Prince William & Kate took all three kids to the Royal International Air Tattoo

It continues to be one of the most infuriating things to realize that the Princess of Wales spent years pushing out the Kents from their patronage at Wimbledon, then once she secured the patronage for herself, she just stopped going. The Wimbledon men’s semifinals are happening right now… and Kate isn’t there. She’s only gone to one day of Wimbledon, and that was because Roger Federer was there. Instead, Kate headed out for a family outing with her husband.

William, Kate and their three kids went to a military air show – the Royal International Air Tattoo. Get it, because William fancies himself a pilot? Big planes go vroom-vroom. While Louis and George looked into it, Kate was kind of dead-eyed and I get the feeling that none of this was her idea. Kate wore an ugly blazer from Blaze Milano, plus normal trousers and flats. I’m shocked that she didn’t dust off her jeggings for this!! This trip was unannounced and I’m not even sure how many photographers even knew about it? Interesting that they would do this during Wimbledon too.

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  1. Delphine says:

    Tbh this seems like something they did for the kids. My parents used to take me to air shows too.

    • Jais says:

      True but it seems like it was also a working event? The kids prob would have enjoyed it more without the cameras.

      • BeanieBean says:

        It is one of those summertime things to do, but those kids are dressed to be photographed. Everybody’s in blue, Charlotte’s hair is neat & tidy, Louis in shorts with a sweater, George wearing a belt & his shirt tucked in.

      • Ash says:

        If they didn’t bring cameras, did it really happen? You know how obsessed they are with making Instagram reels.

      • WHAT says:

        According to the telegraph this is George Wales 🥇 official royal duty. Got to replace early I’m assuming.

      • Princessk says:

        Charlotte seems to be looking at the bank of cameramen…she doesn’t seem happy. Must be very off putting having cameras trained on you on the time.

      • PrincessOfWaffles says:

        @what – watch george doing more engagements than both his parents at the end of the year

    • SURE says:

      But would your parents have also invited their equerry to this type of family outing? Would your parents have also invited their go to PR photographer to tag along as well? But maybe you’re right, WanK probably just did it for the kids.

      • Kit says:

        This is KP sending out de Cambridges for a family photo , no matter what’s going on between this couple they are absolutely committed to their children !
        Poor George dresses like my dad, his 84 by de way !!

      • First comment says:

        Yeah..they even brought Kate’s favorite photographer, Chris Jackson..

    • TigerMcQueen says:

      This is KP doing more damage control over Will’s treatment of Khate at the polo match.

      They’re a happy family, see! They spend time together with the kids!

    • PrincessOfWaffles says:

      They’re just trying to show us that they’re really spending quality time together with the kids because they are not separated and they are not lazying around like everybody’s knows. I mean thinks.

    • HamsterJam says:

      Delphine: Were your parents paid to take you to air shows so that pictures of you could be sold to the newspapers?

  2. QuiteContrary says:

    Kate’s blazer would look so much better without the stripes. George looks like a miniature adult, as usual.

    More importantly, poor Louis — I wish they’d let him be a little kid, but it always looks like they’re reining him in.

    • Cessily says:

      The blazer should have been longer to hide the droopy and sagging material on her backside. As for the event, these kids looked like they were happy and having fun until they spotted a camera and it’s like the joy was sucked right out of their little faces.

    • Fabiola says:

      I like Kate’s blazer

      • SunnyDays says:

        I like the blazer as well. What I don’t like is how she styled it (shocker). It would look so much better in a set with matching linen pants or dressy pleated shorts but she would never. The black pants and shoes are way too harsh looking.

  3. JenC says:

    I know it depends on the exact moment the photos are taken, but everyone looks not particularly happy to be there. Granted W always looks displeased (resting pissed face), but even little Louis looks tired and not his poppy self.

    • Megan says:

      I think it’s a combination of being out in the pouring rain and looking somber as they tour the plane that returned QEII to London after her death.

      • SunnyDays says:

        It is SO bizarre that they took their children to visit the plane that carried their late great-grandmother’s body. Summer holidays in the Wales household sure seems fun! I can think of dozens of things they could have done (in private) as a family if they wanted to honour her.

    • Carty says:

      Those kids always look stressed out. Louis tries to power through but seems to be shut down all the time. She’s always in his face. Also, Kate dresses those kids like shit.

      • Chrissy says:

        I agree about how the kids are dressed. George is always dressed like his father, Louis’s always dressed in shorts (even in winter!) and Charlotte is always in a dress?

  4. I think they needed to trot out the kids for some good press and look we are a family we do things together stunt.

    • SURE says:

      Surely not a reaction to the photos of H, M, A & L at the 4th of July parade?

      • Flower says:

        ^^ Exactly this.

