While we continue to wait for Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, to make her first appearance of the year, Katie Nicholl has provided a nice PR piece for us to roll our eyes at. There’s also The Crown trailer to watch, which is causing a bit of eye rolling itself (in royal historians). King Harald is celebrating his Silver Jubilee; pregnant Crown Princess Victoria had her first engagement of 2016; and Queen Letizia continued to chug along at her engagements.
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To recap: KP has not announced any engagements for Kate for January; KP usually announces her engagements two weeks in advance, though sometimes they announce only one week in advance; Kate usually goes on the Middleton Mustique vacation at the end of January and stays on vacation until early February; there are two weeks left in January. Unless Kate makes a surprise appearance this coming week, or KP announces an engagement one week in advance and Kate does not go on her Mustique vacation, it looks like she will not be making any appearances in January and her first engagement will be the “guest editing” in mid-February.
So while we wait for Kate to actually do something, Katie Nicholl has written a new propaganda piece for the Daily Mail in which she talks about how Kate is super keen to, like, totally to do lots of stuff this year. I’m pretty sure my eyes hurt after rolling them so many times while reading this.
“It is a significant step forward for the Duchess who has just returned from maternity leave after the birth of Princess Charlotte in May last year.
“With her seven-month- old daughter now settled into life at Anmer Hall and two-year-old Prince George starting nursery in Norfolk this month, she has been able to carve out more time for work.
“As a result she has ordered aides to fill her diary for 2016 and is keen to demonstrate an increased commitment to the charity sector. […]
“And in a move that will draw further comparisons with Princess Diana, it seems the Duchess has been making private off-camera visits to meet children and organisations affected by the issue. […]
“A source said: ‘From her own research, meetings and visits to a number of charities over the last couple of years, one message has always stood out to her – that early intervention can dramatically change the likelihood of poor life chances further down the line.’
“While the Duchess has pledged to continue her work on behalf of her other charities, which include The Art Room, SportsAid and East Anglian Children’s Hospice, she is determined children’s mental health will be her focus.
“An aide said: ‘The Duchess spent a large chunk of last year on maternity leave. She will continue to focus on her family but this year she will be doing more engagements and mental health is going to be a big cause.'”
The article also reveals that, like last year, Kate will make a video in support of Children’s Mental Health Week – which starts on February 8. So maybe this video will be Kate’s first “engagement” of 2016.
Some quick thoughts: 1) I don’t think returning from maternity leave four months ago counts as “just returning”; 2) Charlotte is eight months old now, not seven months; 3) “Fill[ing] her diary” apparently does not include adding any engagements for January; 4) Sadly, due to Kate’s actions and PR lies over the years, I don’t believe Kate has been making “private visits”; 5) STAHP with the Diana comparison, let Kate be her own person; 6) Kate spent about five months of last year on maternity leave (April to August – though she did do a couple engagements during that time); 7) Apparently “doing more engagements” than last year includes taking all of January off (to compare, Kate did five engagements in January 2015).
As a writer, I’ve heard over and over the phrase “show, don’t tell” – it’s a staple of every classroom and writing conference. Show the audience the action, show the audience a character’s personality; don’t just tell the audience what is happening or that a character has a certain personality.
This same phrase can be applied to Kate. If Kate is truly “keen” on doing more engagements and being more involved with a cause: show me. Show me by having Kate actually visit places, talk intelligently to people and about the cause, give speeches, write articles if that’s what she wants to do. But don’t just tell me she’s “keen”. The time for telling is over. It’s been almost five years. Show me Kate’s “keen”. Show, don’t tell!
I want to be positive, I really do, but you have to work with me here, Jason / Kate.
In case you haven’t seen it, the above video is the trailer for The Crown, the new Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II, starring Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).
This trailer was brought up in the comments and I said: 1) It looks like Netflix has thrown a lot of money at this series; and 2) Philip looks like a d-ck.
According to reports, Netflix has shilled out about $156 million for 10 episodes – it’s Netflix’s most expensive show to date. The trailer looks good, and given Netflix’s history of producing great original series (House of Cards, Daredevil), I can’t wait to watch The Crown.
By the way, I was not the only one to notice Philip’s d-ckishness. The Daily Mail has drummed up a bunch of royal historians to say how wrong the portrayal of Philip is in the series. Also, Dickie Arbiter, former press spokesman for HM, is not a fan, saying (via Twitter): “Seems the upcoming Netflix/Peter Morgan TV series The Crown will be fat on innuendo & to hell with the facts,. Anything for a fast buck” and “This one will be short on fact & high on myth and innuendo”.
Eh. The series still looks good and I still want to see it. I even like Matt Smith a bit which is odd since I really hated Smith as The Doctor.
[Jørgen Gomnæs/The Royal Court]
King Harald is celebrating his Silver Jubilee (25 years on the throne) today, January 17. The Royal Court released new official portraits of the King and Queen Sonja, as well as Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. They also released a photo of the King, Crown Prince, and Princess Ingrid. They also released a new photo of the Royal Family.
[Jørgen Gomnæs/The Royal Court]
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel joined King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia for a meeting with the Foreign Minister to discuss planning for next year’s state visits and official trips.
Victoria repeated her Seraphine Maternity “Bubble Print Maternity Dress” (£59.00) she first wore on November 18 in Värmland. Victoria is due in March, and her last scheduled appearance has been set for February 10.
On January 12, Queen Letizia attended a meeting with the Foundation Against Drug Addiction (FAD) – whose objective is the prevention of drug use and other risky behaviors that prevent or hinder personal and social development of adolescents. Leti became Honorary President of FAD in September 2015, taking over from Queen Sofia.
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FAD was created in 1986 on the initiative of Manuel Gutierrez Mellado – president of the institution until his death in 1995 – with the support of companies, institutions, and professionals, and operates in collaboration with other civil society organizations who understand that drug problems require a joint response, which is mainly in the area of prevention.
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Leti wore lots of Hugo Boss. She wore a new BOSS Hugo Boss “Cosyna” Cashmere Double Face Cocoon Coat in light pink/purple. Leti repeated her Hugo Boss aubergine “Jamayla” blazer and “Valessima” skirt, as well as a white Hugo Boss blouse. Leti also wore nude Magrit pumps, ruby cabochon dangle earrings, and carried a burgundy clutch.
I’m not too keen on the coat, but I love the color of the skirt suit.