According to a friend I know who happens to live behind a wall in an alley at Kensington Palace, Queen Elizabeth is essentially letting the Duke and Duchess "tear up the rule book" when it comes to raising Prince George. Well, to an extent. Queen E apparently wants some tradition, as, you know, they're royals and all, but she isn't forcing neither Prince William nor Kate Middleton to follow in the exact footsteps as their famous predecessors.
And that has to be a huge relief for Kate.
According to said source, rather than fight for staunch tradition at every turn, the queen "picks her battles." It's thought that Prince George's christening was a prime example of compromise between royal tradition and William and Kate's more modern take on things. (Typically, the christening is a grand occasion, involving hundreds of guests; Will and Kate chose to only have an intimate ceremony with only close family and George's godparents. The Queen was pleased.)
Imagine what a massive sigh of relief Kate must have breathed when she found out that she and William had the Queen's blessing to do things their way. It would have put a gigantic amount of stress on Kate if she were forced to do things for George a certain way. All mothers know what's best for their child (and themselves) after giving birth; it would have been a shame if Kate couldn't follow her instincts and do what she felt was right (like to go to her parents' home in Bucklebury following the Prince's birth).
William and Kate are the future of the monarchy, and it appears that they're reshaping many aspects of it -- including the kind of upbringing they want their child to have. And it's nice that they have the Queen's okay. May all live happily ever after.
What are your thoughts on how Kate is raising Prince George?
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