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Old 07-07-2015, 12:12 AM
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I absolutely loved the nanny's uniform. I thought it quite charming.


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Old 07-07-2015, 12:17 AM
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If I were expected to attend an event knowing the Queen was going to be present, along with Prince Charles, Phillip, etc. I'd be pulling my hair out trying to figure out what to wear. Knowing I could wear my official uniform would be a relief. The clergy all wore traditional robes and the like - hardly modern, not flattering, yet no one thinks twice about it. It's not like we see Maria wearing the uniform all the time, usually she's in pants w/ George. Even on the Australia/New Zealand trip my recollection is that she didn't wear her uniform. This was an event in a church with several senior royals, I suspect nanny Maria felt her uniform was appropriate attire for the event and I agree - it was entirely appropriate for the event if that was what she was most comfortable wearing.
I actually liked the uniform in a nostalgic Mary Poppins kind of way :) I suspect she adores George and judging from what we see of him she is doing her job brilliantly, IMO.
I suppose the only female whose fashion has yet to be dissected is Catherine's personal protection officer - for those who object to her rather shapeless jacket she wears it to conceal her gun not to win fashion awards.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:32 AM
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:32 AM
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Nannies are all over the US from east coast to west coast and the midwest. Generally it's the more wealthy that have them.


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Old 07-07-2015, 12:35 AM
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I think it's quite refreshing to see the Queen exchanging comments with the nanny...the Queen does know the value of a good nanny and must have at least some fond memories of her own.


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Old 07-07-2015, 12:49 AM
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Norland is the nanny of choice for the upper class,a status symbol. That's why they wear the uniform. I'm just disappointed Kate is going down this road.


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Old 07-07-2015, 12:49 AM
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The nannies I know have minimal training to years of early childhood education. I for one had babysitters and day care for years, no nannies. It might be a differrnt culture but this is one aspect I am glad has not crossed to the US.

And personally I love the idea of a highly trained child care expert forming a long term bond with children and families and being paid a professional's wage for it. I think it's probably amazing.


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Old 07-07-2015, 12:54 AM
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I agree, it is nice seeing the Queen interact with the nanny. I'm sure she recognizes the important role Maria plays in the life of the Cambridge family.

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The nannies I know have minimal training to years of early childhood education. I for one had babysitters and day care for years, no nannies. It might be a differrnt culture but this is one aspect I am glad has not crossed to the US.
As Pranter has pointed out, people all over the U.S. use nannies, and it's nothing new. I'm not quite sure why you find nannies so objectionable. A lot of people like having someone they can rely on to help look after their children.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:59 AM
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I wonder when the official photos will be released?
I think I read in the Daily Mail that the photos are to be released "later this week".
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:03 AM
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I agree, it is nice seeing the Queen interact with the nanny. I'm sure she recognizes the important role Maria plays in the life of the Cambridge family.



As Pranter has pointed out, people all over the U.S. use nannies, and it's nothing new. I'm not quite sure why you find nannies so objectionable. A lot of people like having someone they can rely on to help look after their children.
I never said I had a problem with nannies, I know nanines and they are wonderful at their job. Any person who chooses to take care of a child whether one or one or in large groups is someone to be admired.
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Norland is the nanny of choice for the upper class,a status symbol. That's why they wear the uniform. I'm just disappointed Kate is going down this road.


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Yes, it is just such a disappointment they've chosen to have their children cared for by someone who actually highly trained and a professional in child care. So Maria wore her Uniform yesterday. Guess what!?! It's a highly formal occasion w/Senior Royals, especially the Queen & Duke of Edinburgh, present and where she would be seen. Of course Maria wore her Norland Uniform for something like this and I would have been shocked if she hadn't.

Not a big deal, but I also don't understand why I'm shocked it's become one. As someone once said, Will and Kate just can't do anything right for certain people.


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Norland is the nanny of choice for the upper class,a status symbol. That's why they wear the uniform. I'm just disappointed Kate is going down this road.


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Do you mind saying why? My objection is just the ridiculous uniform? Do you have more insight about why using them is disappointing?
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:24 AM
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I never said I had a problem with nannies, I know nanines and they are wonderful at their job. Any person who chooses to take care of a child whether one or one or in large groups is someone to be admired.
Sorry, must have misunderstood. I agree, looking after children in any context is an admirable job.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:51 AM
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The article discusses the idea of paying $20 an hour for a 16 year old babysitter with scorn...as if that's peanuts.