      • Cessily says:

        I was just going to say the same thing. This is their answer to the snapshots and paparazzi photos of the Sussex family together at a parade on the 4th of July. I’m really surprised Lotte isn’t in pigtails and the kids aren’t waving small 🇬🇧 flags🙄. Oh well I hope the kids had fun and got to explore for more than a brief photo op.

      • Meqan says:

        Bingo, bango,bongo

    • Mary Pester says:

      @susanCollins, exactly that because of the negative articles floating around about their marriage. The only fun part of this picture is it looks asif Louis is trying to make a break for it again! And katey dear, your fillers are drooping 🤔

    • Becks1 says:

      I was just going to say, I think they were told they needed to make a family appearance with the kids.

    • Eurydice says:

      It looks hastily arranged. Like “Quick, we have to be there in 15 minutes, no time for wardrobe.”

    • SarahCS says:

      We have a winner.

      Look we absolutely do spend time together as a family and we’re busy, busy, busy with the kids.

    • StellainNH says:

      Poor Charlotte seems to have the weight of the world on her shoulders all the time. Poor middle child.

    • Carrie says:

      Yep. Absolutely needed to trot out the kids to deflect from the Dan Wooton story.

  5. Nubia says:

    There she goes fake posing trying to look like she is showing Louis something stimulating,mean while he is about to wack her hand away.

    • Carty says:

      I’m team Louis. Poor kid can’t just be.

      • Cecile730 says:

        Have you noticed that none of the kids ever seems happy when they are with their “parents”.
        George look like he is screaming “get me far away from her”, Charlotte look like she is saying “please, she’s insane” and Louis…..just seems so unimpressed by his “mom”.

  6. Pinkosaurus says:

    That blazer would have looked great with white jeans and maybe a colored tee underneath.

  7. NG_76 says:

    I like the blazer?

  8. Jessica says:

    Dang, George is getting tall. That’s all I got.

  9. MSTJ says:

    I guess this is an opportunity to compete with the Sussexes July 4 Independence Day tabloid chatter. The Wales family outing?! These two for some reason need to project themselves as better than the Sussexes. 🤷‍♀️ However, the optics of their family photos usually seem painfully forced ‘togetherness’. They need to stop using the children as props. The children seem uncomfortable with the publicity. 🧐

    • MSTJ says:

      Also, I guess this publicity family outing underscores the various recent articles rolled out to project their focus on family and justify their laziness?! They need to work and stop trotting the children out as publicity props to compete with the Sussexes. The Sussexes have moved on from the royal institution. These two childish adults need to grow up and stop competing with the Sussexes.

  10. ShazBot says:

    I saw someone tweet “we wondered who was in the royal helicopter that flew over our house!” So I guess they did another helicopter ride there.

  11. Polly says:

    I find it kind of regressive that Charlotte always has to wear dresses. Maybe that’s her own preference but it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s another example of Kate making sure her children always look like they’re stuck in a 1930s time warp.

    • HH says:

      Meh. I’ve always preferred dresses – and I am NOT a frilly girly girl, I just hate waistbands. My favorite dresses are just cotton knit tee or tanks, comfy as can be. I don’t find anything wrong or weird with how Charlotte is dressed.

      • Cee says:

        This was not the place nor day for a dress. In some photos you can see how her dress is flying up as she tries to hold onto it!

  12. aquarius64 says:

    This is a straight up photo up and these kids do not look like they are having a good time. This attempt at the Waleses being the royal Cleavers in not selling.

  13. M says:

    So everyone seems to be wearing jackets and sweaters, but they trot out Charlotte in a dress and Louis in shorts? Poor kids.

  14. Harper says:

    That’s the same dress Charlotte wore last year at the Commonwealth games where she flew in on the helicopter with her pink duffle and met Kate in the car. I wonder why she is wearing last year’s dress which she has clearly outgrown? Someone decided a happy family photo shoot was needed before they go their separate ways for the summer. Kate’s outfit is drab.

    • JT says:

      I’ve noticed the the kids always seem to be wearing the same outfits over and over. Their outfits never really vary in style and they’re always in shades of blue. Kate, on the other hand, is spending hundreds of thousands on new clothes every year. It’s like she’s not really putting much effort into the kids, while being hyper focused on herself. And for goodness sakes, let Charlotte wear some pants if it’s raining out.

    • Athena says:

      Kate rarely wears the same thing twice but on a number of occasions she has the kids out in the same clothes as if to show how like everyone else they are. Charlotte is at the age where she wants to pick her own clothes but Kate is dictating what Charlotte must wear. Kate must be a nightmare to deal with.

    • SarahCS says:

      It also looks like she put Charlotte and George in matching outfits (down to the shoes) and George is coordinated by different. What a surprise.

  15. Beverley says:

    How tiresome it must be for those kids to deal with the freeze-frame style of posing that their bat sh*t mother insists on doing for the cameras. It must be weird and unsettling to watch Kkkhate grin maniacally at seemingly nothing.

