August, 2009

Aug 09

Princess Eugenie and the Swedish sisters

eugenie in black.jpgPrincess Eugenie is on form as one of the Brit’s most down-to-earth royals, following Will’s lead by choosing to bunk down in the student dorms while she studies at Newcastle University.

The grass is always greener, isn’t it….I mean, if I had the choice of sumptuously-appointed private apartment versus your basic, communal uni digs, I know which I’d go for, and it wouldn’t be the one where I get to enjoy the night-time snorings and other goings-on of my fellow students through paper-thin walls.

But then, to her credit, mixing it with the ordinary punters seems to be Eugenie’s thing, as demonstrated by her visit to Australia earlier this year. Go, Eugenie, we love you!

Besides offering a good degree course, Eugenie chose apparently chose Newcastle Uni for its fun-ness. But I do wonder how much fun and mischief can be had with (count ‘em!) THREE bodyguards running around after one at all times. Romantic dinner for two….plus three burly, suited, glaring men eating next to you. Romantic boogie for two on the local disco floor….plus three burly, suited, glaring men boogie-ing next to you….Geez, makes you wonder how a royal romance gets going at all…

Mad and Jonas.jpgSpeaking of royal romance, another Nordic nuptial occasion has been announced. Princess Madeleine has confirmed her engagement to lawyer Jonas Bergstrom a mere few weeks after her older sister, Victoria, revealed her own marriage plans.

But what really breaks my heart? He says, “I fell for her beautiful blue eyes..”. Swoon! She says, “He’s the nicest person in the world, a wonderful friend”. Sigh! …Where do I get me one of those……

Best wishes to both the girls!

Aug 09

Zara about town

zara.jpgZara Phillips has certainly had a busy time of late. From yachting, to property buying, to wearing knockout dresses at friends’ weddings, she is definitely the busy modern royal about town.

Zara and Mike Tindall have bought a house in Gloucestershire. A five-bedroom mansion in Gloucestershire, no less. That’s lots of room for the little pitter-patter of future royal footsies – a whole football team if the five bedrooms are anything to go by.

But hang on, apparently it has no stables for Zara’s 14 horses, so perhaps the extra bedrooms are to accommodate the gee-gees. With £250,000 pounds of renos going on, I’m sure the horses would find it most satisfactory. A lick of paint, fresh carpets, and some nice prints on the walls… well, no horse could complain about that.

Must admit to a certain envy at the photograph of Zara cosied up in the gorgeous arms of Bryan Adams (bit of a secret crush for a few years) at the Artemis yacht challenge. Oh yes, you might think there’d be a bit of dress envy about the photo of her in that cerise number at her friend’s wedding, but, you know, there’s envy, and then there’s plain old dreaming.

Zara really is a poster girl for health and fitness and it’s nice that she’s continuing the family tradition started by her grandfather, Prince Phillip, in being involved in the yacht race. And also nice that her fiancé, oops, boyfriend, Mike Tindall accompanied her. Just a shame that lack of wind took the wind out of their sails. Better luck next year….

PS. Topless water ballet, topless horse-feeding…. George W , eat your heart out. As far as ‘Action Man’ awards go, it seems President Putin’s beaten you, fair and square. And he did it all…topless.

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