I don’t mind a bit of royal action, truth be told, and I’ve got caught up just a smidge in the royal baby kerfuffle. It’s not hard for me to to be caught in kerfuffles, they’re rather magnetising.
Anyway, as I am wont to do when a Windsor pops its head up in the media doing something, I get all nostalgic and start reading biographies and eating terribly British things. Of an evening I have even been indulging in a gin and Dubonnet, just like the Queen (although she has hers just before lunch). Pathetic, I know. But Dubonnet is rather delicious! And I don’t mind partying like an octogenarian from time to time.
I read Diana: Her True Story when William and Catherine got married (it was the saddest book ever!) and then moved on to the Dimbleby biography of Prince Charles, and although I cracked it open nearly two years ago, I’m still slugging through it. That shit is comprehensive, yo.
I cheated on the Prince Charles book (you get what you give, Chuck!) with A Royal Duty, which I just finished the other day. A super-fascinating look into the daily life of not only Diana (he was her butler), but also the Queen, for whom he worked for 10 years. I like the Queen. She’s a funny bugger with a wicked sense of humour.
For her Jubilee celebrations, I made an English nursery favourite, Jam pennies. They are pretty awesome with an Earl Grey of an afternoon! No corgis to feed them to though. In a further display of my secret love of the monarchy, I made Eton Mess when William and Catherine were engaged, and Prince William’s favourite banana flan when they got married. I’m always looking for themed food excuses! In fact, I will use any excuse necessary to make that flan again. Oh, they’ve released the official photos of Prince George! That’ll do. Anyone for a slice?
I have just started The Housekeeper’s Diary, written of Charles and Diana’s time at Highgrove, and I’ve already re-read sentences in disbelief. Did this kindly old lady really just write that?! Man… she spills some juicy secrets. And to think it was hidden in a little old Lifeline book sale. Crumbs!
I’ve also been keeping up with the comings and goings of Catherine + Pippa ever since I started buying Hello! magazine after the royal wedding, when I had Abby. They are so adorable, and there are blogs aplenty following what they’re up to. What Kate Wore and Duchess Kate are my favourites, although I glaze over at the mention of boots and trench coats. I might party like an old lady, but I don’t really dress like one! Oh, and I bought the kindle version of Kate: The Biography by Marcia Moody.
So do you love a little royal peek too? Tell me I’m not alone 🙂
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