From the moment young George arrived on the scene in 2013, Kate and Wills were determined to raise their children to be as “normal” as possible. In a 2016 interview, William said, “I’m a new father, and I take my duties and my responsibilities to my family very seriously… I want to bring my children up as good people”.
See how the Cambridges are keeping it normal for George and Charlotte, allowing them to grow up out of the spotlight:
Sharing special moments on social media
The Cambridge’s are adamant that the paparazzi not intrude on their private family life. They prefer to take control and post their private happy snaps on official social media channels instead.
The first official image of Prince George was taken by Kate’s dad, at home in his garden. It was shared with the world via Clarence House’s official Twitter account. Twitter has become a favouriteof the young family, as they also used it to share images of Charlotte’s first birthday.
Heading off to nursery
Prince George skipped off to preschool for the first time in January, wearing a cosy blue jacket and a cute little backpack. William and Kate reportedly take it in turns driving George the 16 kilometres to Westacre Montessori School from their home in Norfolk.
Back in 1985, William was the first heir to the throne to attend nursery school rather than receive a private education at home. It seems he is keen to carry on this tradition with his own children.
Enjoying mum’s home cooking
There’s nothing like coming home from a big day at nursery to find mum in the kitchen whipping up your favourite meal. This is the sort of scenario George might expect, after it was revealed Kate is a keen home cook.
She has often been spotted returning from the local supermarket with a fresh chicken to roast for William’s supper (it’s apparently his favourite). In 2011, Kate even handed out pots of homemade strawberry jam for Christmas (the Queen was one lucky recipient).
At their former Kensington Palace apartment, Kate famously installed a second “informal” kitchen where she could prepare meals for her young son in private. She was also quick to renovate the kitchen at Anmer Hall, converting it into a cheery, family-friendly space. Grilled cheese sandwich, anyone?
Back in March the Cambridges packed up their ski boots and poles and headed off to the French Alps for a skiing holiday. It was the first time either of the children had seen snow, and the family released images of a rosy-cheeked Charlotte cuddling her dad, and mum playfully pelting her husband with snowballs. They were reportedly staying at the pretty Alpine village of Courchevel, and were spotted enjoying lunch together at a local mountain restaurant.
Waving daddy off to work
In July 2015, Prince William started his new job as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot. He told reporters that, “For me it’s a really important point to be grounded. I feel doing a job like this really helps me to be grounded and that’s the core of what I’m trying to become.”
By heading off to work each day, he hoped to instil in his children the values of service and duty to others. “I’m trying to be a good guy, to do what I can and trying to be a decent individual.” William’s bosses at the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) service insisted he was doing “a very important job” and that he was “very much part of the team”.
Being spoilt by Great Granny
In March 2016, Kate gave her first solo TV interview during a documentary marking the Queen’s 90th birthday. It was a relaxed, candid chat where she revealed that George and Charlotte are the apples of her majesty’s eye. George even calls his great-grandmother “Gan-Gan”. Kate said the Queen was “really thrilled” that Princess Charlotte was a girl.
“As soon as we came back here to Kensington, she was one of our first visitors,” she said.
Kate also opened up about family visits to Buckingham Palace, where the children are spoilt by their Gan-Gan. “Every time we stay with her, she leaves a little gift for George and Charlotte in their rooms. I think that just goes to show her love for [the children] and for the family,” Kate said.
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