This country can be insane, but what a joy to see a WWII Honor Flight deplane this morning to as much pomp and circumstance as they deserve. (at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA))
Kate should thank her lucky stars she is expectant in the year 2013. Life would have looked quite different if she was delivering in 500 years ago.
Superstitions and royal edicts would have demanded she lie in a darkened room for weeks on end, with a roaring fire in the grate regardless of the sweltering July temperatures.
And in the past up to 70 people would be present when future monarchs were born, so that they could verify there had been no skulduggery such as an infant impostor being substituted in the royal bedchamber.
Archbishops, Cabinet ministers and courtiers were among the dignitaries who would be expected to witness royal births in times past.
Throughout history, royal births have been anything but private (at one time courtiers even witnessed the consummation of royal marriages) and no-one suffered worse indignity than Mary of Modena, wife of King James II.
When she gave birth to her son James in 1688 the country was awash with rumours that she was not really pregnant and that a baby had been smuggled into her bed in a warming pan or through a secret panel in the headboard.
In an attempt to put paid to such gossip, 70 of the most eminent figures in the land attended the birth in St James’s Palace, so that their testimonies could be published.
In 2013? She just has to put up with lovely chaps like this.
You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? Curious.