On Sunday February 7th, Kate Middleton finally reported for duty for 2016.
The event marked the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets of which she is now Honorary Air Commandant, an appointment she took over from Prince Philip in December.
Perhaps to prove she knew the event was for some kind of military-type flying thingy, Kate wore the Alexander McQueen coat in Military Blue she debuted on the 4th day of the New Zealand tour, the one that reminded me of a Pan Am coat from a time when flight attendants were called stewardesses.
Kate’s dolly-curled hair was curiously longer than the three quarters of an inch it should have grown since her December chop. Did Santa give someone shiny new hair extensions for Christmas? Kate’s hair was so long in fact, it kept covering up the Dacre brooch which had been awarded each year to the best female cadet and given to Kate to wear upon its retirement. Now that the best female cadets receive the Dacre sword just like the male cadets, it was only fitting the brooch should be worn by a duchess who is the embodiment of a modern woman of the 19th century.
Kate’s hair wasn’t the only sudden change, her skin seemed to have obtained a deepened glow since January 10th that one would not typically associate with British winters. Of course, between PhotoShop, lighting and equipment variables, such a comparison isn’t exactly conclusive evidence Kate was able to make a Caribbean escape, but Our Fair Waity does seem to be less fair in the photos the Daily Mail ran.
The most striking difference was Kate’s thick black magic marker eyebrows which to the casual observer might look like Kate confused a pencil case with a cosmetics case, but could also indicate Kate has been afflicted with Muppet Madness.
Of course, with Kate being so keenly keen on keenness, she couldn’t wait to get to this year’s first event on February 7th and took the Queen’s helicopter from Anmer Hall for Sunday’s RAF Air Cadet event at a cost the Daily Mail estimated to be £3,000 (around $4,318 USD) while the Queen traveled back to London the same day via train at a cost of £54.90 (around $79.03) for her first class ticket.
The Queen prefers trains to helicopters and I can see why she wouldn’t want to helicopter-pool with Kate but this is one of those examples of the additional costs that came with the Anmer move. By car, the trip would have taken Kate around two hours and fifty minutes each way but if the Queen can take a train for an hour and forty-four minutes, then why can’t her grandson’s wife who is so keen on being a stay-at-home Mum? Instead of a lazy duchess taking an environmentally unfriendly helicopter ride to the first official engagement she could be bothered with this year, perhaps that money could have been better applied to say the upkeep of those crumbling palaces and castles which is supposed to come out of the Sovereign’s Grant.
If the so-called “thrifty duchess” didn’t want to commute, she shouldn’t have moved out to the country. At this rate, the monarchy will fall into a state of complete disrepair before the crumbling Buckingham Palace will.