Scilly Billy’s Mad Log Awards the Duchess Stranger Things

On September 1 & 2, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Cornwall and the Scilly Isles to meet locals and view some of the Duchy of Cornwall’s initiatives. William has decided to fly them both there in his helicopter as the children aren’t coming and it’s only a short trip. Little does he know he has left his log book, containing accounts of weird happenings, lying around in the cockpit. What will happen when Kate, who is obsessed with the Netflix show Stranger Things finds it? (And yes, this post’s title is also a pun on the MAD Blog Awards, which is judged on 16 September, as it’s fair to say I am just A LITTLE BIT excited). For fun, you can spot the classic 80s films if you like (The Thing is, you really don’t have to).

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When Charlotte the Great Turns One

This post, whilst published in time for Princess Charlotte’s first birthday, is a bit different from what I usually write. All of my posts so far have been stories that are fiction, either about my family (having been ‘sparked’ by a media report on the Duchess of Cambridge) or about life as I imagine it at Anmer Hall. However, this one – though also made up – is more truthful than most. I’m sorry it’s not funny but sometimes things happen that quite turn one.

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Tears and Toddlers at the Taj Mahal

“They’re not visiting the Taj Mahal until next Saturday,” I say. We are at an Indian restaurant of the same name and I am regaling my mother with interesting facts about the Duke & Duchess’ India tour itinerary whilst we wait for our food to arrive. We’re lucky that it caters for kids. Mini poppadoms, chips, high chairs, colouring books … it’s a shame all NG wants to do is hide out in the smokers’ tent playing hide and seek with herself.

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Great Bear Spotting in the Rainy Forest

From September 24 2016, the Cambridges will be in Western Canada. It will be the first time the family has travelled together on tour and they are staying with an equally telegenic family – the Trudeaus, who have three young children. Described by the Globe & Mail as a ‘match made in paparazzi heaven,‘ it is expected that, as their first tour with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, there will be plenty of outdoor activity. On Monday they will be bear spotting, trying to find the rare Kermode bear in the Great Bear Rainforest. Here is a story about my family and bears… as always, you will find we are slightly different creatures from the Royals. As I am wont to do, I’m afraid there are quite a few bear-faced puns in here, just to warn you. Hunt them if you dare…

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NEWSFLASH: I Am Swapping Places with the Duchess of Cambridge for the MAD Blog Awards

As regular readers of Right Royal Mother will know, Friday 16 September sees me hoofing it up to London – right next door to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Kensington abode, no less, for the UK’s biggest parenting blog awards – the Mad Blog Awards – as a FINALIST for Best New Blog. Regular readers will also know I returned to work last week… but may not know that as my day job, I work at a secondary Academy.

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6 Ways to Return to Work Like Royalty

I’ve done it. The great ‘return to work’ that, in this country, means I pay other people to look after my children for 36hrs at an (almost) net loss to our family. From Monday to Thursday I am meticulous in packing bags with snacks, bottles and spare pairs of shoes and biting my lip around tantrums (and that’s just in the office).

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Salisbury Parenting Magazine Interviews Right Royal Mother

I am so chuffed to be on the front cover of August’s Salisbury Parenting Magazine, with a lovely long interview inside – even though I’m next to a right tit in the contents page(!) Since the magazine published, I have received so many amazing comments and brilliant feedback from people who have discovered the blog as a result of the feature – thank you so much to the team and the lovely readers of Salisbury Parenting… it was a true pleasure to be interviewed!

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Pump Up the Ma’am… Craft Gin Club; Beachamping – Part II

Whilst, in Part I, I found it hard to be inspired by a rather flat dog walk, back at Anmer Hall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is preparing for a deadly dull visit to Hayward Tyler nuclear engineers this Wednesday. It is Sunday evening and George is playing up. He has become obsessed with keeping his genitalia clean and has, over the last week, been clogging up the en-suite with large amounts of loo roll (known as ‘beauchamping‘). William, out of sympathy for his wife (who deals with most of the overflow) ordered a box of gin from the UK’s #1 subscription club, Craft Gin Club as a surprise. She is enjoying August’s delicious drinks while she tries to get to grips with her notes around her powerful nuclear family.

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Queen for the Day: Montezuma’s Chocolate Founder – Helen Pattinson

Who doesn’t love chocolate? I can’t believe even the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t indulge in a sneaky few bits of the dark stuff in private. But I’m pretty sure she doesn’t go for ANY old chocolate. In the early days of Right Royal Mother (spring) I was lucky enough to be asked to review the new range of Kingdom chocolate from my favourite EVER brand, Montezuma‘s.

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Pippa and the Duchess Celebrate Hot Engagement News with a Lady Garden Pool Party

News of Pippa Middleton’s engagement to James Matthews came as a surprise to many. (For what it’s worth, he seems to be a very solid, high quality chap. Almost like an expensive piece of wooden furniture made in, I don’t know, Chelsea..?) Anyway, today, Right Royal Mother imagines the conversation behind the walls at Kensington Apt. 1A as Pippa’s sister and brother-in-law prepare to host an engagement garden party fit for a lady. (I know, I know, obviously this post’s title was MEANT to conjure up all sorts of images. So let’s see what we can do… )

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How to Day Trip Like a Duchess..? Dangerously.

Let’s face it, if you’ve got a baby or toddler, you’re as likely to experience tantrums in public as you are the reign/rain of the Queen and the British summer. But recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been out and about with both of their children: the horse trials, the balcony appearance, the air show … and, with a couple of small wobbles, George and Shouty have been pretty well behaved.

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Natural History Museum and the Art of Being Right

I am up-cycling a post today (sure the DoC would approve), partly because I have been overcome with three year old birthday parties, work and dog palaver – also because Kate’s announcing the winning Art Fund Museum of the Year at the Natural History Museum. I’m sure she’ll get it right – just (ahem) like I always do.

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