The time I chatted with Will & Kate in Hamburg

Yes! It’s true! I met and chatted with both! But first we must rewind…

In the middle of June, the royals announced a seemingly spontaneous tour of Poland and Germany. My sweet coworkers, knowing my love of royals, began emailing me and stopping by my office to alert me of the news. And after a few strokes of the keyboard, I was able to verify.

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

It was true. The British were, in fact, coming! But I didn’t let myself get my hopes up too much. You see, I’ve seen the Danish royals when the visited in May of 2015, and I didn’t manage to snag so much as a wee wave. So getting to even talk to William or Kate? “Yeah right,” I thought.

And, as my father so lovingly reminds me often, “Keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed.”

Armed with my father’s wisdom and the reality that Kate fans can be a bit… pushy, I wasn’t hoping for more than a photo up close.

Fast forward a few weeks to the day of…

I’m lucky in that I live near the Elbphilharmonie, one of their stops on the tour, as well as the fact that I get that generous, European amount of vacation days, and as an American who still feels guilty for taking time off, well I had more than enough left over to use a half day.

So I hoped on my bike around 12 to head that way. They were due to arrive at 2:40 p.m. As I rode down that way I couldn’t help but be a bit disgruntled with myself that I hadn’t managed much earlier. I was expecting a crowd of thousands already set up.

I was pleasantly surprised when I came upon a mere hundred, leaving me plenty of time to post up.

First, though, I’d have to strategize where to stand. So I found a news anchor who was preparing herself and asked where she was planning to get the shot. (As a journalism major, I knew she had the best insider scoop.) She was super kind and explained that the majority of the crowd was near the entrance as Kate & Will were due around 2:00p.m. to enter the concert hall… BUT(!), if I was willing to wait, and wanted a more “personal” experience, she recommended  I stand at the hardly crowded exit, as they would take time after the concert for a walkabout.

So I found a spot that, admittedly, was almost too good to be true. And I waited. My good friend met me on her lunch break and was patient enough with me to put up with my competitiveness with the crowd for a good position.

The crowd made for some grand people watching as we waited.

There was the Kate Middleton lookalike — there were many actually, and I kind of loved the amount of reporters even trying to replicate Kate’s style.

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

There was the lady who was PISSED that the royals were even there. (Purposely cropped out.)

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

There was a royal pup! IMG_6764

And the people opting for a birds-eye view… IMG_6776

Then before we knew it, was time. (Quick side note: there was a woman there determined to get the books she wrote into Kate’s hands. At first it was endearing. Then it became… intense. But her determination meant that Kate stopped and chatted with our portion of the crowd, so I guess that’s a plus!)

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

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Kate very graciously accepted the books as the woman gave her the books for George’s 4th birthday. It was very sweet actually. And Kate was so kind and patient. It is worth noting that Kate does seem rather shy. I don’t know how she managed the crowd. I was overwhelmed and no one was hollering my name or shoving things my direction. She was so graceful under pressure.

My journalism instincts must have kicked into high-gear next, as I somehow managed to catch this exchange between Kate and the girl next to me (whom I did not film for privacy reasons).

The girl told Kate how much she appreciated the work they’ve done for mental health with Heads Together (which they have done wonderfully, and something I’ve been meaning to write about on here for a while). Kate took the time to be so incredibly kind and thoughtful in her response. It was truly amazing how she managed to stay focused with many other people in the crowd.

Bravo Kate. Bravo.

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(A selfie! I couldn’t help but think back to this post. And I couldn’t dare ask her to pose with me. I actually became surprisingly tongue-tied upon actually meeting her!)

I was so starstruck after saying hello and shaking Kate’s hand (not captured on film, of course), that I almost nearly forgot William was coming as well.

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in HamburgMeeting Wills and Kate in Hamburg

William was asking people if they spoke English, and somehow I managed to think quick and use this to my advantage. I piped up, “Greetings from America, Will!” To which he immediately came our way and shook my hand, asking, “Whereabouts in America are you from?” “Kansas!” I replied, the shock clear in my voice. “Kansas! What a beautiful spot,” he replied.

My mind was blown. I had just spoken with Prince William. THE Prince William whose name adorned my sister and my’s custom “I LOVE PRINCE WILLS” pencils throughout elementary schoool… THE Prince William whose photo I had affixed to my wall for most of my adolescence. THE Prince William whose wedding my sister and I woke up at 4 a.m. to watch. THE Prince William who is third inline to the throne. THE Prince William who will one day be the King of England.

It was clear. I had royally peaked.

Part II. soon to follow, wherein I start to get rude DMs from people across the world for my royal posts. 😉

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Prince George is Going to be a Big Brother!

Royal Baby Number 2

Today, Kensington Palace announced that the Cambridges are expecting a new addition to the family — royal baby number 2!

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

— Kensington Palace

A huge congratulations to the growing family! (And hopes that Kate gets well soon!)

 

Prince William Announces Plans to Put Off Royal Duties for Job As Air Ambulance Pilot

Prince William Announces Plans for New Job…surprises no one.

