Kate Middleton is making waves, but this time the gossip is not about her fabulous style choices or her perfect smile — they are about her refusal to eat peanuts and drink champagne during a royal appearance in Copenhagen. According to ABC News, the speculation is growing over a royal pregnancy and all signs at the Copenhagen event point to yes.
The most talked-about woman in the world, next to Lady Gaga, has promised the world an heir with no stated preference for a boy or a girl. This is not to say she is pregnant yet, there have been no official confirmations, but the Royal family has said they recognize the changing times and no matter the sex of their next heir, he or SHE will take the throne succeeding her soon-to-be-king father, William.
Within just a few months of becoming royalty, it seems Kate is already having a tremendous impact on the monarchy and her country. Should her first born be a girl, she will be the first female to ascend the throne as the first born child of the king and queen in more than 300 years. For centuries, the monarchy, struggling to hold on to their rich history and traditions, has ruled that only the first-born male could inherit the throne.
The change is huge for the monarchy and a certainty to generate positive publicity. Should anyone criticize the Royal family as irrelevant anymore, now is the time to praise them on their effort to appease their people and adapt to a changing world. I think Kate Middleton has come into the picture at the perfect time. The euro is falling apart and the European economy has seen better days, so what better time than now for a fresh face, representing new life and the modern day, to join the “outdated” family and help them modernize a monarchy that has resisted change for centuries.
The spotlight is definitely on Europe at this moment and I praise the Royals for seizing this opportunity and making a small, yet highly significant change. I think that they realize the need to better align their ideals to those with which the modern world can relate. Before, I always regarded the Royals as intangible heads of state that did very little. But this shift has changed my mind.
I think that when Kate Middleton joined the Royal family, she became their eyes and ears to “normal” people. Like her husband’s mother, Princess Diana, she knows what people want and how to soften the royal image. I believe the monarchy needed her to help them connect with their people.
Kate Middleton has succeeded in polishing the image of a nation, marrying the heir to the throne and influencing the new policy that a female first born can take the throne after her father — all great PR moves!