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How Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess Kate differ as mothers?


The palace nursery rooms have changed a lot since the time of Prince Charles. The new set of protocols separates Queen Elizabeth and Kate from each other.

But, one thing is for sure: both the mothers, Queen Elizabeth and Kate love their children very much.

So, let’s dig a little deep and see what all has changed and how do they differ as mothers?

Giving birth: All four of the Queen’s children were born at either Buckingham Palace or Clarence House and doctors were brought in. Her Majesty gave home birth. It was as per the royal traditions. Whereas, Kate Middleton chose to give birth in the hospital.

The time between each pregnancy: After becoming a mother for the first time at the age of 23, the Queen gave birth to Anne just two years later in 1950. But her father’s subsequent death forced the young royal to then focus on her role as the reigning monarch. She waited until 1960 to welcome her thirdborn.

However, Kate had her firstborn, George when she was 32 and gave birth to Charlotte two years later in May 2015. The youngest, Prince Louis was born in April 2018. 

Also read: 10 Royal baby traditions you had no idea existed.

Travelling: Just like her own upbringing, Her Majesty often entrusted her children’s care to the nannies and staff while she went on with her duties. She and Prince Philip famously left on a six-month tour to Canada when Prince Charles was barely a toddler.

If we talk about Kate, she brings them all. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a Commonwealth tour of their own as young parents, but they chose to bring their 9-month-old first-born, George with them. George and Charlotte have since joined their parents on various royal tours around the world.

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Opting the style of clothing: Queen Elizabeth always opted for formal clothing for her children. Smart shoes, coats, and socks dominated the siblings’ wardrobes for public appearances. In the case of Kate Middleton’s children, she chooses for them to wear more casual clothing. She does let her toddlers get more relaxed on some occasions. 

Expressing feelings about parenting: Queen Elizabeth has always been low-key about her feelings about expressing parenting. She even faced criticism for her reserved nature with her children. But, then again she didn’t comment much on the intense scrutiny. It’s pretty clear that she takes the role very seriously.

However, Kate Middleton is more of an extrovert about her being a mother and facing difficulties while on this road. She admitted: “rewarding and wonderful can indeed be a huge challenge.  There is no rulebook, no right or wrong”. “You just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family”.

Also read: Know everything about Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton’s relationship.

Education: Queen Elizabeth was a true follower of royal traditions. She opted out of private tutors for her children. Prince Charles had a governess during his early years. He then became the first one to receive education outside of the palace, however, when Her Majesty enrolled him in Hill House School in 1957.

Just like her mother-in-law, Diana, Kate decided to have her children socialise with other kids from an early age. She wanted to give her children a normal life, away from the eyes of the media. Both, the Queen and Duchess Kate have played the role of mothers perfectly. 

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