Prince George and Princess Charlotte looked just darling as they arrived in Warsaw, Poland today.
The young royals are accompanying their parents on a tour of Poland and Germany.
More on their involvement in the tour from Robert Jobson’s story in The Evening Standard:
For the future King George, 3, and his little sister Charlotte, 2, such diplomatic foreign forays with mum and dad are a fun distraction – however it will one day become their lifestyle.
George looked a little nonplussed by it all.
Back to Mr. Jobson’s Evening Standard story:
The little royals will not be seen much of the visits – only at arrivals and departures from countries and not at any official engagements.
Kensington Palace said George and Charlotte will only be seen in public “on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week”.
It has to be quite a jolt for the little ones, the change in routine and environment. Add in that tarmac noise and wind, then shaking hands with a lot of strange people, and it’s not easy on a little prince or princess.
Prince George was not ecstatic about his meeting and greeting duties on the tarmac.
But he didn’t have to stay long; the family was soon on its way to Belvedere Palace, where they are staying while in Poland. This is one of the areas set up where the Prince and Princess can play while Mum and Dad are working.
There have been many gifts already given to Kate/William/assistants for the children. Poland’s Ambassador to the UK presented The Duke and Duchess with books by Polish authors for George and Charlotte: Mr. Minsicule and the Whale is by Julian Tuwim, with illustrations by Bohdan Butenko.
Now to what the children wore for their arrival in Warsaw. Princess Charlotte engaged in little sartorial diplomacy, wearing Poland’s national colors, red and white.
We haven’t yet identified the Princess’s dress (there’s a surprise), but we’re working on it.
One possibility for Charlotte’s shoe: the Catalina by Papouelli. I have a note into the company; hopefully we’ll hear back today.
UPDATE Tuesday, July 18 7am: The folks at Papouelli have gotten back to me, Charlotte is *not* wearing their style. We are pursuing several other theories and will update as soon as learn anything new.
UPDATE 2 Tuesday, July 18 7pm: An enormous “thank you” to everyone getting in touch about the People magazine story suggesting Charlotte was wearing a pair of Prince Harry’s old shoes. The article is the result of some fabulous sleuthing by ace clothing/shoe IDer Bojanana. After *much* detective work, Bojanana came up with the idea that perhaps Charlotte was wearing an old pair of Harry’s Start-rite shoes. She tweeted the info to Start-rite but did not hear back from the company. After she and I corresponded about the possibility I contacted Start-rite via email; I have not yet heard back.
As of this writing the People story (and now the Hello! story) does not contain confirmation from Start-rite, and now other media are reporting the story as fact. I’m 99% sure the genesis of the story is from Bojanana’s tweets. I will contact Start-rite again tomorrow to see if we can get the mystery resolved. (I love Bojanana’s theory and privately hope it’s true!) If/when we hear anything at all, I will Tweet/Facebook and post here. It’s wonderful having everybody get in touch about the story.
It appeared the Princess might have worn another pair of the Condor ‘Plain Socks with Detail Cuff‘ that we saw in Canada. I’m not 100% on this and continue looking for a better hi-res picture.
You can’t see it in most photos, but Charlotte did have one of her signature hair bows on.
I will look for a better photo to verify what color she is wearing. UPDATE: I found a photo that shows some of the bow. It looks brighter in color than the Amaia Kids red; it could be Papouelli’s ‘scarlet’ color. I will touch base with both companies tomorrow.
Whatever the color, the little Princess looked precious wearing it.
And now for George’s ensemble.
We’ll begin with his shirt. It looks like the Prince may have been in another design from El Corte Inglés, the “Chemise Garçon Tizzas.” The shirt is a classic style, and one we have seen George wear on many occasions. It is 100% cotton, with a button front and button-down collar. Originally priced at €35.95 (about $41), it is now €12.79 (roughly $15). Thanks for this ID goes to Pauline on Twitter.
The good news: we now have a good shot of the back of George’s shorts. The bad news: I’ve not had any time to look for them.
The big news for George today: he is no longer in knee socks!
The Prince wore a shoe style we have seen him in before, Start-Rite’s John in navy leather. (The shoe is a very good buy: normally £59, it is discounted significantly depending upon size.)
We are still looking for George’s belt.
The Prince and Princess did not disappoint, taking the Cute-o-Meter into the red zone.