GLORIOUS NEWS for AMERICANS:
William & Kate are visiting California in July!
The Name Debate
It’s been barely a week since William & Kate tied the knot in front of a global audience. While the honeymoon destination remains the top question, another significant dilemma the world faces — this blogger included — is what to call Prince William’s new wife.
Prince William will always be Prince William. But what about Kate?
Sure, her official title is HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. Or make that Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus…. (whew!)
But what to call her informally? In this internet age, where keywords mean everything, a simple “Kate” just wouldn’t do. A google search of “kate middleton” used to give complete news coverage on Kate, but after her marriage, the media is scrambling on several monikers: Princess Catherine, Princess Kate, Duchess Catherine, Duchess Kate, Kate the Duchess… The world hasn’t come into a consensus on what to call her.
I personally like the sound of Princess Catherine. It isn’t an official name, for sure, but definitely sounds more youthful and accessible than Duchess of Cambridge. Besides, Prince William will always be known as Prince William to the world, no matter how many titles are given him. So, when strung into the same sentence, it simply sounds fitting that his wife be informally called Princess and not Duchess. (I know Camilla has never been called Princess but I think global popularity will make this young couple an exception). Also, it has been suggested that William himself preferred that he stayed known as Prince William and that his wife be Princess Catherine. A quote from the Telegraph:
In an attempt to get round the issue, the Palace let it be known that people who wanted to call Catherine “Princess” were welcome to do so. After Friday’s Royal wedding, Paddy Harverson, the Prince of Wales’ communications secretary, suggested the public be encouraged to use the names Prince William and Princess Catherine if they preferred. He said: “I think it’s absolutely natural that the public might want to call them Prince William and Princess Catherine and no one is going to have any argument with that.”
So for this confused royal blogger, unless I see a different trend, it’s PRINCESS CATHERINE.
Another interesting thing: The Palace says Prince William will NOT change his name to William Cambridge at work. He will remain Fl Lt William Wales, as he’s been known in school and on the job. He also, interestingly, introduced Kate as “Mrs. Wales” at the Buckingham Palace reception. But Kate can not technically take on the Wales surname, and neither should any of their future children. All the more reason why I’m sticking with Princess Catherine for now…
Prince William back to work. Prince William, looking good with his spectacles, has been snapped behind his Audi returning to work in RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales. Poor guy can’t escape the paps, can he?
UK Tabloids pledge to leave royal honeymooners alone. Good on them if it happens. Although foreign photographers may still go after them.
Sarah Burton breaks her silence. Kate’s acclaimed wedding dress designer says the new princess is “one of the most lovely women she has ever met” and described her as “low maintenance.” The dress has “a lot of her personality in it” and they collaborated 50-50.
Interview of the Bridesmaids dress designer. With video. Mother and daughter team Nicki and Charlotte Macfarlane spoke to Entertainment Tonight. Princess Catherine was heavily involved and was present in all fittings.
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- Wiggly worm from Prince Harry keeps bridesmaid Eliza Lopes preoccupied
- Philip Treacy defends Princess Beatrice’s widely mocked royal wedding hat
- Royal Wedding tops iTunes TV chart
- Royal Wedding magazine covers: take your pick!
Other Royal News:
Prince Charles met President Obama yesterday in Washington and gave a speech at Georgetown University regarding sustainable agriculture.
- Prince Harry on Apache weapons training in Suffolk,
- The Duchess of Cornwall visits Sheffield, calls the wedding “a perfect fairytale”
- What’s next for Pippa Middleton? after hailed as her “Royal Hotness”
- Chelsy Davy pictured shopping in King’s Road, trying on pair of black wedges similar to Kate’s