Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all who are celebrating. It felt like the perfect time to share a few touching photographs of some of our favorite royal women in relatable mothering moments. I’m not sure there is another job that requires as much parenting in public; I’ll admit, I do not envy them!
News out of the UK yesterday would suggest we will get another look at the royal children soon. All five Cambridges are slated to appear on the balcony for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. Through a spokeswoman, Harry and Meghan confirmed that their family of four will be attending some of the celebrations, too (although the Sussexes will not be on the balcony, as the Queen has limited the invitation to working royals).
I’m off to London next week! I’ll be sure to share my adventure with you on Instagram. Take care, friends. xx
PS: Sending love to anyone who struggles with Mother’s Day. Between the death of my own mother many years ago and our struggles with infertility, I have always found this day to be a complicated one. I hope you can take the time and space you need this weekend.
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As I gathered photographs of the Queen, Diana, Kate and Meghan with their children, it struck me how varied our views of their royal relationships has been. The properly posed portraits of then-Princess Elizabeth as a young mother and later the Queen with her four children gave way to much more spontaneous snapshots (and a markedly more hands-on approach) with Diana. The princess’s approach meant we saw more spirit from her children, too. So fun!
Kate shared her first few moments of motherhood with the globe, introducing a new generation of royal watchers to the hospital steps photo opp. But overall the pendulum has swung dramatically after Diana’s death, with press access to the Cambridges’ children has been (understandably) tightly controlled. And now the Sussexes, in their new chapter in California, have given us just the smallest glimpses of their children (again, totally understandable).
What I appreciate most in this generation of royal motherhood is not what we see of the children but what the duchesses have said. Both Kate and Meghan have been much more vocal about the challenges of motherhood in their public work. I’m so grateful.
(All photos via Getty Images)
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“That’s the only job which matters.”
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“I feed them love and affection—it’s so important.”
Diana on her boys, in the secret recordings made for biographer Andrew Morton.
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“Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together.”
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“In June, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed. Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work.”
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Take care, friends. I’ll be back in your inboxes next week with dispatches from London!
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