This is a another post in the "5 Years with Jane & Kate" series. You can see an explanation of the series and the first post here.
This post is from June of 2011. We were gearing up for the Cambridges' first overseas tour and Canada was bursting with anticipation. I guess we all were. Funnily enough, five years later we are back on the threshold of another trip to Canada! This was a real landmark tour for Kate and we knew that before she even left Britain. As I discussed recently in "Commoner to Duchess of Cambridge" this tour would debut for us a whole new royal wardrobe, and touched off an even greater fashion frenzy that has followed the Duchess ever since. For my part, I had graduated from college and was home on my parents' couch (literally I remember writing this on the couch in the living room) happy to blog and follow the royals. I wasn't entirely idle, I was half-heartedly studying for an insurance license, but mostly I was enjoying my third month with this new blogging thing. In June 2011 this post got three comments, which was really exciting for me! Actually, two if you discount my response. It just goes to show that blog traffic and engagement are always relative, so if you are a new blogger, keep trekking! I still agree with this post, and five years later, I think the Cambridges have done a pretty good job balancing the modern with the royal. I wish they'd come to more "royal" events, but I suspect we will see more of that as the years tick by. Without further ado, from June 27, 2011:
Could the Cambridges Get To Be Too Common?
Several news outlets are reporting another instance of the relaxed style of the young royals. Will and Kate are telling people that titles are not essential in their up-coming tour. I haven't seen any official statement and perhaps it was a more unofficial discussion of their interaction with crowd--which frankly can't be that regulated anyway, so the relevancy is debatable, but brings up an interesting discussion. Obviously, this rather avant-garde attitude has both proponents and dissenters. There are clearly advantages to be gained from the down to earth attitude that the new Duke and Duchess are displaying, people see them as more approachable, and more normal. Although a genuine expression of their obvious kindness, and goodwill, being seen as more "regular" royals may improve their stock amongst us "plebeians" but I think there can be a negative backfire.
As mentioned before in this blog, the royal stamp sets William, Catherine, and the entire family apart from other celebrities. In the Middle Ages many things contributed to the royals' strength and stability. Among other things, a king ruled by divine right, personal strength, and the strength of the army in war. Today one of the key factors of the monarch's strength is carrying on the age old traditions that remind us all of the history that sets them apart. The fact that William is the grandson x 27 of William the Conqueror is a big deal. That his ancestors for a thousand years have been hailed as sovereigns and kings, princes and princesses, whose family tree spreads across almost every royal household in Europe is a big deal. This establishment is built on many things, but a major aspect is the tradition of respect. William isn't like you or me, he was born a prince, and although we understand this concept less and less in our modern and democratic world, for the monarchy to survive this idea must be preserved.
|William in robes for the Garter Ceremony, an Order originating in 1348.|
Don't get me wrong, looking toward the future, Will and Kate are the best asset the British monarchy has, but I just don't want to see them overdo the common man thing. They aren't common, that is the whole point. And frankly, as the new Duke and Duchess are still a whiles away from the throne, a little relaxation is healthy for their image and the occasion. Kate's High Street choices, the cozy farm house in Anglesey, we love it all. As long as they hold up the pomp and ceremony, the tradition and history, when they should it all could be the perfect balance.