Prince George may be the future monarch, but according to his doting mother the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte is the one in charge at the Cambridge household. The royalopened up about her young children during a 'special mummy' chat with the wife of a Royal Marine commando on Thursday at the unveiling of a new war memorial honoring those who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Kate said that Charlotte is growing up really fast. She is the one in charge,” Samantha Burge, the wife of Warrant Officer Class 2 Chris Burge, told reporters of her conversation with the Duchess. “We have both got two-year-olds and they are ruling the roost. It was a bit of a mummy chat,” she added. Kate also revealed that the sweet siblings are becoming "very good friends."
The royal mum-of-two, 35, looked sophisticated for the outing, recycling her Michael Kors twill coat featuring a full skirt and front flap pockets. Kate accessorised her look wearing a navy Tiffany drop-brim hat by Lock & Co, reminiscent of the one Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly wore in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The Duchess of Cambridge was joined at the event by her husband Prince William and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, who recently returned from his best friend’s wedding in Jamaica with girlfriend Meghan Markle. The Queen unveiled the monument, which commemorates the duty and service of those who have served for their country. The royals have a long and close relationship with the Armed Forces, both in the UK and around the Commonwealth. Prince Philip visited The Queen's Royal Hussars Battlegroup in Basra in 2006, while Prince Charles visited Basra, Iraq in 2004 and Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in March 2010. Prince Harry has undertaken two tours of Afghanistan, the first in 2007 as a Forward Air Controller and then in 2012 as an Apache Pilot.
Prior to the unveiling, a religious ceremony was held, during which Harry took to reading a biblical passage. “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under Heaven . . . A time to love and a time to hate, A time for war and a time for peace,” he read. Recallin his time serving, Harry continued, “From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at [military academy] Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan – the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career.”