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« Reply #6825 on: June 17, 2022, 09:27:56 PM »

I hope the Jubilee was the start of George doing more public events.  I look at how comfortable and confident Estelle is, and she's only 17 months older than him.  I know girls mature faster than boys, and I know the dynamics of Sweden are different than the UK.  But seeing how at ease she is, and how shy he is is quite a contrast. 

I don't think there's anything wrong with being shy, by the way.  I'm certainly not saying he needs to "toughen up."  But George will be King one day, presumably, and I think it would be wise for Will and Kate to start taking him to smaller events frequently.  Ease him into it; don't hide him away except for the odd football game here/movie premiere there. 

It had to have been so overwhelming for him to go from minimal contact with the public to a weekend of Jubilee events, and I hope they start acclimating him in stages, starting quite soon.  Take him to Kate's scouting events, take him to Will meeting the Lionesses; do a Victoria of Sweden style hike of a natural park with some local children...I feel like there are many ways to start gently letting him get more and more at ease and confident.

For a long time Will seemed resentful of what his role required of him, and with George already seeming a bit more reticent, it wouldn't be good for him to only have stressful interactions with the public for the next few years.  Frankly I think they missed a huge opportunity by sitting out this weekend's celebrations in Norway. 
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« Reply #6826 on: June 17, 2022, 11:34:09 PM »

Were they invited to the celebrations in Norway?
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« Reply #6827 on: June 18, 2022, 12:00:48 AM »

I thought I read that they were, but I may be making assumptions.

Even if the Norwegian celebrations is a moot point, I still hope they will start introducing him to more frequent, smaller, "bread and butter" type engagements while he's still young enough to adapt more easily.
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« Reply #6828 on: June 18, 2022, 12:07:15 AM »

I hope the Jubilee was the start of George doing more public events.  I look at how comfortable and confident Estelle is, and she's only 17 months older than him.  I know girls mature faster than boys, and I know the dynamics of Sweden are different than the UK.  But seeing how at ease she is, and how shy he is is quite a contrast. 

I don't think there's anything wrong with being shy, by the way.  I'm certainly not saying he needs to "toughen up."  But George will be King one day, presumably, and I think it would be wise for Will and Kate to start taking him to smaller events frequently.  Ease him into it; don't hide him away except for the odd football game here/movie premiere there. 

It had to have been so overwhelming for him to go from minimal contact with the public to a weekend of Jubilee events, and I hope they start acclimating him in stages, starting quite soon.  Take him to Kate's scouting events, take him to Will meeting the Lionesses; do a Victoria of Sweden style hike of a natural park with some local children...I feel like there are many ways to start gently letting him get more and more at ease and confident.

For a long time Will seemed resentful of what his role required of him, and with George already seeming a bit more reticent, it wouldn't be good for him to only have stressful interactions with the public for the next few years.  Frankly I think they missed a huge opportunity by sitting out this weekend's celebrations in Norway. 

I respectfully disagree. George needs to develop at his own pace. Heís responding to the pressure without putting on an act. Heíll be developing social skills among family and friends.
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« Reply #6829 on: June 18, 2022, 12:19:52 AM »

I hope the Jubilee was the start of George doing more public events.  I look at how comfortable and confident Estelle is, and she's only 17 months older than him.  I know girls mature faster than boys, and I know the dynamics of Sweden are different than the UK.  But seeing how at ease she is, and how shy he is is quite a contrast. 

I don't think there's anything wrong with being shy, by the way.  I'm certainly not saying he needs to "toughen up."  But George will be King one day, presumably, and I think it would be wise for Will and Kate to start taking him to smaller events frequently.  Ease him into it; don't hide him away except for the odd football game here/movie premiere there. 

It had to have been so overwhelming for him to go from minimal contact with the public to a weekend of Jubilee events, and I hope they start acclimating him in stages, starting quite soon.  Take him to Kate's scouting events, take him to Will meeting the Lionesses; do a Victoria of Sweden style hike of a natural park with some local children...I feel like there are many ways to start gently letting him get more and more at ease and confident.

For a long time Will seemed resentful of what his role required of him, and with George already seeming a bit more reticent, it wouldn't be good for him to only have stressful interactions with the public for the next few years.  Frankly I think they missed a huge opportunity by sitting out this weekend's celebrations in Norway. 

I respectfully disagree. George needs to develop at his own pace. Heís responding to the pressure without putting on an act. Heíll be developing social skills among family and friends.

