Prince William continued to show Kate Middleton the royal ropes as the couple made a surprise visit to Belfast on Tuesday. The two paid a visit to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children and even flipped a pancake (people.com). This trip was preceded by a visit to their old stomping ground, the University of St. Andrews, at the end of February. Their first official outing took place on Feb. 24 in a small town on the northwest coast of Wales at which they named a lifeboat together (cbsnews.com).
Will and Kate are the center of attention in the U. K., and around the world, as time marches toward the royal wedding on April 29. The last time a royal couple dominated the public eye was during the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. But it is becoming evident that the young couple of today may leave just as big an imprint, if not bigger, on the history books. Here are three areas of interest to prove that point.
1: Fashion Icon
Let’s face it – no one cares too much about the clothes that appear on Prince Charles or Prince William. But, in the ’80s and ’90s, Princess Diana proved herself a worthy fashion icon. She had a great figure and showcased a then-modern style, including a fondness for hats.
Fast-forward to today and you’ll find the same to be true of Kate Middleton. Kate has a unique beauty that doesn’t compare to Princess Diana, but she also has a great sense of style like Diana did. In fact, the clothes that Kate wears to public functions are just as talked about as the functions themselves. The royal blue Issa dress that she wore for the engagement announcement was sold out within 24 hours at London’s Harvey Nichols store (huffington post). Kate is on course to become a much-admired fashionista of the 21st century.
2: Reflection of the People
Princess Diana spent much of her time, particularly after her separation from Prince Charles, drawing attention to numerous causes that were close to her heart. She visited AIDS and cancer patients, she fought against the use of landmines, and she brought awareness to the care of terminally ill children (hubpages.com). These are the reasons why she was known as the People’s Princess.
It is too early to tell if Diana’s son and his future wife will have the same impact on the critical needs of the people. But, Prince William has already displayed the charitable nature that his mother had. And Kate seems keen to follow in his steps. The fact that a royal wedding invitation was sent to some of the shopkeepers in Kate’s home village gives some indication of the kind of princess Kate will be: one who remembers the people (abcnews.com).
3: Strong Connection
As far as the relationship between Kate and Will, the soon-to-be newlyweds have Princess Diana and Prince Charles beat. There is no comparison of the connection between the young couple and the one between the couple of 30 years ago. Diana was much younger than Charles and knew very little about him when they married. Kate and Will are the same age and have been together for about nine years. The strength of their union is evident in the smiles on their faces and the support they give each other. As long as they continue on that same path, they are destined to be a much-loved, longstanding royal couple. And that is something that cannot be said of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Liz Corcoran, “William and Kate Pay Surprise Visit to Northern Ireland”, People.com
“William, Kate in first official joint appearance”, CBS News
“Kate Middleton’s Engagement Dress Sold Out ‘Almost Immediately'”, Huffington Post
MM Del Rosario, “Princess Diana: Queen of Hearts”, Hub Pages
Kylie Sobel, “Villagers Receive Royal-Wedding Invitations”, ABC News