In Defense Of The Topless Duchess

Image: TIME Magazine

Another day, another royal scandal.

As Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, continue on their Diamond Jubilee tour of Asia–today’s stop, Kuala Lumpur–the French magazine Closer published topless photos of Kate from a private vacation with William last week.  On holiday in southern France, the world famous young couple enjoyed their stay at a private hunting lodge, seemingly unbeknownst to the paparazzi lurking in the bushes.

The photos, taken as the couple sunbathed on a deck, feature the Duchess removing her bikini top presumably to avoid tan lines and enjoying some private time with her husband.  There is nothing sexual or deviant about the pictures of one of the most famous women in the world doing what so many ladies do while soaking up the sun.  How many of us have removed a bathing suit top or undone halter straps to avoid the unsightly white-to-tan skin contrast?

But that’s not the point.

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Inspirational Princesses And Bloggers

Fifteen years ago today, my family gathered around the television for a breaking news story: Diana, Princess of Wales had been in a car accident in Paris.  I was 12 and not at all interested in the Royal Family, but we were glued to the news channel.  My mom stayed up well into the night watching the coverage and when the announcement was made that the princess had died, she took it especially hard because she was only one year older than Diana and I was one year younger than Prince Harry.

Diana, Princess of Wales
July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997

The world mourned the death of the People’s Princess.  Thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace to pay their respects by leaving photos, bouquets, and fallen tears along the gates.  At the time, I didn’t get why everyone was so upset.  Yes, a young mother had died in a horrific way, but it’s not like any of these people actually knew her.

I understand now.

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The Wonderland Registry (June 2012)

It’s officially summertime in the Northern Hemisphere.  The June gloom clouds have finally parted to unveil beautiful, clear blue skies.  The nights are warmer and heavy blankets are no longer needed to keep you comfortable.  Songs of surfing and summer romance begin to pop up on the radio.  It’s a great time of year to get outside, enjoy some barbecue cookouts, and soak up some sun.  Provided you are wearing SPF of course.

It’s also time for the June edition of the Wonderland Registry.  So without further ado…

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