Duchess Kate & Prince George come out to watch a charity polo match


Prince William and Prince Harry played a charity polo match on Sunday at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury. It was the Gigaset Charity Polo Match. Surprisingly, Duchess Kate and Prince George made an appearance! I wonder if this counts as a royal event? Hm. Anyway, this was a pretty great “just like us” moment for the Cambridges, reminiscent of giving an expensive toy to a child and they just want to play with the box. George was surrounded by family, horses and tons of other kids to play with and all he wanted to do was slide down a grassy hill repeatedly. Classic! To her credit, Kate just let George be George, and she played with him on the hill and let him have fun.

It really was a big royal showing at this event too – Harry and Will were playing, as I said, and Prince Charles came out to see his sons. Zara Phillips and her daughter Mia Tindall were there. Zara’s brother Peter Phillips was there with his wife Autumn and their two kids, Savannah and Isla. According to one photographer, George saw his second cousins playing on that grassy hill and he wanted to do it too.

Photographer James Whatling says, “[George] was playing on the bank. He was walking up the steps and then tried sliding down the bank. The older ones like Savannah was doing it so he wanted to do it too. He was sliding down and Kate joined him, trying to support him as he did.”

The lively toddler also tried his hand at picking up a polo mallet and trying to hit a polo ball, and when he spotted a white ball, he kicked it. At one point, as he dashed out to the ball, Kate ran after him as he was getting close to the polo ground.

[From People]

Do you think someone finally got through to Kate that people really want to see George and not just every nine months during a tour in another country? I mean, I get that Will and Kate don’t want their children front and center all the time and that’s fine. But George and Charlotte ARE royal children, supported by taxpayers. While I hope that we’ll be seeing more of George now that he’s getting older, I do worry that this weekend will be the last we see of him in, like, eight months’ time.

Also: George was thankfully not dressed as Little Lord Fauntleroy in knee-high socks and ruffles. Kate must have put him in his play clothes, which consisted of shorts, a sassy cardigan and CROCS!!


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Getty.

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  1. Katie says:

    Nice Crocs, Georgie.

    • kcarp says:

      I feel better about my daughters garish light up Crocs now. I mean a future king wears Crocs. I can see him in 40 years wearing a velvet robe, a crown, and Crocs.

  2. Elfie says:

    Permanently unemployed woman goes to polo. Ugh… She’s so tedious, I could die of boredom just looking at her. Seriously this woman never had a job even before children despite having all the opportunities to do something interesting, anything she wanted but she didn’t want to do anything. I just can’t understand her mentality.

    • Jules says:

      I wish the media would stop with her. She’s no Diana.

      • Peggy says:

        If she was Diana, she would be sleeping with the Rugby Captain, or making nuisance calls to Oliver Hoarde’s wife, bringing men hiding into the boots of cars, into the Palace or going out naked under a fur coat.
        Stop trying to make Diana into a Saint, every notice that no two people tell the same Diana story, because she was a liar, even her brother said.
        Sometimes when women are spiteful, they are not thinking about their children, and she did her best to turn them against their father, and look who end up raising them.

      • Senaber says:

        Ah yes Peggy. She is no Diana. At least diana was interesting, flawed, human- a person of great extremes who found her balance near the end of her life by focusing her efforts on helping others. Kate’s public persona is manufactured blandness, lazy entitlement, and excuses.

        I’m pretty disappointed with Kate. I loved Diana through good times and bad. I don’t have any love for Kate and Wills anymore. They need a serious attitude adjustment if any PR is going to work. Parading out the innocent children for photo ops is not going to cut it. Imo it makes them look worse.

      • Ruckhappy says:

        What’s wrong with boinking a rugby captain (queries this former rugby captain)?

      • Liberty says:

        I heart you, Senaber and Ruckhappy.

      • BB says:

        I heart you, Peggy.

    • inthekitchen says:

      I agree. There is so much good you could do in her position (and Will’s) and it’s sad to me that she either doesn’t appreciate this or just doesn’t care and wants to be as lazy as possible.

    • Ally.M says:

      ‘She’s no Diana.’

      Indeed she’s not and therein lies the problem, people will always compare William’s wife to William’s late mother. The Palace don’t want another Diana, Kate fits the brief, she makes William happy, produced an heir and spare and doesn’t make waves, basically she conforms. Some people might see her as bland or boring but she’s what they want. Personally I don’t mind her and think the hate is over the top considering how inoffensive she is.

