Big Changes for the Blog
Hey guys, you may have noticed that I haven’t been very active in recent weeks. After getting a copyright complaint against my Pippa blog in October, I decided that I’m no longer comfortable with violating copyright by posting pictures I don’t own. So for the past few weeks, I’ve been quietly dismantling the blog - I’m almost halfway done, and I’m hoping to have Royal Fever completely gone by the New Year. (Sad face.)
BUT - I’ve got an even better idea in the works, so stay with me if you’re still interested in current royal events! On New Year’s Day, this blog will take on a new name, a new design, and a new concept. It will expand upon the strengths of Royal Fever - most notably, organizing and archiving royal events - to hopefully become a valuable resource for fellow bloggers and royal watchers. I think it’ll be a much better blog in general and will better reflect my strengths and skills.
Stay tuned for more information on January 1st!
A few “fandom” notes - first of all, thank you to whoever nominated me as a “Best Kate Blog” in the recent Royal Fandom Awards. It was a complete surprise and an honor to be nominated, but I very much feel that the best blogger in that category was the winner (duchessofc). Congrats to Bella!
Also, I elected not to take part in the “Secret Santa” this year because I didn’t think it was fair for someone to be assigned to a blog that was being dismantled. But I had so much fun last year that I’ll be sending some holiday cheer to some of my favorite blogs all throughout December! Keep an eye on your inboxes ;)
Will and Kate: The Hot Mess Movies
So I couldn’t sleep last night and ended up watching both the Hallmark and the Lifetime versions of Will & Kate for the first time…ohhhh man, I so wish I’d been liveblogging it with you guys! They were both awesomely bad, total hot messes :P So far as I’ve heard, the general consensus is that the Lifetime was better, but I actually thought the Hallmark version was less insane - have any of you guys watched both? What did you think??
“Another unannounced engagement: William, Kate, and Harry gave a reception for their charities forum at Kensington Palace yesterday.”
@RoyalReporter (via minimiddleton)
Hooray, I guessed right!
In her latest column, Pippa Middleton joins the team assembling the Peter Jones Christmas lights in a cherry picker high above Sloane Square
She outdoes herself with every column, I swear. I literally laughed out loud at both the “Hi Dad!” and the “Sloane Danger” references!
Suppose that Kate had a rough night last night.
Suppose that her 14-week-old baby wasn’t feeling well, or that Kate wasn’t feeling well, or that for whatever reason, she didn’t get much sleep. From my POV, Kate has two choices:
1. Go to the engagement.
Outcomes: Show your support for a good cause, meet with dedicated volunteers and thank them for their service, make people’s day when they see you in a subway station on their way to work, potentially get criticized in the tabloids for not looking your absolute best.
2. Skip the engagement.
Outcomes: Disappoint volunteers that were looking forward to meeting you, disappoint the Poppy Legion who was counting on your support, get criticized in the tabloids for being lazy or disinterested in charity.
So what would you choose? If you knew you’d be criticized regardless of your choice, doesn’t it make more sense to meet people and do good along the way?
“Per Centrepoint the inclusion of the Duchess’s name on the Winter Whites Gala invitation was an error. She was never scheduled to attend.”Victoria Arbiter (link)
“Tried to photograph Harry and Cressida today but was aggresively held back by a Met Police officer on the grounds I looked like a terrorist.”
I´m usually not too keen on the paps, but this is unacceptable. They have to find another way to deal with this. Calling someone a terrorist, although they´ve known him for years is ridiculous as well.
… Was he aggressively perusing them and using aggressive language to get the photo op?
My guess would be no - this is the same guy who saw Kate arriving at the Lindo Wing in labor and declined to take a picture. I don’t know anything about his day-to-day behavior, but I think he’s a good guy based on that.
young Kate Middleton and Prince William
OMG THIS IS PERFECT HOW CAN YOU NOT REBLOG
I LOVE THIS.
Just noting that there are at least 32,000 people that think this is real.
100,000 PEOPLE damn you Alison Jacksonnnnn
I missed the big argument last night, and I just wanted to add in my own two cents. I think you can have a “fandom” about anything, whether it’s real people, fictional people, places, things, whatever. (I think the OP agrees with that, too, if you read some of her later arguments.) The term “fandom” is an abbreviation for “fanatic domain,” so as long as you can be fanatic about something, and you can find other people that are also fanatic about it, you’ve got yourself a “fandom.” I think the OP’s main point was that the royals didn’t choose to be celebrities - which we can all agree with - but she erred by saying that we’re “not watching them professionally (i.e., through the medium of music or acting, but just what they’re doing in their day-to-day lives).” When it comes to the royals, BEING ROYAL is their profession, so by following their day-to-day engagements, we are following their professional lives. (Now, this obviously doesn’t apply to pictures of Eugenie walking around NY or Harry exiting nightclubs, but the OP never suggested that a fandom had to follow their subjects’ professional lives exclusively.)
All of that being said, I’ll be honest - I HATE the term “fandom.” Does anyone else feel the same way?! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the community that we’ve put together here and the sense of camaraderie between royal bloggers, but to me, the word “fandom” has a connotation of immaturity that I just don’t like. That’s why I don’t use “fandom” on either of my blogs - I prefer to replace it with “community of royal bloggers” or simply “my royal watcher friends” :)
Hello Ava! :-)
I have no idea about whether or not the Middleton’s are closer to one side vs another. Anyone else know?
It’s possible that they favor one side to the other - many families tend to do that, and I won’t pretend to know Michael and Carole’s private thoughts - but I definitely don’t think it’s true that Carole doesn’t talk to Michael’s family. When the Midds went to the Cirque du Soleil show on Kate’s 31st birthday in January, there were at least two of the Middleton cousins with them. Everyone looked comfortable/cozy sitting next to each other, and if they weren’t close, I don’t think they would’ve been invited in the first place.