Congratulations are obviously in order for Queen Elizabeth II who overtook Queen Victoria’s previously held title as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Yesterday marked her 63rd year on the throne.
Seeing as how I haven’t had as much time to dedicate a post to her for this occasion, and I figured other sites would have far better posts for her, I figured a little shout out will have to do for now.
For other Queen Elizabeth posts here at Duchess-at-Large, click here.
(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’m not convinced. (This wasn’t even a little bit challenging…)
While Prince George and Prince William as a tot both have similar body language (lots of wiggling!), and wear similar outfits (I’m all about classic baby looks, Prince George’s look is timeless chic…), I personally think he looks like a Middleton.
What do you think?
When asked about his nephew recently, Prince Harry said, “He’s growing up. He is walking, and he has big, chubby cheeks. He looks like a young Winston Churchill.”
Yet another pictures has surfaced featuring the Duchess’s bum. One bystander of the event came forward recently with the photo. This “breach of privacy” happened literally days after Kate’s infamous landing in New Zealand first thing of the tour.
And, as I mentioned long ago, this wasn’t her first “Marilyn Moment.” For pete’s sake, there are enough moments like this that some sites have compiled slideshows.
The Ingenious that is ‘Underwear’
Here’s the thing: upon Kate’s first incident–of this tour–she should have either inserted weights in her hems, or worn a slip. Or maybe, I don’t know, a pair of underwear (call me crazy)... Heck, had I been her I would have put on Spanx over a pair of underwear–and most likely I would now be a never-nude a la Tobias Fuenke.
I think that’s the reaction many would have after such incidents.
But really, she should have had such reactions after the first time it happened on tour, in Canada. The fact that those are among the first photos that pop up when you search “Kate Middleton Canada” should be a wake up call. And the fact that when you type in “Kate Middleton Dre…” it autocorrects with “Kate Middleton Dress Blows Up,” would make you think she’d be a bit more thoughtful about her undergarments in the future.
Breach of Privacy or Breach of Wardrobe?
So was it a “breach of privacy?” Firstly: I’m against the selling of such photos that someone has snapped, accidentally or purposely… but I do think calling this incident a “breach of privacy” is a stretch. It was at a public event. She was aware of the task at hand and the appropriate thing to wear. She decided against protecting herself from such incidents and decided to take a chance.
In fact, it wasn’t even a “wardrobe malfunction.” Everything functioned correctly. Her dress was made to flutter should there be wind. Her lack of underwear (or whatever she did wear) kept her bum uncovered, and voila. It’s not rocket science.
And had it been a “wardrobe malfunction,” she is still responsible. When Janet Jackson coined the phrase, she and the CBS network faced large fines…
The good news is the Duchess of Cambridge has been accounted for. The bad news is that her excuse for having not worked at all since the tour is rather ridiculous…
You see, she’s been MIA from working because she’s redecorating not one, but two royal palaces she, William and Prince George will soon call home–Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall. Those palaces–one being called a ‘fancy farmhouse’— aren’t going to decorate themselves, after all… The people Kate hires will do all the heavy lifting. But those various shades of purple for the palace walls will need to be hand-picked by an art history graduate, right? And after all that paint picking, showing up to a charity event or ball would be extreme for even the hardest of workers.
I’m trying to give Kate the benefit of the doubt, but report after report, or lack thereof, makes it hard to take her seriously.