Royal Moms: How Kate Middleton's Parenting Style Differs From The Queen's
Being a member of the British royal family means following the royal protocol in every aspect of your life.
Even motherhood is strictly regulated by the set of century-old rules: Where the regal mothers give birth to their children, how the Palace announces the news, and when they present the new member of the royal family to the public.
However, some of these traditions have changed over the last few decades. And, as a result, Kate Middleton's parenting style differs a lot from the one of her Majesty's.
How Queen and Duchess of Cambridge differ as moms?
When Elizabeth II inherited the throne, her elder son, Prince Charles, was only four. Shortly after the coronation, the young queen went on a six-month tour.
In the following years, she had to learn how to fit in with the role of a mother while being a ruling monarch.
Years later, Prince Charles would recall these days in his authorized biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, accusing his mother of being “distant” and “emotionally reserved.”
However, as Margaret Rhodes, the Queen's cousin and close friend, told Daily Mail, the relationship between Elizabeth II and her elder son was just a “formalized one.”
They mind a lot about each other, even if they don't show it. The thing is, they've been brought up not to show publicly what they're feeling.
The Queen, however, was reported to be pretty close to her other kids, especially the youngest boys, Andrew and Edward. And, in time, she turned into an amazing grandmother and great-grandmother for the new generation of royal offsprings.
Kate Middleton, in her turn, also had a royal protocol to fall in line with, but it is way less strict.
For instance, just like Princess Diana, the Duchess of Cambridge was allowed to give birth at a hospital and with her husband by her side.
And, just like William's late mother, Kate often shows the love she feels toward her kids in public, without even trying to hide her emotions.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of The Duke and Prince George at Kensington Palace this morning. The image was taken by @chrisjacksongetty shortly before Prince George left for his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea. Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to share this lovely picture as Prince George starts school, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.
For the Queen, the rules were way stricter: She had to follow her duty and did not allow herself to show much public affection towards her kids.
Only years later, when Elizabeth II and Prince Philip welcomed their third kid, Prince Andrew, people started to notice that Her Majesty became a bit more flexible.
But as different as they may seem to be, these two regal mothers have one thing in common: They both love their little ones to no end.
The Queen even admitted once that being a mother is “the only job which matters,” reports Daily Mail.
And today, while Kate Middleton is still enjoying her motherhood to the full and gets ready for welcoming their third baby, Elizabeth II seems to get pretty comfortable with her most recent role – the one of a grandmother and great-grandmother.
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