Subscribe to the Oldie and get a free cartoon book

Subscribe

God: Suffer little Charlotte to come unto me

Regulars | By Sister Teresa


Princess Charlotte fell on the Tarmac at Hamburg Airport in July, lost her temper and cried. Initially, I was very irritated by this being presented as a news item: why couldn’t the poor child have a tantrum in privacy which most of us consider to be our due? The Duchess of Cambridge picked up her little daughter and hugged her, so that the crumpled, tear-stained face could not be seen and the tiny flailing fists were put out of action. There was something very natural and very unself-conscious in the way she did this in full view of the press. Such kindness is exemplary and sets a very salutary standard; so perhaps it was a good thing that the world was informed about the calm normality of one young mother’s conduct. ‘As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you’ (Isaiah 66:13). There is no sentimentality in the...


I’m afraid this isn’t one of our six free articles available in full, which are set out in the first two rows of the ‘Magazine’ page.
Please click here to find them.

To buy a digital version of this issue for just £1.99, click here