So, maybe we could use a little cool down in 2014. Certainly, it is much more difficult at this point to select what will be THE royal event of this year but we have a few things we can already anticipate and a few we can hope to see.
BECAUSE THEY’LL BE MOTHERS:
|Gorgeous Princess Madeleine|
In Britain, Queen Elizabeth is awaiting her fourth great-grandchild, this one from first-time mum and Olympic equestrienne Zara Phillips Tindall. Zara caused quite a stir by continuing to ride early in her pregnancy but withdrew from this activity almost immediately afterward. The exact due date and gender have not been announced but recent photos suggest that we don't have much longer to wait.
|Victoria with |
In Monaco, the two Casiraghi births in 2013 would be completely eclipsed if Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene were to have a child and an heir for husband Prince Albert II. Heading toward her third anniversary this summer, speculation is likely to hit a fever pitch. More critically, Charlene will be 36 this month, and female fertility typically falls off dramatically as women reach their later thirties. Although beautiful and fit, Charlene has been criticized for her underwhelming fashion choices and discomfort with the French language. She has endured many unfounded and cruel rumors about her marriage. Is she strong enough to endure the ridicule of completing 2014 if no princely child is forthcoming? Let us pray that she need not face this concern, and that if she does, she draws strength from the example of Belgium's Dowager Queen Fabiola, whose marriage was strengthened by such adversity, and who today, at age 85, remains a favorite in the court of her husband's nephew, King Philippe.
[Check out my picks for royal mothers of the millennium in 10 Centuries of Royal Moms.]
BECAUSE THEY’LL BE BRIDES
|New mum Charlotte|
On the other hand, Carl Philipp and Sofia have been together much longer—nearly four years—with no ring in site. Despite some controversy, they became domestic partners in 2011, a fact that was officially confirmed by the royal palace. As a former reality show contestant and semi-nude model, Sofia has faced much criticism about her suitability as a royal partner. However, in recent years, she has been building up her resume of good works and has been seen prominently at Swedish royal occasions including the weddings of his sisters, the King’s recent jubilee, and the Queen’s birthday—although she always walked in alone. But, before you logon to watch SVT’s live wedding coverage, it is worth noting that Carl Philipp dated his last girl for a decade and never made her a princess.
|Beatrice and Dave|
Back in Britain and around the world, the royal highlight of the year could actually be taken by the most eligible royal bachelor, Prince Harry, if he proposes to his latest lady love, Cressida Bonas. Although a longtime friend of the younger Windsors, particularly Princess Eugenie, Cressie’s presence at events that are also attended by Harry’s extended family tend to generate a lot of headlines. I find these occasions unremarkable. After all, if you looked at the guestlists of these various society weddings, birthday celebrations, and miscellaneous charitable and social events, you will find many names appearing over and over again to rub shoulders with the HRH’s—they are part of their social set. If you see Cressida invited to one of The Queen’s holiday homes, that’s when you can truly start to take this seriously. (I just hope that don’t name their baby Troilus—you will only understand that joke if you are as nerdy as I am.)
JUST BECAUSE SHE IS
|Kate in her crowning |
moment of 2013
So, cheers to Kate and blessings to all our royal ladies for a happy new year!