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Old 04-27-2016, 08:19 AM
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Oh, please don't get me wrong. Toddlers are as important persons as everybody else Of course one should celebrate a first birthday of a beloved child. But it's a matter of dimensions. The child probably enjoys guests from the extended family, some food, some presents and beeing the middle of all attention. And I agree in the point that Georgie can learn a lot.
But no toddler needs dozens of strangers as like the adult friends of her parents. One can do that, but this is not for the child but for the parents.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:30 AM
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Maybe it's a cultural thing, but I've never understood all the hype around a toddler turning 1. I mean, of course is a symbolic milestone but I find thy idea of a birthday party a bit strange.

I'm looking forward for Charlotte's photos though
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:54 AM
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I suspect that we will see a party for Charlotte that looks very similar to George's - the Middletons and Godparents. I am leaning towards them having at KP to make it easier for the Queen to come if she wanted plus Kate has engagements 2 days later in London. I wonder if Charles will go since he didn't make it to any of George's birthdays.


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Old 04-27-2016, 10:35 AM
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Very common here (US) to have a 1st birthday party. Often there are two cakes..one small one for the baby to smash up and another for the guests.


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Old 04-27-2016, 11:52 AM
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Birthdays are always special, no matter what age. I'm sure there will be a party for Charlotte. I'm also looking forward to the official pics.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:04 PM
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Maybe it's a cultural thing, but I've never understood all the hype around a toddler turning 1. I mean, of course is a symbolic milestone but I find thy idea of a birthday party a bit strange.

I'm looking forward for Charlotte's photos though
It is really common in the states. And of course the star of the day never has any memories of it! But we goo and yuk it up because that's how we do it here. Silly pictures of the (often half naked) baby covered in the cake they destroy!
I don't know which is stranger about Americans - that we do this or that we assume the whole world does this.
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Old 04-27-2016, 02:31 PM
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Her first year hasn't finished yet and there ist already a resumee...
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Old 04-27-2016, 02:58 PM
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Oh, please don't get me wrong. Toddlers are as important persons as everybody else Of course one should celebrate a first birthday of a beloved child. But it's a matter of dimensions. The child probably enjoys guests from the extended family, some food, some presents and beeing the middle of all attention. And I agree in the point that Georgie can learn a lot.
But no toddler needs dozens of strangers as like the adult friends of her parents. One can do that, but this is not for the child but for the parents.
Other than the extended family, the 'parents' friends' at George's were his godparents. These are like extended family for many people. I have been to the first birthday of several friends' kids. I also have the distinct honor of being their 'honorary' aunt or uncle. Family is not always defined by the blood in your veins or a marriage license.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:40 PM
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Zara, Oli Baker, Emilia all have young kids around 2. They are all George's godparents close friends of WK and in Zara's case family. Charlotte's godparents don't have any kids yet that I'm aware of. So the kids of George's godparents are probably common playmates of the Cambridge kids and potential birthday party attendees.


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Old 04-29-2016, 09:21 AM
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It is really common in the states. And of course the star of the day never has any memories of it! But we goo and yuk it up because that's how we do it here. Silly pictures of the (often half naked) baby covered in the cake they destroy!
I don't know which is stranger about Americans - that we do this or that we assume the whole world does this.
Really? Ho funny that even birthday party differ so much in different part of the world. In italy, generally speaking, toddler who turns 1 are celebrated in a low/normal key profile: a cake and a small dinner gatehring with granparents and maybe some friends.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:40 AM
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Really? Ho funny that even birthday party differ so much in different part of the world. In italy, generally speaking, toddler who turns 1 are celebrated in a low/normal key profile: a cake and a small dinner gatehring with granparents and maybe some friends.

Something of that nature isn't uncommon in the US either.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:15 AM
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It is obviously, and understandably, an important event for the parents and grandparents, so let them have their fun. It means nothing to the child at that age, but she will probably enjoy seeing her family having a good time.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:17 PM
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I suspect that we will see a party for Charlotte that looks very similar to George's - the Middletons and Godparents. I am leaning towards them having at KP to make it easier for the Queen to come if she wanted plus Kate has engagements 2 days later in London. I wonder if Charles will go since he didn't make it to any of George's birthdays.


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Indeed it would be marvelous if Prince Charles would be in attendance at his granddaughter's birthday party. Memories are made and it is always a blessing when a grandparent can be at a joyful event.
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Old 05-01-2016, 07:13 AM
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Little Charlotte at her first birthday:

https://www.facebook.com/TheBritishM...23205897701239

Cuteness alert!
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She's adorable!

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Old 05-01-2016, 07:36 AM
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Princess Charlotte in new pictures released to mark her first birthday | Daily Mail Online

I'm sure the press will complain again about these being released to social media first but I adore the instant information! Great way for the monarchy to connect to people.
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Old 05-01-2016, 07:41 AM
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So cute.

Seems like Charlotte and George share the same nose and chubby cheeks.
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She's a little darling! With the exception of blue eyes I think she resembles George.
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