Bonjour and Happy Memorial Day! This weekend I had a lovely time visiting with family in the beautiful state of Michigan. The weekend was full of eating, reminiscing, and a few surprises, including a few presents!
My gifts included a lovely tea-for-one butterfly teapot and saucer – a birthday gift from my sister – and a collector’s edition magazine – The Royals – a Mother’s Day gift from my mother. There’s no need to explain my love for teapots – anyone who has been following me knows I love them. However, the magazine may leave you a bit confused.
The Royals magazine, published by Time Inc., gives a glimpse into the lives and loves of royal families around the world – particularly the British Royal Family. Although I was very young when Lady Diana and Prince Charles were married, I remember watching the wedding on television. I was amazed at how many people attended the wedding and how long Diana’s train was for her dress. From then on, I was fascinated with the British Royals. So, when Princess Diana died, my mom bought me a book about Diana’s life and a collector’s edition CD of Elton John’s song for Diana. About six months after her death, I was able to travel to London and actually saw the numerous bouquets of flowers, still at the gates of Kensington Palace, left by Diana fans and mourners. Diana may be gone, but the Royal Family lives on.
Although the magazine seems to focus on the British Royal Family, it does spotlight several other prominent royal couples and royal figures, including:
- Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco
- Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada
- Queen Rania of Jordan
- Crown Princess Letizia of Spain
- Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Even if you’re not a fan of the Royal Families, the pictures are worth a look – if not for the dresses/fashion then definitely for the candids of Princes William and Harry. At the very least, the photos and stories will remind us how wonderful having a “normal” life can be.