      • Tulip Garden says:


      • jeanne says:


      • wow says:


        Kate doesn’t need to be Diana when she is succeeding in life as being Kate. It’s bad enough that some love to claim she copies Diana’s style. The woman gets dragged either way, which is why I’m glad she seems to just accepted that only Will’s opinion matters to her when it comes to their family.

        I like the way they dress George, even in his knee socks. And Kate is so natural in her mother role. She is rocking that. I love seeing her this way. You can tell she spends a lot of time with him instead of shuffling onto the nanny. They seemed close. Good for George and Charlotte. I also enjoyed seeing William with George over the weekend.

      • bluhare says:

        I think so too. She is definitely bland and she really needs to step up and embrace her public role.

      • perplexed says:

        I think Kate and William have invited comparisons themselves by putting side-by-side photos of the same outfits on their Kensington Palace Twitter.

        I think the public is willing to see Kate as her own unique individual, but for some reason Kate and William want comparisons to be made.

      • Natalie says:

        But she does make waves: her lack of work, her vacationing and shopping, her enormous home at Kensington (larger than Charles’ and Diana’s place at Kensington) are all waves.

        She tries hard to be bland and inoffensive -that’s part of her image. But if you line up what we’re told: hands-on, commited, normal vs. what we actually see: extravagant indolence -that’s her major controversy.

      • Caroline says:

        I agree with Ally. Diana had her good points but she was unbelievably manipulative and what William does not seem to understand is that his mother courted the press and used them, and we all know where that led. Diana apparently used to go to engagements and not speak to people half the time – not because she was shy but because she was in moods. If Prince Charles was due to see his sons Diana would often change the arrangements and make it impossible for him to see them. In some of her appearances with her sons on the water feature and at Britannia when she greets them it is so obviously false.

        I cannot understand the hate for Kate on here either. What exactly is she doing that’s so terrible?

    • Mia V. says:

      She’s really boring, with boring hair, boring clothes, boring princess.

    • aang says:

      She has two little children, why is being their mother not enough? William should be working his butt off doing royal work. But Kate is the mother of the future King and what could she be doing that is more important than taking care of him? I’m not sure I really believe that, but it is an interesting topic for discussion.

      • candice says:

        why is being their mother not enough?

        You make it seem like she is their only caretaker, fully responsible for them 24/7. She has nannies and other help and can pick and choose what aspects of mothering she “wants” to deal with and when.

      • bluhare says:

        Because she needs to be seen bolstering William’s image. As much I hate to say it, as it would be nice for a royal woman to be out there in her own right rather than an appendage to her husband, an appendage is what she is. And if she and William don’t do much to get people’s goodwill now they won’t have much when he takes the throne. That’s my thing with them. They need to develop a fanbase (although that’s not the word I’m looking for) with people their age now, because when William takes the throne no one will care because they didn’t cultivate anything with their own age group.

      • perplexed says:

        If she did work, it might draw too much attention to the fact that William doesn’t too much of anything.

      • puffinlunde says:

        Actually I think they are being pretty smart having a few years of family time – it is well known that Charles is pretty bitter of having spent his entire life as heir – waiting to inherit since 1952. William knows that he may not get close to being king for another 20-30years.
        Also I’m pretty sure Charles doesn’t want Kate in any major role – he is trying hard to persuade the public to accept that Camilla is the “Queen in waiting” and always hated the younger Diana getting too much attention

      • suze says:

        Because she is also a princess of the realm, with all the perks and responsibilities that entails.

        A job that she pursued avidly and took on willingly.

    • Tough Cookie says:

      When I can’t sleep I read articles about Waity. Works like a charm LOL

    • Dena says:

      I know. Tedious. Woman interacts with child. Child appears to enjoy it.

      Is this billed as an appearance?

    • MadMenluv says:

      Why does she have to have a job??? Why can’t she just be a wife and a mother to her toddler and newborn? Isn’t that enough of a job in itself??

      50 years ago it was the opposite! “How dare she go out and get a job instead of being at home raising her kids!!”

