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Old 05-06-2017, 09:06 PM
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Ah, the new photo of Charlotte is so adorable. She's grown up so much since Christmas! I'm not sure who she looks like, but I do think she resembles the Middletons more than the Windsors. I'm looking forward into seeing her at her aunt's wedding soon.
I'm glad someone else sees that, too. I can't see the Windsors (though I'm sure some of that side twinkles through anon and again, if only in mannerisms and tendencies). But overall her face is so broad, she seems more Michael Middleton than even his own children.
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:10 PM
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Counting to ten in Spanish is a long way from becoming bilingual. By age four, George would actually be able to speak Spanish if nanny Maria was the full-time care giver, which she's not, obviously.

You can be employed full-time in a position, that doesn't mean she's with the children 24/7.

Given all the stories and pics we have of Carole and Kate with George and Charlotte, it's clear to me Kate is with her children more often than not.
Full time means she is there at least 40 hours a week. Ontop of the housekeeper who also has babysitting in her job description (likely covering evenings or events on Maria's days off).

Nor has it ever been implied that Maria speaks only Spanish to the kids. Yes, if she was, you'd expect him to be bilingual. That doesn't mean in the long hours of the day she is with them, she hasn't taught them to count and such.

I am not saying Kate is not very hands on. Not at all. But portraying Maria as some babysitter around to help on odd occasion is incorrect.
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:22 PM
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My kids grew up being able to count to 10 in Spanish at a very early age. They loved Sesame Street and there was quite a bit of both English and Spanish in the show. Especially loved "The Count" who did a fine job counting to 10 in Spanish.

I would imagine just having Maria in the household has added a Spanish flavor to the entire Cambridge household. Its hard to actually live and interact with someone day to day and not pick up something.

Just a thought here. Perhaps if William and Kate are going to be involved in the eventual Spanish state visit, maybe Maria will be able to help them out a bit with phrases in Spanish to make their guests feel more comfortable.
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:26 PM
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It's also possible that Maria is teaching Kate Spanish so that Kate can then participate in teaching the kids the language.

Of course, anything we surmise about what happens behind the gates of Anmer and KP is more about our outlook on the Cambridges than anything else.
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Old 05-07-2017, 04:01 AM
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Did Kate actually say she (specifically) was teaching Charlotte Spanish? Obviously Maria is the main factor there. Had Maria been Helga it would have been German, or Nicole, French!

Charlotte looks a very determined litttle lady (remembering the Canada garden play date also), possibly Granny Carole's genes to the fore there.
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Did Kate actually say she (specifically) was teaching Charlotte Spanish? Obviously Maria is the main factor there. Had Maria been Helga it would have been German, or Nicole, French!

Charlotte looks a very determined litttle lady (remembering the Canada garden play date also), possibly Granny Carole's genes to the fore there.
I don't know if you already saw it or not, but according to this Tweet posted by Rudolf a few posts back:

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Kate also said she is trying to teach #PrincessCharlotte Spanish - and #PrinceGeorge can already count to ten in the language.


This is the "source" for the discussion about Catherine teaching Charlotte Spanish, I would think.
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FWIW, I think that's just the way British people speak. I remember on "Downton Abbey". Edith told her editor that she was "racing" somewhere when in actuality she was going to watch a motor race.
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Did Kate actually talk to Rebecca, a direct quote, or is it she was told this is something Kate spoke about to someone there? It seems likely Kate said it to someone she was interacting with and not a reporter. It's very possible Kate simply said Charlotte and George we're learning, and who ever she said it to interpreted that as Kate was teaching.
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FWIW, I think that's just the way British people speak. I remember on "Downton Abbey". Edith told her editor that she was "racing" somewhere when in actuality she was going to watch a motor race.

I'm actually British myself so as someone who would also use such figures of speech I did bare that in mind.

The Tweet just did seem more likely that Catherine was insinuating that she taught Charlotte Spanish herself (though I think it's more likely that Maria is teaching her Spanish) to me initially, which is why I referenced it.
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I'm actually British myself so as someone who would also use such figures of speech I did bare that in mind.

