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Prince William & Kate Middleton Are Finally Engaged

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed November 17th, 2010, 11:17 am

I've only ever seen her referred to as "Kate" so far, so had been wondering whether she was Catherine, Katherine or some other spelling or even another full name.
But it seems she is indeed "Catherine" and her father called her that when talking to the press yesterday. It's been a while since we had a Queen Catherine here...

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Post by LoveHistory » Wed November 17th, 2010, 1:49 pm

[quote=""Susan""]I'm sure the wedding will be shown on American television.[/quote]

Yes, I'm certain it will be. Unfortunately I don't get TV reception and I doubt I'll be able to re-side my house before then.

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Post by Miss Moppet » Wed November 17th, 2010, 3:30 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I've only ever seen her referred to as "Kate" so far, so had been wondering whether she was Catherine, Katherine or some other spelling or even another full name.
But it seems she is indeed "Catherine" and her father called her that when talking to the press yesterday. [/quote]

I noticed that but then sometimes parents do refer to their children by their full names rather than the diminutive even when the child prefers and is known by the diminutive.

But, I think an ex-schoolfriend has referred to her as Catherine too. If she does go by Catherine I should think it would annoy her to constantly find herself referred to as Kate - on the other hand, perhaps it helps her distance herself from all the stuff written about her.

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Post by Michy » Wed November 17th, 2010, 4:22 pm

Doesn't Prince William call her Kate, as well?

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Post by Vanessa » Wed November 17th, 2010, 5:09 pm

Yes, William definitely referred to her as Kate in their interview yesterday. I would imagine that her full title will be Queen Catherine when that time eventually arrives as Queen Kate does quite have the same ring about it! Mind you, Queen Camilla doesn't quite sound right either............... We've not had one of those before!
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed November 17th, 2010, 7:03 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]Yes, William definitely referred to her as Kate in their interview yesterday. I would imagine that her full title will be Queen Catherine when that time eventually arrives as Queen Kate does quite have the same ring about it! Mind you, Queen Camilla doesn't quite sound right either............... We've not had one of those before![/quote]

Oh man, surely they won't be crowning Chuck's *gag* wife? Doesn't the monarchy have some rules about that?

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Post by Vanessa » Wed November 17th, 2010, 8:15 pm

A king's wife is usually always a queen, whereas a queen's husband is always a prince - to show who's in charge. I think people have accepted Camilla - she makes Charles happy. I can't see what else they could call her. She's also Princess of Wales, although she doesn't use the title for obvious reasons, so I think she will be called queen.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed November 17th, 2010, 8:23 pm

Yes, I think the British public in general, myself included, have accepted Camilla - and even quite taken to her - since they married. She really seems a down-to-earth, no-nonsense sort who's simply in it because this is the man she wants to be with, rather than because she has any grander aspirations.
She has taken a lot of ribbing, including for her looks - when she is a perfectly pleasant-looking woman, especially as she has matured - and what did being beautiful even do for Diana?

I think when they married, it was indicated that she didn't want to be a Queen eventually (though some constitutional experts questioned whether there was any other legal option).
Some thought that her wanting to only be a duchess on marrying the prince, and potentially only a princess when he becomes king, was just a way of getting the British public to accept her and not be seen as wanting to take Diana's place and that by the time it came around to it, people would be happy for her to be queen. I'm not sure. In any case, I think it's fair to say everyone is less nuts over Diana after this length of time and have taken her off whatever pedestal she was on.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed November 17th, 2010, 8:25 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]A king's wife is usually always a queen, whereas a queen's husband is always a prince - to show who's in charge. I think people have accepted Camilla - she makes Charles happy. I can't see what else they could call her. She's also Princess of Wales, although she doesn't use the title for obvious reasons, so I think she will be called queen.[/quote]

Grr Bummer!

Well since I still love Diana, I can't get over my prejudice about Camilla. So, I'm sorry if I've offended any one.

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Post by EC2 » Wed November 17th, 2010, 8:34 pm

A well known author said on Twitter yesterday that Kate in her blue dress looked like a frump and it was a dull outfit. I thought it was just beautiful and classy, I'd have worn it, but what do I know.

One of my friends is an aristo and knew Diana, and some of the people who worked for her. It was one image for the public and quite another off camera.
Smacking the servants around didn't die out in the Middle Ages apparently.

Sweetpotato boy - yes. The nation has quite taken to Camilla for all the reasons you state. She's a nice lady.
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