Here’s a royal round up to start your Monday. We’ve got some articles about Kate Middleton which offered tidbits of interesting information, Princess Sofia out and about for a day of engagements with Prince Carl Philip, Crown Princess Victoria doing her thing, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall reading to children, and a sprinkling of Prince Harry.
The first one is from the Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle who says:
“Royal courtiers hope the Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to the Netherlands is the first of many solo engagements. No royal can match her media coverage now. ‘If you can’t get the Queen to visit then everyone wants William and Kate – and if they can only have one of them they want Kate,’ says a source. Always fiercely determined to protect her private life and family, the duchess is now more relaxed about accepting a public royal role. Previously attempts to involve her – even when initiated by the Queen – were resisted.”
I mean, I totally believe that Kate is one of the most requested royals just because she garners more press than anyone else. So yeah, organizations would want her just so they would get more press. I don’t believe for a second that Kate is “more relaxed about accepting a public royal role”. I mean, clearly she is not relaxed at all when doing royal duties. And I think it’s interesting that someone has put it in writing that Kate resisted getting involved with royal duties even when it’s been coming from the Queen. So can we please stop with the “The Queen/Charles isn’t letting her work more” thing that some people bring up? The Queen wants her to work more, and Kate’s refusing to.
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has given an interview about working with Kate on her Vogue cover. Shulman spoke to ES Magazine’s Charlotte Edwards (though I’m quoting the DM) about how Kate is incredibly likable and the total opposite of Princess Diana.
On what Kate is like: “She’s incredibly likeable. She really is. She wants to do what she’s doing well, and she’s very professional.”
On how Kate is different from Diana: “Diana was more interested in that high-voltage celebrity, that was something she really embraced. The Duchess of Cambridge is prepared to do her bit, but it’s not one of the things that she most cares about. She loves her kids and the countryside. Dressing up, that’s a professional side to her. It’s a sort of uniform, all those lovely couture costumes.”
Is Kate “incredibly likeable”? I don’t know since I’ve never met her, but I could see it. I’m sure Kate is polite and doesn’t offend anyone since she never gives her opinion on anything. It just depends on what one thinks is “likable” about others. There are people I know who most people would say are incredibly likable, but I find to be incredibly annoying. So I can believe that Kate is “likable” to some. But I cannot believe “She wants to do what she’s doing well, and she’s very professional” given all that we’ve witnessed from her at her engagements. If she wanted to do well, she’d be more professional. And she isn’t.
I disagree that clothes is “not one of the things that she most cares about”. Kate shops all the time. She has bespoke pieces created for her. She takes designs and twists them to her liking. She clearly cares enough about clothes to make all those specialized pieces for her, and to buy designer garments which cost thousands of dollars. If Kate didn’t care about clothes, she wouldn’t spend so much on them and wouldn’t go with bespoke pieces. Kate cares. She just has terrible taste.
On October 21, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, Duke and Duchess of Värmland, visited Värmland for a day of engagements. The couple arrived the night before via train with their son, Prince Alexander.
In the morning, Carl Philip visited the area around Gullsjöälven in Säffle where he met with representatives of the Agricultural Society to learn more about modern forestry, and even tried a bit of logging. Carl Philip is patron of the Agricultural Society Association.
Meanwhile, Sofia was at Fritidsbanken (which translates to Leisure bank) in Karlstad. Fritidsbanken is like a library but with sports and leisure equipment, where you can borrow equipment for active recreation, such as skiing, skating, rollerblading, life jackets, snowboards, and more, for up to 14 days. Sofia was given a tour of the premises and met with staff and volunteers, as well as fourth graders from Fröding school. Sofia donated a football to the organization. You can see some more photos from this event here.
Carl Philip and Sofia met up and continued their day in Säffle, where they stopped by the town hall to meet with the Mayor and have lunch.
They then visited Säffle’s old water tower where they viewed the art installation Forest of Säffle. The water tower, designed by architect Ivar Justus Tengbom, was built in 1914 and is 45 meters high.
In the afternoon, the couple visited the business headquarters of Somas – which makes butterfly, ball segment and ball valves.
Sofia wore three different tops during the day paired with the same black pants and booties. The first top is the Mayla “Daria vintage blue silk blouse with ruffles” (2,250.00 kr, or about $252), which looks way too twee for me. The jacket is from RED Valentino. Sofia wore the “Two-tone scalloped tech-jersey coat” which is currently on sale for $398 (marked down from the original $995 price).
In the evening, the couple attended a dinner hosted by the Governor at his residence. Sofia wore a black blouse and a black skirt paired with her silver Charlotte Olympia Monroe pumps which she debuted back in June at the Polar Music Prize. Not sure I like this top and skirt – the skirt looks really cheap with that elastic waistband.
On October 18, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited Swedish Radio.
Victoria wore a new By Malene Birger Draped Crepe Dress in burgundy ($495) which I like a whole lot and want for myself.
On October 20, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was in Swindon to celebrate the town’s 175th anniversary. In 1841 Sir Daniel Gooch proposed that Great Western Rail (GWR) locate their locomotive works in Swindon and the business grew to employ 14,000 local people, transforming rural farmland into a thriving town.
Camilla arrived by train and unveiled a plaque to open Sir Daniel Gooch Place at Swindon Railway Station as her first engagement. Camilla was joined by the Mayor of Swindon, and then met a bunch of local school children from Robert Le Kyng Primary School.
Camilla then viewed historic items from the Sir Daniel Gooch exhibition before visiting the Civic Offices to view long-term plans for the regeneration of the town center.
Upon leaving the Civic Offices, Camilla bumped into newlyweds Craig and Rachel Bailey who looked delighted to bump into Camilla on their way out of the registry office in Swindon after tying the knot.
On October 21, as Patron of Beanstalk (which recruits and trains volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading), Camilla visited the Wells Festival of Literature at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells, England.
Camilla read to school children an excerpt from The Best Bear in All the World, written by Jeanne Willis and published earlier this month to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh. Camilla was then shown around The Bishops Palace Gardens and The Long Gallery by The Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells. There is a video of Camilla’s engagement here.
Prince Harry attended the Metropolitan Police Service of Remembrance at the Metropolitan Police Training College on October 20.