Kate Middleton’s annual engagement numbers have recently gotten a boost to thirteen where royal rumors suggest she is going to hold until next month’s royal tour of Bhutan and India. In addition to the opening of a charity shop on Friday the 18th, the Court Circular wound up counting the “private engagement” at MayTree on March 10th and broke down suicide awareness events at Kensington Palace into two, the latter of which was also private.
We’re 81 days into 2016 so 13 engagements is a disappointing total, especially considering how brief the most recent photo ops have been. Royal-watchers RoyalObsessedinU.S. and Jennifer on Twitter commenting on the quick engagements noted that Friday’s event was just a hair above the 30 minute mark while the teen suicide awareness talk on the 10th lasted 20 minutes.
Apparently Kate being keenly keen on keenness roughly translates to about a half hour of work these days.
After snubbing the Irish Guards on Thursday, Kate attended the opening of an East Anglia Children’s Hospices shop in Holt on Friday, just a short drive from Anmer Hall to which the Cambridges returned via helicopter on the 15th. Kate’s appearance caused many to speculate that the real reason for Kate not handing out the shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day was a scheduling conflict with her hair.
The fresh new color of Kate’s beefed-up bouffant even led to some musing that the grey John Boyd UFO hat Kate wore on Commonwealth Day was really all about hiding her roots. Hopefully that’s it and Kate’s UFO hat wasn’t looking for intelligent life on Kate, its millenary overlords would be displeased by what it returned with.
Despite an obviously recent salon trip, Kate’s hair looked like it was involved in some kind of civil war tress distress with the add-on hair gaining combat advantage by seizing the high ground at her crown.
As this screen shot from the Daily Mail shows, to the wiglet go the spoils.
Royal Correspondent, Richard Palmer, from the Express, posted a snap to Twitter from the engagement.
For those distracted by the wheel-chair bound woman being used as a photo prop in the rain, this is a cropped version of the above depicting the tell-tale line.
Reporter Ben Kendall’s pic post on Twitter afforded a different vantage point.
One Daily Mail commenter noted that she felt bad for the woman in the photo op orchestrated to show how Kate “suddenly has compassion”.
An atypically large crowd was gathered for the event, many of whom were children pulled from school and made to wait in the rain. Several Daily Mail readers complained about this practice employed to beef up crowds in order to make royals look more popular, while one afforded insight into how children are made to stand for hours outside and told when to cheer.
But I’m sure standing for hours outside for a woman who waited around nearly a decade to marry a prince and who rarely bothers to even wave to waiting crowds has great educational value.
If Kate has any lesson at all to teach children, it’s that what’s on the outside is what truly matters. Kate’s arrival smirk shown in this Daily Mail screen grab suggests that even she bought the whole ruse. I have no idea what exactly she’s doing with her crotch clutch hand, but kids, don’t try this in public.
But skipping out on the St. Patrick’s Day’s day event did appear to leave at least some kind of indelible impression on Kate. Or on her kneecap more specifically which the face of a leprechaun appears to now be inhabiting.
Seriously, what’s up with that thing? It looks like Kate’s knee now has extra pieces. Her knees didn’t used to look like that.
Just one of the many mysteries of Kate.
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