December 3, 2012
Will, Kate expecting a baby
By Thane Burnett, QMI Agency
There's a well-worn crib in my garage and a bag of previously hugged stuffed animals behind the furnace.
Kate and William — you're welcome to swing by in the royal carriage and pick them up.
News Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting — an announcement suddenly necessary after 30-year-old Catherine was taken to hospital suffering from acute morning sickness — immediately prompted global headlines and trending #kate tweets.
An unsuspecting British press, long anticipating a great-grandchild for the Queen, were caught off guard after watching Kate return to her old school last Friday to play field hockey in high-heel boots.
After the formal announcement the Duchess is royally preggers, one piece in the BBC quoted a U.K. historian declaring this baby may become the most famous child in modern history.
On this side of the Atlantic, Queens University teaching fellow and royal historian Carolyn Harris noted that the baby, upon arrival, will mark the first time there has been a line of four generations of direct heirs since Queen Victoria's rein.
"This is very exciting," she points out of what will be a belly bump watched globally.
The similarly growing media attention may cause some to wonder why they should care about the soon-to-be-third in line to the British throne.
But maybe we could be less skeptical, and just share some good news.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, the bible of all things Windsor, says Canadians should celebrate because it involves a possible future Canadian monarch.
But as importantly, he reasons: "I think it's a bit of good news in the middle of doom and gloom."
Set against world woes, "we have to grab the opportunity to feel good for all parties here."
As I covered their April 29, 2011, wedding in London, there was a moment when — watching William's hand tremble as he put the ring on her finger — I looked around a church filled with usually callous journalists, and realized we had been drawn into a nice love story.
And that wasn't such a bad thing. And neither is this.
We're all quick to trade stories when celebrities self-destruct or make fools of themselves. It's our favourite past time.
Well maybe we can take a moment to celebrate good news for one couple.
So Buckingham Palace, if you have a need, I'll dust off the crib and put the stuffed animals through a wash cycle — just in case.