I don't mean this post to be controversial, OK? I get that some people don't like the royal family. They see them as over-privileged, a relic of a bygone era, living off the state, yadda yadda yadda. To you I say- I will never change your mind, you won't enjoy this post, and there are probably people in your tow you could describe in the same way. But hey- I'm hoping at least some of you will share my glee at the picture below. And not just because of the impeccable colour co-ordination of the Princes, or the fact that the Queen has her handbag at her feet, or even the fact it gives newspapers (my bets are on the red tops) using headlines such as "We Three Kings In Waiting, Are" (to be sung to the tune of "We Three Kings Of Orient, Are", obviously).
No. I like it because it gives us all a little something to be cheerful about. A well known family have been joined by a beautiful, healthy baby boy, who will in all likelihood grow up to be our monarch. Isn't that exciting? Yes, it's a little bit silly- but surely no sillier than the fact that Nick Grimshaw appearing in Home & Away made the news? (I'm not even entirely sure I'd know who Nick Grimshaw is. Ellie does though, and got all excited when she saw him t'other day. Lucky girl!).
I just generally like the Royal Family to be honest. They're fun. They crop up at happy things, and generally seem to be pretty good sports. Let's not forget that the Queen pretended to be escorted to the Olympic Opening Ceremony by James Bond, after all! And Prince Philip is my favourite- who else would possibly say to a woman in a wheelchair at a garden party "well, at least you get to sit down through all of this"?!
I actually had an interview at Buckingham Palace a few weeks ago. Clearly, I didn't get the job, but it was an incredible experience, and really reiterated to me how important the Royal Family are to the wider world's perceptions of the United Kingdom (or do I mean Great Britain? I'm never certain which to use when). As I waited nervously outside, I attempted to calm myself by people watching, and was cheered by the huge diversity in the people standing outside the Palace, taking pictures, craning for a better look. It was amazing, and really made me realise just how brilliant everyone else thinks our Royal Family are. I just think it's a bit of a shame that more people here don't necessarily agree. Because let's be honest- the Royal Family are completely harmless. Yes, Her Majesty gets the final say on all laws which are passed by the government, but if she were ever to say no, there would be an almighty constitutional crisis.
I certainly appreciate that there are things which are not great about the royals, or monarchies in general, but I don't want to go into them here. Just please rest assured that I'm aware of them, and in some extent agree with certain things.
But regardless- Happy Christening Prince George. I wish you, your father, grandfather, and great grandmother long, healthy and happy lives. And when you're older, please take a leaf out of your uncle and great grandfather's book and do/ say some ridiculous things to give us all something to chuckle about.