The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, recently revealed that her daughter has something in common with her late grandmother.
Even though she will never have the chance to meet her maternal grandmother, who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, Princess Charlotte will be happy to have inherited one of the princess’ great passions: dance.
During her visit at the Princess Diana garden at Kensington Palace on Wednesday with Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate revealed that the 2-year-old is attending dance classes.
“She absolutely loves it,” she said while chatting to English National Ballet director Tamara Rojo about Diana’s passion for dancing.[via Hello!]
During the conversation, Prince William went into detail about Lady Di’s passion: “She loved dancing, she was a fantastic dancer. We’ve been going through her music collection recently and there’s some quite eclectic stuff in there. She was elated by the skill.”
William and Kate have revealed that they try to bring Diana’s memory into their children’s life.
In the documentary “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy”, the Duke explained that he tells his children stories about his mother.
“So we’ve got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff. And it’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that – that level of detail. So I – I do regularly put George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it’s important that they – they know who she was and that she existed,” the Prince said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, want to keep their two children’s lives as normal as possible.
The latest issue of Us Weekly reveals that the royal couple has decided to raise their children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, in a technology-free environment.
“While they feel it’s important to make them aware of their backgrounds, it’s also vital for both George and Charlotte to have as much normalcy in their lives as possible,” an insider tells the publication.
The two have forbidden their children from using electronic gadgets such as tablets and cell phones.
“They’re very much seen as Mummy and Daddy’s toys, not for children,” the source says. “As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination.”
“They’re very much a normal family,” a palace insider adds.
According to the article, George is passionate about anything that has wheels, and Charlotte loves the universe of the princesses, an irony that she still can’t perceive.
In addition, the 4-year-old boy is becoming aware that his world is different from that of other children and is curious about everything around him. His sister is very attached to her mother and is preparing to go to school in 2018.
From July 17 to 21, 2017, the royals will be on a five-day tour to Poland and Germany, sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, will be joined by their two children, according to an announcement made at Buckingham Palace on Monday morning.
“They have decided that their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will travel with them and we expect the children to be seen in at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week,” a statement from the palace read.
“They look forward to a busy and impactful tour and are grateful that they will have the opportunity to meet the Polish and German people — such important friends of the United Kingdom — as a family.”
The children will be staying with their nanny Maria Turrion Borrallo as the royals honor their engagements.
The tour will include visits to Warsaw on July 17 where they will meet with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, and also a visit to the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
In Germany they will be visiting Berlin, Heidelberg and Hamburg before returning to London on July 21.
And it is Kate Middleton herself, who is teaching her daughter her first words in Spanish, breaking the protocol in the strict education of the British royal family to use governesses at this young age.
“She said she is trying to teach Charlotte Spanish and said her son George can count up to 10 in Spanish already,” the Duchess told Sayanna, a 9-year-old girl from a Vauxhall primary school, during the royal’s recent visit to a farm in Gloucestershire.
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It is likely that the two children also learn the language with the help of their Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrión.
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According to People, the children gave Kate a toy Paddington Bear and a homemade birthday card to give to her daughter, who celebrated her second birthday on Tuesday.
“She told them that they had a little party for Charlotte yesterday and she sung ‘Happy Birthday’ to herself! It was so sweet,” said Natalie Graham, a teacher at the school. “She loved the card and present and said Charlotte would love it too as the card had Peppa Pig on, which she loves.”