Dahlinks! We have a Royal wedding in the offing

You would have had to have been deaf and blind and without an interpreter, not to know the news that has been buzzing around the UK since yesterday morning. Yep, you got it - Prince William has announced his engagement to Kate Middleton.

So what is my opinion about the UK's Royal Family? Quite simply, I like them, and I don't mind paying my 69p in taxes (apparently that's what every person in the UK pays each year) to help with their upkeep. In fact it warms my heart to know that I have contributed a bowl of Corgi food to the soap opera that is the Royal Family.

There is abolutely nothing political about my view - it is based purely on the entertainment value afforded to us by daily glimpses into the life of one of the world's most famous, most wealthy and most priviledged families. I mean how many regular guys could 'borrow' a Navy Chinook helicopter to impress a girlfriend by landing it in her garden? Ok, so Prince William got a bollocking for doing it, but I still thought it was quite amusing.

So I was rather pleased when I read that they announced their engagement yesterday. It was all a ray of sunshine in the persistent gloomy fog that has constituted the news for the last 3 years.

Pic.No.1. Prince William and Kate Middleton announce their engagement


Once the announcement was released, the flood of commentaries started, and I immediately spotted an emerging thread.

Bloody hell! Prince William was marrying a 'commoner' (like me - except not as good looking, obv). I love the word commoner. It's a word that could definitely be construed as derogatory (definitions of 'common' include; average, ordinary, low and coarse) and yet is still in regular use today to describe the great unwashed, that is, people who aren't Royal.

In fact I like it so much that I am going to use it more often in conversation as a comedy low-level insult, before the politically correct brigade wake up to it and have it abolished.


Pic.No.2. A commoner wearing a nappy at University Rag Week. That's my kinda Queen. Let's hope she keeps it up
But it doesn't stop there. Not only is Prince William marrying a commoner, but one newspaper (Daily Mail) published the fact that Kate had ancestors who had worked as labourers, domestic servants, road sweepers. Ugh! They must have got their hands dirty and everything. I can see the headlines now.........

"Shock as it is revealed that several of Kate Middleton's relatives had a job!"

 

The same newspaper, obviously concerned about the lack of blue blooded lineage compounded by the fact that some of Kate's ancestors had sunk low enough to get jobs, decided to try and justify her position as future queen. After much research on her ancestry, they came up with this report: "What is often overlooked, however, is that Kate is also descended from an English king, Edward III, through his second son Edmund." Ermmmm..... that was all in the 1500s, so the cynical amongst us could consider this link somewhat tenuous. 

 

As well as parading Kate's dubious royal lineage in an attempt to make her sound posh, it has also been announced that Kate will henceforth be called her real name, Catherine......... because 'Princess Kate' sounds a bit like a chavvy limited edition Barbie. The newspaper didn't add the bit about Barbie by the way, I did.

 

So the media circus has well and truly begun, and you know for definite that they are going to milk it when they photoshopped Kate's head onto the dress they think she will wear for her wedding. 

 

"They haven't?" I hear you cry.

 

Oh yes they bally well have................. and not only that, but the comparisons between Kate and Princess Di have already started. But more on that later.

 

Pic.No.3 Kate Middleton's head photoshopped onto a wedding dress. How sad?
So, I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the impending Royal wedding....... a farce? happy news in the midst of gloom? Don't give a toss? I don't know why, but I just know that this one is going to be contentious!

P.S. Is the word royal spelt with a capital R? (I wasn't sure, so I hedged by bets by doing it both ways in this post).

Annie (Lady M) x

Anne Dickens | The day after yesterday

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