We all saw this coming. Despite the £4.5 million renovations done on Kensington Palace, Prince William and Kate Middleton are hightailing it out of London for greener pastures.

Since leaving the RAF at Anglesey, where he was based for more than three years, William, 32, has been eager to get back to flying and is set to complete what officials call “a mandatory period of training this autumn and winter.”

He will start work at the area bases at Cambridge and Norwich airports in spring 2015, flying night and day shifts, which will allow for him and wife Kate, also 32, to live primarily at Anmer Hall, their 10-bedroom mansion near Sandringham. The home is undergoing renovations and it is known that the couple want to use it as their base. Although Kensington Palace is the main official residence, they will settle in their country home. “They want to live up there as much as possible,” a source close to them tells PEOPLE.

“They are going to be Norfolk-based and coming to London every so often, rather than London-based and going off for a weekend in Norfolk,” the source says. (People)

Celebitchy — one of my favorite sites for celebrity/royal news — had a lot of good points to make. Like how their essentially creating a job for William out of thin-air… pun intended. Oh, and a commenter smartly pointed out that while his salary will be contributed to charity, it’s still a salary that could be given to other, non-royals, in need of a job pilots.

I’m slowly becoming more and more over these two. What about you?

What do you think: Who does Prince George most resemble?

Who does Prince George most resemble
[Left to right: Kate, Prince George, Prince William]

Since his birth, or perhaps, even before, there’s been tons of speculation as to whether Prince George looks more like his mom, the Duchess of Cambridge, or his dad, Prince William. Lately it seems more and more media outlets have been leaning toward him looking like Prince William.

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?

BONUS:

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.” 

Who does Prince George most resemble

 

Royal Rewind: Week of June 6, 2014

 

QE II + Q M of DenmarkNote: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

The Queen celebrated her coronation anniversary the same day King Juan Carlos announced abdication.

The Danish Royal Family celebrated Prince Consort Henrik’s 80th birthday.

The Queen opened Parliament.

Crown Princess Victoria presented the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

King Carl XVI Gustaf attended veteran ceremony.

Prince Felipe spoke at ‘Marques de Viana’ Awards.

King Filip of Belgium met with President Barack Obama.

The British Royals paid respect for D-Day in Normandy along with various other royalty from around the world. (Including QEII and Queen Margrethe of Denmark, pictured above.)

Around the web…

Grace Kelly’s life in photos.

A thorough examination of Prince Harry’s love life; Past, present, and perhaps, future.

Queen Maxima and Obama seemed to hit it off.

This selfie will never get old.

Hashtag for Princess Leonore’s christening is set. (Yes, that sentence says exactly what I intended.)

Pump. The. Breaks.

Royal Rewind: Week of May 30, 2014

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Note: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Household Cavalry Standards Parade.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended World MS Day.

Crown Prince Frederik turned 46.

Princess Anne, the Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Harry showed support for Blues and Royals regiment at garden party.

Spanish royals attended ‘Rey de Espana’ and ‘Don Quijote’ Journalism Awards 2014.

Queen Silvia of Sweden attended an international conference for children’s rights.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene announced pregnancy.

Kate made first appearance since tour (pictured above).

Around the web…

Rumors abound after Crown Prince Frederik and Mary celebrate ten years.

Prince Harry has had a busy month. The latest including playing rugby with little kids, and flirting with a mystery blonde.

Mayor declined charity donation from profits of Kate’s bum photo.

The Daily Beast had two takes on the Kate Debate: one in defense and one not impressed.

The Hollywood Reporter did a piece on the not-so-glamorous side of Monaco royals.

Royal Rewind: Week of May 16, 2014

Princess Ingrid Alexandra attends Parliament 2014

Note: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway attended her first Parliament session, and looked darling. (Pictured above.)

Prince William and Prince Charles fought about getting rid of collection of ivory. (Parents, am I right? The old ‘burning the ivory” bickering.)

Prince William became president of scuba club (clearly stepping up his work load…) and said he hopes Prince George will follow in his father’s scuba fins steps.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark showed support for Eurovision.

The Duke of Cambridge stepped out for first engagement since tour.

The King of Sweden presented scholarships for 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology, and the Environment.

Prince Harry sent his ‘first’ tweet.

Zara Phillips celebrated her 33rd birthday.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended concert for the elderly.

Crown Princess Victoria presented award at recycling day.

Prince Harry on tour to Estonia and Italy to celebrate war heroes. (And flew EasyJet.)

Around the web…

Ralph Lauren peeved at Kate’s no-show at event.

Prince Harry had all kinds of fun during his Memphis jaunt, including an anonymous blonde…

‘Grace of Monaco’ film receives ‘worse reviews than Diana.’ (Meaning it must be terrible.)

Prince Harry put in ‘offer’ of dreamy pub.

The Queen’s latest portrait (the one where she smiles) now in color.