      And it’s not just for Kate either, I hear things like this said about regular non-royal women all the time…

      We’re damned if we do and we’re damn if we don’t…

      • Liberty says:

        MadMenluv, I will venture an answer. Prior to marriage and children, until age 29, she did not work. PRIOR TO CHILDREN. No work. A couple of pop-in’s at a shop a friend owned during a six-month stint, a few weeks serving drinks on a friend’s yacht. Then, nothing. Shopping, hair and trailing after William. No work. No charity efforts. Nothing.

        Now, she is on the Palace payroll. She is being paid to be the wife of William, a Duchess, as a very public royal family spokesperson. And yet she continues to do little. A few appearances per year, lots of shopping and decorating. I don’t think anyone begrudges her time to have and raise her children (though don’t forget she has a nanny and staff to help out). But Kate knowingly and diligently pursued and accepted a very public role that came with a very high-profile job and “role model” expectation. It was a post other women turned down (i.e. turned William down over), as they did not wish to deal with all it required. She chose to accept the marriage and the job it came with, and she accepts the many generous perks, she spends, she plays, and she decorates, and she takes holidays. But unlike the other royal wives with children (Sophie is a great example), unlike Diana before her, unlike a very elderly queen and her aunt by marriage, Kate is work-shy. Her own mother worked though she had children. Apparently nothing rubbed off.

        She is “damned if she doesn’t” in the same way that someone who only shows up to their job a few times a year would get a major side-eye from everyone else.
        This is MY opinion only.

      • FLORC says:

        Well put.

  3. InvaderTak says:

    he’s cute! Kate needs a better pair of leggings.

  4. Snowpea says:

    Kate looks so cute and fresh and young when she’s got a bit of weight on.

    She looks hard and old when she whittles her body down to zero body fat.

    As an aside, my bub is 7 months old today and I’m still as big as a house. Diet starts tomorrow! Gulp!

    • danielle says:

      I was thinking the same thing, she looks really good here! Her face is softer, and she’s wearing flats!

      • Hudson Girl says:

        I don’t want to burst any bubbles but, she just gave birth only about a month or 2 ago. Ha ha! That change anyone’s perspective?

    • tracking says:

      I agree. So much better.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      +1. Kate looks fabulous (especially her body!) and George is pure gold.
      I don’t get the constant comparisons with Diana. That was decades ago – this is a different age and time. They look like a normal happy family.

    • candice says:

      @snowpea – she looks pretty lean to me, especially for someone who gave birth so recently.

  5. Katydid20 says:

    If she can watch a polo match, she can do official royal charity work. Just saying.

    • zappy says:

      maybe this was count as royal work ;)

      • Olenna says:

        It wouldn’t surprise me. The birth of Charlotte was recorded as an appearance in the Court Circular last month. “The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34 a.m. today.”

      • justme says:

        Well giving birth to Charlotte (the spare!) actually is in her job description. Like it or not, it is her main function as the wife of the heir of the heir. Keep that dynasty going!

      • FLORC says:

        The birth of Charlotte did count as an official engagement. It will be tallied in to her event numbers. Maybe counted more than once being 1 for the labor and 1 for the outside photo op.

      • Olenna says:

        Thanks, Florc. I suspected as much. I still SMH when I hear that it’s her job to reproduce. I wonder if William had fallen in love with someone who couldn’t have children, would he have had to let her go? It’s all very sad really.

      • FLORC says:

        William was largely refused by other women because of his wandering eye. His exs all said it in their own words. And they would have been restricted by being his wife. They didn’t need the titles or money in other words. IMO He’s with Kate not because another couldn’t fulfill the heir spare. More that she showed she would accept his behavior and stay while he would not have to change.

        It’s noted to be acceptable Kate can quietly start taking a lover now that the heir and spare are born. To have done so prior would have raised paternity speculation. And that pretty much they have no duty past public events at this point.

      • Olenna says:

        Florc, if theirs is an arrangement as opposed to a conventional marriage (for the purpose of companionship, affection and children), then I could definitely see William having an affair. Kate, no. I don’t think Carol would allow it after working so hard to manage her children’s lives with as little controversy as possible. And, Kate is her mother’s daughter, conditioned to sacrifice self for the greater cause. I can see her going without love and affection from a man her entire life rather bring scandal to her family and marriage. The Midds really are the stuff soap operas are made of.

