The Future of Princess Beatrice ~ Part Two

Princess Beatrice at Ascot, 2011 ~ Picture Via Coolspotters

Continuing on from our previous post (click here for a refresher), we’ll discuss what Bea will do now that she’s graduated from uni. for the last few decades, the Royal family has faced increasing criticism. It has been reported that Prince Charles is hoping to streamline the royal family somewhat, and only have the most senior members of the royal family work as full time royals.

The Royal Family at Trooping the Colour 2011, Picture Via SocialiteLife

Currently, this includes The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Prince William (part time now and full time in 2013), the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry (part time for the foreseeable future) and a smattering of Gloucesters and Kents.

Of course, in the next fifteen to twenty years many of the above will be slowing down and taking on less of the royal load, so to speak. So, the question is, would Beatrice and Eugenie ever become fulltime working Royals? It seems Prince Andrew would like to see that, but the way the Royal family is going does not indicate that this is likely.

Lady Louise (front, with Edward) and Princess Beatrice (far right) 2010. Picture Via Zimbio

When the Queen’s third son, Edward became a father, it was announced that his daughter Louise would not be known as HRH Princess Louise (as Beatrice and Eugenie were titled) but rather as the daughter of an Earl – Lady Louise. The reasoning for this was so that Lady Louise could grow up to live a relatively ‘normal’ live – i.e. get a job and not live off the civil list or other income via the Royal Family. Certainly she will have a trust fund and various inheritances, but she will also be expected to embark on a career of some sort as well, in the manner of Peter and Zara Philips.

On the day of Beatrice’s graduation, the Daily Mail reported that a Buckingham Palace spokesman said,

‘Princess Beatrice will, over the coming months, broaden her knowledge and experience to complement her position as a Member of the Royal Family. This will involve undertaking a number of internships to develop her experience, particularly in business and philanthropy. She will also continue to be involved with her existing charitable interests and look to progress this work into other relevant areas.’

 The Daily Mail continued to report that Palace officials insist that,

Beatrice will eventually look for full-time employment – but are unable to put a timescale on her plans. The Palace also declined to state whether or not she would become a fulltime working royal.

So…time will tell. Of course, it should also be said that we (the public) have no idea what Beatrice’s personal desires are. We expect she is probably still figuring things out.

Beatrice and Eugenie, 2010. Picture Via Marie Claire.

If we had to make a prediction, we would say that Beatrice will, after an exploratory year or two, embark on some permanent employment for a couple of years, while also making a few royal appearances here and there (at Trooping the Colour, for instance, and with Children in Crisis, one of her mother’s charities). We think that she will also marry her boyfriend in the next three to four years (more on Smiley Dave in another post!), have kids and then focus on charity work, and not necessarily be an official full-time working royal.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

The Duchess of Devonshire’s Link to the Duchess of York

Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire by Joshua Reynolds, c. 1775

The link between Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Sarah, Duchess of York is a fascinating one, and yet it’s not something that has really been picked up by the mainstream press save for a couple of articles here and there. We can’t think why that would be because it’s just  so interesting.

When the Keira Knightly film The Duchess came out in 2008 there was certainly a lot of buzz about how Georgiana was a a Spencer (like Diana!) who grow up at the family estate of Althorp (also Like Diana) and who was her great aunt (several times over).There are certainly a lot of parallels between Georgiana and Diana.

Georgiana married the Duke of Devonshire in 1774 on her 17th birthday and became the style icon of her day. When she wore a feather in her hair, all the ladies wanted to wear feathers in her hair. When she wore a tower of hair on her head, all the ladies followed suit. Oh, and she was friends with Marie Antoinette. The two of them made quite a pair, as you can imagine.

So there was all that buzz about Diana being so much like her great-great-great-great-great aunt since she too was a powerful style setter and woman of her time, but there really wasn’t much attention paid to the fact that Sarah, Duchess of York is actually a great granddaughter (five times over) of Georgiana, through Georgiana’s illegitimate daughter with Charles Grey. So, if you think about it, if it weren’t for that illegitamite daughter, the Duchess of York would never have been born. To top it all off, Grey went onto have an illustrious political career and became the Prime Minister of England. He was also the Second Early Grey and that title is where Earl Grey tea comes from. You just can’t make this stuff up.

So, Georgiana and Charles’ daughter was named Eliza Courtney and she was raised by relatives of Grey’s in Northumberland. She wasn’t told any of this, however, until after Georgiana’s death and until then only knew Georgiana as the kind lady who visited occasionally and wrote her letters. She must have been very moved to hear the truth and went on to name her daughter Georgina. Little did she know that one of her descendants would also go on to marry the second son of the Queen!

Wouldn’t this be a great contender for that television show about ancestry Who Do You Think You Are? We think so!

Via The Telegraph

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?