On Monday July 17th, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived in Poland for Day 1 of a five day royal tour of Poland and Germany.
Given that it is such a short tour, many were surprised Prince William and Kate were bringing the children at all. After all, they had no problem leaving Prince George at home when he was a baby to holiday in the Maldives. Some felt the trip would be too disruptive to the children just to have them spend the days with nannies and see the parents primarily at night like they do when they are hitting the slopes. Unlike other royals, the Cambridges tend to approach their tours more like taxpayer-funded holidays than duty, though, so perhaps it’s not surprising they decided to model this tour once again on one of their ski get-aways.
There was some suggestion the children were brought along as Brexit diplomacy photo props.
That’s pretty cynical, though. Kate’s behavior with her children at these airport arrivals, the way she fusses with their clothing instead of looking up or turns her focus to them instead of the officials waiting to greet her, suggests she is using them more as surrogate emotional support animals than diplomatic props although it’s possible she’s after the doting-Mum photos but is instead inadvertently creating awkward-adult-focusing-on-the-family-dog-at-a-party pics.
To be fair, these royal tour airport arrivals do seem a bit scary. I’m always worried that Kate is going to drop whichever child she is carrying because for some reason, it’s usually raining whenever the Cambridges land, making the steps all the more perilous in heels. Fortunately, the steps were much more manageable this time despite the rain and there appeared to be less media waiting for them. Prince George, however, wanted nothing to do with any of it.
I feel like I get George, like we’re both old souls with a bit of a mischievous streak. So pictures like this one break my heart.
George is just shy of four. I was at least six before I had that glazed dead-inside look.
It must be strange for Prince William and Kate to raise Prince George as a Maybe Future King. Surely they must possess enough self-awareness to realize the monarchy’s days are numbered and William will likely be the last king if even he makes it to the throne. I mean, they’re not headless, they would have to have some kind of inkling, right? Between David Beckham’s pictures of his daughter’s royal birthday tea party hosted by Sarah Ferguson at Buckingham Palace and the Very Middleton Wimbledon with Carole and Pippa getting kicked out of the royal box for tardiness and Carole hitting up Roger Federer’s wife for extra tickets, the royal “magic” Prince Harry recently eluded to in his Newsweek interview is gone. The humane thing would be to pull the plug.
The Cambridges arrived in Poland on a private jet. According to the Annual Royal Household Annual Accounts that came out in the end of June, the private jet the Cambridges took to Paris for that so-called diplomatic mission cost UK taxpayers £20,000 so this trip will be a bit more. Don’t worry, Poland, you’re getting screwed over, too, the security detail is unreal.
Because Poland’s flag is white and red, the Cambridge’s arrival clothing broke somewhat from the traditional Team Cambridge Blue. Kate wore a new white suit by Alexander McQueen which was beautiful on her, just like the several similar pieces she already owns. To represent the red in Poland’s flag, Kate went with a red Jenny Packham box clutch and a ruby and diamond necklace and earrings which got lost in her hair. I haven’t been able to find anything on the new rubies, mostly because I barely looked, but they appear to be G. Collins and Sons to me.
After the airport arrival, Kate and Prince William met with President Duda and the First Lady at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and then went to the Warsaw Rising Museum where they met with vets.
Not everyone was impressed by Kate, however.
Then there was the Young Entrepreneur’s Reception and the Garden Party at The Orangery in honor of the Queen’s birthday. Again. She’s still just 91, right? It’s hard to keep track with all these celebrations.
Kate’s final wardrobe change was pretty tragic. The dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczynska looked like something George and Charlotte made on the plane with black marker, safety scissors and those white paper table coverings they have at kid-friendly restaurants.
Kate’s evening updo was a little too Margaret Thatcher. The necklace was kinda cool, though. I mean, I wouldn’t wear it, but I thought it was a nice way to visually call attention to the Madonna cone boobs. Music’s where you find it.
After more than six years of marriage, Kate still doesn’t know how to hold a wine glass.
If you ever want to know how to do anything properly, just watch the Queen.
Of course, Kate drinking wine (which I assume she did instead of just holding it) blows away my theory she is already pregnant. Not that a few sips of wine would hurt a fetus, but I suspect she’d be sticking to water. Interestingly, the subject of more babies did come up when she was given a gift for a newborn (I guess I’m not the only one who thought she might be pregnant).
Perhaps one day Prince George and Princess Charlotte will have another sibling taxpayers will only see at Trooping the Colour and tours abroad.