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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ten things to remember

Few more weeks and Miss Kate Middleton's status will soar high in the social class system of the British establishment. While most conservative royalists frowned her suitability as Prince William's bride, others applauded her guts and strength in enduring humiliation and mock brought by her middle class background.

The usual comments--she's a commoner, she is very dependent who never know anything other than tailing Prince William, she's a gold-digger, a disgusting social climber whose mother, a former air hostess, never know what proper decorum is all about--may sound harsh, but Miss Middleton  handled it all too well. Though we never know exactly how she felt on the blatant humiliation (we will find later on), it seems some of those comments made her determined to marry the future King to tell the world "she can really make it up to the finish line".

Now, she seems succeeded, at least on the surface, but the royal wedding on April 29, 2011, will just be the beginning of what might be the biggest event to come. For now, there are some things she should remember upon joining the royal family and because she is the first middle class woman to marry a senior member of the British royal family, the sweeping changes might make her "burn out", it will carry a strong impact on the adjustment level than what the previous royal brides had experienced primarily because the previous royal brides were all aristocratic who already get used to the strict protocol of being born privilege.
Now, Catherine Middleton must make some adjustments on any of these rules:

Her Name
For sure, the name "Kate" will die down the moment she steps down the Westminster Abbey on the 29th of April. She will no longer be known with that name but rather Catherine. It is still not certain if Prince William will be given the title of a Duke, in case he will not be created a British Duke, Catherine will be known as Princess William of Wales with no identity of her own other than a wife of a British royal.

Uttering Words
I remember the training Diana, Princess of Wales, undergone prior to her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981 according to the book of Kitty Kelley, "The Royals" (1997 edition). Royals are not supposed to utter the word "toilet" but "lavatory", a royal princess should not utter "yeah" but the proper "yes".

No Shellfish
According to the royal wedding website, the British royal household never served shellfish because of the constant fear of food poisoning. If Kate adored this seafood, well, she might return to her family home to order some but she cannot have it in the British royal kitchen.

Public Behavior
Of course her love of bar hopping and night life, where she was previously photographed having got home overtly drunk, are some of her "things of the past". Wives of the senior members of the British royal family should not be seen in public heavily drunk or scrambling to find a bar or a disco house to unwind and relax. She should never use a public toilet when peeing. In the past, Diana was quoted commenting with this protocol "the hardest thing of being a princess is to pee".

Strange Protocol
Did you know that in the British royal family, if the monarch is still eating everybody in the table should not suppose to stop eating? And if the monarch is already finish eating then everybody should stop. This is another royal tradition that Kate Middleton must endure when she is dining with Queen Elizabeth II. She should be watchful otherwise she will sleep with a rumbling stomach.

No More Work
Well, of course, this is the most rehearsed part of Kate's life, sort of conditioning her brain. After acquiring a college degree, other than working for few months at a clothing company, Miss Middleton never heard working. Among her siblings, she is the only one who never devoted time at their family business--party pieces. Royal wives are not allowed to have careers of their own. In 2000, Sophie Rhys-Jones, who married the youngest son of the Queen, Prince Edward, in 1999, was forced to give up her position at a PR firm. The reason for this is to avoid conflict of interest, because the monarchy is such a very influential institution, any connection with some senior royal family members might be put into question.

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