    • candice says:

      Don’t be ridiculous Katydid20, that would be expecting too much!! ;)

  6. Barrett says:

    Fabulous chubby cheeks. Face structure like Michael Middleton and Kate when she eats! I’m not into kids but George melts me.

  7. LadyMTL says:

    Adorable as he is, George with a polo mallet in his hands sounds a wee bit dangerous, lol. Duck and cover, people. :P

  8. jmho says:

    She just gave birth what, 6 weeks ago? Damn. Good for her. She looks great.

  9. Buckwild says:

    How many striped shirts and jeggings does Kate have? At least she’s not wearing wedge heels again.

    • Sarah says:

      They’re just stretchy jeans. You can tell they’re a more rigid material the way they bunch up in some places.
      Why do her casual clothes matter? Maybe it’s a Kristen Stewart situation – it’s like her uniform she wears when she’s not on duty anaand hopes people will get bored by her and leave her alone? We don’t own her – she doesnt need to entertain us all the time! Loads of people are taxpayer funded but they get to chill out sometimes.

  10. Suzanne says:

    If Kate and William are lazy, good for nothings….its because you Brits worship your royals and worry more about what she’s, Duchess Kate, wearing…than what she does to support her country. She’s conditioned to step out in public…wave, accept flowers and parade. That’s it. Have a royal baby watch…deliver…show off the royal children…and go back to the mirror and primp. Don’t expect much else…since so far…that’s all you’ve expected of her!

    • inthekitchen says:

      I’m only a Brit by marriage, but I think that’s kind of backward. IMO, the only reason that everyone talks about her clothes, thinness, hair, teeth, shopping, and now children…is because that is all she does or has going for her! If she had come out of the gate with a (real) FT working schedule, I do think people would find more to talk about than her superficial trappings. But sadly, she doesn’t do anything so folks are just left to talk about the fashion (such as it is) and hair (real or weaves?!), and now her children.

      • sophietta says:

        IMO Kate is intelligent, extremely ambitious and street savvy! This probably sounds a bit silly but she is the Capricorn sign and in a broad sense, fits the bill. What she lacks is self respect e.g. trailing after William for almost 10 years, not working but coming from a working family, feeling just a tad inferior to her relatives and Will’s friends. She has the prize so now must keep it so, to a degree, she will do William’s bidding. My feeling is that most folk in the UK could care less what she does….or that was what I gathered last year when I went home. So until it is decreed that she must speak, join, promote, act, involve herself, Kate will do what she has always done. As little as possible. She is not a fool.

  11. ali.hanlon says:

    Kate really wanted attention.

    I guess she didn’t appreciate not being visible at the celebration.

    • Jules says:

      Then maybe she can do something like CARE about something other than shopping.

      • candice says:

        that and her high maintenance “me” regime – diet, exercise, repeat; diet, exercise, repeat.

  12. lisa2 says:

    He is absolutely adorable.

    but man Kate is in great shape just 6 weeks after baby.. Amazing how her body snaps back.

    • Citresse says:

      Well, I think Kate works out an awful lot so it’s to be expected, I suppose.
      And that polo match near Tetbury? Hmmm, I guess they’re staying at Daddy Warbucks’ place (Highgrove)?

    • Francesca says:

      It is not necessarily that hard to lose the baby weight quickly. A big help is not gaining unnecessarily during the pregnancy. I gained 30 lbs and it was gone within three weeks and i did not exercise or diet. Im not bragging as even being back to my pre baby weight, i am still a size 16, just saying you dont need nannies and trainers and a starvation diet.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      My sister-in-law is built exactly like Kate: 5’9″ and slim. She was back in her pre-pregnancy jeans (size 6, NON stretch lol) 6 wks. after giving birth to all 3 of my nieces. Some women jus have the genetics. (#%*+!!)

      • Vava says:

        That’s great – but Kate isn’t 5’9″ despite what the ‘sugars’ say.

      • MadMenluv says:

        Kate is not a size 6…she’s usually a 2 I would say, US size 2

      • Olenna says:

        I’ve read that her dress size is a 2, but she doesn’t look that tiny. She’s been extremely skinny in the past, but she has a sturdy frame but with narrow hips. In reality, I think she’s about a size 4-5 when she’s at her thinnest. I think her height is between 5’7″ and 5’8″.

