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5 rules for raising children that Kate Middleton learned from Elizabeth II

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Kate Middleton uses the experience of Elizabeth II in raising her children.

Duchess Kate Middleton is a member of the British royal family of Windsor and the mother of three children (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis). You might think that because of her title, she doesn't bother with motherhood too much, because nannies do it... However, this is not the case!

Prince William and his wife have hired a top-class nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, who was educated at Norland College, better known as the Mary Poppins School. However, at some events, she is only a reinsurance for the royal family, and the lion's share of the responsibilities is taken over by the princess. How does Catherine manage to raise worthy heirs to the British throne? She uses modern methods of upbringing, which she combines with the experience gained from Queen Elizabeth II. Read more in the OBOZ.UA article.

1. Motherhood is a priority

Elizabeth II was the mother of four children: Prince Charles III (now the King of Great Britain), Princess Anne, Duke Andrew, and Earl Edward. She lost her father at a very young age, so she was forced to succeed to the throne at the age of 25. The honorary title did not prevent Her Majesty from devoting a lot of time to raising her sons and daughter. She later passed this wisdom on to Kate Middleton.

The Princess of Wales is not a queen now. She fulfills her social obligations and is actively involved in charitable initiatives. At the same time, she manages to take her children to school and tutor them at home (we are talking about general erudition and royal manners).

5 rules for raising children that Kate Middleton learned from Elizabeth II

2. Walks in the fresh air

Her Majesty knew a simple truth: clean and fresh air plays an important role in the development of children. That is why she often walked with her children in parks or gardens. In addition, she showed by her own example how to take care of nature: she organized garden parties and supported the development of gardening in Britain. Thanks to her, Charles III found his lifelong hobby of organic gardening and wrote several scientific books on ecology and climate.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, shares the Queen's opinion. She, her husband, and children often come to their estate, Anmer Hall, to play outdoor games, and plant trees or flowers. A little less often, the couple takes their young heirs with them to charity events and workshops dedicated to environmental conservation projects.

5 rules for raising children that Kate Middleton learned from Elizabeth II
5 rules for raising children that Kate Middleton learned from Elizabeth II

3. Without a nanny, no way

As we wrote above, William and Kate hired a childcare assistant, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. It happened when the couple's first child, George, was 6 months old. Before that, the Cambridge's had less busy schedules and didn't need help. When the couple had to go on tours frequently, Queen Elizabeth II insisted that they should find a nanny. Why? When she was young, Her Majesty learned the hard way that when performing royal duties, care for children should be entrusted to professionals.

5 rules for raising children that Kate Middleton learned from Elizabeth II

4. Economic literacy

Who says royal families don't save money? They have a lot to learn from. During her lifetime, Elizabeth II never forgot to turn off the lights when she left the room (and demanded that others do the same!). In addition, she always refused the most sophisticated hotel rooms and chose more budgetary ones instead. Her Majesty taught her children to put the leftovers in paper bags after the meal and take them home to give to their pets, the dogs... This list can go on and on, but the point is the same: the Queen knew how to save money, and now Kate Middleton is passing this knowledge on to her children. For example, her heirs often wear each other's clothes, and the Duchess herself does not neglect to wear outfits from the mass market.

5 rules for raising children that Kate Middleton learned from Elizabeth II

5. A hobby for the whole family

Horseback riding was one of Elizabeth II's main hobbies. She rode horses and loved to walk with them... Princess Anna, the Queen's daughter, also took a liking to this hobby. The girl mastered this sport so well that she repeatedly represented Britain in equestrian competitions.

5 rules for raising children that Kate Middleton learned from Elizabeth II

But Catherine is a true tennis professional. On June 23, 2023, the Duchess demonstrated this by playing a small match with 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. A worthy example to follow! It turns out that Prince George also has a knack for tennis. Together with his mother, he improves his skills on the tennis court near the Anmer Hall estate.

5 rules for raising children that Kate Middleton learned from Elizabeth II

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