Friends, Britons, Royal fans; it has been too long and will likely be ages before I post again, but something happened today that spurred me to write. And no, it’s not the new(ish) pictures of little Princess Charlotte, though those are also delightful–it’s the return of a piece of jewelry that signifies a shift in the British Royal Family.
This evening TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a private diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, an annual event hosted by The Queen around the holidays. It is one of the most exclusive Palace events of the year and involves white tie, not black tie, so you know Her Majesty means business (I live in a world where black tie is about as formal as it gets; I can only salivate about floating around in a world in which I’d be asked to wear white tie).
As usual, I didn’t know this event was happening until it was (likely) already over. I found the photos on social media while I was chatting with my cousin on the phone–and almost burst into tears (sorry, Allegra!).
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, a tiara that was loaned to Diana, Princess of Wales, for the duration of her life. It has not been seen since Diana’s death in 1997. I don’t know the last occasion on which Diana wore the tiara, although I believe she did so even after her divorce from The Prince of Wales was finalized in 1996. I’ve been wondering when this specific tiara and others of Diana’s jewels would make an appearance on her daughter-in-law–and now it is has happened, almost 20 years after she died.
This. Is. A. Big. Deal.
There’s so much more to say about this and the tiara’s significance and history but now I’m going to go have some feelings.
Confession: I slept in this morning, so when I woke it was my sister’s text alerting me to the naming of the newest British Royal Princess. Assuming today would herald the announcement, I was already excited, but when I saw the name I was beside myself: HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Kensington Palace said “The names speak for themselves” and this is entirely true.
Interestingly, both Charlotte and Elizabeth are names on both sides of the family, so the Cambridges are not just honoring the British Royal family–they’re honoring some of the most British names of the past 200+ years! Charlotte nods to Charles, of course, while Elizabeth is a given (although I figured they wouldn’t give her The Queen’s name as a first name, because that’s a heavy mantle to hold, especially when she’s not in direct line for the throne). The fact that Diana is included as a name almost made me cry; naturally the Cambridges wouldn’t have given her Diana as a first name (again, heavy mantle), but it’s such a lovely tribute to William’s mother to have her first granddaughter use her name.
Charlotte is also Pippa Middleton’s middle name while Elizabeth is both The Duchess of Cambridge’s and her mother Carole’s middle name.
I am much more a fan of this name than of George’s (sorry, buddy), and am delighted by the selection. Even my dad said, “Wow, that’s like six birds with one stone.” “It could be more like ten birds with one stone,” I replied. So well done, Your Royal Highnesses, and welcome to Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the world is so excited to watch you grow!
The Cambridge Family has left the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital and the world has glimpsed the new princess. She has the same cherubic cheeks as her big brother, George, and her parents before her. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Jenny Packham gown as she left the hospital with William beside her, the same designer she wore when departing with George two years ago. They are now a family of four and I excitedly await the first family portrait and the little princess’s name!
(I know there are a lot of problems in the world right now, human-made and otherwise, but it really is lovely to be giddy about something like this–we all need a break every once in a while and I need to count my blessings.)
Congratulations to William, Catherine, and new big brother George!!! Here’s hoping we learn her name in the next few days!
At 8:34am in London this morning The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl who weighed 8lbs 3oz. We are still waiting on a name and may wait a few more days. It seems possible that HRH will stay overnight in the hospital.
Per a Letters Patent signed by HM The Queen in 2012 the new addition to the Cambridge family will be a princess; however, historically a daughter born to a Duke of Cambridge would have been “only” Lady Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke of Cambridge brought little Prince George to the hospital to meet his new sibling around 4:00pm GMT. The photo below caused me to squeal almost as much as the birth announcement!
He’s so precious! Matching outfits for father and son–and, yes, I believe that is the same sweater that William wore when George was born.
The Queen sent a happy message to the couple by dressing in all pink for a function later this morning. Stay tuned for more details as they come! Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and to Prince George!
Did I call it or did I call it?? It is May 1st, 10:55pm PT, May 2nd, 6:55am GMT, and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is in labor and has been admitted to the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. FINALLY we get to meet this “spare” child who will have little Prince George to look up to for her/his entire life.
I’m going to bed but when I wake up I hope (for the Duchess’s sake as well as my own) that we have another little prince/princess. Here’s rooting for a girl!! Congratulations to the Duchess, who must be as ready as I am for this kid to be out and about!
Yes, I know. I know what you’re going to say. But here’s the thing: Even if I don’t update that much right now you also KNOW I will be there for you to announce the moment Cambridge Baby #2 makes an appearance.
That moment is not today, but I think by the end of the week we will hear the fluttering of a million flashbulbs as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerge from the Lindo Wing with their little one. Fingers crossed.
Again, for the record: It had darn well better be a girl! And good luck to the Duchess!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in New York City this evening for a whirlwind, three-night trip. I was going to join them but we decided it would be better for me to visit after baby #2 was born and that way we could all hang out and I could exercise my role as godmother more prominently. William will visit D.C. tomorrow and have a chat with President Obama; Catherine will spend the day in the city focusing on her children’s charities.
During the trip there will be a gala dinner for St. Andrews University and tomorrow night the Royal couple will attend a Brooklyn Nets game. While I am disappointed that I can’t be there, I’m excited to report that a cousin of a dear friend of mine might actually meet the couple, since Kathleen’s cousin is a manger at the 9/11 Memorial Museum (please note without a trace of a joke that I am also impressed by anyone who is a manager at the 9/11 Memorial Museum). Kathleen, keep us posted!
I know I’ve missed some recent events, but I hope to follow these pretty closely. We’ll see–it’s delightful to have my favorite couple back in America!