but has the pendant part tucked into her dress as you can see the pendant making a slight bump. A good day out!

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  46. I don't remember who, in a comment to an older post, was saying something about snobbish voluntary flaws in dressing of British aristocracy. This headband lets Kate show her own British aristocratic side... King Edward III is showing through! LOL!!! No, I'm joking, I like the headband, I think Kate will never be a true Brit aristocrat in this sense, she looks always well dressed and nice, whatever she puts on!

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  47. Honestly. Just put a tweed Jacket and pinstriped shirt and some khaki's on George, dye his hair brown and you would have a little Michael Middleton's running around.

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    1. My thoughts exactly!

      Lisa from Dallas

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    2. I think he looks like a mini-Michael Middleton also.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2016 at 01:15

      He really looks alot like Michael. I think he's kind of a Michael-William mix :)

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    4. I would love some photos of George and

      Charlotte with Carole and Michael. Even if it is a posed family photo for George's birthday. One for the history books. Wouldn't that be nice?

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    5. THAT would be so neat. They have family ones for themselves but The Middletons deserve a family photo with George and Charlotte for posterity and so does the public.

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  48. Those heels come in that beautiful taupe and also a beautiful pink. In some of the photos the shoes seems to have a pearlized glow ( like in the second photo here, I believe, where Kate is bending to talk to George). The website doesn't mention any pearlized though. Beautiful shoes.

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  49. Am I the only one who feels like George is looking more like William as he gets older?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2016 at 23:42

      I think he's stayed about the same. 50-50 William and Michael :P

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    2. I think he resembles Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, lately.
      I wonder if some people who have had trouble accepting Kate as a royal tend to
      think he looks like Mike. Side by side age equivalent pictures, please.

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    3. I think he looks more like Michael Middleton. Just my 2 cents.

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    4. I asked myself the very same question! :) But I still think he's a good mix of his father and Michael Middleton.

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    5. I think he looks like Michael and that has nothing to do with me not accepting Kate as a royal. I am one of her fans before she and William even married. I simply think George very much resembles his maternal grandfather. I think that's so sweet as Michael is so humble, I am happy George brings Michael to mind.

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    6. You know, I never thought of Earl Spencer but the hair shape & it's wave is almost a match for how his was at Diana's Funeral. Also the deep look of George's eyes for The Recent Queen's Portrait does (to me) remind me of those childhood pics they show of Diana & her brother as kids & they often had their heads tilted down with their big eyes looking up... I'd never have thought of that if you hadn't mentioned it!:) However..... I think it's a Mini Michael Middleton with A bit of William thrown in for good measure:)

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    7. Oh he definitely looks like Michael Middleton! I just didn't see so much of William's looks in him until more recently

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  50. I agree that he looks like William. Just adorable. I was afraid of loud noises at his age.. Made me cry too.
    Glad they had "defenders." (Is that the English name?) He seems very tall for his age. But then William and Kate are tall too. A fun post!

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  51. Very, very odd choice to wear to an air show! And seems out of place even next to William and George who are quite casual chic :)

    Does she not own a pair of nice trousers? She could have worn belted trousers with a fitted top and matching blazer, a suit - or even that same blazer buttoned - and looked great and appropriate. Heels and a sheath dress for climbing ladders and in and out of aircraft is a tad bizarre frankly.

    But I love that they brought George out and it's charming to see William with him. When I see these pics it's hard not to pause and think of how quickly 30+ years have passed, when we pored over pics of young William with his parents. Funny how some of us have been watching him since before he was even born! If memory serves (and my fellow friends help me out!) we first knew about William when Diana briefly nodded off at an evening engagement and everyone ran with that picture... BP had to announce she wasn't bored, she was actually pregnant, and a little tired :)

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    1. In all the years following Kate, even before her marriage, she has not worn dress pants. It's probably a personal preference of hers. She could not have gone less formal in this instance as she was there is her capacity as honorary air commandant of the air cadets

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    2. Yes Claudia, That's also my memory!:)

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    3. The way she dressed actually brought out some motherly side of her for me. Comfortable dress ( air line hostesses go up and down air planes in dresses/though not air crafts/has its own kind of appeal looking different from the all uniformed environment). Her stocking looks perfectly blended while they cover decently. She looked natural and spontaneous at the same time. Her hair band was so practical. PW and her on parental duty on engagement with George; it was all refreshing with a treat of the air show. PG giving a thumbs up must have delighted everyone including his parents. What a different day in action. It brings them closer to people as they are animated as a family, and their personality emerges in action with a child.

