The Middleton’s have been accused of cashing in on the royal baby with their line of Prince/Princess party supplies. Various websites offer royal baby items of varying degrees of quality and now the Royal Collection is unabashedly cashing in on Baby Cambridge. A first for the royal collection, which has never created a line of items to celebrate royal births.
“An official range to celebrate the birth of a future monarch would be made, but not until after the event,” confirms a spokesman.
Yes, why miss out? If you can’t beat them, join them!
While Party Pieces has the party supplies covered for royal baby, the Royal Collection’s range will be more sedate with commemorative plates, cups, tea-pots, bowls, possibly even fragrances, teddy bears and cute onesies while they’re at it.
The sales of these items will go towards ‘the upkeep of the collection of art treasures and exhibitions’ Which apparently makes it OK for them, but when the Middletons do so they get flak for it.
This morning Kate surprised many royal watchers by accompanying the Queen and Prince Philip to Bakers Street Station to mark the 150th anniversary of the London underground. This wasn’t the only royal visit in celebration. In January, Prince Charles accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall marked the anniversary by taking his first tube ride in 33 years.
This was the Queen’s first major public engagement since March 1st, after suffering from gastroenteritis. It was also noted that this is the third engagement that the Kate has accompanied the Queen on. Prince Philip, who accompanied both women, probably wasn’t surprised to take third place on this visit.
The Queen has taken ‘the Tube’ as it is referred to in the UK (in Canada it is called the Subway) on a few occasions. Accompanied by her sister, Princess Margaret and governess, Marion Crawford, she took a ride in May 1939, four months after it opened. it must have been a novelty for the young princesses at the time. She has made a handful of visits since then. In 1969 she opened the Victoria Line and in 1977 she unveiled the Piccadilly link to Heathrow airport.
During the Queen’s last visit in 2010, she went to Aldgate Underground station to unveil a plaque commemorating the July 7th bombings and she was presented with a London underground sign for Buckingham Palace. On this visit, the royal party viewed a restored 1892 underground coach, and Catherine and Prince Philip watched the Queen unveil a plaque naming the train ‘Queen Elizabeth II’. Nice to know that if someone refuses to give up a seat for her and asks ‘does this train have your name on it?’ she can reply, ‘why yes, it does!’
However, the tube is no novelty for Kate. Nostalgically revealing, ‘I used to use the Tube on a regular basis. I miss travelling on the Tube.’ During the visit Catherine was presented with an underground badge ‘Baby on Board’. The button’s purpose ‘saves men the embarrassment of having to guess if a woman is pregnant.’
It was nice to see Kate ramping up her engagements and growing more comfortable in her royal role. Upon receiving the Baby on Board button jokingly replied, “I’ll make sure I wear it at home.”
Image via British Monarchy Flickr
After months upon months of speculation, as well as false rumors, Catherine and William are indeed expecting their first child together.
No due date has been announced but the duchess is said to be in the very early stages of pregnancy. Since the announcement was made in December, we can’t help but wonder if this baby will arrive in time for William’s 31st birthday. What a gift that would be!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
I’m not one to look at April Fools Day jokes as having any hidden meaning behind them. They’re meant to be jokes and that’s it. Such is the case with the two I posted on this blog – one about William resigning from the RAF and the other about Catherine losing her engagement ring because Lupo ate it.
The ring post didn’t cause any stir. This could be because I put ‘Happy April Fools Day!’ at the end of it. Whereas I did not do this with the RAF post. I’d looked at other ‘jokes’ in the media and found that none of them had that disclaimer at the end. The reader was left to figure out whether it was a joke or not. So I did not put it on. I thought that the sentence ‘We sat down and did the math with William and Catherine’ would be the giveaway. I guess it wasn’t for some. When I saw google searches and found the question about William’s resignation was posted on a message board I thought it had gone too far. Which is why I added the update clarifying it was a joke.
It’s interesting that if you add the words ‘sources say’ or ‘a pal reveals’ can make a post sound more plausible. I’ve had that experience a few times. A few years ago I did an April fools day joke on this blog announcing William and Catherine’s engagement which provoked a very strong reaction from people not certain whether it was true or not. This blog got a lot of traffic as a result, but that wasn’t the point. It was a joke but it was revealing in how strong the interest is in their relationship. Judging by the reaction when the engagement was actually announced, just confirmed it.
I’m not trying to give myself credit for any brilliance in coming up with these posts. They were fairly easy to write – too easy, in fact. Occasionally I think I missed my calling as a tabloid article writer. It really drives home the maxim ‘don’t believe everything you read.’
What’s the point of this particular post then? Well the reaction is revealing to me. The idea of William resigning from the RAF to support the Queen hit a nerve. People were happy about the idea, thinking it was long overdue. I’m not the only one who thinks that William and Catherine are not pulling their weight and they should get on with it. I’m not the only one who thinks Catherine should be doing more. Having observed Catherine over this past year, I’m inclined to agree. I didn’t need an April Fools day joke or its reaction to it to convince myself of that. If anything it tells me that I’m not the only one who wants it to be true.
Clarence House has announced today that their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take on more royal duties to support the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year. The Duke is expected to resign from his post as an RAF Search and Rescue Pilot.
“William has felt guilty for quite some time,” a friend reveals. “He is aware that he needs to carry more of his grandmother’s workload.”
“We did the math with William and Catherine” a royal aide explains, “and they were shocked when they realized the age difference between themselves and the Queen.”
The Duchess is currently preparing for the permanent move from Anglesey to Kensington Palace. “She will miss visiting her favorite local shoppes” a pal says. “She used to joke that she spent more time there than the employees!”
The couple will mark their first wedding anniversary on 29 April. “William had planned to whisk Catherine away on a romantic holiday. He understands how challenging this first year has been and is incredibly proud of her. He had the trip booked but realized they should postpone in light of the circumstances.”
“William realizes that if anyone deserves a holiday, it is the Queen.”
UPDATE: Please note that this post is a April Fools Day joke.
Posted by Marilyn
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made her first official speech as a royal. What do you think?