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Old 03-14-2021, 03:05 PM
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I have to admit I am not having a good response to the Mother's Day tribute to Diana on behalf of William by his three kids. I understand addressing the bereavement and being apart from loved ones during the pandemic but doing that by sharing that William's children make Mother's Day cards for William for a grandmother they never met is too much to unpack, for me at least.

Also, I am also put off regarding this being disclosed at this particular time. Some royal detractors in general, and Cambridge detractors in particular, have accused the royals of using their children as deflection when they are under fire. I usually don't agree with that accusation, but that thought crossed my mind in this particular instance.

On another note, I am struck by the fact that the Cambridge children write in cursive. I learned cursive as a child but I've heard that many US schools no longer teach cursive, or alternatively it is taught but many students don't master cursive due to so much work being done on computers.
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:14 PM
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:21 PM
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There is a huge difference in remembering and reminiscing a dead grandparent VS worshipping and beatifying one. Sometimes and it’s only my opinion but the Diana all remembering, tributes and gets close to Victorian levels of unhealthy and Morbid . But I trust William and Kate have more common sense than that.
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:21 PM
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I'm surprised that people think it odd that the children made cards to remember Granny Diana on Mothering Sunday.

I'm pushing 70 so have been through many Mother's Day in the US with my own mother and as a mother myself. I distinctly remember as a kid giving my mom a red rose corsage for Mother's Day (bought by my dad of course) before we headed to church. She looked at me and thanked me and remarked that if I looked around in church that day and see the mothers that have white roses in their corsages, it meant that their mothers were no longer with them but they're missed and honored and remembered just as much as living mothers are.

ETA: My mom's meaning of her red roses meant that *her* mother, my grandmother, was still alive. Just had to clarify here.
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:59 PM
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In a piece in the Telegraph today Gordon Rayner says that KP aren’t stupid, they know absolutely everything is going to be perceived as cold calculated PR for a long time. He was talking about Kate’s appearance at the vigil but it applies here as well.

I think there are things to unpack in the cards to Diana, more so than if they’d just posted the cake and picture of Carol and Kate together but they’re aware of what people would think and they did it anyway. Compared to some of the things people who never even met Diana have done for her it’s fairly mild and they are going to grow up with her legacy and the expectations some people put on them because of that. Nearly as much as the Windsor legacy in some cases.

Maybe they think it needed to be said after a year of Covid? Maybe William is feeling his mother’s loss very acutely with everything going on? Maybe it really is an unsubtle “don’t hijack her just for you, Harry!” shot? Maybe he just really wanted them to do a tribute? Maybe Charlotte and George wanted to as they did cards to everyone else? No doubt PR was also a factor but that can be applied even in normal times.
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:40 PM
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When I saw the cards it reminded me a bit of seeing HM and Philip looking at the card George, Charlotte and Louis made for their anniversary.
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:41 PM
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In a piece in the Telegraph today Gordon Rayner says that KP aren’t stupid, they know absolutely everything is going to be perceived as cold calculated PR for a long time. He was talking about Kate’s appearance at the vigil but it applies here as well.

I think there are things to unpack in the cards to Diana, more so than if they’d just posted the cake and picture of Carol and Kate together but they’re aware of what people would think and they did it anyway. Compared to some of the things people who never even met Diana have done for her it’s fairly mild and they are going to grow up with her legacy and the expectations some people put on them because of that. Nearly as much as the Windsor legacy in some cases.

Maybe they think it needed to be said after a year of Covid? Maybe William is feeling his mother’s loss very acutely with everything going on? Maybe it really is an unsubtle “don’t hijack her just for you, Harry!” shot? Maybe he just really wanted them to do a tribute? Maybe Charlotte and George wanted to as they did cards to everyone else? No doubt PR was also a factor but that can be applied even in normal times.

I agree Heavs that especially with a year like we've all experienced there are so many people who will be remembering a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother who did not survive 2020. IMO it's a nice tribute and as far as I know, this is the first time they've ever mentioned Diana in a Mother's Day post. Glad to see that they acknowledged Carole too.
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:58 PM
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Celebrating two other special mothers today made by George, Charlotte and Louis.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CMZ0j2gF...d=yiygs1s9l51a
Lovely cake made by George, Charlotte and Louis. Great to see more pictures of the Middleton family with Carole and Catherine. I agree with other posters here that Louis definitely resembles Catherine.
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:58 PM
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On another note, I am struck by the fact that the Cambridge children write in cursive. I learned cursive as a child but I've heard that many US schools no longer teach cursive, or alternatively it is taught but many students don't master cursive due to so much work being done on computers.
Alas cursive handwriting is part of the national curriculum here. Oddly Charlotte’s handwriting is a lot better than George’s.
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:02 PM
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Alas cursive handwriting is part of the national curriculum here. Oddly Charlotte’s handwriting is a lot better than George’s.
Not adopted by many and over adopted by others.

