When I moved back to Germany last October, I made a vow (pun intended) to myself that I would make it to a royal wedding, and lucky for me a longtime blog friend who lives in Stockholm kindly offered to host me. So, back in January I submitted my vacation requests for the summer—shoutout to Germany’s generous allotment of vacation days, 28 for me per year! My coworkers laughed it off, they couldn’t believe i was literally going to Stockholm to see the Swedish wedding.
Side note: Hey to all my coworkers reading this right now. 😉 So glad that this little blog made its rounds through the office mail (HA!) I’m only a little bit embarrassed, except not in the least.
Two months ago I bought my tickets to Sweden and that was that.
I arrived in Sweden last Thursday and immediately fell in love with everything. And then I met my longtime blog friend and she gifted me the plates shown above. I screamed with joy.
These plates are a big deal to me on so many levels, first of which, HELLO, ROYAL MEMORABILIA. Secondly, I just moved into my very own first-all-mine apartment and have approximately no things. These plates are my first grown-up-household-gift. And lastly, I’m so flattered that my friend would bestow them to me, I’ll have them forever, and forever be thankful for her kind gesture.
So after I came down (actually, I’ll probably never fully recover) from my initial Sweden high, I had a lot of preparing to do for the wedding. And by that I mean I had to figure out where to go and how to get there and the best place to stand. Which really only took 20 minutes of research in reality. But let’s pretend like I had a room with pictures and articles posted all over the walls with strings connecting them all like I made this into a proper operation. (Or maybe not, because that image sounds a bit too real and a bit like I’m a nutcase.)
Really I was bumming wifi off the neighborhood coffee shop trying to sift through Swedish news sites for any info. But that’s neither here, nor there…
(I firstly would like to apologize for putting this site on the back-burner as of late. Work has been super busy, and it turns out Northern Europe winters are far harder than I remembered (major props to those Scandinavian Royals!). But the sun is now staying out past 4 o’clock so I am feeling much more ambitious in my old hobbies after work. 😉 So let’s go!)
Duchess of ‘Does-a-lot’?
I have, of course, been following along with headlines of the royals here and there… and more than anything, I’ve been a bit surprised at the amount of ‘work’ Kate has been doing lately. I have a theory it’s because she a.) got a stern talking to after last year’s numbers came out, and b.) after this baby is born we won’t see her for approximately 2 years…
Also, when you go from doing 2 outings per month to a mere 4, is that really deserving of a pat on the back? I am conflicted.
The Daily Beast’s royal correspondent Tom Sykes wrote this very pro-Kate piece on the matter last week.
There seems little doubt that with this flurry of activity so late in her pregnancy—at eight months pregnant to show no sign of slowing down is admirable—is a carefully thought-out strategy. Kate is seeking to put an end to the ‘lazy Kate’ story that threatened to become a theme when, towards the end of last year, it was revealed that Kate had, as well as taking numerous foreign holidays—attended just 76 official engagements in 2014 while Philip, 93, showed up at over 200 and the Queen attended 375. Indeed, Kate had the lowest official appearance rate of all the senior members of the Royal Family in 2014.
While sources are cagey about appearing to endorse the ‘lazy Kate’ narrative even by refuting the allegations, one source says, “The fact is that Kate’s feeling great and determined to pack in as much as possible before the birth.”
Work ethic debate aside, I think Kate looks so beautiful lately, and cheers to her for no Marilyn Moments yet for 2015…
I literally screeched when I saw the news that Princess Madeleine and her husband are expecting. I was far more excited than I was upon hearing Kate’s pregnancy — not that I’m not excited for Kate, I’m really happy for her! — but I really love Madeleine and I know how much she has gone through the past few years, so it’s great to see her genuinely happy. But I do feel a bit for Crown Princess Victoria, especially if she is trying for a baby, as well. We will see!
New Year, New Royal News
I didn’t want to muck this post up with the recent royal scandal, but I will write more about that in the next few posts, but let’s keep this post happy and fresh! It’s a new year, after all!
So cheers to a new year! I hope it’s great for you and yours!
One of my favorite things is historical things imagined in modern times. Especially figures. So it’s no surprise that when I came across the following text messages of Henry VII I was more than slightly amused.