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Old 07-23-2015, 04:14 PM
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I think its put a bee in a lot of people's bonnets here how some of the media presents their coverage of certain royals. There are a lot of people that do follow and want to know what Kate wore and who designed it and whatever. Check out just how many fashion threads we have here on TRF even. Its not a bad thing but as you stated Thumbahlina, it can and does detract from her actual purpose sometimes.

Anmer Hall right now is a perfect place for the Cambridges to raise their family. Its close to where William is now working and affords relative privacy as it is part of the Queen's Sandrinham estate so Great Granddad just had to go a hop, skip and a jump over to the birthday party. Lady Braborne has always been a very close companion to Philip. She is married (or was married) to Norton Braborne who is a cousin to Philip. They both enjoy carriage driving together among other things.

The young Cambridge children most certainly are growing up in a very loving, stable, and caring family environment. Very, very down to earth with the world at their feet to explore in during their lifetime. I almost want to think that being royal will be a secondary perk for them rather than being royal will be the prime focus of their lives. They will grow to fit into their world around them and through that, as prominent royals on the world stage in years to come, really know how to serve the people well. They've got wonderful examples as role models I think.

ETA: Correction. Norton Knatchbull is 8th Baron Brabourne
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:30 PM
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Penny's husband (they're estranged- he went off to Caribbean with another woman for several years and came back to the UK to live in the guest house) is one of William's godparents so she is someone the Cambridges would know.


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Old 07-23-2015, 04:47 PM
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Penny's husband (they're estranged- he went off to Caribbean with another woman for several years and came back to the UK to live in the guest house) is one of William's godparents so she is someone the Cambridges would know.
I remember when Norton Knatchbull took off to the Caribbean. I just couldn't remember rightly the state of the marriage if they divorced or not. He is also the grandson of Lord Louis Mountbatten who we all know Prince Charles was very close to. Married to Norton, Penny is part of the Cambridges' family on Great Granddad's side.
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:07 PM
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I think its put a bee in a lot of people's bonnets here how some of the media presents their coverage of certain royals. There are a lot of people that do follow and want to know what Kate wore and who designed it and whatever. Check out just how many fashion threads we have here on TRF even. Its not a bad thing but as you stated Thumbahlina, it can and does detract from her actual purpose sometimes.

Anmer Hall right now is a perfect place for the Cambridges to raise their family. Its close to where William is now working and affords relative privacy as it is part of the Queen's Sandrinham estate so Great Granddad just had to go a hop, skip and a jump over to the birthday party. Lady Braborne has always been a very close companion to Philip. She is married (or was married) to Norton Braborne who is a cousin to Philip. They both enjoy carriage driving together among other things.

The young Cambridge children most certainly are growing up in a very loving, stable, and caring family environment. Very, very down to earth with the world at their feet to explore in during their lifetime. I almost want to think that being royal will be a secondary perk for them rather than being royal will be the prime focus of their lives. They will grow to fit into their world around them and through that, as prominent royals on the world stage in years to come, really know how to serve the people well. They've got wonderful examples as role models I think.

ETA: Correction. Norton Knatchbull is 8th Baron Brabourne
IMHO the senior royals must understand William and Kate's desire for their young children to spend their earliest years with relative privacy. At Amner Hall they'll enjoy the opportunity to be out of the prying eyes of the paps in a secure environment.

As for the media coverage of the Cambridges and Harry, the press knows what sells and will tailor their coverage to move papers/magazines etc... They'd likely prefer to have more on the charity and less on their sartorial choices, but I don't see that changing anytime soon.
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:27 AM
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Females always trump males in royal families though as far as image is concerned, don't they? I've never seen the media focus on Willem-Alexander's suits in preference to Maxima's coats and turbans, for example!

So it's really not surprising, I suppose, that Charlotte is already out-selling George in terms of merchandise. Just wait until she begins to wear gorgeous little dresses for example! Her sartorial choices will be followed throughout her lifetime, probably.

The Queen's stock on e-bay etc is likely to soar even higher in coming months as there may well be commemorative china and other items manufactured for her coming anniversary in September as Britain's longest serving monarch.
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:09 PM
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A Mario Testino photo for George's 2nd birthday (obviously taken at Charlotte's christening)

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Love this photo of George and his Daddy. Made my day.
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:01 PM
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What a character! This is too funny lol

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Prince George tells people he’s three, instead of two, mum Kate has revealed.

The toddler, who celebrated his second birthday last Wednesday, “thinks he is older”, according to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate made the comments as two-year-old Freddie Wilson introduced himself to her as she and William visited Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing’s headquarters in Portsmouth.
Read more: Prince George thinks he's older than he is and tells people he's three mum Kate reveals - Mirror Online
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:51 PM
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Well, he is IN his third year now.

Sounds pretty typical to me, a lot of little children like to add a year or two, but alas that changes after a certain period and then they start subtracting a year or two.
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:09 PM
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Well, he is IN his third year now.

Sounds pretty typical to me, a lot of little children like to add a year or two, but alas that changes after a certain period and then they start subtracting a year or two.
I've had preschoolers tell me they were four, when they were only close to turning three. It's amusing to listen as to why they think being a year older is so much better. Most say that when they're a year older, they don't have to nap, and go to bed early. Same reason many of them wanted to skip out, and go straight to kindergarten. I'd love to know if George has a reason, or if he just likes to do it, for fun, if you will.