That's actually a very decent salary for a $16 year old year in the US, and many adults wouldn't turn it down either.

It says Nanny Maria will care for both children...do these professional nannies get a raise when the parents start adding more children to their responsibilities?
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:52 AM
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I surmise some people still Cling the idea the nanny is just part time, for when Catherine has to do Royal duties. The rest of the time she is running after children, cleaning poopy butts dealing with tantrums and being a 'normal' mother.' When it is shown clearly Nanny is a full time paid staff member who actually does most of that the relatable, modern Royal mom image is somewhat tarnished.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:59 AM
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I know I will get jumped for saying this but I was disappointed to see the nanny in uniform. To me that is going back to the old days of royal and upper class nannies We have moved so far away from that type of childcare. I was hoping for a modern take on childcare and that Kate being a hands on mum. JMO
I have to admit I was surprised to see a fully kitted out nanny. But nannies per se are a given. I know Catherine is on Maternity Leave to spend time "bonding" with Charlotte, so I guess it came as a shock for many to see what was obviously a very capable, well-qualified, full-time nanny.

It hits at the core of the Super-Mummy advocates. Here is a wealthy woman with no job outside the home who employs a professional nanny. What did they expect? Catherine to give her mother a shout every time there was or is a formal function? Catherine's life, by the very nature of who she is married to, is never going to be ordinary or what some like to call normal. No two engagements are the same nor do they fall at a time when she can nip out while Charlotte both Charlotte and her terrible two are napping.

Nannies are there to provide the rhythm of the children's lives. They will be there for eggs and soldiers for breakfast and whatever tea provides. With luck one or both parents will be there to start and/or finish their day but if not, their routine will carry on regardless.

One could only hope that Maria will segue into the newer uniform over time. Neither the new nor old uniform is particularly attractive so I can only imagine the new one is an upgrade in function rather than form.

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I take the nanny in uniform as her choice. She has worked long and hard to get to serve such a prestigious family and be with them on such a day... She is proud of that fact and her training and giving the nanny school props.
It is not an angle I had thought about but I would imagine you are right. We expect everyone else to be polished and shine on formal occasions so it only makes sense that she should wear a uniform of which she is very proud.

I only hope Norland is ready for the rush on services resulting from this publicity.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:05 AM
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I surmise some people still Cling the idea the nanny is just part time, for when Catherine has to do Royal duties. The rest of the time she is running after children, cleaning poopy butts dealing with tantrums and being a 'normal' mother.' When it is shown clearly Nanny is a full time paid staff member who actually does most of that the relatable, modern Royal mom image is somewhat tarnished.

Were there really many (if any) people who didn't think that William and Kate had a full time nanny? I'm under the impression that it's quite well-known, and also expected, that they would have a nanny. I don't think it tarnishes Kate's image as a modern royal mom at all. First of all, don't most modern royal moms have nannies? Also, it seems pretty clear to me that Kate is a hand-on mother. There are, I think, plenty of pictures of her out and about with George without a nanny hovering around. However, I'm sure it's nice to have the help, especially with two quite small children.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:13 AM
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Surprisingly Yes. Sometimes people believe what they want believe... I have had people say Diana never had nannies either and Charles does not like children around..
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:38 AM
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Maria was there for the actual christening.
When Kate and William were participating at the christening, Maria would have been looking after George.

I thought Kate was very hands on with her children.

When George ran away she told William to go after him.
When George had one of his stubborn moods and William was trying to deal with him, Kate put her hand on William's back and told him to just carry George.
When George had another of his moods Kate stopped and turn around to look at him.
When George's hair became ruffled she combed it with her hands
When George peeked into the crib, Kate talked to him and made sure he didn't go after Charlotte.

William seems to have a bit of difficulty keeping up with George.

If Kate had not told him to go after George who knows where George would have ended up.

Kate kept her eyes on both of her children. William became distracted by Charlotte, the Queen, the Archbishop, etc..

Kate handled George by herself several times including at the polo game and at the farm. She has visited the farm several times and the nanny was no where to be seen.

The nanny is there to help out when Kate is busy with Charlotte or when Kate is away.
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Was it just me or did anyone else notice that poor Charlotte was being bounced around in the pram?

I thought the poor girl had whiplash.

No wonder she was crying.

There wasn't enough padding in the pram to absorb the shot.

When Andrew and Edwad rode in the pram there were cushions in the pram. Andrew and Edward appear to have been several months older.
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