Charlotte's writing is very very good. She is an earlier in the year birth however and a girl.
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:04 PM
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Things have really changed since I rode to grade school on my dinosaur. We were required to use pencil and print until we reached the 5th grade where we were allowed to graduate to using a cartridge ink pen and start writing in cursive. That was a big *major* grown up move back then for us kids.
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:07 PM
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I think W&K seem to be focussing big celebration days on those who may find those days hard for some reason or another - there was a post on Catherine's birthday about birthday being very different recently and thanking key workers. I don't doubt that the children do make cards for Diana and William at this special time to mark his mother no longer being with him, especially as Catherine is so close to her mother. They did also post celebrating Catherine and Carole as mothers so I guess they just felt it right to also acknowledge Diana, especially in the year they will unveil a new memorial statue to her.

There is also a big trend at the moment in the UK to acknowledging that Mothers Day can be a really hard time for some people e.g those who have lost their mother. I have genuinely had e-mails form pretty much every company I'm signed up to for email newsletters etc (mainly retail companies) giving the option to opt out of any mother's day related posts/emails so I think there is a trend towards acknowledging it is not always a happy day for everyone or is a mixture of emotions.

As for the handwriting - I'd say both are neat for their ages and I am not at all surprised that Charlotte's is neater than George's - girls do tend to have neater handwriting than boys especially at a young age - hence why I've just marked all the homework from the girls in my class of 6 year olds first - now for the deciphering!
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:10 PM
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Lovely cards! However, the Diana part is a bit "odd". I understand the purpose of mother's day and William remembering his dear mother. But I fail to understand the kids' part, because they clearly wrote what their parents told them to. How can you miss someone you never met? I have no doubts that William shares many stories of his mother with his children, but that's not my point if you know what I mean.


I used cursive writing as a child. I think all kids in Elementary School use cursive in Portugal. But when you go to Middle School that changes a bit. I began using computers and phone when I went to Middle School and that influenced my writing. Though that was 20 years ago...
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:14 PM
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Lovely cards! However, the Diana part is a bit "odd". I understand the purpose of mother's day and William remembering his dear mother. But I fail to understand the kids' part, because they clearly wrote what their parents told them to. How can you miss someone you never met? I have no doubts that William shares many stories of his mother with his children, but that's not my point if you know what I mean.


I used cursive writing as a child. I think all kids in Elementary School use cursive. But when you go to Middle School that changes a bit. I began using computers and phone when I went to Middle School and that influenced my writing. Though that was 20 years ago...
It's PR. I wouldn't think too much about it.
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:30 PM
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It's PR. I wouldn't think too much about it.
Indeed Though I must say that I'm impressed with Charlotte's writing. She is not yet 6 years old, and she writes so well. I wouldn't be surprised if she had talent for drawings and such.



Who did the drawing with nature?
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Old 03-14-2021, 06:23 PM
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[QUOTE=tommy100;2381005]I think W&K seem to be focussing big celebration days on those who may find those days hard for some reason or another - there was a post on Catherine's birthday about birthday being very different recently and thanking key workers. I don't doubt that the children do make cards for Diana and William at this special time to mark his mother no longer being with him, especially as Catherine is so close to her mother. They did also post celebrating Catherine and Carole as mothers so I guess they just felt it right to also acknowledge Diana, especially in the year they will unveil a new memorial statue to her.

There is also a big trend at the moment in the UK to acknowledging that Mothers Day can be a really hard time for some people e.g those who have lost their mother. I have genuinely had e-mails form pretty much every company I'm signed up to for email newsletters etc (mainly retail companies) giving the option to opt out of any mother's day related posts/emails so I think there is a trend towards acknowledging it is not always a happy day for everyone or is a mixture of emotions.

As for the handwriting - I'd say both are neat for their ages and I am not at all surprised that Charlotte's is neater than George's - girls do tend to have neater handwriting than boys especially at a young age - hence why I've just marked all the homework from the girls in my class of 6 year olds first - now for the deciphering![/QUOTE]


Ah yes I've had to do my fair share of deciphering written work over the years. I have had to remind myself more than once that "of" is not spelled like "ov" and that "wuz" is not the correct spelling for "was."


I agree that this year has been especially difficult for nearly every nation on Earth and that any holiday that honors or remembers family members will be very difficult for some who unexpectedly had to say goodbye to loved ones.
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Old 03-14-2021, 06:51 PM
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I like the fact that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are learning cursive.
When I attended grade school, one handwriting teacher gave the impression that she was conducting an orchestra as she made the outline of an alphabet letter in the air.
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Old 03-14-2021, 07:28 PM
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Lucy Scot-It was originally shared on the Kensington Royal social media, so it was authorized by William and Catherine.
Oh, I know that. I still think that it was inappropriate.
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Old 03-14-2021, 07:40 PM
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I would think William and Kate are the best judges and know what is appropriate for their family or not :).
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Old 03-14-2021, 08:18 PM
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A great PR exercise by Kensington Palace for Mother’s Day UK. Anyone looking at that cake would know that a seven and five year old couldnt be responsible for it. They may both have stirred the mixture and stuck some of the decorations on top, I don’t know, but I do know that was not baked by primary school kids, let alone a two year old. Probably baked IMO in the KP apartment kitchen by domestic staff.

As for the cards, why haven’t we seen the Mothers Day cards from George and/or Charlotte to Diana before now? If that was George and Charlotte’s idea and not one that sprang from the Comms aides at KP I’ll eat my hat! It’s so obvious it is practically shouting ‘Look at this!’
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