Ah, the nativity play. Depending very much upon what kind of five-year-old you were, your school’s annual Christmas theatrics were either the highlight of your festive calendar, providing the chance to shine like the star of Bethlehem itself, or a source of endless anxiety for child and parent alike, involving stage fright, forgotten lines or endless dissatisfaction with your mediocre role: one year I was cast as the back legs of a camel, while my best friend was Mary (the relationship never recovered).
As a new member of the reception class at Thomas’s Battersea, Prince George has just experienced the highs and lows of the nativity for the first time. Yesterday, while meeting with children at the BBC’s Bridge House in Media City, Salford, Prince William revealed that he’d recently sat through George’s theatrical debut, an experience which he described as ‘funny,’ with the third-in-line to the throne taking on the role of… drum roll please… ‘a sheep.’
No word yet on who got the coveted part of Mary, Joseph or the Angel Gabriel, or whether the theatrics included any carol singing, but we’re sure that George brought his trademark expressions to the role and made the stable a better place. After all, who could be better to ask for acting advice than his future aunt and former star of Suits, Meghan Markle? Plus, kudos to the small children who pulled off a nativity play under the watchful eyes of William and possibly Kate (who, in all likelihood, they now know as ‘George’s mum and dad’).
And Santa Claus, if you’re listening? Prince George doesn’t want a lot for Christmas, but there is just one thing he needs – and that thing is a police car, as requested via the short and to-the-point Christmas list presented by William to a Finnish Santa stand-in earlier this month.
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Trooping The Colour, June 2016
When the royals emerged onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace for last year's queenly birthday celebrations, we couldn't help but notice that Charlotte's smocked dress and tiny sandals were almost the exact shade of pale pink as her mother's fascinator. The Princess's regal wave, however, is pure Elizabeth II.
Trip To Canada, October 2016
For touchdown in British Columbia ahead of the tour of Canada, the royal blue of Kate's bespoke Jenny Packham shift dress found its echo in Charlotte's trademark buckled sandals. The Princess's pale blue patterned dress, meanwhile, is another cute mini-me nod to her mum's look.
A Christmas Day outing to St Mark's Church in Berkshire (later the venue for Pippa Middleton's wedding) saw Kate re-wear an old favourite coat from Hobbs, with Princess Charlotte's wine-coloured tights, jumper and bow chiming perfectly with her mum's suede clutch.
Pippa's Wedding, May 2017
Given that bridal party dressing is all about matchy-matchy nods, we're fully aware that including this look verges on cheating. It's so sweet, however, that we simply had to - and the sash of Charlotte's Pepa & Co bridesmaid dress comes in an almost identical hue to that of Kate's McQueen outfit...
Trooping The Colour, June 2017
When it comes to Trooping the Colour, a bold pop of colour is clearly the key to standing out on a balcony filled with the Queen's nearest and dearest. Kate's bubblegum pink dress and fascinator ensemble (the former courtesy of the Duchess's favoured designer, Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton) provides just that. Charlotte, too, wore pink, her patterned summer frock in a slightly softer - but still complementary - shade.
Arrival In Berlin, July 2017
For the second stage of their European charm offensive, the Cambridges headed to Berlin, where Kate and Charlotte both opted for diplomatic dressing: Kate's Catherine Walker coat dress is in Prussian blue, a shade which holds historical significance in Germany, while the colour of Charlotte's smock is surely a nod to the cornflower, traditionally a symbol of the country...