In Other News: The Royals

A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL. 

By Michelle Eickmeyer

Lorde was right; we will never be Royals. (At least not most of us, at any rate.) Of all the British things we Americans like, the Royal family is top of the list. Particularly, we are a bit obsessed love Prince William and Duchess Catherine. The love affair really heated up again with their 2011 wedding. The Independent even speculated that Americans were more excited about the wedding than Brits were. But it all began with Princess Diana. While squarely British, there was something about Diana’s spirit which Americans held, and continue to hold, as much like us. Her independence, confidence, willingness to speak up, and wish to remain her own person despite the intentions of the throne. She was, in many ways, the embodiment of the 20th century version of the American Revolution.

With her great style and unarrogant manner, Princess Diana had many of us from the beginning. I remember waking to find my own mother, folding laundry of all things, and watching the broadcast of Charles and Diana’s wedding. In the years that followed, we watched eagerly as Diana defended Will and then his brother, requiring them to be allowed to have a ‘real life.’ We’ve long cheered the Windsor/Cambridge family, and this week welcomed them to New York. Part babymoon, part diplomatic mission, the news has been filled with images and updates on the power pair.

Here are five titles that look at the Royals from different perspectives:

Prince William and Duchess Kate, 1st Edition. Lucent Book, 2015.

From very different childhoods through the birth of Prince George and beyond, this not-yet released contemporary biography series title will offer a full background on the couple.

Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing, 1st Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

Though there were several social events on the calendar, the crux of the Royal visit to NYC was to raise awareness and money for causes close to the heart of William and Kate. Poaching and the wildlife trade, mental health, childhood welfare and raising funds for their alma mater, St. Andrews. Raising and managing money for any charitable organization is a complicated and important part of business. Often further complicating (and helping) matters, many charitable organizations are directly funded by major corporations. “Investing in business as a force for good” explores the less direct routes to supporting the movements which mean something to you. Hey, not everyone can afford to pay $10,000 to attend a dinner.

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, 1st Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

According to my family tree, I’m somehow related to Camilla Parker-Bowles (and Celine Dion, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton). Barely – we’re like 3rd cousins, 18 times removed or something “shoestring” like that. That doesn’t make me royal, however. (Sadly…) The luck of the genetic draw has Prince William in line for the throne, and what will continue to have his oldest child, then his, then his share in the responsibility. Take a closer look at the exploration of past generations, their motivations, and the outcomes which lead to our current state as a global citizenship.

World Clothing and Fashion: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence, 1st Edition. M.E. Sharpe, 2013.

One of the “normal” things about the Duchess is her belief that clothes can be worn more than once. Shocking, I know. That said, everything she wears (or buys, as seen in the first year of Prince George’s life) sells out almost instantly. For those keeping up with Kate, there are several blogs, like this and this, which chronicle her wardrobe choices. What makes a style icon and how does that influence future trends? From cap and gown to Luis Vuitton, collars to cable knits, the importance, significance and meaning of dress plays a vital role in worldly societies.

World Monarchies and Dynasties: From Ancient Origins to Contemporary Upheavals, 1st Edition. M.E. Sharpe, 2013.

To touch or not to touch. The debate whirled into a frenzy this week with LeBron James wrapping his arm around Kate after a basketball game this week. (Read: here and here) As a sighted person, I know that William himself rarely touches his wife in public. (Though several pics in the Daily Mail article do have him reaching for her back. Protective maybe?) Americans are not likely to keep the stiff upper lip which the British wear proudly. But was it appropriate? Take a deeper look at customs and rituals, and the history which has made them so to get a better understanding of how the rest of the world works.



photoAbout the Author

Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.



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