 

What do you think: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Solo Strategy

Kate and William go soloPrince William hosted a gala this week at Windsor Castle to honor the work of the Royal Marsden Hospital. One of the hospitals donors Ralph Lauren helped turn the castle into a “Windsor Wonderland.”

‘Spreading their influence’

Allegedly Kate didn’t show to the event because of the couple’s wish to ‘spread their influence.’

I read that in two ways:

Prince William is worried about Kate overshadowing him at events.

Things are rocky in paradise, the pair must only be together when absolutely necessary (royal tours).

It just seems so suspicious.

I understand in matters of, say, a doctor receiving an award and them not wanting Kate’s hair to steal the show, but when it’s a celebrity ball… isn’t it all about everything Kate brings to the table? Picture perfect gowns, snow-white teeth, dazzling jewels? Isn’t that half the fun of being a Princess? And isn’t that the kind of thing you look forward to doing with your husband (prince or not)?

Color me confused.

What’s your take?

 

Bonus: Emma Watson looked stunning, and knowing this made her meeting with William that much better.

 

The Latest Buzz: Prince William flew among peasants; Prince Harry wants Cressida back; Where are Kate and George?

William and Kate Harry and Cressida

William and Kate Harry and Cressida

 

Prince William and economy (seating)

Prince William Flies Econony

People are praising Prince William after a US reporter tweeted a photo of the Prince flying ‘coach’ (a term Americans use for economy seating) on an American Airlines flight from Memphis to Dallas. In the words of Doge, Much brave. Nice save. Such peasant. Very relate.

At first, I was actually impressed. I may have even been among those in appreciation of the Prince’s gesture, flying among the peasants and all… until I started looking into the whole thing. Here’s the thing, it was a flight from Memphis to Dallas. A flight lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes at most. Also, he’s sitting at the very front, and boarded privately from the rest of the passengers. Ok… but such domestic flights, especially when such a short distance, don’t even have options for First Class seating… the first couple of seats are merely considered First Class. But hey, after a trip that cost UK taxpayers a reported $84,000 for security of the young royals during their jaunt to the Memphis wedding. But footed the bill for the trip–aside from the security–themselves. Had Kate been with him, I highly doubt we’d have seen them fly coach, unless, of course, for PR purposes.

Had William flown among us peasants in economy from Dallas to London, well then I’d be rather impressed. But he obviously didn’t, or we’d have that being shoved down our throats, too.

As for Prince Harry’s travel arrangements back to the UK? I think Vanity Fair said it best:

Harry, however, was nowhere to be seen on William’s flight, which means it is still possible thetwerk-happynewly single redhead returned to London on a gold-plated private jet piloted by Snoop Dogg, populated by the casts of the three most recent Real World seasons, and D.J.ed by an Avicii-Skrillex collaboration. 

Prince Harry plus Cressida equals?

Cressida and Harry

Drama. Lots of drama. The amount of conflicting reports, sometimes from the same news source (hello, Daily Mail!), what are we really to believe? Was she ‘too needy’ or not? Is Prince Harry ‘bombarding‘ her with 15 texts a day? Does this have Kate’s fingerprints all over it? (Spoiler alert: probably.) Is it not over for the two? Who knows. I certainly hope so. I’m still pulling for Chelsy Davy… but that’s a story for another post, maybe later this week?

Anyway, I wanted to post this solid point from a comment I got about the whole debacle (and my saying I think Prince Harry’s camp should apologize for the ‘too needy’ accusation):

I don’t think his camp needs to apologize for calling her needy because her camp has been treading on him in the press as well. She would have been a major headache had she married in because that family of hers has been doing nothing but courting the press and leaking since he started dating her. Notice how there are only paparazzi photos of her and engagement rumors when Harry is out of the UK. She also has been represented by StuartWattsPr since they began dating. Those were her intentions from the beginning. I don’t feel sorry for her she tried to play the game and she lost.

*Slow Clap* Great point.

(I love your all’s comments! Keep them coming. I had hoped this site would start discussions!)

Royal roll call

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 1

Though I’d be lying if I said I expected to see them for months after their vacation grueling tour and all their work, I wish we could see a little bit of George in the country he will someday rule… but, seeing as how they pretty much hid him for 7 months after his christening, I’m an idiot to expect anything else. Maybe we’ll see him on his sixteenth birthday if the media continues to play into all of Prince William and Kate’s requests, maybe.

Many are speculating that the ducal couple headed straight from Australia to yet another holiday, perhaps even Switzerland to ski. (Prince William was seen in the Swiss Air lounge in Chicago.) Love, Lola has a really good post about just this topic.

I think skiing is anything but a vacation–holy workout!–but I also think the Royal Tour was anything but ‘a lot of work.’ But then again, I’ve never had to have my hair and makeup done every morning, don custom dresses, and collect dozens of bouquets from doting fans for a few hours everyday, so who am I to know the stress Kate must endure each day on behalf of the monarchy.

So much gossip to process. I don’t even really know how I feel about it all. What are your thoughts?

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