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Old 07-26-2015, 05:06 PM
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This is so sweet to hear. My children used to say at that age "three" as "tree". It brought back a lovely memory. I'm glad the Duchess shared the story!
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My youngest nephew spent all last year answering the question "What's your name" with "I'm three...NO...TWO!" He has it straight now, who he is and his age. He is actually better with people's names than his older brother and can rhyme off quite a few family members birthdays. Two is a cute age but three is magical.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:05 PM
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The memories of a little one at a very young age just starting to be able to form sentences and tell people stuff. Nothing like walking a toddler to the bathroom in a restaurant where as we pass each table he says "I'm going potty" and on the way back "I went potty". Quite a few smiles around the eatery that day. Very informative little guy he was and filled with wonder with everything in the world.

No wonder Kate is wearing such a smile these days. Watching your children grow and learn is one of the most rewarding experience a person can have and I imagine George has his own special ways to create those smiles.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:09 PM
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The memories of a little one at a very young age just starting to be able to form sentences and tell people stuff. Nothing like walking a toddler to the bathroom in a restaurant where as we pass each table he says "I'm going potty" and on the way back "I went potty". Quite a few smiles around the eatery that day. Very informative little guy he was and filled with wonder with everything in the world.

No wonder Kate is wearing such a smile these days. Watching your children grow and learn is one of the most rewarding experience a person can have and I imagine George has his own special ways to create those smiles.
Haha, reminds me of the time when we were visiting Grandmother and went out to eat and he announced loudly on his way back to the table that they had a VERY NICE POTTY. That drew lots of smiles and chuckles. The owner came by our table later and thanked us for the "kind words". Said child in now 52 and I'm sure would not especially care to be reminded of his kind words. I love what small children will say in their honesty, it's quite a pleasure before they get all "cagey" as they grow older.
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:16 PM
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I've had preschoolers tell me they were four, when they were only close to turning three...I'd love to know if George has a reason, or if he just likes to do it, for fun, if you will. ...
Honestly, every toddler I've known lately has altered their age. Personally, I think it has to do with learning about time (time is just a construct, tee hee) and the ages of people. And I also think they are sorting out how that relates to height. Because for a toddler I always think there must be the people I look up at and the people that look down at me and time and birthdays and how that all fits together. Mommy and Daddy have obviously had more birthdays. Small people get toys; tall people do not.
I think it changes once they have a sib that's moving around - because then there are the big people and us little people and I think they know that they are "new" rather than old.
I actually have vague memories of this.
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He's just 2 years old he wouldn't understand that he was saying he was older it's just a number to him.


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The memories of a little one at a very young age just starting to be able to form sentences and tell people stuff. Nothing like walking a toddler to the bathroom in a restaurant where as we pass each table he says "I'm going potty" and on the way back "I went potty". Quite a few smiles around the eatery that day. Very informative little guy he was and filled with wonder with everything in the world.



No wonder Kate is wearing such a smile these days. Watching your children grow and learn is one of the most rewarding experience a person can have and I imagine George has his own special ways to create those smiles.

A late and much missed friend of mine was a Palliative Paediatric Nurse who worked in the homes of the Kids she took care of, was headed home after what had been a really rough night w/the little guy she was w/at the time and decided to simply pop into McDonalds for a Big Mac Meal, so she could simply go straight to bed when she got home. There was a Family ahead of her w/a little guy who was just bouncing on the balls of his feet, he was so excited. They get up to the counter, the lady asked what they'd like and in a big booming voice, as only little ones possess, he proudly tells her...

"Mommy promised me I could have a Happy Meal if I went Potty all by myself, well I went Potty all by myself, so now I get my Happy Meal!!"

My friend said no one knew what to say or do, because he was so proud of himself and no one wanted to ruin that, then Bless the lady behind the counter. She started clapping and w/in a minute the entire McDonalds was applauding the lil guy.

This is such a special time when little ones are starting to try and figure things out on their own and are both utterly and completely charming *and* also causing such chaos and mayhem that you wonder what will end up falling first : the house or you!! . I'm sure this is only the start of what George is up to stories, but considering I remember his Daddy going through a phase of flushing things down the toilet that included a special hand made pair of slippers his Daddy was given in New Zealand and his Mommy's car keys, George has a lot of mischief to live up to.


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Aww, that's an adorable anecdote. In terms of what children come out with, George's age is a really sweet age. My little cousin is a month older than George, and he is also starting to put sentences together - and what's funny is that he says them in the right context (I've noticed that when most children start to learn phrases, they often hear them from their parents and family and don't know what they mean, so say them randomly). We were at a family gathering a few months ago, and before we were about to have tea my aunt asked everyone whether we would prefer tea or coffee, and my little cousin suddenly said "coffee please?" When I said bye to him on FaceTime a few weeks ago, he said "see you soon" to me back. I thought those were the cutest things he's ever said.

I'm a bit late but I also like the new Testino photo for George's birthday, he looks adorable in it. I bet he's a really fun child to be around (but I can also imagine he can be quite naughty sometimes - he is heading into the Terrible Twos, after all ).
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Bonay Pierre

When my son was 2, his favorite and frequently watched movie was a story about Charlie Brown as an exchange student in France.*

One night as we started to eat dinner, our son said Bonay Pierre. When we asked what he meant, he said, that's what Charlie Brown says when he starts to eat- Bonay Pierre. He meant Bon Appetite.



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Several posts have been removed for being either off-topic or responses to off-topic posts. As a reminder, this thread is about News concerning Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It clearly states at the top of this thread that "posts which are irrelevant or disruptive will be deleted or moved by one of the moderators".
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