They're known for their modern approach to parenting, practising 'active listening' with their children and eschewing the formality of Christmas at Sandringham last year to spend it with the Middletons so George and Charlotte could enjoy 'ordinary' family fun.

But it seems that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very traditional in other ways when it comes to parenting, as revealed by photos of the family during public appearances.

William always looks after Prince George while Kate takes care of Princess Charlotte, and they even stuck to the same format for the family Christmas card, where George held on to his father's hands while his sister perched in front of her mother.

The arrangement is certainly no coincidence, according to parenting expert Jasmine Peters who told Femail that it's all part of setting George up for his role as future King.
这样的安排不是巧合,教育专家杰思敏·皮特( Jasmine Peters)告诉杂志《Femail》,这种方式在引导乔治树立国王的形象。

'Fathers are typically responsible for the disciplinary actions, redirection, protection and provision of the family,' she explained.

'It is not uncommon to see a father with his son to set the foundation of what his role and responsibilities will be in life with a family. It is often believed that it takes a man to raise a boy to be a man. If you look at the pictures it clearly reflects this common belief.'

She added that having boys with Dad and girls with Mum is actually a sign that William and Kate are instinctive and loving parents.

'Yes, it could reflect that Kate and William are traditional, but it also reflects the importance of the bond created between father and son and mother and daughter that they both treasure and hold dearly as responsible and loving parents,' she explained.

'Children often equate their worth to the parent that looks like them.