According to People Magazine, Princess Charlotte can now go mad for plaid.
A Canadian bagpipe band gifted the nearly 4-month-old royal with a tartan design during a a visit to see her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, 89, last week.
The pinafore dress was designed by one of the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band who made their third performance at Balmoral Castle where the Queen and her family spend every summer.
Band member Bethany Bisaillion told Canada AM that the dress is in “Maple Leaf” tartan, matching the Scottish theme. “We hope that she gets it in time that she doesn’t grow out of it!” she said.
It follows the gifts of a kilt for 2-year-old Prince George during a visit to Balmoral in 2013, a Maple Leaf fascinator hat for Princess Kate and a waistcoat for Prince William made by them for the couple’s first visit to Canada in 2011, below.
Although it was a third visit for her, it was still nerve-wracking. “I was getting a little emotional,” Bisaillion said of greeting the Queen, who acknowledged that she remembered them from before. “I had to bite my lip and be stoic!”
“She recognized us from our last visit. That’s quite extraordinary. The look on her face was priceless. It just warmed my heart,” she told the Canadian morning show. “I tried to attempt a really good curtsy but the grass was s bit slippery, so I don’t know how I fared!”
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On the 20th of September 1989, Princess Diana visited Liverpool and had a full schedule of events lined up. At her first stop of the day she visited the Birkdale School for the Hearing Impaired and sat in on one of the classes during an English GCSE lession. She was, upon arrival, presented with flowers from pupil, Kathy Woden, below. Following this, the Principal, Mrs Eileen Tomkinson, escorted the Princess around the School.
The Princess met a group of children reading in the library, and heard a group of children singing and playing tuned percussion instruments. She also met Senior School pupils being taught English and Home Economics lessons.
Some former pupils came back to the School to meet the Princess as well as many parents and invited guests. After her tour, Diana signed the Visitor’s Book, and she received a video and book about the work of the School from the Chairman of the Governors, Mr Peter Cowan. After her visit, there were fun and games in the afternoon for the children with a magic show given by Tony Wright, and there was a party in the evening. It was a day both staff and pupils will remember.
As she was leaving the school, she spotted a group of disabled youngsters, above, waiting to see her, and ordered her limousine to stop; She promptly alighted and greeted them, brushing the hair out of one little girl’s eyes, above.
Diana next gave an emphatic speech at Barnardo’s in Woolton where she strongly defended the rights of the mentally impaired. The news of the day, above at top, from the Liverpool Echo, talks of her “steelier” side on display during this impassioned, and rarely heard of, speech.
Her last stop of the day was an impromptu walkabout in Falkner Square in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. There, she opened the Friendship House for the Liverpool Housing Trust, above, which was providing sheltered flats for 32 people drawn from the City’s racial minorities.