      • LAK says:

        Madmenluv: US 2 = UK 6

        Just thought I’d mention that.

        The conversion is US size + 4 = UK size and subtract 4 if you are making the opposite conversion.

  13. littlemissnaughty says:

    George looks just so BUSY all the time, I love it. Like he has no patience for being a baby and wants to grow up right the eff now. Love it. Let’s hope his sister is the same, then at least his parents will be kept on their toes. Or the nannies. Who knows.

    But Duchess K. shouldn’t wear skinny jeans. That goes for most people but they are really not flattering at all on her. It really seems like this couple has a serious pants problem.

  14. ncboudicca says:

    Jesus, those jeggings are killing me.

    • Grace says:

      Yeah, those are skinny jeans actually.

      • FLORC says:

        They look like stretchy spandex jeggings. The fold at the ankle gives it away as well as the entire fit. SKinny jeans have more denim and fit the body a bit stiffer. You don’t look like you poured yourself into skinny jeans.

  15. Beth No. 2 says:

    The future king of England is WEARING CROCS. Please tell me this does not revoke my right to turn my snooty nose up at someone wearing these monstrosities.

    • Citresse says:

      Crocs hit big around 2006 so for some they’re considered passe.

    • aang says:

      Crocs are perfect for toddlers. George can probably put them on himself and if they get muddy they can be easily cleaned.

      • Citresse says:

        Yes, I totally agree and I wore the pre-croc cousin of duckies (in red) apres ski while at Whistler Resort several years ago and got the word from others stating those were also passe.
        Anyway, I like a rebel of course :-) ………
        ……though in the case of William: he’s not a rebel in terms of work, he’s just petulant and lazy.

      • Vava says:

        Citresse, I’d say your red duck boots would be better to have on hand than any sort of Crocs. I don’t like crocs at all. I also don’t like Birks. Thank god, Kate isn’t wearing those (Birks)!

      • Isa says:

        I love crocs for kids! Comfy and easily cleaned. I haven’t seen that style, I thought they were sneakers. I want to get them for my kids now.

  16. Talie says:

    They really dress him up!

    • candice says:

      Yeah, you’d think it was a staged photo shoot or something.

    • Hazel says:

      Yeah, a cashmere cardie for playclothes. Not bad!

      • Deedee says:

        Has this kid ever been dressed up in any other color? Or is his wardrobe an endless sea of blue like William’s?

      • Citresse says:

        I’m starting to wonder the same, including the fact George appears to have only two pairs of socks.
        Don’t worry though, for what they lack in clothing, they make up for in vehicles. William is fond of motoring in various and always new, unlike George’s wardrobe.
        BTW did you happen to notice Charles was way ahead of William in the medal count on red Irish Guard uniform when Charles was photographed Trooping of the Colour ’84.

  17. Bess says:

    When are we going to see photos of Uncle Harry and Georgie playing together?

    • LAK says:

      It’s curious that Harry, who adores babies, wasn’t anywhere near PGtips in all the images from this event.

      • The Original Mia says:

        It was kinda sad to see neither Harry nor Charles interacting/playing with George. They were right there and nothing. It’s a shame.

      • Betti says:

        Yes it was – Harry had to move away coz Kate v quickly slid up to Willy’s side forcing him to move as his view was blocked.

        Charles looked like he wanted to interact with George but restrained for some reason – maybe because Kate was hovering/making sure George’s attention was on her or he didn’t want to distract George from the event. Even at the polo match – Kate and George seemed to be apart from the rest of the group. There are no photo’s of George will his father or grandfather who were both there – she knew she was going to be papped so made sure it was all her and George. Girl knows how to play the media.

        At one point on the balcony TQ turned round and gave Kate a look.

      • Dena says:

        Yeah. I would agree. It looked as if Charles wanted to interact with George both on the balcony & at the polo field. My thought is that he may not have been sure of his reception. Perhaps that’s why he hung back.

    • Chrissy says:

      I have to wonder if Georgy plays with anyone but his Mum and gramma? Have never seen him with other kids. Odd?

      • candice says:

        Mum and gramma? Outside the context of a photo shoot, it’s nannies.

