By JODY THOMPSON
Well turned out: Prince Jackson got his collar straightened by a family friend before he entered the church at Woodland Hills, Los Angeles yesterday
Their grandparents have always been strictly religious - and it seems that Michael Jackson's children are now having to go to church on Sundays as part of their new 'normal' life.
Paris 13, Prince, 14 and Blanket, nine, were seen looking incredibly smart as they accompanied their grandmother Katherine Jackson, their legal guardian, to a Jehovah's Witness chapel at the weekend for worship.
Jackson himself was a Christian and had pledged to bring up his children with God in their lives and it looks like his family is continuing his wishes.
Tied back: A suit-wearing Blanket Jackson had his hair in a ponytail before he headed into the church
Blanket - real name Prince Michael Jackson II - even had his long hair tied back in a ponytail as a mark of respect as they prepared to join the Woodland Hills Congregation in Los Angeles.
He is said to have his hair that length in tribute to his father who liked it long.
Blanket was dressed in a very grown-up white shirt with a dark suit and tie that looked like he had a bit of room to grow into.
We are family: Paris Jackson, left, looked equally smart as she joined her brothers Prince and Blanket for the service
Prince - real name Michael Joseph Jackson Jr - meanwhile was seen getting the collar of his smart two-piece neatened up by a family friend.
Paris - real name Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson - meanwhile was in a modest black long-sleeve shift dress with white embroidery around the hem, collar and cuffs, worn with sandals.
Their father the King Of Pop died on 25 June 2009 aged 50 and the whole Jackson clan have been mucking in since to make their lives as normal as possible.
No flies on him: Prince brushes the last bits of lint from his shoulder before he prepares to enter the church with a friend
As well as going to church in public for the first time, they now go to school.
And as reported by the Mail Online last week, they also go to afterschool drama class near their LA home.
In February, the children gave an interview on U.S. television and said they even fancied following their late father into showbusiness.
However, 80-year-old grandmother Katherine, and their aunt La Toya, 54, who's closely involved in their upbringing, want them to live as normal a life as possible before any attempt to launch themselves fully into the public eye.
Family fun: The children were seen leaving an afterschool drama class in LA last week
La Toya said in March: said of her nephews and niece in March: ‘They have gone to school and they really like it, so I’m very happy for them. It’s taught them something totally different about people and life.'
She also revealed they recently donated clothes to help Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.
She said: They said they don’t mind doing and giving whatever. It was so sweet. They say, ‘Can we give our clothes to them?’ It’s really sweet.”
LaToya explained: 'My brother, their father, was just giving to everybody – $400 million of his personal money he gave to charity, and I support every penny of it.
'I think it’s very important for them to know what their father has done and to follow that legacy and to keep in their heart and mind to give always.'
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
By JODY THOMPSON