After watching the coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Canada, I've decided that being a princess is a pretty sucky job. The life of the Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) bears little resemblance to the life of a Disney princess. Is it possible that Disney Princess movies and toys are not based on reality? Where are the tiny birds to weave flowers into Kate's lovely locks? Shouldn't there be more handmaidens to do her bidding? Can't Kate order the beheading of any member of the media who criticizes her figure, her outfits, her hair? What happened to flouncing about the castle all day wearing ball gowns and sexually harassing the handsome houseboys and equerries?
Kate Middleton is a trooper. Which do you think hurts more: Kate's cheeks from all the smiling, or Kate's feet from all the walkabouts while wearing high-heels? Just watching the recap of events on the evening news makes me tired. I can't imagine how exhausted she (and Will, but of course Will isn't doing this tour while walking around in high heels and stockings so I think he's getting off easier) feels right about now. Their days are packed with walkabouts, speeches, plays, lobster boils, dragon boat racing, helicopter flying, street hockey games, canoeing, bannock eating, AND laughing uproariously after being addressed as the "Douche and Duchess of Cambridge." So much for a life of royal leisure.
I wouldn't blame her if she broke down in tears yesterday when Will announced he'd arranged a "romantic camping trip" in the Northwest Territories. Did Kate started off her morning with a blood transfusion necessitated by the ravenous hoards of mosquitoes, black flies, and horse flies that feasted on her all night long? You couldn't pay me enough money to go tent-camping in early July in the north.
Not until I started this blog did I realize how much I love the Royal Family. I'm about three minutes away from buying a corgi, tying a doily to my head and driving like a wild woman to Calgary for their final appearance. I'm just so charmed by this couple who will one day (hopefully) be the King and Queen of Canada. In particular I love this photo (taken yesterday during their time in Yellowknife):
I -- like most Canadians -- am happy that they're enjoying themselves. Despite the bugs.