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    4. Dress slacks are usually worn by old women and Kate's not there yet.

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    5. Claudia 23:27: She probably doesn't own a pair of dress trousers. She's never worn them as far as I can tell. The Duchess has incredibly toned and shapely legs. Why not show them off a bit while she can? There will be plenty of years ahead for covering up. This was an engagement that was both formal and informal and she dressed perfectly for it in my opinion. The fact that she could dress like this while tending to a 3 year old is quite remarkable. It was windy, no malfunctions - her hair was somewhat controlled while still allowing her to smooth it by readjusting the headband when needed. Had she worn a ponytail, I agree that bits and pieces would have been pulled apart all day long with no way to really fix it without fining a ladies' room. I really don't know what's not to like for this engagement.

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    6. Agreed on the strangeness of the choice of attire. And please…no more nude heels. They are beyond tedious at this point.

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  52. I think for just 3 years old George is precociously poised! Very impressive, a credit to his upbringing and perhaps his genes. Many kids his age and even older could not have handled that situation with his ease. And I agree that his face looks quite like his grandpa Middleton, the shape of it, and his eyes and nose. But he does look like he will be quite tall!

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      Thanks for mentioning that about George. Kudos should go out to him. His behavior was exemplary for a three year old. Nanny Maria, Kate and William, and, no doubt, Granny Carole have been busy. It shows.

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  53. Today was a complete win for me. George is adorable! Temper tantrum? No way. He did the same sort of thing when he arrived at the hospital to meet Charlotte. He got out walked a few steps, got overwhelmed and wanted to be picked up by William. The more he is around the crowds, the better he will do.

    I like the headband. I know lots of people would have liked a ponytail, but I know for me, when it as windy as it appeared to be, my hair would have little whispy strands flying all over the place. I think the headband was a good option. She can readjust and tuck back some strands without redoing all of her hair.

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    1. Katie, I agree about those wispy bits. I think the headband addressed that perfectly. I like headbands alot anyway, when they are done right. There was a twenty-something woman in our neighborhood the other day and she had a simple but cute outfit on and the perfect accessory of a silver glitter headband. Sounds tacky maybe but she did it right and looked tres chic. I almost did a little cheer. lol

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  54. Thank you, Charlotte, for posting this so quickly! It was a sweet time of escape from the horror of what has been happening here in Dallas.

    Lisa from Dallas

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  55. Love to see George looking so much older. I think the Duchess was perfectly dressed as she is the commander of the Air Cadets. I think for an official occasion, she needed to be in a dress, although for convenience sake I'm sure slacks would have been her personal preference. Sometimes I think people don't understand the balance the Duchess has to walk between dressing for her preferences and her personal life.

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    1. And, as someone said earlier, the blouse might not have stayed tucked in if she had worn slacks and a blouse. I think her dress was perfect.

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    2. Thank you for taking the words right out of my mouth. Hopefully as her children begin to accompany her more often, the Duchess adjusts her wardrobe accordingly. Many working moms, grandmothers, as well as professional women and world leaders, have incorporated pants into their public persona. Amal Clooney.Hillary Clinton. HRH in New York........the Palace needs to revisit protocols in order for this generation of stylish young royals to carry out their duties without the constraints of outdated dress codes. Besides the added comfort level, with her sense of style, HRH will probably look amazing!

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    3. Julia from Leominster9 July 2016 at 22:17

      Kate is quite long-waisted - I suspect she likes the way she looks in skirts and heels which make her legs appear longer and it is more a question of personal taste than protocol.

      While Kate has certainly worn jeans (sometimes more often than to my personal liking) she has never worn trousers as frequently. Even before her marriage, she often wore dresses to polo and when she was shopping. I don't see a problem with skirts unless the wind takes charge - in this case she handled it very well and in an informal situation like this, a bit of leg does no harm.

