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).
Vacations And Royal Tours
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.
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.
Her “Controversial” Fashion Choices
When one joins the royal family, they are given a long list of dos and don'ts, and many of those don'ts are regarding the clothes one must never be seen in. Some of Kate’s most controversial moments have involved fashion. Who else remembers the time when she wore wedges (gasp!)?
Kate created a stir within the royal household when she wore wedges while on a royal visit to a cider farm. Everyone, including the fashion police, found nothing wrong with her look. But the Queen wasn’t a big fan of wedges. Since then, Kate allegedly began wearing them only to events where the Queen wasn’t present.
Kate And Meghan Markle
In January 2017, Kate and Meghan met at a gathering in Kensington Palace. Meghan and Harry had been dating for over six months then, but the relationship was growing serious. By all accounts, the first meeting between them went well. Meghan visited a day after Kate’s birthday, and she came bearing a gift.
She gave the Duchess a Smythson notebook - a heartfelt gesture that Kate appreciated. Meghan had already met Prince William two months before meeting Kate. Since then, the two have been on a rollercoaster of a relationship, not being each other's favorite cup of tea.