It’s been a really good week for the Royal Family with lots of activity and there’s been one happy homecoming.
The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with a speech to both Houses of Parliament. The ceremony took place in Westminster Hall. Dating from the 11th century, it’s Parliament’s oldest building and of London’s must-see places.
Ten years ago, it was the setting for the lying-in-state of the Queen Mother’s coffin, an event that the Queen must surely have remembered as she gave her speech.
Accompanied by Prince Philip, she also heard warm addresses from the Lords and Commons. She twiddled her thumbs, probably in puzzlement, as John Bercow, the Commons’ much-discussed Speaker, described her as a ‘kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth’. Work that one out!
Prince William and Kate were re-united after his six-week stint serving in the Falklands, flying Sea King search and rescue helicopters. She drove up to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to welcome him home. They then returned to their temporary cottage in Kensington Palace grounds and Kate was later seen exercising their puppy Lupo, no doubt leaving William to sleep off the long flight in peace and quiet.
He returned to a wife who is now an accomplished, fully-fledged royal after a series of very successful public engagements. Kate accompanied the Queen and Prince Philip on one, the Queen and Camilla on another, then Charles and Camilla. With her beauty, elegance and poise, Kate was the centre of attention wherever she went, but none of the other royals seemed to mind. Like the public, they all love her and are so glad that William made such an excellent choice of bride - even if took him nine years to propose!
Incidentally, it’s ten years next week since Kate sashayed down the catwalk at a St Andrews’ University charity show wearing the see-through dress that made William gasp to his friends; ”Kate’s hot!” They were already close pals and had agreed to share a house the following September with two other students. But that night William saw how stunning Kate really was.
The loving couple have just gone off for a week’s skiing holiday, reportedly in Verbier. A source told Britain’s Mirror: “William missed Kate terribly when he was away. They spent Valentine’s Day apart and he has been thinking for some time how to make it up to his wife. Kate was delighted when he eventually told her about his plans and cannot wait for the pair to spend some quality time together.”
Prince Harry bemoaned the difficulty he has in finding a steady girlfriend and potential bride. When asked if royalty lived up to the fairytale, he told CBS: “No, not at all. As any girl would ever tell you. It's sort of, 'Oh my God, he's a prince. But no. The job that it entails - I mean look at me, I'm 27 years old, and not so much searching for someone to fulfil the role, but obviously, you know, finding someone that would be willing to take it on."
However, Harry has taken to wearing a silver pendant on a leather string, a love token claimed to have been given to him by former flame, Chelsy Davy, during their six year relationship. Both have been seen with other possible partners, but I am not 100% sure that it is all over for the star-crossed lovers. Chelsy is working for a firm of solicitors in London and Harry has time on his hands when he’s not on duty. He wants to return to combat duties in Afghanistan, but when our troops leave (and I hope that happens ASAP), Harry may have achieved one of his ambitions. But he has others.
He has said that the would like to spend time working with his charity Sentabale in Lesotho and expand the charity in other countries. He and Zimbabwe-born Chelsy both love Africa , so there could be a way of making the relationship work, without Chelsy having to follow in Kate’s footsteps on the royal road show. Apparently, Chelsy does not want to take on the royal duties that Kate was ready to embrace. They are two different types of girls. Kate is dutiful and homely: Chelsy, who reminds me of a young, sexy, earthy Rachel Hunter, is less inclined to conform to the demands of the Palace.
Wouldn’t it be awful if Harry lost his great love, married someone else, then found her again and could not let her go? That would be history repeating itself - like the unhappy Charles, Camilla and Diana triangle that caused such havoc for the monarchy. So let’s hope they can work it out.
Last Friday, Harry and Chelsy spent the night happily chatting away as they joined a private dinner party at Windsor Castle for Princess Eugenie's 22nd birthday. So, there is still a hope they can rekindle their romance.
And, finally, I was told by someone who came across Duke of York this week that Andrew has lost a little weight and he behaved ‘with good manners’. So that’s two improvements!