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    4. I personally like Kate in a dress. It is a big part of who she is.

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  56. Co-sign on all the great comments here. What a treat. Prince George is such a handsome little boy! So lovely to see the family together. Prince William looked great, too! As for the Duchess? Gorgeous. I love headbands, always have. If done right, they can be such a youthful look at any age. And for whatever reason, the Duchess's spectacular legs, seemed even more spectacular in these pictures.

    Happy weekend everyone! And let's do something kind for someone, especially perfect strangers. With the news these days it just seems like the one concrete thing we can all do.

    Silvia

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    1. I noticed her legs too & thought why am I just noticing them now? lol :)

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    2. Pantyhose. And she has great legs.

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    3. Silvia, I have been on the receiving AND giving end, and both are heartwarming and inspiring! :)) Totally agree with you.

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  57. What an AMAZING suggestion Silvia.

    If everyone of us would remember to do that (many here probably already do is my guess) think what a domino effect that might have. Definitely starts to offset the yucko stuff. THANKS Silvia. I'm in.

    "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."

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  58. Didn't she debut the Smythe blazer when she departed the UK for the Canadian tour?

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    1. Yes. On the tarmac boarding the flight from London to Canada. She wore it with the Mouret sheath dress, her navy Burberry Lock and Lift satchel and navy Manolo Blahnik heels. Very stewardess like.

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  59. Im absolutely amazed at how fit Kate is! She inspires my own workout routine :-) George is so adorable and he must've been so fascinated looking at all those planes!! They are such a perfect family and its so lovely seeing them together on an engagement. The pictures are lovely and I thank You Charlotte for doing the amazing work that you are doing!!XOXO

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  60. I haven't read Any comments yet so I could give my Authentic Initial Reaction....... Wow! I'm Breathless & You Could Knock Me Over With A Feather! Talk About A Surprise! What an Incredible Treat! I think my Eyes were Wide & my Mouth was in the "O" position Reading The Whole Post! I Couldn't decide whether to read along or look at all the pictures first? This Was Amazing! I Actually Got Quiet Choked Up!:)
    I Couldn't Understand Why I Had That Reaction, but Then I Realized That To Me... This Event Had The Most Important Intimate Impact For Me, Since Their Wedding! To Me, It Was Like Their Official Professional Senior Royal Launch as A Family! There was just So Much Meaning & Milestones & Significance & Family History All Roled Up Together!..... & In Other Ways, It Was Like Coming Full Circle!:)
    Let me try to Organize My Thoughts.....
    The RAF was where they began & signifies A Dream Will had that Became a Reality & Then The Trying Times during Will's Flight Training & Their Dating Years; Their Early yrs on Angelsy while Kate Prepared to Be a Royal & Then Their Early Married Yrs:) Then They Brought George there as a Newborn, as They Said Goodbye to Angelsy & Their Years in The RAF!
    To Bring George, Just was So Organic! George comes from a Long Line of Pilots on Both Sides of His Family! Daddy flies a Helicopter & The Family has A Long History & Legacy With The RAF & Now Mummy is "Honorary Air Commandant"! I Looove That!.... It's Not William, It's Kate!:) Knowing The Relationship as Fellow Pilots that Prince Phillip had with Her Grandfather, It's So Touching & I Feel An Honor To Her Grandfather That PP Passed It On To Kate!:)
    Then Their Kate Was, In All Her Naturally Grown Confidence Professionally & As A Mum, Carrying Out "Her" Appearance, with William & George Coming Along To Enjoy The Family Aspect, but It Was Clearly Her Event:) She Has Come Into Her Own & Will Be An Excellant Princess of Wales & an Amazing Queen!:) They Look & Feel (to watch) like The Royal Family They Are!:)
    ps: Seeing George In The Helicopter etc Reminded Me of Little Harry in The Tank!:) Me Thinks We Have A Future Pilot in Prince George!:)

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  61. I thoroughly love this engagement! What a treat. The eyes gravitate towards gorgeous little George that I didn't even notice what Kate wore until much later. My favorite part was seeing William and Kate as doting parents! They are so good, calm, hands-on and loving. I've seen half a dozen videos and love how George runs and reaches out to them for comfort. He truly is an inquisitive child and did so well for someone who is not even 3 years old. I think we should give two thumbs up back to this family for this event!

