Happy 30th Birthday to Prince Harry!

Everyone knows a red-head is my wild card. I think His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales also knows this. I think Prince Harry knows he’s a wild card for a lot of ladies and probably quite a few gentlemen.

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Today Prince Harry celebrates his 30th birthday. He has a lot to show for himself, including two tours in Afghanistan, multiple charitable causes, and the launch of the Invictus Games, a Paralympic style event for servicemen and women. I’m pretty proud of him, personally.

In the same breath it must be said that this is a man who doesn’t take himself too seriously, which is why I delighted in finding the below old photo from my favorite fashion blog:

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That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. This is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge picking something off her brother-in-law’s shirt/fixing his hair/giving him a love tap. As if I needed any more reasons to love them all!

Happy birthday, Prince Harry!

Royal Baby Fever: Part II: The Personal Thoughts

The events of the past 36 hours prove that my telepathic connection to The Duchess of Cambridge is tenuous, at best. To be honest, I’m startled that Their Royal Highnesses are having another baby so soon after George–I wanted them to wait a few years and spoil that kid! Rumors immediately started that the reason this pregnancy so closely follows Prince George is because the Royal couple want three children. You know how I love them, so it pains me to say: Heaven forbid! 

Of course I feel bad for the poor Duchess; to be so sick with the eyes of the world trained on you must be miserable. Who knows, I might even get sympathy nausea! 

A couple of lovely screen shots from yesterday:

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Both Prince Harry and Prince Charles have been out and about spreading good cheer about the impending birth; I do think they are a close family (especially in Charles’ older age) so everyone must be excited. Apparently yesterday’s announcement came only 48 hours after The Cambridges told their families and The Queen, so we won’t be seeing Cambridge Baby #2 until at least April/May of next year.

And finally: It had better be a girl this time! Bookies already have 10/1 odds on the name Elizabeth (if it’s a girl), but I think 1. two kids named after their great-great-grandparents (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) is strange even for the Royal Family and 2. Elizabeth invokes The Queen and since this “spare” will likely not inherit the throne, I don’t think they’d want those associations when George is already being primed as King George VII.

My friend Jackie and I are both hoping for a gay girl, but if wishes grew on trees I’d also be shelving 19th century manuscripts in the Windsor Castle archival library right now, so I’ll have to let this slide until the baby is at least born.  

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are Expecting Their Second Child

Yesterday my friend Catherine came over for a lovely lunch. She turned to me after we ate and said, “So Kate’s pregnant again?” 

“Oh, that,” I said, waving my hand in the air like I just didn’t care and in the most pompous voice imaginable, “Don’t believe everything you read in the tabloids; I suspect they’re going to wait another year or so.” 

This morning, on the way to work, another friend texted to say that Royal Baby Number 2 was on its way–I stopped in my tracks at the intersection of Burnside and Alder. Could it be true?! Two friends reporting the same news before I had it confirmed?

Well, folks, this is not a drill–and I’ve been scooped!

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Sorry for the terrible photos, I can’t take screenshots on this computer so we’ll have to make do with photos on my phone.

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 As with the early stages of pregnancy with HRH Prince George, The Duchess of Cambridge is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, acute morning sickness. I’m afraid yet again the couple would have preferred to wait to announce their happy news, but since The Duchess’s visit to Oxford was cancelled this morning, rumors would have gotten out of hand anyway.

I imagine this will affect HRH’s upcoming trip to Malta–there is a rumor that all future engagements have been cancelled (although I don’t see that on the official site yet), which makes sense, given the intensity of the illness. I was looking forward to the Malta visit, which would have been The Duchess’s first solo overseas event, but if it’s cancelled hopefully she can stay at home and rest, play with George, and re-watch all of “Sherlock” if she so chooses. 

What a morning! Royal Baby Watch Number 2 starts now.  

And finally, here’s a better view of Their Royal Highnesses’ announcement. 

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Congratulations to the beautiful Royal couple and to little Prince George! The crazy American auntie/honorary godmother is so excited for you!

 

Happy First Birthday, Prince George!

Today is the first birthday of HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge and–despite my complete lack of attention to this blog in several months–I cannot let it pass without some commemoration!