      • FLORC says:

        George was seen with other children in AUS for a photo op/event. And again ata playground petting zoo with other children there. Heavily suspected that was staged as the RPO’s didn’t block the cameras that were close enough to be dealt with.

  18. LAK says:

    3 sets of PGtips photos in as many days…..mmmmmm…….I smell the PR deflection from the soon to be released annual accounts.

  19. Dena says:

    You know, say what you want about her (and it’s plenty), her kid is obviously bonded to her, they’re clearly comfortable together, and she appears to be a hands-on Mom.

    And isn’t she breast-feeding? Not to be all TMI, but I breastfed exclusively the first six months of my son’s life and I basically couldn’t leave him for more than two hours at a time. For whatever reason I couldn’t pump but overproduced when feeding (I think it was the stress of pumping) so I’d get engorged and extremely painful breasts if I was away from him for too long. For that reason she’ll get a ‘pass’ from me on royal duties that last longer than two hours for at least six months*

    Not any longer than that, though ;)

    * also, what’s she supposed to do in the middle of a parade/celebration? Say, “Excuse me, need to pump?” and leave the balcony? AWKWARD.

  20. Jess says:

    Jesus, she looks amazing! I wish she would stay this weight because she looks so much healthier this way, and younger, but she’ll get back down to skin and bones I’m sure.

  21. Emily says:

    For some reason I get the impression that Kate is more willing than William to listen to Jason the PR guy.

  22. Tough Cookie says:

    whew…..THANK GOD she has the time to hang out with one of her kids at a charity polo match. You know, with being a “working mom”….so busy supporting all her charities and stuff…LOL

    • RobN says:

      Do you actually think it’s unreasonable to take your toddler out for the day six weeks after giving birth?

      • FLORC says:

        Ofcourse she’s allowed and it’s not unreasonable to take her toddler out. It’s not about Kate not being able to bring her son out.
        Just that she’s doing nothing at all in regards to her job/work/responsibilities.
        She has a great deal of time to spend with her family and help is forever present. So, to find time for these things, but not a charity visit past maybe once or twice a year..?

        Would it be acceptable for a parent to call out of work, still get full pay and benefits, and be perfectly fine this whole time? They just declined to work at all. Because that’s more of the point here. And that seems unreasonable. Kate being with her child/children in public is not something anyone is saying in a negative way.

      • MinnFinn says:

        RobN, Kate was not out for the day. Matches are max 43 minutes of play plus breaks. We don’t know IF she even stayed for the entire match. Kate brought a childcare assistant plus 1 or more RPOs assigned to just George with her so yeah I think it’s reasonable for her to go to a polo match given her resources and that she may have been there 2 hours max.

        Her resources
        1. Servants got George up, fed and clothed him, prepared childcare supplies to take along for George, fed and cared for Charlotte so Kate could get ready for the match
        2. Norland trained nanny Maria was offsite caring for Charlotte
        3. RPOs drove Kate to and from the match – she did not have to park the car, gather kid stuff and walk to the field
        4. Kate had a female childcare helper and 1 RPO (or more) assigned just to George by her side for the commute to the match and while they were there

    • puffinlunde says:

      Women in Britain are entitled to 6-12 months of maternity leave so I don’t find it at all strange that she is not working 6 weeks after giving birth

      • Mika says:

        Women in Britain are entitled to 6-12 months of maternity leave after having worked FULL-TIME for at least one year. Kate works nowhere near full time. She barely works 40 hours in a year let alone 40 hours a week. Considering the fact that she has nannies and numerous other support staff There is absolutely no reason why she can’t do one 2 hour engagement a week.

        That being said I can completely understand why she would want some time off before going back to work, but let’s not act like asking Kate to go back to work is such an awful thing to do. We all know what Kate’s version of ‘working’ looks like.

  23. dibba says:

    OMG he’s adorble

  24. Blythe says:

    Why can’t Kate be a stay-at-home duchess? If I were her, working would be out of the question. I’d have no desire to do anything but pamper myself and take care of my kids. She’s not trying to be Diana. She doesn’t have to be either.

    Anyways, she looks amazing.

    • Vava says:

      She really can’t because her lifestyle is paid for by others than her husband. She needs to step up to the plate if for no other reason to bolster her husband’s flagging reputation. But she’s clueless.

