In March 2016, the family of four went on their first vacation together, skiing in the French Alps. According to reports, it was the first time Prince George and Princess Charlotte played in the snow, as the English landscapes don’t tend to turn white every winter. The British scenery is muddier than sparkling pure white.
By all accounts, the two thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Later that year, the wonderful family of four embarked on another adventure abroad – this time, on a royal tour to Canada. They spent eight days in Canada, marking their first successful royal tour together.
A Change Of Scenery For The Family
Following Princess Charlotte’s birth, the royal couple decided to leave London and move to a remote country home that same year. The 10-bedroom Anmer Hall was a wedding gift from the Queen - reportedly offering the family some much-needed privacy and normalcy.
Kate and Prince William could walk into the village with the children without being bothered, which is priceless when considering a famous family like the royals. Residents never tried to chat them up or trouble them for pictures – which was why the couple (especially Kate) loved this part of the country.
Kate Middleton’s Favorite TV Shows
One might wonder about the life of royals and whether they get any downtime from their immensely busy schedules – particularly for Kate, thrust suddenly into the spotlight. During an address at the 2015 BAFTAs, Prince William shared that both he and Kate liked to unwind with “Downton Abbey” (2010-2015) and “Homeland” (2011 – 2020).
“Game of Thrones” (2011 – 2019) was another of Kate’s favorites. That same year, Kate visited the “Downton Abbey” set at Ealing Studios in London. So, except for a few people waiting on them, Kate and William are very similar to us commoners.
When She Skipped Presenting The Shamrocks
In 2016, Kate broke convention by choosing to stay at home with her children instead of presenting the shamrocks to the 1st Battalion of Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day - a long-standing tradition started by Queen Victoria to commemorate English support for Ireland during the Boer War.
Observers ridiculed the Duchess for skipping the event while her husband attended. The palace released a statement saying she could not make it because she prioritized time with her children before a hectic tour to India and Bhutan the next month. The 2000s way of life around the palace shore had changed over the years.
She Made Chutney For The Queen
Gifting thoughtful Christmas presents every year is tough, so imagine having to get a gift for a Queen. In a 2016 documentary, Kate revealed how worried she had been about an appropriate gift for the Queen during her first Christmas at Sandringham. She thought back to what she would give her grandparents and decided she would make something.
The Duchess finally zeroed in on her grandmother’s recipe for chutney. Things could have gone horribly wrong, of course. Kate noticed it on the table the next day, much to her delight and relief, and to anyone, nothing could be more comforting than people enjoying what you made (or brought).