I have watched the weeks after the Royal engagement just roll by and with every passing week there is another "tsk-tsk" to add to the list of Middleton Family social gaffes. (If you think the class system in Great Britain is a thing of the past, think again.) The vitriol is being spit left and right and to be honest, as an American...I just don't get it.
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I talked to you about the wedding buffet already ( in a previous posting here) a decision of Kate's which led to mild disdain in certain circles. Now, it is the fact that Kate has chosen to have two cakes, not just one. Kate will have a wedding cake which will be baked by Fiona Cairns who bakes cakes for Waitrose and Harrod's.
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I've never been to one wedding in America (with more than 100 guests) that did not have two cakes...a bride's cake and a groom's cake. In a past life (when I was once married and young enough to be happier than a Junebug) I had a wedding cake that was the size of a full banquet table. It had a fountain in the middle of it with bridges leading to each level from the center main cake. It looked like the terminal at Chicago O'Hare, but done in elegant ivory icing. The groom cake was chocolate (as it usually is in the US or was anyway) and it had the seal of his alma mater piped in icing that was so perfect it looked like it had been stamped on it. Declasse? No, just tres over the top Americaine.
Then there is the question of the William ring. Kate apparently had bought William a ring. There was a bit of a tiff when William allegedly said no men in the Royal Family would wear a ring. Michael Middleton was said to have attempted to speak to Prince Charles about it when he was intercepted by an equerry said that only signet rings were appropriate. That's interesting, considering that Charles wore a ring that Diana gave him next to his signet ring until the day after he was engaged to Camilla. Oh dear, that might mean that the Prince was being a bit vulgar, then? Talbot Church (of the Independent newspaper) wrote rather acidly: "...the Middletons coming from English stock...have proved to be less easy-going..." and that the "House of Windsor is used to dealing with upper-class families...who once their daughters are engaged, are happy to turn up at the wedding...smile...and keep quiet." Oh, those Middletons! How pesky to be of "that other class." Ah, yes, the Royals, however have been incredibly sterling in their behavior at all times...so appropriate, so perfect exactly what we should expect in a family that holds itself out to be an example for the world. Apparently the Royals (according to Church) are "very sensitive about class" and that when the Queen saw Prince Andrew wearing a navy blazer with gold buttons she was appalled. (Was she as appalled that he was caught cavorting with a friend who liked underage girls?) It's amazing to me to see that the vulgarity that the Royals preach so against are exactly what many of them have exhibited over the hundreds of years of their various reigns. While the women rulers have been quite discreet, the males have not exhibited such restraint. But you see, vulgarity in the upper classes is overlooked simply because when you have power it is never labeled hedonism or vulgarity.
So, the wagging minions in the Court are busy disassembling the in-laws even before the invites have all been mailed. They serve to always remind the rest of us that "we should all know our place" and it is not among the chosen in the Palace. I have a feeling that William will be changing all that.
Let's see, what are the seven deadly sins? Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Pride, Gluttony and Wrath. In the last quarter-century...I can't think of one Royal who didn't exhibit less than two of the above. Some of them committed...all seven in one go. Others could have possibly added another sin or two to the list.
However, the last I heard, being middle-class wasn't one of those sins, no matter what the bats in the Palace say. Let's hear it for the Middleton Family...perhaps someone will offer them a reality show like "The Osbournes". Now that would be....the icing on two cakes.