Analysis: William and Kate’s children step in as school closes for summer

Diaries are built and public appearances are arranged based on where that person is in the line of succession. The closer they are to the crown, the more formal they are expected to be, reflecting the stately duties they will have to perform.

This is why Prince William can afford to be more relaxed in public than his father. William is not expected to take the throne anytime soon, but he and the Duchess of Cambridge are already paving the way for their children to take on bigger roles and duties.

The Cambridges are fiercely protective of their privacy. Until recently, they only shared occasional glimpses of their personal lives, and these were often captured by the Duchess’s own camera, giving them intellectual property rights to the images and control over their use.

Now they are entering a new phase, gradually bringing their children before the mainstream media and involving them in their first official engagements.

It’s not always easy with young children, as seen in early summer at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. Kate and William’s youngest, Louis, 4, stole the show during the flypast with his comical faces. Then he started all over again during the contest, where his parents did their best to entertain him during the quieter moments…and luckily Grandpa Charles was on hand to lend a hand.
George, who recently turned 9, is already handling it like a pro. Just a few weeks ago, he committed to Wimbledon, impeccably dressed in a blazer and tie, watching the men’s final and later chatting comfortably with champion Novak Djokovic.
George and William watch the Wimbledon men's singles final match on July 10.

Seven-year-old Charlotte had her turn this week at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where she was greeted by a traditional line-up, shaking hands and looking her hosts in the eye with a confidence beyond her years.

She caused a stir from the stands as she watched the swimming on Tuesday. Proving she can be as lively as her brother Louis, the princess was seen making various funny faces throughout the day, while enjoying lively conversations with her parents.

Later, the trio watched the England women take on India in hockey and practiced artistic gymnastics. The family also paid a visit to athletics charity SportsAid, where Charlotte revealed her favorite sport was actually gymnastics. It was at the back of her viral video wishing the England football team well for the European Women’s Final last weekend.

At each outing, we learn a little more about this new generation of Windsor. And seeing the family in less formal settings, where they combine their duties with fun, delights the crowds in attendance as well as royal watchers at home.

Princess Charlotte charmed sports fans at the Commonwealth Games this week.

Early fame is never easy, but members of the royal family have more experience than others in how to handle it. Prince William, in particular, is scarred by memories of media intrusion from his own childhood, when his mother, Diana, was the most wanted personality on the planet. He knows where to draw the line with his own family, and he won’t allow it to be crossed.

For William and Kate, the challenge is to find the right balance. They are aware that family must be seen to stay relevant and that children must get used to the limelight, but they also believe that they have the same rights as all of us to some privacy. It is also in the public interest that they have a happy and stable education to form the basis for a life in public service.

The decision to bring the kids to a few appearances during their summer school breaks will ease their transition into public-facing positions. And taking the kids to engagements where they’re likely to have a genuine interest — like sporting events — will make that growth into their royal roles a little more comfortable.


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