The Cambridge family has been dutifully performing their royal responsibilities during its tour of Canada, traveling around the Great White North and learning about maple leaves, hobnobbing with Mounties, touring national parks, and more. But following four days of public appearances, it’s time to let loose. On Thursday, the Duke and Duchess brought Prince George and Princess Charlotte to a children’s party for military families in Victoria — and there were balloons!
As the foursome made their grand entrance, with Kate Middleton wearing a cream-colored dress from Chloe ($460), Princess Charlotte, who’s 16 months old, attempted to break free from her mother. Obviously captivated by the balloons, the little royal, who was spotted walking for the first time and overheard saying “Pop” and “Dada,” wore a $96 smocked blue-and-red dress and a $54 navy cardigan, both from Pepa & Co. As soon as she was able to get to the ground, she ran — as fast as her little legs would carry her — to attack a structure made of pink and green balloons. Not wanting to miss out on any of the fun, Prince George, wearing a navy blue sweater and red shorts with high socks, started pounding away on the decorative arch as well.
But that was just the beginning of the fun. There was a petting zoo where 3-year-old Prince George got to sit on a donkey with the help of his dad, Prince William, and Charlotte cuddled with a black-and-white bunny. There were also bubbles, balloon animals, musical guests, instruments to play, and so much more.
This is Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s second official royal engagement together. In June, the siblings appeared at Buckingham Palace together for the annual celebration known as Trooping the Colour.