One year ago, on April, 29th 2011, the world took a break from economic and political breakdown and reality-TV meltdown to savor a pure moment of pageantry, of tradition… of Royalty.
Prince William wedded Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
And for all the media to blow the trumpet of middle-class victory and social equality. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite!
Let’s not get too much over our skis here. Kate Middleton and her family (with Pippa in the front row) achieved that ultimate consecration because they had been mingling with the British Ueber-Upper-Class for almost twenty years. Kate boarded at Marlborough, then enrolled at St Andrews University, two forts of the mundane “crème de le crème.”
There’s no such thing as a fairy tale here, no Prince Charming and a poverty-stricken Cinderella, and certainly no romantic dream of ‘Love Conquers All’ alla Pretty Woman.
Kate Middleton—oops sorry darling, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge—represents the most accomplished example of nobility, a custom-made bride to take on the crown carried with so much integrity by Queen Elizabeth.
Please do not misunderstand what I’m saying: I consider Kate as more Royal than Royal. She doesn’t have one ounce of noble blood in her, but she behaves, acts, smiles, talks with true nobility. She could give a run for their money to most crown heirs.
I like her quiet dignity, her warm reserve. I like the fact that she doesn’t seem to change who she is, how she dresses, where she shops to please the magazines or the tabloids.
Kate is a fantastic role model. And I don’t care if this sounds totally lame. She remains true to herself, unabashed by the chaotic noise of the media.
When I wrote Oxford Whispers, I often thought of William and Kate, and I can’t hide the fact that they inspired some of the character traits in Rupert and Madison, my two heroes. Most of it wasn’t conscious on my part, but when I look at Madison now, there’s definitely some Kate in her. At least, that’s what I hope.
What do you think of Kate aka The Duchess of Cambridge? Do you like her? Do you loathe her? Do you admire her? Do you copy her?