I think that while the pendulum had gone to far in one direction in the 80s and 90s now it has perhaps gone to far in the other direction. This was a major milestone birthday with numerous foreign heads of state in attendance...a group photo or even video of arrivals would have been plenty...we don't need a detailed account of everyone's conversations last night...just a taste of the event. This was the finale to six months of celebrations after all.
As for media handling with regards to the children...I do understand the desire to protect their children but...a more SRF media/press/photo/video route might be more advisable...again just tastes of life. Even just aiming for something quarterly would be perfect. Things like Easter at Windsor, Royal Windsor Horse Show, Trooping the Color Carriages (George and Charlotte are getting old enough), Polo (which they do already), maybe some fall photos, Christmas photos/video, and Christmas Church at Sandringham. All things that would allow glimpses to both royal life and regular life but would be fairly easy to control. It would also get the kids used to the sights and sounds involved with the public and press...much better than the Lindo Wing fantasia.
Perfectly put, Oh_Caroline!
You summed up exactly what I was thinking in regards to how the BRF could handle media relations.
I think of the Swedes too because they handle these kinds of things so well. Releasing photos of the kiddos several times a year, as well as family and individual photos for birthdays and special events. As another poster stated earlier in the thread, perhaps once Charles is king the door of "transparency" will swing open, if ever so slightly, only to slam tightly shut again once William is monarch.