  25. Betti says:

    I have a hard time being positive with these 2 – even if they want to have a normal life as possible before he becomes the Prince of Wales, they should still be doing more than they are. TQ was supposed to be scaling back after the Jubilee but can’t because certain people won’t step up and do more. Kate can certainly do more – she seem to do nothing most of the time anyway. Its not as if she has grocery shopping, housework to do – she has staff for that. So it begs the million dollar question – what does she do on a daily basis?

    The cynic in me thinks that the photo’s of her hovering about PG was a stunt to show that she is a devoted mother who is too busy raising her children on her own. They are bonded as son and mother but from watching the balcony appearance George seems equally comfortable with both parents and nanny – regardless that Kate might appear that she doesn’t trust Willy with the kids. George is quite the confident toddler who really didnt seem phased by the attention on Saturday – he was quite happy.

    • Hazel says:

      She was hovering, wasn’t she? There were other children/toddlers there–in-laws kids–and yet there seemed to be no interaction with the other kids. Maybe it’s just the photos they chose to give us.

      • Betti says:

        Maybe but at the polo match am sure if the ‘paps’ had shots of Willy or Charles fooling around with George they would have been slapped all over the media as those are the ones that are rare – so rare in fact there isn’t any.

        This is fast becoming the Kate and children show – she’s making a point that she is the only FT parent in their lives, even if Willy is hands on – its all about her. And i think Willy is very involved – George was very happy to be with his Dad on the balcony.

      • The Original Mia says:

        The hovering was ridiculous. All those kids and parents and Kate is the only one stalking her kid’s every move. Little Mia was walking around on her own and Zara was showing her SIL stuff on her phone. If she wasn’t going to let him be the inquisitive little boy that he is, she should have kept him at home. But then PR props do have to come out on occasion.

      • Dena says:

        Here is my perspective re: the hovering. Kate does not know how to & cannot successfully intermingle with others outside of her very small & insular world. Any relationships she has with Zara or Peter’s wife (I’ve forgotten her name) may very well be non-existent or that of the nodding variety. So, as not to look & feel awkward, she lavished all of her attention on George in order to avoid those feelings and/or interactions.

        On the one hand, I can feel some empathy & compassion for her. I’m an introvert who works at being an extrovert & social situations where you don’t know people or aren’t sure of your reception can be painful. On the other hand, this was a very “low-stakes high pay-off” opportunity for her to get to know her cousin in-laws & their families & babies better. It doesn’t look like she took it. That’s a shame. IMO she hid behind George but in the wrong way.

        That’s what I’m thinking.

      • Vava says:

        @ Dena…………..yes, I think I agree with you.

      • Harmony says:

        Dena – that makes complete sense. I was trying to figure out why her interaction with George seemed so out of synch.

    • RobN says:

      Hovering or a mom giving some special attention to the older child soon after the birth of number two?

      • FLORC says:

        Serious question. What is that debate tactic you’re using called?
        It’s solid. Like… “Dictator? Or leader who understands what’s best for their people?” Bad thing? or something that is repackaged in a less offensive way you can’t justifiably disagree with?
        It’s all the same, but you’re phrasing something in a harsh way and then offering a more pleasant alternative.
        It was on an episode of a show called Leverage where a man was winning a foreign election… This will drive me nuts now.

      • candice says:

        Hovering. Definitely hovering.

      • RobN says:

        Sorry FLORC, but I have zero idea what you’re talking about. I’m simply pointing out that there are different ways to look at the same set of facts, one a positive, one more negative. That’s it.

      • lily says:

        It’s called a mindf**k FOLRC. It’s driving me crazy because your right I can’t think of the word forit and there is a term for it. If you come up with it let us know.

      • Hazel says:

        FLORC–it’s called the false choice.

      • lily says:

        Double entendre?? This is totally driving me up the wall. What is it!?!

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Also known as ‘reframing.’ It can be a positive thing, but it is also a go-to advertising/psyop tool.

      • FLORC says:

        False Choice! Thank you Hazel.

        Yes there are different ways, but you’ve phrased those ways in a favoring way to your opinion and an unflattering way to the opposition. The wording only leaves you with 1 possible choice, by omitting facts. Not positive vs negative and not black and white. It’s just a very good debate/conversational maniulation tactice.

