Kate Middleton shared a never-before-seen photo of Princess Charlotte smelling flowers, saying she values 'moments like that' for her kids
Kate Middleton shared a never-before-seen photo of 4-year-old Princess Charlotte. The picture was posted on the Kensington Palace Instagram account in honor of Middleton's first-ever podcast interview, where she talked about motherhood, pregnancy, and childhood. Middleton captured the picture of her daughter smelling flowers. The duchess is known for her photography skills and for snapping pictures of her family, many of which are used as official royal portraits.
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Kate Middleton shared a previously unseen photo showing her 4-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, smelling wildflowers in a grassy field. The picture was shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram account on Saturday in honor of Middleton's "Happy Mum, Happy Baby" podcast interview that was published the same day.
“I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent. • I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time”. • Swipe 👉 to listen to The Duchess of Cambridge speaking about her experiences as a parent on the ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast with @MrsGiFletcher. On the special podcast, The Duchess spoke about the importance of the early years, and about her landmark ‘5 Big Questions on the Under 5s’ survey. It takes just 5 minutes to have your say in the biggest ever conversation on early childhood — visit the link in our bio to answer The Duchess’s #5BigQuestions. Photo © The Duchess of Cambridge A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:30pm PST on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:30pm PST
In the podcast, Middleton spoke to host Giovanna Fletcher about her new campaign, a UK-based survey for parents called the "5 Big Questions on the Under Fives. The duchess also told stories about pregnancy, motherhood, and her upbringing — talking about the significance of small but meaningful moments in her childhood, and how she tries to incorporate similar experiences in the lives of her children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Specifically, she told Fletcher about the candid picture of Princess Charlotte smelling the flowers. Considering Charlotte's outfit and the scenery in the photo, it's possible the image was captured the same day Middleton captured her daughter's fourth birthday portraits. "I've got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it's moments like that that mean so much to me as a parent," Middleton said on the podcast episode. "I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they're small or even if I don't have time." The duchess continued, saying: "Life now is so busy, so distracting, and actually sometimes the simple things like watching a fire on a really rainy day, I find such enjoyment, and actually, I remember that from my childhood — doing the simple things, going on walks together — and that's what I try and do with my children as well." Middleton told Fletcher: "I think these experiences as well mean so much to children and the world that they're in, which is a real adventure at their age." The never-before-seen photo of Princess Charlotte is one of many pictures captured by Middleton herself, who has been known to take both candid snaps and official portraits of her family. Middleton's photography skills have earned her an honorary spot in the Royal Photographic Society.
Thank you for the lovely messages for Princess Charlotte’s fourth birthday! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share three new photographs of Princess Charlotte ahead of her fourth birthday. The photographs were taken in April by The Duchess at Kensington Palace and at their home in Norfolk. A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on May 1, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT on May 1, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT
Middleton has also captured holiday portraits of her family — including this one from December 2019, which shows Prince William giving a kiss to Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte and Prince George also making an appearance.
🎄 Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year. We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day ⛄️ A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 24, 2019 at 4:01pm PST on Dec 24, 2019 at 4:01pm PST
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Buckingham Palace has in the past announced divorces or separations within the family through an official public statement. For example, this was done for the separation of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York. However, the palace did not comment on Phillips and Kelly's separation when contacted by Insider on Tuesday. The Queen has not been publicly involved in the divorce Instead, a private spokesperson issued a statement from the couple, where they confirmed that Phillip and Kelly actually split last year and were only announcing it now because it was leaked by a British tabloid. During Charles and Diana's separation, it appeared that the Queen was heavily involved, as the palace issued a statement saying that the monarch had written to the couple and requested that they divorce, as reported by the LA Times. It would make sense for the Queen to be involved in such matters. After all, it was only until very recently that members of the royal family were forbidden from divorcing their partners. Queen Victoria did not allow her granddaughter, Princess Victoria, to split from her husband. The princess eventually did separate from him after the monarch passed away in 1901 — and that was the last royal divorce before Princess Margaret was given permission to divorce Lord Snowden 77 years later. In comparison, Phillips and Kelly said in their statement this week that they had agreed to separate after "informing" Her Majesty. Marlene Koenig, a royal expert for History Extra, told Insider that despite his relation to Her Majesty, Phillips remains a "private citizen" and so he doesn't carry out decisions in the same way that other senior members of the family would. "Peter Phillips is not royal. He is the son of a princess, but his rank comes from his father, Mark Phillips," Koenig explained. "To paraphrase the late Princess Margaret, when asked about her children, 'My children are not royal. They have an aunt who is queen.'" "Peter and his family attend major events such as Trooping of the Colour and Thanksgiving Services as a wider group with royal relatives," she said. Although Phillips and Kelly both appear alongside the Queen at public events, they do not carry out public duties on her behalf and so are not considered "working royals." "He is the Queen's grandson but he has no role within the monarchy. He is a private citizen whose mom is a princess," she added. Kelly won't have to give up HRH status, because she never had it in the first place Phillips was born without a royal title and is currently in fifteenth place in the line of succession. This means that Kelly was not given a title upon the marriage, unlike Meghan Markle who became the Duchess of Sussex, and Kate Middleton who became the Duchess of Cambridge. When both Diana and Ferguson left the royal family, there was the matter of their royal titles, their HRH status, and their overall involvement in royal matters to be discussed. Diana seemed to have a public disagreement with the royal family over whether she would retain her title after the divorce. In February 1996, the Irish Times reported that a spokesperson for Diana announced: "The Princess of Wales will retain the title and be known as Diana, Princess of Wales. In response, a spokesperson for the palace said: "All the details on these matters, including titles, remain to be discussed and settled. This will take time." Ultimately, both Diana and the Duchess of York were able to keep their titles, but were no longer allowed HRH status and were no longer considered senior royals. However, Koenig said that royal protocol does not apply to divorce "Protocols do not apply to divorces ... a word that is often misused when applied to royalty," she explained. "Protocol is what you wear to a state dinner, who sits where, what medals one wears," she said. "However, in the cases of the three divorces of the queen's children as well as Princess Margaret, they go through the same legal process as everyone else." Three of the Queen's children — Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Princess Anne — have gotten divorced, as well as Her Majesty's sister, the late Princess Margaret. Whether "protocol" is the correct terminology or not, there's no denying that the royals that came before Phillips and Kelly had to go through a slightly different procedure than everyone else when it came to separation. But as Koenig said, the legal proceedings have remained the same as everyone else. However, most families do not have to request the blessing of their mother or grandmother to officially separate from their partner. Instead of requesting Her Majesty's guidance, Phillips and Kelly "informed" the Queen of their split last year. 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The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn Kelly are divorcing after 12 years, but the couple denied rumors that she'll follow Meghan Markle to Canada
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