Princess Diana

Aug 202012
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge

The first part of this story spoke of Kate Middleton – that’s Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, to you – and the royal romance. The second, focuses on the likely origins of the young couple’s priorities.

To an outsider, it appears that William proudly carries his mother’s legacy.
Princess Diana, affectionately referred to as the People’s Princess, favored integrity above formality, was compassionate, warm, caring and yes, modest. She supported several charitable causes focused on children, the homeless and the sick. (She was the first royal to publicly embrace an AIDS patient.) As much as she could, she enjoyed life’s simple pleasures. Even though her children where quite young at the time of her tragic death, it appears that she successfully passed many of her values to both, William and Harry.

  • The brothers established The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry (in 2009). It is centered on “helping young people in society; raising awareness and support for servicemen and women; and developing sustainable models of living in the light of climate change and dwindling natural resources.” (Quoted from The Official Website of British Monarchy)
  • Like his mother before him, Prince William is a Patron of Centrepoint, United Kingdom’s leading charity for the homeless.
  • Prince William is also a Patron of the Tusk Trust, African charitable organization which strives to preserve African wildlife and create a peaceful coexistence between natural environment and people through education.
  • Diana, Princess of Wales was the President of the Royal Marsden Hospital. Prince William spent several days there helping in several departments and consequently, he became President of the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2007.

FYI: Prince William who serves as a search and rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force – and has been promoted to a captain in June – led the rescue team which saved two teenage girls from drowning off the coast of Anglesey on 17th of August 2012. (Not “just” a prince but a hero?)

Based on what we’ve seen so far, neither William nor Kate stand for pomp and circumstance. Given a choice, they opt for a modest lifestyle. Together, William and Kate actively support charitable causes.

The young royals are aware of the difficult economic situation outside of the palace’s walls and are careful not to offend people with excessive consumerism. Scarred by his mother’s experience with the paparazzi, Prince William is very protective of Kate.

The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge are currently waiting for their new home (a two bedroom apartment in Kensington Palace, once occupied by Princess Diana) to be renovated. William grew up in Kensington Palace. The couple won’t have the entirety of the palace at their disposal, only the apartment; the rest of the lavish residence is a museum open to the public. You can take – or at least view – a tour of the palace that houses Prince William and Kate’s future residence, below.

Kate’s been undergoing an evolution of her own and is coming through with shining colors. She’s eloquent, charming and warm. Obviously, the media cares less about a person’s character than her outer appearance and many made comparisons between Kate’s and Princess Diana’s sense of style. We see little similarity.
As much as Princess Diana wore mostly the best – and costly – designer wardrobe, Kate’s known for wearing the same outfit and / or item of clothing more than once. Even though she splurges on occasion, many of her fashion choices are suitable for girls on a budget. With that said: she’s beautiful, has a perfect figure and a sense of style. (It’s not what you wear but how you wear it!) Kate’s style is positively exquisite but by no means a take off on Diana’s. The Duchess of Cambridge has some of the grace of Jackie Kennedy Onassis; the simple elegance of Mrs. Obama, but that’s where the comparisons end. Kate has a young, vivacious style that suits her personality and she dresses appropriately for every occasion. Kate’s a trend-setter in her own right.

Kate Middleton’s Style:

This much for a lighthearted chatter however Prince William and his bride are the future King and Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the future of the British monarchy. As much as there can be no doubt that they’ll respect the institution of monarchy and its traditions, we anticipate that once they ascend the throne, the future king and queen may choose to be less pampered; more approachable, attentive and attuned to the concerns of the day and their subjects than their predecessors. There will likely be less snobbery and formality, more progress and hopefully, compassion. If they continue to follow in Princess Diana’s footsteps, they’ll be not only an asset to the UK but contribute to Lady Di’s legacy.