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  62. Lovely post. Thought Kate looked wonderful. I think it is still hard to tell who George will look like, his still very round toddler cheeks give him a Michael M. look but to to me he has has a lot of Charles and William, especially the nose.

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  63. prince george tantrum is normal is fine maybe he did know how to react in that moment maybe he new to it all cameras around him think he said to mum and dad what going on mum the duchess look so good hmm they color coordinated as a family yeah prince George looking older when saw him maybe next time he five

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  64. Abundantly adorable! Extremely well handled by William and Catherine as parents and representatives. George must be very well behaved and prepared, which is a credit to his parents. They are equipping him well for his future, and he doesn't even know it yet! He certainly has grown, and agree with others that he will be tall (as both of his parents are).

    I don't think we have anymore announced engagements to look forward to - anyone know of events we might expect in the next few weeks??

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  65. Great post Charlotte
    I love this beautiful family they all look great love Kate's hair band and dress. William looks dapper and George too cute. Sad to see George cry it is a lot of pressure for a child in this environment and he has done remarkably well!

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  66. Charlotte, Julia, etc., :)

    Does the "average" person in England know the heirarchy of the aristocracy? Do they easily recognize that a Marquess "outranks" an Earl, or that a Duke "outranks" a Marquess and so on. (I am not sure that "outranks" is the proper word.) I would think that the aristocracy, being the aristocracy knows all of that, of course, but does the "average" citizen in England, Scotland and Ireland know those things?

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    1. very good question. My guess is, no.

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    2. Generally speaking, I would say no. They are lumped together as "Lords".

      They definitely know that a Royal outranks them all.

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  67. George is getting to be a big boy. Kate won't be able to pick him up and carry him around like that much longer. He is growing so fast it seems. (Wasn't he a newborn a couple of months ago? lol) I think he is going to be tall like Prince Phillip and William.

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  68. George gets his love of avionics naturally. From William, Harry, Prince Phillip, Peter Middleton, and even Michael and Carole. Is Prince Charles a pilot?

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  69. I too am always impressed with how well George handles public situations for his age (am also referring to past instances even back to before he was a year old). I am glad he is not totally perfect but not too far off. Very well behaved and seems to be so interested in everything. He seems very smart and looks older than he is. His parents seem to be doing an outstanding job along with their family and nanny support sytem. This was so delightful to see them as a family with a little one still wanting to be held alot. Very impressive.

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  70. Julia from Leominster9 July 2016 at 14:03

    George is precious. He's not generous with his smiles as yet - he clearly found it all a bit noisy and overwhelming but when he does smile, it lights up his face - he looks to be very handsome when he's older. He was so good too; not at all a cheeky, naughty little one like cousin Mia or like Harry used to be. From his father's reports, I suspect it is different at home, though.

    I thought Kate looked just right on what was a semi-official engagement - just so relieved not to see that dreaded jeans uniform or wedges. Nice trousers would have been fine but that isn't really her style and she wasn't overdressed for her position. The dress is one she is clearly comfortable in, looking at the prior times she's chosen it and it becomes her. The head band contained her hair nicely in the wind and I like her hair when it looks more natural like this - not so elaborately curled.

    A lovely day for all - Mr Leo will be so jealous he couldn't go - he has a passion for airshows I admit I don't share, but it's lovely for little ones like George.

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  71. Charlotte, I don't know if it's just me? (Tho I've tried on several of my devices) but I can't see any new comments past a certain time yesterday (including my own from yesterday) & there are large blank gaps where partial or no comments are?
    Hope you get this message & that things work out, as I was excited to see additional comments:)
    Thx,
    Becca USA

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  72. It looks like she also wore a necklace but it stayed underneath the collar of her dress. Now I'm curious. LOL

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  73. Charlotte the last comment I see over here was posted by Anon (aka Silvia) July 9 @ 01:13 UK time?

