Much (a)’do about nothing: Kate’s New ‘do

KATE'S NEW HAIRKate’s hair has long since been one of her few claims to fame. Her hair is reported on more than one could imagine (like this one from Elle, 38 PHOTOS OF PEOPLE MESMERIZED BY KATE MIDDLETON’S GLORIOUS HAIR)… and while I must admit it’s Pantene covergirl worthy… at the end of the day, it’s just hair.

But, of course, it was no surprise when reports started buzzing last night on twitter about a paparazzi shot from this weekend which featured what seems to be a new style (finally), this time with bangs.

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Let’s not forget Kate has had bangs before and they didn’t seem to last long… let’s see how long this new look stays.

PANGBOURNE, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a day of activities and festivities to mark the occasion of St Andrew's Day at St Andrew's School on November 30, 2012 in Pangbourne, Berkshire, England. The Duchess visited the Pre-Prep School for under-5s, unveiled a plaque to officially open a new artificial turf playing field and met members of the school's hockey team, which she played for during her time as a pupil at the school (1986-1995). The Duchess also toured the school privately and watched the school's Progressive Games which are traditional games played indoors by teachers and students on St. Andrew's Day. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Which look do you prefer?

For what it’s worth, I think the new look is really lovely.

What do you think: Seeing double because of a resemblance, or because it’s Monday?

Queen Silvia and SofiaTo my utter dismay, I saw a comparison of the elegant Queen Silvia of Sweden (above) to Carl Philip’s new fiancée Sofia recently on a site.

At first I was all “No way.”

Then I was, “Well, I guess, if you squint…”

And then I saw it far too clear, so I sent the pic to my mother to see what her thoughts were.

(She didn’t see a comparison.)

But now, when I look at it, it’s like when you repeatedly type a word over and over again and it starts to look completely bizarre. I need some fresh eyes’ perspective.

So… what do you think?

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

 

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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The Danish Royal Family Portrait

Danish Royal Family Portrait

Late last fall the Danish Royal Family revealed their newest family portrait…

Danish Royal Family Portrait

It features Prince Christian front in center, symbolic of course for the role he will play in the monarchy’s future as King. Meanwhile the royal grandchildren play with toys on the floor while their mothers, Crown Princess Mary and Marie look adoringly at their youngest. Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik look straight ahead as do their sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Joachim.

It’s been criticized for its ‘horror-film’ like portrayal, and one can certainly see how one would draw such comparisons. However, it’s being reported that the artist was simply trying to create the portrait as a homage to the 1880 family portrait (pictured below) painted by Lauritz Tuxen. I’m not 100 percent convinced of this, but the similarities are certainly there.

I think what’s most perplexing about this portrait is the way Prince Christian is portrayed as putting his childhood behind him and already assuming the role of King-to-be. It just breaks your heart a little bit, especially when you know it was his own father that was sometimes found in the attic of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen sobbing at even the young age of four that he didn’t want to be King. But it’s sadly not the first time a royal has had a tragic childhood, and probably not the last. Knowing the pressures Crown Prince Frederik himself endured, it’s hopeful that he has been of more help to Prince Christian than his Queen mother was to him.

Danish Royal Family Portrait 1880