In a week when children have filled the news there has been both joy and sadness.
Joy when royal baby Prince George Alexander Louis was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the historic Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace. It was a quiet ceremony – photographs afterwards showed George to be remarkably like his father, Prince William and yet I caught a glimpse of the Queen’s determination in that small face. He wore a christening gown of magnificent cream lace; a replica of one used by Queen
Victoria and he was supported by seven
godparents, carefully chosen to guide him through life.
The Queen and Prince Philip looked proudly on, as three male heirs to the throne ensure the continuity of the Royal Family and renewed popularity from the people.
In contrast the McCann family continue their six year search for Madeleine, with a photograph of her in a pink floppy sun hat that would melt the hardest of hearts.
The Portuguese police have re-opened the case while Scotland Yard also focuses on the abduction.
By co-incidence a little girl with blond hair and blue eyes was removed from a family of Greek gypsies and proved to belong to a Bulgarian family of a similar type. Was she given away or was she sold? Either way it is a sad start to her life and we can only imagine how mystified she must be feeling now. No wonder her press photographs show her looking so forlorn.