Aug 182012

Kate Middleton was born on January 9, 1982, in Reading. She is the eldest of three children. Kate has a brother, James, and a sister, Pippa.
Her parents met when her mother was a flight attendant and her father a flight dispatcher for British Airways. While working for British Airways they lived for two years in Amman, Jordan. Eventually, Carole and Michael Middleton built a multimillion dollar mail-order party supply company.

The already affluent family was able to provide its children with first class education at Great Britain’s top boarding schools. Kate attended St Andrew’s School in Berkshire and later Marlborough College in Wiltshire. (She was the first member of her family to attend college.) Later, Kate enrolled into the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland to study History of Art. There – while Middleton dated Rupert Finch – she met Prince William.

Prince William, the older son of Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the next – after his father – heir to the British throne seems to have inherited many fine traits of his mother. He is respectful of his family’s royal heritage but at the same time he’s young and in tune with the realities of today.

Kate and William shared several classes and became friends. Prince William invited a group of friends – including Kate – to share an off-campus apartment with him. It was during this time – when they were roommates – that Kate Middleton modeled a Charlotte Todd’s skirt / dress at the university’s charity fashion show that Prince William’s begun to look at her in a different way. In 2002, Kate Middleton’s then-boyfriend graduated and left the university. Their relationship eventually fizzled.

In 2003, Prince William and Kate fell in love. They started dating but kept their romance secret.
In June 2003 Kate graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in art history. Her first job was as accessories’ buyer for the British clothing chain Jigsaw. After that Kate’s begun working part-time for Party Pieces, her parents’ company.

In 2004 the pair’s secret relationship was discovered by the media and that’s when Kate became the target of paparazzi and gossip magazines. Middleton, her comings and goings, her friends, family, the way she dressed and her romance with the prince became tabloids’ headlines and frequently, subject to scrutiny.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William Casual Style: would you’ve guessed they’re royals?
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Over time, the relationship of William and Kate had a few ups and downs, including a public split in 2007. Suffice to say, the split didn’t last (they’ve been seen together just a few months later) and the relationship survived.
The pair dated for seven years and apparently got not just to know but value each other. Clearly, they’re in sync and doing things their way. (Many made fun of their long relationship prior to engagement and even called Kate “waiting Katie”. As much as no one knows the reasons for their delayed engagement and wedding, it could have been cold feet as much as fears of paparazzi whose relentless pursuit of Lady Diana led to her tragic death.)
When William and Kate vacationed together in Kenya in October 2010, Prince William popped the question. Clarence House announced the couple’s engagement in November. (Prince William gave Kate his mother’s engagement ring, a meaningful gesture of his commitment.)

Shortly before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth conferred on Prince William the title of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge. After the wedding, Kate Middleton as his wife took on the title of Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge.

The royal wedding – watched on TV by 300 million people – took place in Westminster Abbey on April 29 2011. Kate worn a spectacular wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton.


The wedding had all the markings of a fairytale with a few modern touches the young couple insisted on: Kate didn’t arrive in a carriage but in a motor vehicle; the couple left their wedding reception in a car driven by William himself. The spontaneous kisses exchanged by Prince William and Kate following the wedding and in full view of the public may have violated the official protocol but made them seem more like the rest of us and less like stiff royals of the past.

The couple honeymooned on the Seychelles. Upon return they settled in a secluded area of North Wales, where Prince William was stationed with the Royal Air Force. They insisted on leading a normal life. They had no servants, Kate shopped for groceries in a local market and both were seen hanging out in a local pub. They were well liked by their new neighbors who were very protective of the young couple’s privacy.

Kate and William have begun creating new image of royalty, early on. They met outside royal circles; are the same age; lived together before getting married, but most importantly perhaps, they sent a clear message that they’re not pampered royals who can’t survive without extravagant purchases, an entourage and an army of servants. In many ways, they are like us.

They’ve both grown and evolved since…
(Return to US Celebrity Blog to read part two of the story to learn more about their new digs, Kate’s transformation and her winning fashion style.)