Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Royals: Prince William and Kate Middleton

If you have any form of social intelligence, you've probably heard or seen at least one scrap of news about Prince William (the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) and his engagement to Kate Middleton, a commoner.  William is second in the line of succession, behind his father, to the thrones of 16 independent states, although he is resident in and more directly involved with the United Kingdom.

In November of last year, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement.  Consequently, the world went nutso.  The world wide web exploded with jealous girls raging about how boring Kate Middleton is and how Prince William can do so much better and that "Well, golly gee! I just can't BELIEVE he's going to marry HER!!!???"  Then there are the total creepers who practically stalk Kate Middleton just to see what brand of underwear she's wearing that day.  Cause, you know, they wanna get the same pair.  Duh! And of course, we have the swooners who are just oh so pleased that "he's found such a great person to marry and I'm just so thankful to see a happy ending and it's ohhhhhhhhhhhh... so romantic..."  even though they probably know nothing about William other than he is the son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Given that the world is full of super creeps, it should come as no surprise that there is now a "royal" tour bus of Kate Middleton's life.  The bus tour,organized by bus tour operator Morton Travel around the sights of Royal Berkshire, provides a glimpse of Middleton's not-so-ordinary upbringing.  The journey takes in Middleton's childhood homes, former schools, the church where she was baptized, and even the "The Old Boot Inn" where she has taken Prince William for a "tipple."

TALK ABOUT RIDICULOUS.  Now, I am no basher of the royals, however, I do feel that this is just a smidge on the stalker, creepy side.  Yes, Kate's popularity has blown through the roof in a matter of three months.  That does not mean that people should create a tour bus of her life!  The woman hasn't even done anything productive or honorary yet! 

My oh my.  I'm blown away by the ridiculousness of the situation here.  Maybe when she does something impressive we can consider making a tour bus ride of her life.  But not now.  Definitely not now.  I am looking forward to seeing pictures of the April wedding, however, because I have never seen a royal wedding and expect it to be spectacular in it's own over-indulgent way.

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