Ahead of their busy tour, it looks like William and Catherine are keen to spend quality time with their kids. Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Prince George and Princess Charlotte to watch Aston Villa match for the first time.
Prince George took after his father Duke of Cambridge who is an avid Ashton Villa fan. In 2015 William talked to Gary Lineker about why he supports Aston Villa despite not being from the Midlands
“A long time ago at school I got into football big time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United fans or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run of the mill teams. I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments”.
Dressed up in claret and blues Prince George cheered up the team while clapping and jumping up and down when Ashton Villa won the match by 5-1. The family had a great time as they cheered from the stands at their local stadium on Carrow Road.
Ashton Villa welcomed Prince George and shared it on Twitter, ” You know how to pick your #AVFC games, Your Royal Highness.”
George’s love for football has always been a matter of public knowledge. He had a football-themed birthday celebration on his 6th birthday after a family celebration during vacation in Mustique. And how can we forget his birthday portraitwhere he was wearing an England football shirt.
About his kid’s love for Football once William joked he would have to pass it by Catherine when he’d take George to a Villa game and if he would d encourage them to be Villa fans.
It looks like 2020 is going to be a very busy year of Prince George and Princess Charlotte (I hope for Prince Louis too) as members of the Wedding parties. Last week we heard the news of Princess Beatrice’s’ engagement. Last night it was revealed that Duchess’ brother James Middleton is engaged to his French Girlfriend Alizee Thevenet’. William’s close friend Thomas Van Straubenzee is also set to get married next year.
Today was the big day for our little Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Charlotte started her formal education at Thomas’s Battersea, where Prince George is already a student since September 2017. The school is located just a few miles away from the family’s official residence in London Kensington Palace.
Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea, joining her older brother Prince George. ✏️📚🏫 pic.twitter.com/8l63WEjzcw
Both Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Princess Charlotte to her first day of the school. William was holding George’s hand and his school bag while Charlotte was on her Mother’s side looking anxious but excited. On last Thursday, Kensington Palace announced that
“Princess Charlotte, accompanied by the Duke and Duchss of Cambridge and Prince George, will attend her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea on Thursday 5th September”.
Simon O’Malley, headteacher of the school remarked, “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea. We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”
Express reportedthat Charlotte will start learning French, computing, art, music, drama and ballet at the school where George is already a student of Grade 2 and ready to learn literacy, numeracy, science, swimming and music.
The choice of kids’ school was not unexpected but a bit far away from the school royal kids have attended in the past. William and Catherine, who are determined to give their children a normal life during the early years of their lives, said in March 2017 via Palace,
“Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education”.
The school’s website describes itself as, “Thomas’s Battersea is a busy, thriving, purposeful school, educating 560 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13. As you would expect of any Thomas’s school, the most important school rule is to ‘Be Kind’. We offer a rich and broad curriculum, with Art, Ballet, Drama, ICT, French, Music and PE all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day in school”.
“The school is structured in three, three-year stages (the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools) within a framework of ‘Enjoyment, Learning and Achievement’, which informs a child’s journey through the school. Children join at the age of four and leave at 11 or 13”.
“Whilst we are proud of our record of the senior school entrance and scholarship successes, we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers. We hope that our pupils will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, set on a path to become net contributors to society and to flourish as conscientious and caring citizens of the world. In a rich language environment children are encouraged to speak and listen in a range of situations; they communicate as they investigate and problem solve; they develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves and extend their social skills. Teachers model rich language and encourage children to express their thoughts and ideas through conversation”.
We can see a sparkly £3 unicorn key ring hanging from Charlotte’s bag. Duchess told Head of the lower school, Helen Haslem, ” She (Charlotte) is very excited”. Charlotte was seen playing with her pony through the time in front of cameras. I guess that was her way of handling the pressure of the first day that was a very much public event.
Catherine missed Prince George’s first day of school, as she was expecting her third child Prince Louis in September 2017 and was suffering from acute morning sickness. But Palace released this beautiful official portrait marking George’s first day. We can expect a similar picture today also.
Catherine has been spotted many times on school run. She drops and picks George from school regularly. The close bond of family is shown when Carole Middleton was also spotted picking her eldest grandchild from school a few times.
Updated: As expected Palace shared the cute picture marking Princess Charlotte’s first day of school.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning.
The picture was taken at the steps of Kensington Palace before George and Charlotte left for school. Both siblings have protected and loving arms around each other. So far we do not know who took the picture.
Wednesday was a fun-filled day for Cambridge Clan. Prince William and Prince Harry were playing at a William and Harry for the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, where they were cheered on by a special group of kids. Duchess of Cambridge took her all three kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club.
Polo matches used to be the highlight of Young Princes’ summer since their dating days. We saw the then Catherine Middleton every year cheering William during Polo Matches. Now 10 years later we are seeing their kids with them. It is almost a serene feeling.
As George and Charlotte are on summer break and will be back in school in September, the Cambridge family is spending summer at their country residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
On Tuesday a twitter user revealed a surprise bump into Duchess of Cambridge at Pensthorpe.
Pensthorpe Natural Park – family attraction is located just 25 minutes’ drive away from Anmer Hall. Created by a visionary conservationist, Bill Makins, the stunning 700-acre nature reserve located within the Wensum Valley offers many unspoilt habitats to explore ranging from ancient woodland to wetland walks to glorious gardens. Read more about the park here.
During the match, kids seem to have lots of fun. George and Charlotte tried their feet at football. I am sure the kids spend lots of time outdoors playing at their home given mummy Catherine’s love for outdoors.
We got a glimpse inside what William keeps in his car. Well, as expected a family man’s car was full of kiddy stuff sufficient for a small picnic.
This year’s King Power Royal Charity Polo Day had significant meaning for the Srivaddhanaprabha family as they paid tribute to Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha by presenting a memorial trophy in his honour. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – a Thai billionaire businessman was the founder, owner and chairman of King Power Duty-Free. He died in a plane crash last year. Both William and Catherine visited Leicester in November 2018 to pay the tribute.
The event raised £1 million pounds for fifteen benefiting charities including the Invictus Games Foundation, African Parks, the English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, RFU Injured Players Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Rhino Conservation Botswana, the Royal Marsden, the Passage and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.
Duchess once again trust her Castaner Carina Wedges for the summer outing with her kids where she was constantly running after trouble maker Louis.
The new element of her outfit was Mulberry Ruby Red Croc Darley Bag. Thanks to Christin Zi and Replicate Royalty on Twitter for the id. The £595 bagis described as, “The Small Darley is iconic with the Mulberry signature postman’s lock and is perfect for carrying essentials or used to keep valuables secure inside an everyday bag. It can be transformed into a mini bag thanks to its detachable chain strap”.