The subtle significance of Kate Middleton’s Mother’s Day post, and how it reveals a lot about their parenting style

Kate Middleton’s Mother’s Day post proves she isn’t afraid of breaking from royal traditions when it comes to parenting

Kate Middleton's Mother's Day post shows the kids being kids, and fans love it
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Prince William and Kate Middleton decided they wanted their children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – to have as normal a life as possible, given their anything-but-normal circumstances. This was partly behind their decision to move homes in 2022, and now, Kate’s heartwarming Mother’s Day post captures their break from the more traditional style of royal parenting.

It’s Mother’s Day in the UK, and an opportunity for the Royal Family to share heartfelt messages to the moms, wives, grandmothers and other maternal figures in their lives.

Fans are absolutely loving the Princess of Wales’ relaxed, carefree and radiant photos, which capture the joys of childhood days playing in the sun.

Posting to the official social media page of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Kate shared a pair of previously unseen pictures showing Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis climbing trees with their outdoorsy mom.

The family – minus dad, Prince William - can be seen sat together in a tree wearing summer clothing in one of the photographs.

A second photo offers a touching shot of some quality time between Kate and her youngest, Prince Louis.

In the photo, Kate, wearing a simple white blouse and blue jeans, swings a little Louis in her arms.  

A caption underneath the post read, “Happy Mother’s Day from our family to yours.”

Kate Middleton shared an unseen photo to celebrate Mother's Day in the UK

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Fans were quick to share their love for the more laid back photo of the tree-climbing royals, with one quipping, “Now that’s what you call a family tree.”

Another shared, “Such a pretty family! You guys are so lucky to have each other! Happy Mother’s Day to you dear Princess and to your incredible children.”

One other comment was particularly telling, as someone wrote, “Nice to see the kids being kids, dressed in everyday clothes.”

This is, perhaps, the subtle message Kate is sending with these move away from the more traditional photoshoot.

Kate, known for her love of the outdoors and pursuing hobbies like photography, has been vocal about wanting her children to have the same chance to simply be children, exploring the different facets of life away from the expectations of royal life.

This was, after all, a major reason for their big move out of London.

In 2022, Prince William, Kate and their children moved to Adelaide Cottage, a four-bedroom house in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, about 25 miles from London.

A royal source at the time told press that the move will allow William and Kate to be "active parents in a busy school."

"They want to be as normal a family as possible," the source added.

And it looks like they’ve managed just that, with their new normal being climbing trees, jumping around in the sun and swinging around in your mom’s arms.

Jack Slater
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