    As for their dad, those children have quite a story to tell.

    Like a commenter said recently, Louis’ eventual tell-all book promises to be a doozy!🤡

    • Jais says:

      Yes, I’ve always though it must be disconcerting as a kid to be with your mom while she’s freeze-framing for photos. How does one react to that?

  16. Vanessa says:

    I knew as soon as those pictures of Meghan and Harry and their kids came out that william and Kate were going to pull this stunt . They just happened to be photographer with all three of their kids together doing a family outing it’s so obviously that they want attention . They can’t have Meghan and Harry and their kids on the front pages . The truth is the Wales kids are so over exposed at this point they went from being so against anyone having pictures of their kids to constantly using them as shields to get good press .

  17. Over or says:

    Sigh , these two and them constantly using their children for good publicity.

    • Cecile730 says:

      Not a really good one since the kids don’t seems to be able to get one smile on their face. What horrible “parents “, they are.

  18. Becks1 says:

    Oh lordy, they’ve transitioned George to the brown suede shoes of doom. That’s all you get to wear in public now kiddo!!

    Also, its interesting Charlotte is in the same dress she wore a year ago, right? Like….put her in a different dress.

    This definitely just seems like a command performance to me. Maybe they wanted to do this anyway as a family, but they dressed up and made it into a work event.

    Also I just checked the CC (to see if this was listed yet.) And lordy William and Kate really are being outworked by everyone older than them. For example, if you look at what Charles and Camilla did in just one day in Scotland compared to W&K attending a service….I’d be so embarrassed if I was them. The duke and duchess of gloucester are outworking them.

    And Kate can’t even be bothered to show up at Wimbledon.

    • Blithe says:

      Lol: Those were my first two unfortunate observations as well: George wearing those just-like-his-Dad shoes and Charlotte wearing the very cute dress that she wore in those pictures from last year where she seemed to be bridging the gaps between her two uncomfortable looking parents. I hope the clothes were their own choices. Maybe that’s a favorite dress of Charlotte’s — that’s at least not flowered Liberty prints , and maybe George’s shoes are comfy.

    • Nic919 says:

      Maybe that dress is the one she keeps at KP when she has weekends with her dad.

      Louis is the only one who looks like he is having some fun.

  19. bitsycs says:

    It’s gonna be an interesting few years as the Sussex kids are going to be in the very adorable phase/rarely seen and the Wales kids are full speed ahead into the awkward years and overexposed. Competitive Kate is not going to like that inevitable coverage and potential comparison. I always get the impression she likes babies and not so much kids.

    • Cecile730 says:

      If she like babies, she wouldn’t have used 3 nannies for 3 kids plus a night nurse.
      Kkkhate loves Kkkhate and maybe the Middletons (big maybe), nothing else.

  20. Inge says:

    How sad for Wimbledon, they had a dedicated patron in the Kents.

  21. Flower says:

    I get that not all couples are comfortable with PDA, but the state of these two around their children and worse still alone is pitiful.

    At least around the children they have a distraction at least and it’s amazing how the Rota pretend they cannot see what the whole world can see.

    These two passed breaking point long ago and are now just working colleagues.

  22. Amy Bee says:

    Those Blaze Milano jackets are very expensive. I agree with Kaiser as patron Kate should be at more Wimbledon matches.

  23. Mei says:

    My family and I went to RIAT on one of the three days it ran for last year, because my brother works in aeronautics. I honestly wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, the air displays from countries around the world were so incredible and there were a lot of interesting military planes, including one of the Air Force One Boeings as well that they must have flown in for it. The show is so large that they have buses running end to end.

    I don’t begrudge them going to this, I’m sure the kids really enjoyed it and getting to speak to people who work on the planes and who work on planes who are volunteering their time would have been super interesting for them. Wimbledon is a few weeks long, why she didn’t bother to go to lots of the matches, particularly the women’s ones and as many of matches as possible with British players I don’t know.

  24. SARAH H says:

    Interesting, their daughter’s blonde hair suddenly returned to its natural brown color. These kids don’t get the same level of scrutiny as the Sussexes’ kids. Thats why I don’t feel sorry for them, they are just like their parents.

  25. Mslove says:

    Of course, I see it now! Pegs can’t solve homelessness because he’s rearing the children! Perhaps when the children graduate from university, Pegs can finally get down to business.

    • Tessa says:

      Then it will be will wants to be the bestest grandfather so when the first.grandchild is born he wants to spend time with the baby

  26. tamsin says:

    Air shows are popular things to take kids to, and most kids love it. Probably not as much fun if it’s rainy day. There would be no reason to criticize William and Kate for this, if Kate had managed to work in a couple of appearances at Wimbledon this week since she is patron. Hope she shows up for both finals. Love that George is wearing green pants, not going with the blue/navy and white theme.

