How the heck did it get to be July 9?? I guess my unofficial hiatus turned into an official one…
In my absence The Queen celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation, The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her last official duties before the birth of the little Prince/ss of Cambridge, King Albert II of Belgium (a distant cousin of The Queen through King Christian IX of Denmark, of course) announced he will abdicate at the end of July, and Buckingham Palace announced the pregnancy of Zara Phillips, granddaughter to The Queen.
There have been garden parties and Glastonbury (where Prince Harry was spotted with his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas), grandparenting questions from Prince Charles and Great Britain’s triumph at Wimbledon (for the first time in 77 years); alas, I have failed to report these things, but hopefully you’ve kept an eye out instead!
My accumulation of Royal memorabilia has increased as my parents and friends move out of their homes—I recently received from a friend a book on The Queen’s fashion, published in honor of the her 1977 Silver Jubilee; my dad pulled out a copy of The Sunday Times from 1982 featuring a smiling Prince Charles, the late Princess of Wales, and a swaddled, infant Prince William leaving St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
“Wow, Dad, it’s like you knew what kind of obsessions I’d have before I was even a twinkle in your eye!”
“Not really, I just wanted to save it because of the story on the Falklands War.”
Sure. That’s what they all say.
I will try to feature some of my new memorabilia on the blog, especially since we all know that St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington is where we will next see The Duchess of Cambridge in public—with the new heir to the throne!
July 7th through 14th was always my bet for the Royal baby’s birth; we’ll see what happens in the next five days!