YAKIMA, Wash., March 10, 2013 – It happened one day when Princess Kate was on a royal visit to the Grimsby National Fishing Heritage Centre in Lincolnshire, England.
An admirer of the Princess presented Kate with a white teddy bear (the English love their teddy bears). Princess Kate, being ever the gracious royal, thanked the lady presenting her the teddy bear and added that she thanked her on behalf of her dau… Oops. Well, she almost said “daughter” but cut the word in half, leaving people, tabloids, and most of the British Empire to speculate if she slipped and acknowledge the sex of the baby.
The news of the slip and the wild speculation are galloping around the Commonwealth at breakneck speed. There are crazed reporters, paparazzi and snoopy snoops right now, as you read this commentary, trying to verify the misstep and make a fortune in the process. Prince William’s office and the Royal spokesmen have neither confirmed nor denied the fact.
The royal line is the baby is due sometime in July.
It doesn’t affect the royal succession because the English have changed the rules to make females just as eligible for becoming the royal monarch as male heirs.
Princess Kate was wearing a $600 recycled Hobbs coat along with her ever present smile and ready wave as she swept gracefully past the Grimsby crowd to visit the National Fishing Heritage Centre.
Her baby bump was showing a bit, but probably not the twins once thought possible. In December this curmudgeon reported on the possibility of Kate having twins.
The Princess had a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which includes debilitating nausea and vomiting. Less than 2% of pregnant women are afflicted with HG and of those, a significant number have twin girls.
If Kate’s vocal slip is any indication, we might at least get a female added to the line of royal succession. Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth are both successful monarchs.
And, what was Kate doing at the National Fishing Heritage Centre? She’s no fisherman, she’s royalty. If she wants fish, all she has to do is order it and wait for the Royal Butler to serve it. Watching Downton Abbey teaches you a lot about the royals in England.
In the United Kingdom, fish and chips are serious business. According to one source, fish and chips outlets sell about 25% of all the white fish consumed in the United Kingdom. I know it sounds fishy but that’s the facts. The Brits love their fish and chips.
The National Fishing Heritage Centre is located in Grimsby, England and has been the center of the great fishing industry in England way back to the days of the Vikings.
The museum’s main attraction is the fishing ship Ross Tiger, whose keel was laid in 1957 and then a fishing career of 35 years was retired in 1992 and preserved at the Heritage Centre. The little ship that could now needs upgrade on her hull and Princes Kate, ever the popular and supportive royal, was visiting to help build awareness and funds for the ship.
England’s most loved royal couple will be having their baby in July. All must be going well; Kate has reported she feels the baby kicking. “Very much so,” was Kate’s reply when asked if she could feel the baby moving.
I don’t know about you, but in July I plan on going to our local fish and chips outlet and downing an order in honor of a future queen (well, maybe a queen).
(Larry Momo writes columns for the Washington Times Community Section and the San Pedro News Pilot.)
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