Who is Kate Middleton?
A few years ago she was unknown. She was just another Brit living a normal English life, going to school, wondering what the future may hold for her. Then, she had a chance encounter with a rather well-known fellow Brit by the name of William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor, and there weren't too many questions anymore. Oh, let's be casual as they seem to like and just call him Prince William, the firstborn of Charles and Diana. No other introduction is needed! The young girl stepped from obscurity into what can already be called history.
Kate Middleton, now officially Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has captivated the attention of people world-wide. Why? It's very simple, but completely charming. She is the pretty, fresh-faced girl who proves a commoner can still become a princess. Not only a princess, but someday, The Queen of England! That is the stuff fairy tales are made of. What girl, no matter her years, hasn't fantasized of that? From Grimm to Disney, we've delighted in the dreams that made under-the-bed monsters disappear because our heads were filled with castles, white horses, and true love. We all want to live happily ever after. Kate personifies that for us. In this jaded world, we all have hope again.
The Legacy of the Queen
At first we were enthralled by her mother-in-law, Diana, who breathed life into a stuffy, well-heeled monarchy. Making it more popular than it ever was, we waited for Diana's wedding to Charles, and we all got up in the wee hours of the morning to watch it live on the "telly". Next we waited for the first heir to arrive, and shortly there he was, William and then his brother, Harry. With the heartbreak of the ruined marriage, then the tragedy of Diana's death, much of the magic we so loved to see vanished again from the royal family and our own wishes-upon-a-star.
Thankfully, Charles proved himself a good father. The boys excelled and kept up with their beloved mother's causes, and another once-upon-a-time came when William proposed after a short break-up with the lovely Kate. Now we are on the watch again: wanting to know when the first heir will be forthcoming! It is exciting and gives us something to look forward to, fairy-tale-wise again.
Why Americans Are So In Love With Kate Middleton
One of the strongest reasons we love Kate is that she's such a contrast to what is ordinarily in American tabloids. Compare Kate to any of the Kardashians, namely Kim. Kate is modest, clean, classic, grounded. She applied her own cosmetics for her wedding. Kim, on the other hand, is pushed up, stuck out, has nothing to contribute but bawdy pictures, and, even by her own photo shoot, wears makeup that weighs more than her lingerie. Kim made millions with her 72-day marriage scam. It's not grow-up-to-be-like-her material. Little wonder Americans are enchanted with Kate.
Perhaps Kate will battle a slight shadow of Diana for the rest of her life, but it's clear her mother-in-law, had she lived, would have approved of her son's choice. Kate is athletic, soft-spoken, knows fashion, has a good sense of humor, will take on a challenge, and can win over the public without effort. She can be one of the boys, and a cover girl. She is an asset to the royal family. She is already loved by Prince William's grandparents, something Diana never had. She is bound to be someone worth watching for many, many years to come. If nothing else, Diana may have taught her what to avoid as the years go on. No one could bear a repeat.
Happily Ever After!
Welcome, Kate! You prove less is more, and that grace and virtue are never out of fashion. Cheers to a happily ever after for you as we're along for the ride, too. You make us all believe again, and that brings a smile for dreams yet untarnished. We need you just the way you are. Kate has been busy promoting the 2012 Olympic games being held in London. The games begin on the 27th of July. Good luck with the Olympics Kate. We will be watching!