On Friday, April 29, 2011, the world tuned into Westminster Abbey in London, England. That was the auspicious date of Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton. Princess Kate was resplendent in a dress that evoked memories of Grace Kelly, even for those of us who had none. Oh sure, we know that she is officially Duchess Catherine, but Kate will always be our princess.
Will's Kate was dubbed a duchess by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II of England. This year, it is all about QE2. She is now the Diamond Jubilee Queen, meaning that she has been ruling over her realm for 60 years. England's only other Diamond Jubilee Queen was Queen Victoria.
Last night, Katie Couric sat down with those closest to Queen Elizabeth to learn more about the woman behind the crown. She spoke with a range of royal subjects and family members including Fergie's daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York. Yes, the ones who wore the most ridiculous fascinator headpieces to their cousin William's wedding.
Couric's most exciting conversations were with Prince William and Prince Harry. The princes gave supporters a rare glimpse behind the royal curtains. They were dashing, personable, and funny. The ABC special, "The Jubilee Queen With Katie Couric" also included footage of milestones and personal moments from the life of the royal family over the past 100 years.
His Royal Highness Prince William is, of course, the 29-year-old son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. The monarch spoke candidly about his regal grandmother, his late mother, his beloved bride, and even his grandfather, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As for when he would be gifting the world with a royal heir, the prince was, in his words, "tight lipped."
"I'm just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future," Wills said. Surprisingly, the elder prince was not the only one looking forward to child rearing. His little brother Harry is looking forward to settling down, as well.
Handsome Harry told Couric: "I've longed for kids since I was very, very young. I'm just waiting to find the right person, someone who's willing to take the job." It's a fairly sure bet at that moment almost every young woman in England raised her hand shouting, "Yes, please."
Both princes revealed that they missed their mom on William's wedding day. It was a sweet and touching interview about "Granny" that was infinitely more entertaining than all of the films and documentaries meant to shed light on this usually close-lipped clan.
More from this Contributor