Friday, April 29, 2011

All about Succession

Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married at St Paul's Cathedral London on 29th July 1981 in what was widely billed as a "fairytale wedding." 

On June 21, 1982 Prince William, Wales was brought into this world.

It is easy to forget with all of the pomp and pageantry, the media, the hype, the worldwide interest today that this is about succession.  The Boy who Would be King  is marrying the Girl who Would be Queen and together, they will produce the new baby who will be King or Queen.  No wonder then, that the fairytale perception is presented so well to us today, and that the duty to produce an heir is actually their official function.

As Katherine was photographed yesterday, presumably holding her dress down so the wind wouldn't blow up the soon to be Royal skirt; it struck me that she was holding her tummy ~ the ubiquitous gesture so common when women are pregnant.

Reminding me,  that her real function will be to provide the world a baby to photograph, and ogle, and fawn over; that at the moment her vows are officially completed, the proper forms filled out, and pen laid down, Katherine Middleton will cease to be, and Katherine Baby Maker will begin her new life.

Such a good job the British have done selling us on the entire process.

Such a fairy tale indeed.


  1. Spot on Sam. Who would want to really be queen for a day?
    (@jonesbabie on Twitter)

  2. Not just an heir but a spare too!

    They should hurry up about it too, she's already 29. Older than Anne Boleyn and look how that ended!!!