    • Nic919 says:

      They could have banned photographers from the event. They chose not to. This isn’t a public space and they have had their RPOs ask people not to take photos for private family events in the past.

      I don’t care that they brought the kids but the photo op to pretend happy family is just more exploitation of the kids for good PR.

  27. Tessa says:

    Louis is dressed as usual in little lord fauntleroy outfit. Charlotte channeling Victorian outfits and George dressed similar to his father

  28. Cathy says:

    Another day, another new outfit for Kate.

    And Charlotte is wearing a dress from last summer that she’s outgrown.

    Priorities Kate? Hmm?

  29. Scooby Gang says:

    Is it me, or has Pegs been practicing his Zoolander Blue Steel look in photos lately?

    I first noticed in the photo of him with George at the outing where George was eating pizza. Pegs was leaning in with this weird serious face.

    I see it again in a photo above.

    Is he spending time in the mirror trying to perfect his new “hot single dad” look ahead of any potential announcement?

    Keep practicing, egg head. You’re not there yet.

    • Tiny says:


    • SURE says:

      Think you’re right Scooby. He’s got a new photog named Andrew Parsons trailing after him. Andrew is Rhiannon Mills’ (SKY royal reporter) partner and his speciality is political photography – he worked for Boris. He promotes W heavily on his twitter account and is clearly trying to help craft a certain more “desirable” image of W. Desperate times….

  30. Penelope Pittstop says:

    Charlotte’s dress is too small, she wore it last year, while Kate has a new jacket for the outing. I hope that Charlotte wanted to wear that dress, but I doubt it. She might have been more comfortable wearing shorts or trousers, too.

  31. Isa says:

    There is a video on Twitter where a plane flies by and Louis is visibly disturbed and looks like he screams. It makes me so mad that he is clearly bothered by loud sounds and yet they continue to put him in these situations and don’t provide him with ear protection.

    • Barb Mill says:

      I saw that video. It was also obvious he didn’t want to be there. Of course everyone on twitter is acting all like how they love Louis and his antics. It’s obvious he is to young to be trotted out to these events. Lots of other folks were saying he was on the spectrum. It’s just like Harry said in Spare how damaging this is and tried to talk to William about it. This was nothing more than a PR event for Will and Kate. Why wasn’t she at Wimbledon, one of her patronages. If she needed a family PR event she could have attended with Charlotte. I suppose she is saving that for the finals which she has to attend.

      • Isa says:

        He seemed happy enough after the noise went away. He jumped on a parked ATV. But this isn’t the first time he’s screamed at the loud sounds and I don’t know why they don’t get him something to protect his ears.

    • Cathy says:

      Take it from someone with hearing damaged by environmental factors… ears can only take so much before your hearing is damaged for ever. It doesn’t repair itself! Once it’s gone it’s gone. I despise Kate for not supplying ear protection for her kids especially Louis as we’ve seen more than once he is affected by loud noises. Kate has even laughed at him being affected.

      • Isa says:

        Absolutely. I work with adults that have permanent hearing loss from heavy machinery. There’s a link between hearing loss and dementia. When musicians post photos of their kids at concerts they’re typically always wearing hearing protection.
        And she laughed? And this is the person we are supposed to take early childhood development advice from?

  32. Lizzie says:

    Millions of families to see air shows every year. This is kind of a big whoop. I imagine the news that the coronation was a financial bust prompted a photo op with the kids. So, it’s in the 100+F in parts of the US, I’ve read parts of Europe are also in the 100’s but in the UK 4 out of 5 of the wails are wearing sweaters or jackets. Crazy weather. Have a good weekend all.

  33. AC says:

    Agree with @Vanessa above . Once the public saw HM outing with their children esp Harry and Lili during 4th of July(and was trending), WK will copy. How lazy can their staff be by just copying whatever HM does 😀 . The media wants you to think WK are great parents but they’re manipulating their kids for PR. Humiliating and Sad. With young children this is supposed to be a fun summer event where they can still be kids , not a work event with commissioned photographers. If HM did this same exact stunt, you know those derangers would have a heart attack like they did when they saw Harry and Lili casually at a 4th of July parade near their own home, trying to convince themselves it’s all for PR. Tables turned and look what WK did with their kids lol

  34. My opinion says:

    They dragged those kids out because Dan Wooten is getting exposed and brought down, willy and kitty are tied up with that low life. Dan was the one with the affair scoop that quickly died and was replaced with Sussex smearing, in particular Meghan. Now Dan’s going down and I’m sure Willy is worried what a desperate Dan might say, so kiddy parade to change the focus.

  35. Marley says:

    If you look at pictures where she is interacting with air cadets (teenagers?) and students at this event, they are not impressed. Children around her always look so glum or are giving her the side-eye.