DUCHESS OF CAM­BRIDGE:

Kate’s new con­fi­dence as a mother and fu­ture queen

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

THE HAIR WAS DOWN and the shoes were off as the Duchess of Cam­bridge and her two el­dest chil­dren had a happy day out in the sun, watch­ing Prince Wil­liam play a char­ity polo match in Glouces­ter­shire. Kate’s re­laxed na­ture with her chil­dren was on full dis­play as the trio ran around the polo grounds to­gether, show­ing great sim­i­lar­i­ties to the kind of mum the late Princess of Wales was. Diana was de­ter­mined to give her very fa­mous chil­dren the most nor­mal up­bring­ing she could, and it ap­pears her daugh­ter-in-law is do­ing the same.

Kate has al­ways been af­fec­tion­ate with her chil­dren and these charm­ing photos give us a rare in­sight into just how warm and nat­u­ral a mother she is. There wasn’t even a hint of over-pro­tec­tive­ness, although she knew Ge­orge and Char­lotte were very much on dis­play, which shows how com­fort­able the Duchess has be­come in the pub­lic eye.

Just two months ago she gave birth to Prince Louis, who was at home with the nanny for the polo day, giv­ing Kate pre­cious qual­ity time with her two el­dest chil­dren. It’s been a busy few weeks for the Duchess, with high-pro­file events such as Meghan and Harry’s wed­ding and Troop­ing the Colour, how­ever she looked happy and re­laxed on a rare pub­lic day out.

In the com­ing months, we’ll see more of Kate with her new­born, as the palace pre­pares for Louis’ chris­ten­ing, but mean­while Ge­orge and Char­lotte looked rapt to be the cen­tre of their mum’s at­ten­tion, as she watched them play and even joined in from time to time. A barefoot Char­lotte, three, prac­tised her hand­stands and played roly-poly down the hill, be­fore col­laps­ing into her mum’s lap, while Ge­orge, four, raced around with a slinky. The pair also had minia­ture polo clubs to prac­tise with but, nat­u­rally, ended up us­ing them in a sword­fight in­stead.

All in all, it was a perfect fam­ily day out – even if it seemed no one was re­ally watch­ing the polo!

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