I spent lots of time this weekend oohing and ahhing at the pictures of the gorgeous little Prince and Princess on the royal balcony.
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I also spent a lot of time in awe at how well behaved they were. Toddlers are nothing if they are not unpredictable, and I think it is down to luck, not parenting, that there were no meltdowns on that balcony. Two toddlers, one royal balcony, and the worlds press, I mean what could possibly go wrong? I think if you look closely though, you can see the fear in Kate’s eyes. The slight pained look of a mother that knows if someone doesn’t get their rice cakes soon there’s going to be trouble.
Did anybody consider the kids nap times when planning the event? Sods law any wedding I have attended with my children always starts bang on nap time. The prefect time for the brides entrance when I have two cranky kids! Naps wait for no man, not even Great Grans 90th birthday.
I’m not sure how they emerged onto the balcony looking so calm and composed. There must have been shouts of “George, where are your shoes? You had them on just a second ago.” And I’m sure Charlotte’s hair clip was placed back in her hair several times. There may have been a last minute outfit change due to excessive teething dribble. What about those medals? I’m sure medals have the same effect on little ones as keys. Do you think WIlliam gives them to the children to play with to pacify them?
Once out on the balcony for all the world to see any number of things could have happened:
“George, get down darling, we don’t climb on the balcony.”
“Charlotte please don’t pull Mummy’s hair.”
“Oh crap! George is doing the wee wee dance.”
“William, Charlotte has left a snails trail of dribble all over my coat.”
“I knew a delicate necklace was a bad idea, Charlotte let go please.”
“George! Stop trying to lift up Gan-Gan’s coat.”
“What’s that smell? Oh! William It’s your turn to change her.”
“George, please stop picking your nose.”
“Harry don’t give him any more sweets, we don’t need a sugar crash right now.”
“Charlotte sweetie, leave your dress alone. You can’t be naked at this precise moment in time.”
“Wait! Did George just say what I think he said? Where on earth has he learnt that kind of language? HARRY!”
“No Charlotte, Granddad can’t sing The Wheels on the Bus right now.”
“What do you mean you hate Airplanes George? Yesterday you said you loved them.”
“Ouch! Ouch! Don’t pull Mummy’s earrings Charlotte.”
“Oh he wants his drink, give him his sippy cup. The blue one is in my bag, What’s that sweetie, you wanted the red one? Oh. Shit.”
The Prince and Princess certainly did their parents proud. My husband and I would totally be high-fiving ourselves right now, and congratulating each other on our brilliant parenting skills (you’ve got to take your successes when they come!). Maybe royal toddlers don’t have tantrums? Especially public ones, the kind where everybody stares and you hang your red-flushed head in shame. But Kate, if they do, we totally get it.
Please check out the brilliant Right Royal Mother for all things Kate & William and a great big helping of wit to go with it.
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