I definitely see where you're coming from, Hester.   Beer

I hope, though, that his parents realize that as nice as it would be for him to have as "normal" of an upbringing as possible, his future is really as un-normal as possible (ignoring the fact that there really is no such thing as normal). 

I think we all remember our first day on our job, when the reality of what we were expected to do really hit us.  Those of us who had apprenticeships/internships/student teaching/etc. had an easier time of it, because we at least had some experience with the role.  That's why I'd like to see him do easy, small, engagements/tag-alongs, where the numbers and the pressure is less, and perhaps the media could be limited to one or two photographers, and he could have the physical and emotional support of his parents while easing in to his future.  Think of how good it could be for him to go with Kate when she visits a farm and feeds the animals and interacts with children there.  That would be so fun, and so easy, and thus so encouraging to George.

I just think/worry that if his only experiences with people beyond his family/school are red carpet events (which have to be so intimidating with the noise and the paparazzi and the screaming cheers, etc.) or hugely important Jubilee style events, that could be so overwhelming to him and make him resent or worse fear the role he was born to fill.

I do like, though, seeing how close he is with his cousins.  That will be a source of great strength and joy for him!
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« Reply #6830 on: June 18, 2022, 01:13:19 AM »

The problem with him 'tagging along' with Catherine or William on engagements - particularly Catherine - is that she largely does her 'bread and butter' engagements during school hours and so would have to pull George out of school. A lot of William's engagements are also done during school hours so that they can be involved with the children after school and at night.

Of course if he goes to Eton or Marlborough that will be a moot point anyway as he will be boarding (Eton due to it being a boarding only school and Marlborough due to distance from where they live).
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« Reply #6831 on: June 18, 2022, 01:20:15 AM »

I suspect that itís been taken on board that George may well never be King.
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« Reply #6832 on: June 18, 2022, 01:23:52 AM »

I suspect that itís been taken on board that George may well never be King.

Interesting thought and a good point (and from luvcharles as well)

It's certainly not as cut and dried as I thought it was, though I still think they need to figure a way to do increasing little bits more with him publicly.  Glad I'm not the one having to walk this parenting tightrope
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« Reply #6833 on: June 18, 2022, 02:29:35 AM »

I donít remember William going on his own events when he was 8 or 9. He was very protected from Ludgrove to Eton to St. Andrews as he just submitted to a few photo calls. Heck, then he went to Wales and then Norfolk. He really didnít hit his royal engagement stride until a few years ago. Iím not a big fan of William but if anyone knows what itís like to grow up as a pre king, itís him. I think he will have very good ideas how to manage this George (or Charlotte or Louis) heir situation.
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« Reply #6834 on: June 19, 2022, 10:56:13 PM »

I think he is still very young. I don't think he will be so far removed from his parents life that all the hoola would come as a big surprise, should he not be prepared at age 8/9.
I think W&K are doing well with keeping him away from it right now and letting him grow up. He participates in family events now and then and that should give him some experience.
At age 16/17 I would suggest taking him on more events, but right now, I think what they do is just fine.
And having Charlotte tagging along to help him with possible anxiety, since she is such a happy and vibrant little girl, is a double sided sword.
At what point really do you sit down the kids and tell them, what a completely different outlook they have??
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« Reply #6835 on: June 19, 2022, 11:17:45 PM »

I donít remember William going on his own events when he was 8 or 9. He was very protected from Ludgrove to Eton to St. Andrews as he just submitted to a few photo calls. Heck, then he went to Wales and then Norfolk. He really didnít hit his royal engagement stride until a few years ago. Iím not a big fan of William but if anyone knows what itís like to grow up as a pre king, itís him. I think he will have very good ideas how to manage this George (or Charlotte or Louis) heir situation.

William accompanied Charles and Diana on an official visit to Wales about the age George is now. I remember him signing a book and everyone commenting on the fact that he was left-handed.

He also did a few things with Charles after Diana died on a visit to Canada (as did Harry) as well as attended the big church services and other big events e.g. after the separation he was at the 1995 50th anniversary commemorations of D-Day with his parents.

In other words - he was introduced to royal events in much the same was as George is being introduced - the big national events and big family events as well as the odd smaller event with his parents.
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« Reply #6836 on: June 21, 2022, 09:38:55 PM »

Prince George holds bake sale for charity, following in his fatherís footsteps
The eight-year-old Prince made the caring gesture in aid of Tusk, one of Prince William's patronages

https://www.telegraph.co....tter#Echobox=1655820436-1
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