With barely three months to go until the wedding of the century, Prince William and Kate Middleton seem to be breaking royal traditions and opting for the not-so-traditionally-royal ways of doing things. Although these changes may be raising eyebrows in the British aristocracy, many believe that these changes are signs of times. British royal followers have mixed reactions, but many believe that most people will embrace the changes like a breath of fresh air.
A Commoner for a Future Queen
First off, the choice of a completely commoner bride of a future queen of England has never happened before. She's certainly the first and, rest assured, she'll not be the last either. According to The Telegraph, Middleton will "permanently change the Royal family when she becomes Britain's first middle class queen-in-waiting." She may not be poor and pitiful, but she's still a commoner nonetheless -- a wealthy commoner, but not an aristocrat. Middleton comes from a working-class family background, which is not what you would expect as a first choice for a future Queen of England. In fact, the New York Post reports she is the first "non-blueblood" to marry a British monarch since the 1600s.
Middleton's father came from a family of coal miners. He was a former airline pilot who met Middleton's mother, a stewardess, while working for the airline industry. After marrying in 1980, the couple started a direct-mail company called Party Pieces, which became a successful business venture. They raised their children well and considered education as among their top priorities, which paid off since Katie met Wills while attending St. Andrew's University. Middleton's education also sets her apart from other spouses of British royalty.
No Virgin Bride
Not that it matters to most people, but, traditionally, future brides of kings should be virgins. Even Prince William's mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, was scrutinized heavily in regards to her virginity status prior to her wedding to Prince Charles in the 1980s. Although it's not certain whether Middleton is still a virgin or not, many speculate she isn't since she and the prince have been living together under the same roof for several years and have shared quarters wherever they went to places together.
No Duke Title for William
Traditionally, the Queen will give the newlyweds new titles. However, it seems Prince William wants to remain a Prince since he was born as Prince William, according to The Telegraph citing a Royal courtier. Prince William wants Kate Middleton to become Princess Catherine, thus, presenting a dilemma for the monarch. To receive a title of a princess, one must be born with it.
If the Queen does not give Prince William new title, Middleton will become Princess William automatically, not "Princess Catherine." Many regarded Diana, Prince William's mother as "Diana, Princess of Wales" and not as "Princess Diana."
No Horse-drawn Carriage to the Wedding
In a break of tradition, Middleton will arrive by car, not by a horse-drawn carriage, at Westminster Abbey. She and Prince William, however, will ride their royal carriage after the wedding to Buckingham Palace for the traditional kiss on the balcony.
No Servants, Please
After the wedding, Prince William and Middleton will live in a cottage in North Wales for the first couple of years of their married life. The couple has indicated they will not have servants, except for a few bodyguards to watch over their safety. Prince William says he and Middleton want to live in an intimate atmosphere, which means no cooks, butlers or maids. This is a contrast to how his father, Prince Charles, lives. Prince Charles has 149 servants, which include 25 personal staff dedicated to look after him.
An Eco-Friendly Home
According to the Daily Mail, the newlyweds will live in an ultra-modern and eco-friendly home located in North Wales instead of in a royal residence.
Other nontraditional Wills and Katie ways of doing things for their wedding includes opting for donations to their favorite charities instead of traditional wedding gifts. The commoner bride will pitch in for some of the wedding bills and the royal family will pay for majority of the wedding expenses out of their own pockets. According to The Telegraph, Prince William and Middleton hope "that some of the musicians connected to the Prince's Trust will play at the party."
References/Sources:Purity of Brides No Longer an Issue
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