After Tuesday’s moving memorial for their father, Michael Jackson’s three children seemed to be in better sprits at a reception immediately following the service.
Prince Michael, 12, Paris Katherine, 11, and Prince Michael II (Blanket), 7, all sat in the “VIP” area at a kid’s table that included all the Jackson cousins and relatives in The Grand Ballroom at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
There were around 15 kids at the table, with ages ranging from 7-17. (Blanket was probably the youngest in the group.)
Michael Jackson’s children seemed very close with their cousins, as they all were playing and goofing around.
At one point, Prince Michael pulled out his cell phone. It looked like he was playing a game on it; he then passed it along to one of his cousins.
Blanket – who appeared overwhelmed at the memorial – was in a much better mood. He looked like he was having so much fun chasing around his cousins. The boy – whose hair is almost down to his waist and whose front tooth is missing – appeared playful at the reception, tickling his cousins and tapping others on the shoulder and then running away.
Paris also seemed to be in a better mood. She hugged her cousins and chatted with guests.
At one point, someone brought over the program from the memorial and all three of the kids — including some of the cousins — gathered around to look at the pictures.
Jackson’s children seemed really poised and polite as they shook guests’ hands and chatted with them. People were coming up and shaking Prince Michael’s hand a lot. The kids interacted extremely naturally with each other.
Grace Rwaramba, Michael Jackson’s former nanny, was overheard saying: “The kids are holding up really well. It’s good for them to be around the other kids.”
Janet Jackson carried around Blanket’s Michael Jackson doll for him.
Michael’s three children left with Katherine Jackson, who remains their temporary guardian until a July 13th court hearing.