Nearly every news outlet save for the New York Times had some kind of article about the little prince celebrating his first birthday. The Palace also released several photos, including those below with his adoring parents.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 5.54.18 PMI am sad I was unable to attend the Kensington Palace birthday party for little George (I had to decline my invitation due to visitors here in Portland), but I’m sure everyone had a wonderful time without me.

Happy 1st birthday, Your Royal Highness!

 

Yes, I Still Love The Royals

So. My sister gets married a week from tomorrow and that’s basically what my life has been about for the past few months. There’s also been job stress, the gay marriage campaign in Oregon, moving apartments, and general adulthood tasks to absorb the time. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t followed every event and outfit coming from our dear Duchess. There’s also been an abdication in Spain, a christening in Sweden, and a pregnancy announcement from Monaco (I did not expect that). Obviously my priorities are the British Royal Family, but when it comes down to it they are all family–even the Grimaldis (Prince Albert of Monaco’s “last” name) are something like 8th cousins once removed from The Queen (and also the Spanish and Swedish families).

As tempting as it is, I can’t–won’t–recap every event I’ve missed; and I won’t promise that I’ll be back until at least a week or so after the wedding, but I have to share with you some of those lovely screenshots I’ve been taking over the past few months, starting with the last bits of the Australia tour.

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Today saw Trooping the Color, the formal celebration of The Queen’s birthday (which was in late April). Our favorite trio (I guess they are a quartet, now that George is around) looked very elegant on the balcony of Buckingham Palace! The Duchess looked so darn polished, as usual.

Prince Philip turned 93 (!!!!) this week, another milestone–and he’s still going strong! There was also the opening of parliament–these folks have been busy!

Anyway, I am sorry for the absence, as usual; hopefully when the wedding is over there will be some semblance of normalcy. Also, I have surprises I want to share with everyone. Here’s a hint:

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THAT’S RIGHT, PEOPLE, THAT’S RIGHT!

Cambridge Photos Du Jour

I’m staying away from the computer for about 24 hours, but until I return:

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Guys, I went to the LK Bennett website last night and I could have bought this dress–a dress far outside my price range–but it was sold out. Luckily, I think, for my savings. But isn’t it beautiful???? What I love about this dress is that I–who am much shorter and far more stocky than our delightful Duchess–could probably wear it, if it came in the right size! And it was in stock. And I had that much money. So, I’m zero for three right now but at least I entertained the thought??

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Then they went to a rugby game (impromptu, casual) and I also want what she’s wearing there–I bet it’s the Gap, although it hasn’t been confirmed. Tomorrow will be Easter celebrations and I wonder if the Duchess will wear a repeat outfit to keep the focus on the service… we’ll see!

Cambridge Tour: Days 10 and 11

Here is the photo of the day (although technically it was yesterday):

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It looks like they’re having a pretty awful time, huh? Last night (US time) the Royal trio landed in Sydney, Australia and visited the famous Opera House and played around with cricket bats–just a normal day, am I right?

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Today the couple visits the Blue Mountains and a region called Winmalee, which was ravaged by bush fires in 2013. The Duke and Duchess met with community leaders and those affected by the devastation.

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(Is it just me or does it look like the Duchess is one to talk with her hands? I’ve seen that gesture before, for sure.)

The past week has held cricket in heels, a wombat-gifting ceremony, wine tasting, and a Palm Sunday service, not in that order. There was an absurd flurry of speculation that the Duchess was pregnant because William made an off-hand remark that a woman who made a baby blanket for little George might need to make a new one soon. OK PEOPLE, JUST CHILL. I think he was just making small talk! And then the world saw the couple drinking wine, so of COURSE she can’t be pregnant again. WHEW. Glad we got that out of the way.

Some highlights from the past few days:

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A wombat for George.

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And some wine for Mum…

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I don’t even look this good in my dreams…

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On a sartorial note, I love the repurposed red suit (especially minus the turtle neck that she wore with it the first time, in St. Andrew’s in 2011) but I wasn’t as wild about the teal dress to start, though I’m warming more to it now. It’s also nice to know that the Duchess does what I do with clothes: If it fits, buy it in multiple colors (she owns the dress, which is by Australian designer Emilia Wickstead, in pink as well and has been seen in that twice before)! Yet again: The Royals, they’re just like us!

ISN’T THIS EXHAUSTING? I need a nap. Luckily, I get to go to bed. Tomorrow is Sydney for a Royal Easter Show and another visit to a children’s hospice.