We are back to share a post filled with little bits and bytes of the Happy-Happy and Merry-Merry kind. There are several fun things I’ve tweeted and Facebooked over the past month or two, but I realize not everybody partakes of social media, so it seems a good time to share them in a post. We begin with Prince George’s Christmas list. Last week his father was in Finland and he had a little meeting with Santa. (Prince William stopped by a traditional Christmas market while in Helsinki.) More from Us Weekly:
“I’ve seen you and I had to give you this letter,” William, 35, told Santa. “He hasn’t written down many requests, so I think one request is probably OK.”
You can’t see it in this next photo, but when it came to circling one or the other in the “I have been naughty/nice” category, George circled “nice.” And the only thing the future king asked for? He would like a police car. (Why do I think lots of little police cars have been sent to Kensington Palace since this story came out?!) I think the cutest thing was seeing the way George signed his name at the bottom of the “Dear Santa” note.
Next, a word about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding in May. Below, the Prince and Princess at Pippa Middleton’s wedding. There are multiple reports the children will also be in their Uncle Harry’s wedding party, many coming from royal correspondents who have been spot-on with other coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement. We’ll have to wait and see if this is the case, but it would be fun if they are also part of this wedding party.
Also today, a tidbit about fashion trends and a wee Princess’s impact on them. The info comes via an October Retail Gazette piece analyzing eBay UK’s most popular products. The story reviews the 18 most popular searches on the auction/shopping site during the last year. Included on the list?
Royal children-inspired searches. Princess Charlotte continues to influence the shopping habits of parents across the country as they race to copy her style, with searches for Princess Charlotte increasing tenfold in a massive spike on May 2 this year, her birthday.
You’ll remember this photo taken by Kate and released May 1st. From a Hello! story:
The photographs released by Prince William and Kate of Charlotte wearing a lovely yellow cardigan with detailing became the most popular searched-for royal outfit in the last 12 months. An eBay spokesman said: “Her yellow cardigan worn in her birthday picture sparked the biggest percentage increase in searches for an item of clothing worn by any royal.”
But Charlotte’s big brother is also popular, here is more from eBay’s report:
Meanwhile, searches for her older brother Prince George increased 30 per cent on his birthday compared to the week before. Demand for his Peter Pan shirt also soared the day after his 4th birthday, during the Royal Tour of Germany.
I’m not one hundred percent sure what Peter Pan collar shirt is being referenced; because of the birthday reference, I think perhaps they meant the Pereprine Shirt from Amaia Kids. It is the shirt worn by the Prince for his official 4th birthday photograph, released the day the tour ended in Germany. The other shirts worn in July were all seen during the Poland/Germany tour and none had a Peter Pan collar. This shirt has that style collar, but it was worn back in June for Trooping the Colour.
Another popular Prince George look? eBay shoppers loved what George wore when the family arrived in Canada in September 2016.
Back to the Hello! story.
As Prince George dressed to impress for the royal tour of Canada last year, he wore a Pepa & Co blue jumper and fans could not get enough of how adorable he looked. So much so, it became the most popular searched-for royal outfit, sparking a 200 per cent increase in searches for ‘blue jumper’.
We also have a tidbit about George’s favorite movie. When his parents were at an October engagement a youngster asked Prince William what George likes to watch. This People story has the details:
While on the train, William was adorably grilled by a young boy who asked about George’s favorite shows. William then shared that 4-year-old George is a fan of The Lion King, as well as the Lego movies.
You can hear William list what George likes watching in this video from Rhiannon Mills of SkyNews.
— Rhiannon Mills (@SkyRhiannon) October 16, 2017
If you listen to the audio you will hear Prince William mention something that many a parent will identify with: the challenge of keeping children away from too much TV.
We will see you again within the next few weeks: it’s possible the Duke and Duchess will release an official family photo for Christmas. Last year’s picture was an image taken by Getty photographer Chris Jackson at the children’s party during the Canada tour.
The previous year there was a formal family portrait taken at Kensington Gardens by Chris Jelf. In 2014 Kate and William released a series of photos showing Prince George on the steps of Kensington Place. The pictures were taken by Ed Lane-Fox, Prince Harry’s private secretary at the time, and they are some of my favorite George pictures.
I always think of the word “chortle” when I see them because he seems to be laughing in a jolly way. His face is so expressive. We will only know there is a 2017 portrait photo if, and when, it is released. There is also the chance we’ll see the children when they attend the Queen’s Christmas Luncheon at Buckingham Palace. This photo is from the 2015 gathering.
This was such a cute photo, perhaps the Prince was pondering why-oh-why he had to go to the luncheon when there were so other (fun) things to do . Of course, we could see Charlotte and George on Christmas Day as we did last year. But the Cambridge family was going to services at a church in Berkshire near Kate’s family, not at St. Mary Magdalene on the grounds of the Queen’s Sandringham estate. If everyone is gathered at Sandringham, and I believe they will be, it is unlikely either child will go to church. We will also be doing a new post with all of your wonderful suggestions on creating Charlotte and George’s styles at home (or having a seamstress/tailor take on that task), George and Charlotte pieces still available to purchase, and shops carrying Spanish brands.