The past month has been nothing short of crazy; and I don’t just mean The Duchess of Cambridge’s first speech (which you can watch here) or Prince William’s return from the Falklands (which was followed by a brief family ski trip). In mid-March I found out that I am losing my job in July (the real one, that is–sadly, reporting about the Royals is not yet salaried); as a result, I’ve been a bit low and lethargic, but I’ve kept a running tab of all the events I’ve neglected to post about! In short, I am going to be OK and I am committed to blogging even more–I’ll certainly have more time!
Her Majesty celebrated Easter service at Windsor Castle this morning, along with several other members of her family, including Princess Eugenie of York, her father, The Duke of York, and The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
When I first saw the photos I couldn’t place why I knew this lovely pink outfit so well–and then I remembered that this is what Her Majesty wore when she visited Alnwick last year and my friends Rachel and Lucy took the below photo:
(I still can’t get over the fact that people I know and love were that close to Her Majesty!)
The York princesses (daughters of the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, and Sarah, Duchess of York) have been more present at recent events, and Eugenie’s sister, Beatrice, accompanied Her Majesty on her Maundy Thursday visit to York Minster this past week.
Her Majesty has been very busy these past few weeks, and everyone is preparing for June 5th, when the Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated with more pomp and pageantry than London has seen in decades.
I hope you all saw snippets of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s tour of Scandinavia–it included visits to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway (not sure about the others) and their Royal families as well. Below is our Royal couple with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband, Henrik, Prince Consort.
It should not surprise you that Prince Charles and Queen Margrethe are related–they are both, of course, descended from the inimitable Queen Victoria, as well as from King Christian IX of Denmark. They are third cousins once removed on Victoria’s side and third cousins on Christian’s side; figuring out these relationships has been one of the best parts of the Scandinavian tour!
All of these catch-up activities aside, one of the main reasons I wanted to post tonight was because I may have to renege on my promise to discuss the future Cantabrigian family only once. People magazine, more reputable than some tabloids, just came out with a purely speculative article about The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being “ready for a baby.” They ask: “Is She Pregnant?” and I still think this is baloney, since I can’t imagine The Duchess traveling to Malaysia for the Diamond Jubilee tour while pregnant–but of course the rumor mill hums along. I’d like to point out that Prince William hadn’t been home from the Falklands for even one week before this article was written–I don’t think a First Response pregnancy test could tell The Duchess that she was pregnant that early, let alone a magazine! So, take that, People–just leave her alone! I have strong feelings about this, so I will most likely post about it again.