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    1. Hello Becca,

      Can you see all the recent comments now?

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    2. Yes! Charlotte Thank you! You're The Best:)

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    3. That's great! Thank you for alerting me to the issue :)

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  74. Maggie - Minneapolis9 July 2016 at 19:41

    What an adorable little prince! I find it amusing that when he was (more) little, he seemed to constantly be wiggling around in his parents' arms and wanting to be put down, whereas now he is often asking to be carried in the solace of his mother or father's arms :) Always fun to see how children's personalities evolve as they grow. Although we almost never see him being carried in off duty pictures, so maybe it's less a personality thing and more just being older making him increasingly aware of loud crowds, attention, etc. Perhaps an argument for the Cambridges bringing him to more public appearances so he finds it all less shocking - not that there is anything wrong or unusual about a toddler being scared of large crowds! And perhaps that is exactly what they are doing now :)
    I do find Kate's styling choices baffling here. She knew she would be climbing in and out of tall things and would be bending down a lot to interact with George - many pictures show quite a bit of leg and some come close to flashing parts of her body she probably doesn't want photographed. She obviously managed to avoid it, but why risk it? For those saying she needed to dress up because of her official role as patron - since when are pants mutually exclusive with looking nice/formal?! Yeah she can't wear her tight jeggings but contrary to what Kate's current pant wardrobe seems to indicate, those are not the only types of pants :) I also don't see why she wouldn't tie her hair up for such a windy occasion in which her hands would be busy with her son. None of this ended up being an issue, but again, why risk it when by now she must be well aware of the huge attention that certain pictures of her command. Part of being a good patron is, yes, looking nice, and another is dressing appropriately in a way that doesn't take attention away from the cause at hand, which just one leg separation too wide would have caused.
    But really lovely engagement!

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  75. Maggie - Minneapolis9 July 2016 at 19:47

    Also is it just me or have the Cambridges not just stepped up the number of engagements, but also changed the type? I feel like we used to see Kate more during the day, visiting children at hospices or mental health centers, etc, for quiet hour-long visits, playing with the kids. Now it seems like the engagements are more of the nature that commands attention - they seem to require more dressing up (and Kate in a gown is a good front page seller), or they are bringing out the kids, etc. This is NOT a complaint in any way - just an observation that I'm curious if others agree with. I suppose William is doing the regular visits still, but Kate seems to be doing more of the "flashy" and/or attention-grabbing-type events. Also interesting because these events tend to have less reporters and photographs, which does let KP control the narrative more, which they have been accused of doing.
    I'm interested to see what happens with Heads Together - tbh I'm still slightly confused about what the point/goal of it is, as opposed to the KP trio already pushing mental health stuff separately. I understand coordination is good, but does anyone know any details about what kind of coordination is/will be happening, and what the goals are? Again, not criticism! I'm honestly curious.

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  76. One of my favorite pictures from their visit yesterday was of George in William's arms, and he had is little left hand resting on the back of his father's neck. It was so sweet and touching. I can remember seeing pictures of William and Harry doing the same gesture when being held by Diana. I think it is easy to forget how young George is, especially since he is a big brother. He still needs and seeks the comfort of being held by mom and dad, and that is so normal and loving to see.

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  77. What a lovely family outing, all the better for being totally unexpected.

    Just a little language comment because I despair of the misuse of words and how we are losing language so rapidly. The Oxford dictionary defines tantrum as an uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a child. Not really what the pictures of Prince George show. He looked overwhelmed and a little bit upset and a testament to his mothering thst he was quickly and easily reassured.

    Of all the pictures what was impressive was Prince George shaking hands with the pilot. No hiding behind his mother, an achievement for a nearly three year old.

    I have always thought Prince George had a bit of the look of Diana's father as well as a bit of Michael Middleton.

    Personally I liked what Catherine wore, thought it was a good choice for both an official and family event. She looked lovely and controlled the elements well. Pony tail might not have looked alright for the event.

    In the previos post someone asked about the place setting with the knives on the right. It was how the photograph was taken to give prominence to the menu so the pictures was shot across two place settings.

    Thank you Charlotte for an interesting post.

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