What do you think? Would the Queen be annoyed, or are people making a mountain out of a molehill?


Kate, William, Charlotte and George have embarked on their first ever Royal Tour as a family of four and we’ve loved checking out their snaps.

However there is one recent photograph that’s sparked some controversy.


Apparently, Kate committed a royal parenting no-no by bending down to talk to George when the family landed in Victoria.

Deemed a ‘royal parenting faux pas,’ active listening is where the parent comes down to a child’s eyeline when speaking to them. It’s the same parenting technique that apparently caused the Queen to scold William during the Trooping of the Colour Ceremony.

In the video, William is seen bending down to his son’s level to chat to him during the RAF show at Buckingham Palace. The Queen is then seen tapping her grandson on the arm and gesturing him to stand up. Some interpreted this as a sign of her disapproval, while others though she was merely conscious he would miss the display.

Parenting experts, however, praise the technique Kate and William use with her children.

Child development expert Gill Connell told People magazine: “Active listening is one of the most important ways you can send the message ‘you’re important to me’. Get down on the child’s level, lean in and make eye contact.

“These simple messages foster self-esteem in powerful ways while encouraging him to communicate even more.”

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It would appear that President Obama is also a fan of active listening. He immediately came down to George’s level when greeting him at the White House earlier this year. George in his pjs – he was  clearly right at home!


So, what do you think? Would the Queen be annoyed by Kate’s parenting skills? Or are people just making a mountain out of a molehill on this one? Should people just mind their own business? Let us know on our Facebook page here.

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