This week’s #bloggirls theme is the Royal Baby. Erm, this is a theme that was chosen by myself. After which, I then found that I had complete bloggers block about it.
A positive event?
You see, I was really excited about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy and the safe birth of baby George. It’s a positive, happy event – beats economic downturns and the continual bombardment of similar negative news stories.
Am I a Royalist?
I’m definitely not a ‘staunch Royalist’, for want of a better term. I don’t actually care whether the figurehead of our country has inherited the privilege or not. The real power is invested in politicians either way.
Yet I do like the Royal family – I think they’re ok, they seem to do quite a bit for charities, travel around doing diplomat-type stuff, occasionally are VERY comical (for example, Prince Philip’s gaffes) and they embody a lifestyle that’s so far removed from my own that I can only read about it with interest.
I’m interested in Prince George. How will his life unfold? What stories will he have to tell?
Gossip, gossip, gossip
Most importantly, they provide me with gossip-fodder, which I’m partial to. I enjoy talking about Harry’s latest antics in a Vegas hotel room or the dubious colour of his hair. I love to speculate on the body language of Charles, and why he keeps his hand in his pocket.
We’re British – we love gossip.
My Royal baby strategy
My somewhat underdeveloped views on the monarchy didn’t make for a good blog post. So, in an effort to get some more interesting blogging matter, I decided to ask a bunch of friends to sum up their feelings about the birth of Prince George in no more than five words.
Here are their responses:
Not to posh to push.
It’s an already lost childhood.
Hereditary drain on the country.
Not another royal bloody scrounger.
Good for tourism, I suppose?
Middle name suggests Entente Cordiale.
Publicly-funded future Vegas stripper.
Most photographed Royal baby ever.
Excited, thrilled at safe arrival.
Ok, so the above group of five-word thoughts are only from a small group of friends, but they do give me a few themes which indicate a general barometer ranging from utter happiness through to historical interest and sardonic disinterest.
The most obvious emerging themes are birthing, childhood (joy of and loss of), scrounging at the country’s expense, tourism and the media.
Yet there are a few clear but less obvious themes; a couple of quotes scream “I LOVE THE MONARCHY!”, others “I HATE THE SCROUNGING BASTARDS!” and most are just a bit “I find it all a bit dull- must I say something?”.
An already judged George?
A range of feelings evoked by tiny baby George, then! It’s both amazing and sad that he has already been the focus of some very strong opinions. He’s so innocent, yet already judged?
I’ve judged him, too. I’m trying hard not to, but my mind is buzzing with imaginary scenarios on his babyhood, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, even his 70s. What will the world be like in 2083?! What will he be doing?
Whatever he chooses to do, I’ll end by saying what I always write in a new baby greetings cards. I support him in all his future endeavours. It’ll be fun!
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