It’s easy to get toe-tingly with excitement at the onset of winter: new coats to wear and holidays on the horizon. In December, my dear colleague, Mary highlighted ways we’ve seen the Duchess of Cambridge enjoy the winter. By now, though, the sky has been grey for two months, the sheen is worn off of the new boots, but the daffodils are still a month off. For Kate – and indeed any mother – these are the hardest weeks of winter. Doubly so, given the way Prince George’s personality has been described; it is unlikely that he is content to while away the winter months cozied up with his plush wombat and a book. As my own children have tested my patience on colder days when we’re stuck inside, I’ve wondered: how might Kate survive the winter with her own littles?
Keep it Fresh
While Kate and Wills are said to be keen on avoiding spoiling Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the middle of a cold, wet winter are a good time to loosen up and add a new toy or two to the mix! If the Cambridges kept any of the 706 gifts that Prince George amassed in 2014 (according to official figures), they should have plenty to choose from if Cheeks has cabin fever.
Bundle Up and Get Outside
The Christmas after my son turned two, a close friend gifted me a particularly hefty pair of gloves and matching hat. “You’re going to need this!” she laughed. Lucky for George, we know Kate doesn’t shy away from the outdoors, even when it’s chilly. And if Princess Charlotte is beginning to toddle, she’ll be glad to have the pink Hunter Wellies she was given shortly after her birth!
Pack Up and Follow the Sun
Kate and her family have long kept the tradition of breaking up the winter monotony with a holiday in sunny Mustique in the Caribbean. While it appears that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a pass on this year’s late-January trip, they must be looking forward to a bit of warmer weather when they visit India in April. Kate certainly seemed to enjoy the Australian beach during their Royal Tour in 2014!