The Tweet just did seem more likely that Catherine was insinuating that she taught Charlotte Spanish herself (though I think it's more likely that Maria is teaching her Spanish) to me initially, which is why I referenced it.
My guess is that Kate was the one who requested it although it is possible that Maria decided it on her own.
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Sometimes too the decision to teach the kids something stems from something they've picked up all by themselves. Just being with Maria could have resulted in George asking for a cookie and stating "por favor" as he had heard Maria say it. When kids hang around certain people for extended periods of time, they pick up on things without it being noticed. Curious little ankle biters they be!
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Old 05-08-2017, 03:32 PM
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It wouldnt be that strange for the Cambridges to want to give their children the opportunity to become fluent in a second language without much extra work. For instance Estelle of Sweden has had an English speaking nanny almost from day one and is said to speak it quite well already. Also IIRC Ive read somewhere (I think in connection with Victoria & Daniels wedding) how the European royals of all ages mostly communicate in English with each other so the other royal kids must also get some kind of introduction to the language early on.
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I have 2 granddaughters whose families are English-speakers, and they attend a school where the vast majority of instruction, including textbooks and homework, is in Spanish. Their teachers are all bilingual, and are well-versed in how to teach second languages, such as body language and modeling. I think the girls will retain dual languages in adulthood.

2 other granddaughters are growing up with both parents speaking primarily Spanish and a little English at home. The 6 yr. old is very bilingual, and the 3 yr. old speaks mostly Spanish, but is quickly learning English. They will absolutely retain both languages.

I think it's a great advantage to speak 2 languages, and I've been told that it is much easier to pick up other languages once you speak 2. I hope George and Charlotte are hearing a lot of Spanish and pick up the structure and cadence. It can only be an advantage for royals to be fluent in more than one language--they will be warmly welcomed in the world!
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The Duchess of Cambridge opened up about her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte during her whirlwind visit to Luxembourg on Thursday, revealing that her kids are learning how to ride a bike.

Kate was attending a cycling-themed festival in the capital's city centre where she met numerous cyclists. The Duchess, 35, spoke to professional cyclist Frank Schleck, who has two daughters.
Read more:Prince George and Princess Charlotte are learning how to ride a bike
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Prince William and Princess Kate‘s eldest, who turns four in July, is no longer a royal baby — and as he’s gotten older, he’s developing interests and a personality that’s all his own.

We know he’s serious about keeping up with the characters on his favorite TV shows (though he’s moved past Peppa Pig), he loves to go fast on his scooter and he’s got a naughty streak, according to his mom.

And during a visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital this week, William dropped a few more facts about his fun-loving son.
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A national search to find doppelgangers for Prince George and Princess Charlotte has revealed its adorable winners.

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A national search to find doppelgangers for Prince George and Princess Charlotte has revealed its adorable winners.



Apart from having 2 eyes a nose and mouth I can't see that they look like either of them.
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Maybe this was talked about at the times of their birth, but I looked up the registered birth certificates of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Interesting to look at, as both documents were filled out by Prince William. He has a distinctive, straightforward and engaging handwriting. It's also interesting to see how William referenced Kate, as there has been discussion in some threads about their titles and how they are represented on documents, etc.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...84_634x768.jpg Prince George

http://i3.mirror.co.uk/incoming/arti...-Cambridge.jpg Princess Charlotte w/ photo!

I love how under occupation of parents, William writes:

Prince of the United Kingdom
Princess of the United Kingdom



ETA:
Newborn photos of Prince George:
http://images.gmanews.tv/v3/webpics/...9_11_20_13.jpg

http://us.hellomagazine.com/imagenes...82/baby--z.jpg
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IIRC there was something else that was filled out a few years ago, pics were posted and they had the same titles being used.


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Sometimes too the decision to teach the kids something stems from something they've picked up all by themselves. Just being with Maria could have resulted in George asking for a cookie and stating "por favor" as he had heard Maria say it. !
Highly unlikely that anyone is teaching them Spanish. they may pick up few words from their nanny and Kate may have mentioned this because its a a cute little anecdote about them
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