Royal Baby Watch!

There have been two royal pregnancies announced recently. Things seem to happen in threes so who shall the third one be? Hmmmm…

The Crown Princess Couple of Sweden

This couple is one of our favourites and we just love the sound of ‘Crown Princess Couple.’ Perhaps that should be the subject of another post.  Anyhow, on August 17, 2011 the Swedish royal court announced that Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are expecting their first child. The baby is due to be born in March of 2012 and as the first born child of the heir apparent to the Swedish throne, the baby will be the future King or Queen. Congratulations to Victoria and Daniel!

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark

On August 24, the Royal Palace of Denmark announced that Prince Joachim and Princess Marie are expecting their second child together. Their first child, Prince Henrik, was born in 2009. The baby is expected to be born in late January of 2012.

This will be Prince Joachim’s fourth child; he has two sons from his previous marriage to the former Princess Alexandra, now known as the Countess of Frederiksborg. Prince Nikolai is now eleven and Prince Felix is nine.

With three boys, could the fourth be a girl? Congratulations to Marie and Joachim.

So who wants to start guessing baby names?

Camilla IS the Princess of Wales

No matter how you cut it, that’s how it is. Prince Charles has several titles, and as his wife Camilla has the ‘matching’ titles, just like when Jane Doe marries Michael Smith she becomes Mrs. Michael Smith even if she prefers to go by “Ms. Doe.” Technically, both are accurate.

That being said, let’s take a look at Charle’s royal titles, shall we?

When the Queen ascended the throne in 1952, a three year old Prince Charles became the heir apparent and as such took on the following traditional titles:

  • Duke of Cornwall
  • Duke of Rothesay
  • Earl of Carrick
  • Baron Renfrew
  • Lord of the Isles
  • Prince and Great Steward of Scotland

That is quite a mouthful. At the age of nine (!) the Queen created Prince Charles:

  • Prince of Wales
  • Earl of Chester

So that’s eight significant titles for a nine year old. Not too shabby. Charles was officially invested as the Princes of Wales in a ceremony on July 1, 1969 when he was twenty years old. In 1981 when Diana married Charles, she held all of the titles as well and became:

  • Duchess of Cornwall
  • Duchess of Rothesay
  • Countess of Carrick
  • Baroness Renfrew
  • Lady of the Isles
  • Princess and Great Stewardess of Scotland
  • Princess of Waless
  • Countess of Chester

As we know, Diana  was officially known as the highest rank, which of course was Princess of Wales.

So when Charles and Camilla married in 2005, Camilla automatically held all of these titles as well. It was decided that she would not to officially be known as Princess of Wales out of courtesy and respect for Diana’s memory. This was also of course to avoid the likely public outcry that would have ensued if she had.

The Prince of Wales’ official website says: “It is intended that The Duchess of Cornwall should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”

Interesting wording. The statement only says “intended” not “it has been decided” or something equally strong and definitive. I am sure that Charles would actually like Camilla to be Queen and this sort of messaging is part of the carefully planned strategy surrounding Camilla. They are carefully testing the waters of public opinion and I’m certain that as time goes on, sentiment towards Camilla will continue to that and it is very likely that Camilla will be Queen after all.

Recently, when asked by a reporter if Camilla could be crowned Queen, Charles was quite flustered and replied, “That’s…that’s…we’ll see, won’t we? That could be.”

And there you have it. Not much of a denial there at all, is there? I have to say I can’t find fault with Charles’ answer. After all, when he becomes King, Camilla will atleast be Queen in all but name as she supports him in his royal duties. I feel that the public should take their queue from Princes William and Harry.  On the occasion of an official interview to mark his 21st birthday, Harry said, “William and I love her to bits. To be honest with you, she’s always been very close to me and William…she’s not the wicked stepmother. I’ll say that right now.”

What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts and predictions in the comments!

Vivienne Westwood: Royal Pot Stirrer

Vivienne Westwood strikes a poseAs you may have heard, famed British designer Vivienne Westwood has spoken out against the Duchess of Cambridge’s style. She told the Sunday Times Magazine, “It seems to me that her image is “ordinary woman” therefore, High Street shopper. And I just think she should be “extraordinary woman”, wherever she gets her clothes from.”

Back in February of 2011 when Westwood was asked if she was designing Kate’s wedding dress. Her response was especially icy: “I would have loved to have dressed Kate Middleton, but I have to wait until she catches up a bit somewhere with style.”

Ok, so is she just making these comments off the cuff or does she know that saying such things will get her lots of press? My guess is she has an “I don’t give a damn what people think” attitude (displayed to perfection in the picture above) and this isn’t a calculated move on her part. After all, she’s a bit of a kook and made similar comments about Diana when she was alive, and like Kate Diana wasn’t running to her for clothing afterwards. This is something that no reporters seem to have cottoned on to yet.

Westwood told Woman and Home magazine, “The princess isn’t a trendsetter. She’s someone ruled by the trends, which is sad because she’s a stunning woman. I hate her shoes – those horrible little pumps that are neither one thing or the other. It’s as though her clothes are supposed to tell you she’s both a feminist and sexy at the same time. It’s a compromise and it’s doesn’t work.”

Having said that, though, she still said of Diana: “Oh, I’d love to dress her. Perhaps one day she’ll come to me. It would be great for her if she did. You’d see some results. I could maker her the most stylish woman in the world.”

To date, Kate hasn’t been seen wearing Westwood and as far as I can tell Diana never wore Westwood either, at least not publicly. So as I said, these comments clearly didn’t help out Westwood’s cause.

Westwood does have Princess Eugenie in her corner, though, which is quite remarkable after the debacle of the Westwood frock she wore to Kate and William’s wedding in April.

She’s turned things around since then with great Westwood dresses that really flatter her figure. For example, the black gown she wore to the pre-wedding dinner at the Mandarin Oriental on April 18th was gorgeous, as was the black corseted dress she wore to Petra Ecclestone’s wedding. She aslo wore a stunning red gown to Elton JOhn’s red tie and tiara ball.

I think Princess Eugenie may just be the sole British royal that Westwood gets her hands on.

I just can’t see Kate going to her anytime soon, especially after her rather rude comments and also since Westwood is now Eugenie’s go to designer.

What do you think?

This is a Girl Who Doesn’t Often Wear Pants (or ‘Trousers’ for our British Friends)

Kate showing William what he's missing, Spring 2007

Have we ever seen Kate in khakis or clam diggers? No. Stretchy exercise pants while out on a boat, perhaps, and many pairs of jeans at polo matches and out and about, but that’s really the extent of it. We haven’t ever seen Kate in a pantsuit – even to board the plane to Canada she was wearing a dress and blazer. It’s all about the skirts and dresses for Kate.

I do love Kate’s lady like style of dressing, but if she chooses to wear a smart, well cut pair of trousers with some killer shoes to an official engagement any time soon, I must say I’d find it quite refreshing. Stella McCartney makes an extremely flattering pant after all and she’s British! I think Kate would just look so nice and comfortable but still sophisticated. And she also wouldn’t have to worry about the wind factor. That yellow dress in Calgary was delightful but she was clearly worried about the skirt up a little too high…and it almost did.

Arriving in Calgary, July 2011

Seeing that picture makes me nervous for the poor girl. I feel her pain.

I understand that in Kate’s mind she must be thinking that she’s got a job to do and that comes with a certain uniform. Fair enough. After all, she wasn’t about to wear a nice pair of slacks to pay a visit to her wedding dress with the Queen now, was she?

Off with the Queen to see The Dress