Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for Queens, Princesses, and Royals

Okay, I admit it. I follow the British Royals. I'd like to say that I'm not interested in such an unimportant thing, but that wouldn't be telling the truth. I don't know if it's because they are a fairy tale come to life or if it's just because they have way better clothes than I do, but I read most of the stories I see about them.

Princess Kate Baby How princess kate is preparingI can tell you that Princess Kate (or Duchess of Cambridge, I think) shocked the fashion world when she wore panty hose during her trip to Canada. I can tell you that Prince Harry has served in Afghanistan and his father might be Diana's groomsman. I can tell you that the Queen rules the family with an iron hand and likes brightly colored, tailored suits. I can tell you that Camilla has always been Prince Charles's love and that he champions environmental causes. And I can tell you that Kate is due to have her second child any day now. Which brings me to my story.

The other morning Ward and I were eating breakfast. He was checking his work email to see what disasters were waiting for him when he made it to the office, and I was watching one of the morning news shows. At one point, the show did a teaser about how the hospital was preparing for Kate's imminent delivery. Ward poked his head up and said, "She's popping them out really fast, isn't she?" I know he didn't follow the details of the royal life, so I said, "You don't mean a third child, do you? She's only on her second." I proceeded to question him and found out that he had no idea that Kate was pregnant and ready to deliver the second in line to the throne. Not that he didn't know when she was due or whether or not she had morning sickness this time, he had NO idea that she was even pregnant.

And here's why I found that so amazing. This man can tell you every world situation and the backgrounds behind them. He can tell you the latest medical study and the pieces missing from the research. He can you about every presidential hopeful and their views on important issues. All of this means, that he does pay attention to what's going on in the world. It amazed me that somehow while he was paying attention to what was important, he hadn't noticed the constant stories about Kate's pregnancy. He said that he wasn't interested in that sort of thing. I totally understand that. What amazes me is that he was able to filter out the stories totally. (OK, maybe not totally. He did know who Kate was.)

Are there any others of you out there who didn't know Princess Kate is pregnant with her second child?
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And as long as we're on the subject of royals, a book recommendation:

The Uncommon Reader: a Novella by Alan Bennett

The is a fun little story about the Queen after she borrows a book from a bookmobile in front of the palace. That book leads to another and she starts reading a wide variety of books that change her views on life and the world. I don't know if the descriptions are correct, but it also gives an idea of what it must be like to be a royal and always on display.






16 comments:

  1. I did know she was/is pregnant, but I didn't know she was due any day now. But then again I don't follow a lot of world news. I hate to sound so ignorant about world happenings, but I'm just too dang busy most days to even turn the TV on, or pick up a paper. I rely on my family to keep me informed over the dinner table. Sad, but true. Some day, maybe I'll have 5 minutes to turn the TV on again.

    Another contrast between myself and my family is that they constantly tell me of fun stuff and humor that they find on the internet. Me, I use the internet for research to find out how to do things. I only occasionally see a fluff piece off to the corner of the screen about which celebs are out of the closet, or who's been arrested lately, or who's had cosmetic surgery. Not news worthy, but my eye catches it. But I never have the time to click and wait for another page to load, to read the whole story.

    Let me know, will you, what she has, and what they name it.

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    1. The internet is certainly full of fun stuff. The problems is when it sucks you in. But then and again it can be a lot of fun.

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  2. I don't keep up on a lot of celebrity news, but I do enjoy little tidbits about Kate, William, and their family (and yes, I knew that the newest baby's birth is imminent--Comcast is my internet provider and that sort of info features prominently on their face page). That's how I discovered over the weekend that Jonathon Crombie died at age 48 of a brain hemorrhage. He's not a well-known celebrity in the US, but he is in Canada. He played Gilbert Blythe on the PBS series Anne of Green Gables (and the subsequent sequels). He was perfect for the part and, yes, was VERY good looking (and seemed like a genuinely nice person). He did a lot of theater productions as well. My best friend and I saw him in a stage production in Stratford, Ontario. It was shocking and sad to hear about this.

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    1. I did hear about Gilbert Blythe, but I wasn't sure who he was. It sounds like he was a great talent and a nice man.

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  3. Growing up in Australia, the Royals were a part of everyday media (and still are). Now that I live in the US, you have to seek out the news if you're interested. If you visit Fiji, you will see posters of the Royal Family everywhere. I think this young set has been good for their image.
    Visiting from A to Z - keep on blogging!

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    1. Your perspective is interesting. I think we have news of them all of the time, but you think you have to seek it out. Once again, it's all relative.
      Thanks for visiting.

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  4. I heard she was pregnant again but no I don't follow the royal news so don't know any of the details. I did learn not all that long ago that Charles was an environmentalist, does that count?

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    1. Charles is often pushed into the background behind his sons. So, yes, it counts if you were able to ferret out his environmental causes.

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  5. I knew she was pregnant but I read the Australian news pretty much daily so it appears on that a lot. It doesn't get a lot of press coverage here in the U.S unless you read the girly magazines so most blokes here probably wouldn't know.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

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    1. I think girly magazines may mean different things to us. To me, a girly magazine is a way to say porn--or at least something like Playboy. I think it means to you, magazines with mostly female interests like articles about food, home, and celebrities. Is that right?

      The question is, does your wife know Kate's pregnant?

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  6. I didn't know she wasn't pregnant. I guess I just scanned over it when I read the news.

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    1. It's certainly news you can live without. What kind of news do you read?

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  7. I knew she was pregnant also, but had no idea the baby was due. I wish them well but other than good wishes, I really don't care. I am from Alabama and only have to be concerned with true royalty, Alabama's football coach. (I jest___kind of, in a Roll Tide kind of way)

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    1. You jest in the same way Kentucky does about their basketball team. :)

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  8. We follow the Royals at our house as well!

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    1. I think more people follow them than admit.

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