  26. Vava says:

    I hope she doesn’t lose this weight, because this is the best she’s looked in 5 years.

    • FLORC says:

      True. She looks happy and healthy. Hopefully her weight remains.

    • Jayna says:

      She did after George, eventually went back to her skinny weight. I don’t know why she doesn’t see she was prettier back when she had a little more weight on, like when she was in college She always looks pinched in the face when she’s so thin, and her figure was far prettier when she had a little more weight, like in these photos. She looks fantastic.

      • Vava says:

        I think she’ll always go back to the skeletal phase, unfortunately. I guess she chooses her ass over her face? (In the words of Ms. Deneuve). Kate has a cute figure at her normal (before the wedding) weight. But for some reason she thinks she should starve herself….sad, really.

  27. Size Does Matter says:

    Kaiser, thanks for not making this post about Kate’s post-baby body. I’m due in October and stressed enough about staying fit and not gaining too much and losing it all ASAP afterward.

    • American In Oz says:

      I just gave birth ten weeks ago and I found that I loved my pregnancy body, I was so proud and in awe of it! Post pregnancy, I was back to my normal size in about a week or so. Just take it easy on your body and enjoy it!

      • Vava says:

        Excellent advice! There is no rush to slim down quickly like these celebrities do. Embrace the moment and ENJOY.

  28. Elly says:

    yep, that´s definitely a photo op organized by/for Kate.
    George dressed up and Kate of course dressed in the tightest pants she could find to show the world she is slim(mer) again. She knows what headlines this will bring her. No other kid or grown-up is allowed to play with Geoge cuz it´s just a Kate & George (both in matching blue) photo op

    • Vava says:

      Oh yes, definitely a deliberate photo op. Kate and George. Who cares about William? LOL.

      I just chuckle whenever Kate dresses in blue to match her son, show off her sapphire ring. it’s so damned obvious.

  29. justanothergossiper says:

    I can’t believe I remember that she wore the exact outfit last year. Only the stripes are different. Last year she had a white shirt with blue stripes.

  30. Leslie says:

    George is so cute.

  31. msthang says:

    Life is one big charade for Waity!

  32. Liberty says:

    May I just point out that Mrs. Obama and her daughters are now in the UK to promote education for girls (though I think it is compulsory in the UK for girls until age 16???)…..
    she will tour schools, have tea at !0 Downing and — MEET WITH HARRY.

    That’s right. HARRY. She liked him when he was in DC in 2013, and now she wisely
    chooses to meet with the on clearly working and compassionate royal about this
    subject dear to her heart.

    Once again, I rest my case for Anne/Harry/Sophie, TEAM ROYAL TAKEOVER. HUZZAH because they work and they care. Unlike some!

    • TotallyBiased says:

      I am SO looking forward to the pics from this! SO cool–thanks for mentioning it :D

  33. ickythump says:

    I’m still wondering why Mrs Obama is in the UK promoting education for girls – all girls (and boys) are very well educated here. Why not visit a country that doesnt allow girls an education, like Pakistan? if she wants a vacation in the UK – tea at Downing Street, meeting Harry etc.- just say it like it is and dont pretend she’s here on a world mission. Obs making the most of her last days as First Lady.

    • Citresse says:

      I thought Mrs. Obama’s dress looked ridic while walking down the jetway and she can’t seem to get her girls out of mini skirts or mini dresses.

    • Maia says:

      The Obama girls are in a strange position. Partly because of their age. They want to dress much older than their years, yet are actually minor. They have an obvious desire to flaunt their burgeoning sexuality but are actually legally prohibited from acting on it. I am a bit shocked at how their skirts are. I do not think that I would let my daughter wear such short skirts at this very tender very crucial age and very tricky age. I am much less shocked when 19 or 20 year olds wear such short skirts – they are adults, can vote, and can legally have sex. But a 14 year old and a 16 year old ? Come on. What are the Obamas thinking. Do they want their minor daughters to be seen sexually ?

      • Vava says:

        Their skirts aren’t unduly short for people their age, c’mon! They are toned down for regular young people these days.

  34. leidub311 says:

    Thank you so much for not pointing out her “body after baby”. Every time I see these pics on tv, all they talk show is how great she looks for just having had a baby, her diet & how she keeps in shape. Very refreshing not to have seen that here, thank you again!