The Princess of Wales delighted fans as she posed for selfies while out with a group of dads in north London yesterday.
Kate, 41, joined a ‘Dad Walk’ as part of her ongoing Shaping Us project, which focuses on the importance of the early years of childhood.
The mother of three, dressed in a casual outfit, eagerly posed for photos with several children and their parents as she strolled through Arnos Grove.
She was seen crouching down by a daughter as her proud father captured the moment on his phone. Kate gently kissed the child as they beamed at the camera.
Another father, who held his child for a photo with the royal, posted it on Instagram with the caption: “My princess meets Princess Kate Middleton.”
The Princess of Wales delighted fans as she posed for selfies during an outing with a group of fathers in north London on Wednesday.
Another fan, who shared a selfie on social media, wrote: “What an amazing morning spending time with the princess!!!
In the post he explained how they met in a pub and walked to the playground. “It’s really lovely to chat with her about dads’ mental health and the role we play in the early development of children,” he continued.
Earlier today, the Princess of Wales enjoyed a music session with children at the Arnos Arms, where she entertained them with maracas.
At one point, the royal was seen kneeling down to hold a youngster’s hand and laughing with a father holding his two children in each arm.
Although there is no official protocol on selfies, royals have a rule not to sign autographs, so they cannot be sold for large sums of money .
In the early days of camera phones, they seemed reluctant to be photographed with members of the public, with Princes William, Harry and King Charles all expressing their dislike of the method.
Kate crouched down next to a young girl as her proud father captured the moment on his cellphone.
A father, who held his child for a photo with the royal, posted it on Instagram with the caption: “My princess meets Princess Kate Middleton.”
This dad posted a photo on Instagram, writing: “What an amazing morning spending time with the princess!!!”
But in recent years they have become commonplace, with Charles posing for his first selfie in 2014, and other royals, from Sophie Wessex to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, following suit.
The late Queen Elizabeth II was not a fan of selfies and would politely decline if asked to take one, as it was thought she preferred eye contact. However, this was more of a personal preference than any rule.
William once joked that he was “allergic to selfies”, while Harry once told a teenage girl that “selfies are bad” and told her to “just take a normal photo” when she took one. asked one in Australia in 2015.
But lately, it seems some royals have become more fond of the selfie, perhaps seeing the form of photography as a way to embrace modern times and connect with fans.
Despite previously admitting he “hates” selfies, the king was among the first royals to be seen stopping to take a photo with fans after cheeky scaffolder Sam Wayne took a photo with him in 2014.
Two years later the same construction worker, from Redruth, reduced Kate, then Duchess of Cambridge, to fits of laughter as he took a selfie with them during a tour of a housing estate in Cornwall.
Prince William took the trend even further in 2014 when he took the photo himself, posing for a photo with a schoolgirl after his visit to the Sandringham Estate on Christmas Day.
The Duke ended up photographing himself with schoolgirl Madison Lambe, 12, because she was too nervous to press the button on her phone.
Kate beamed as she spoke to members of the fathers’ group and their children.
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She eagerly posed for photos with a number of children as she strolled through Arnos Grove.
William appears to have gotten used to the selfie over the years, with royal hearts melting when he paused his Ireland tour to stop for a selfie with baby daughter Jennifer Malone in March 2020.
Kate has always seemed comfortable with the selfie, going viral in 2014 when she took a photo greeting a young person in Christchurch, New Zealand, before posing with various well-wishers during a walk in Sydney .
Meanwhile, Prince Harry welcomed the selfie after marrying Meghan Markle in 2018, when the couple happily posed for several photos with royal supporters during their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
It also seems that Queen Consort Camilla has always been OK with the selfie, having posed with various fans over the years.
In June 2016, she proved she was a good sport by taking a selfie with Biffy Mackay, 27, a member of staff at the Social Bite cafe in Edinburgh, which feeds, trains and employs members of the homeless community .
Sophie Wessex was also spotted humoring fans who asked for a selfie as she smiled with a group of youngsters while previously attending the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.
As royal selfies appear to be becoming more common, fans may view the practice as a sign of a monarchy that is becoming more modern as King Charles takes the reins.