Prince William of Wales: Can he save the British throne?

When Prince William was still a little boy, everybody predicted he would bypass his father, Charles, the Prince of Wales, for the Kingship. The monarchy, apart from being an institution, is a symbol, a mystical symbol greatly portrayed to be magical that binds people and nation together and needed a monarch who can connect well with the masses. Though Prince Charles is very serious with his future role and slowly winning public support after the death of his first wife, Diana, he still needs a popularity machine running on his side. He already disappointed the public by conducting an extra marital affair with another married woman Camilla Parker Bowles while still married to the late Princess of Wales and even thwarted some supporters when he made his mistress his second wife.

Currently, William outshines his father in popularity, though Buckingham palace officials made it clear that the future of the monarchy did not rely on popularity contest, some royalists acknowledged the irony. The courtiers, whose main responsibility in life is to protect the crown and its heirs, are quite aware how the machine of the popularity poll plays significantly in creating or knocking the next ruler. Partly, the throne relies on public approvals. It was the sticking point of King Edward VIII’s fate on the kingship when in 1936 after the brewing issues of divorce and morality, he voluntarily abdicated. Legally, he could remain King and still marry his twice divorce American lover, Wallis Simpson, but this would lose his subjects’ regard and support.

After the polls result and the commonwealth ministers’ verdict that it could be damaging to the throne if he will proceeds in marriage with Mrs. Simpson whom the British people refused to accept as their Queen, the King, who was once considered as the most famous Prince of Wales in British history, gave up the throne and forced to live in exile with Wallis, whom his family despised and dismissively branded as “Edward’s unholy lover”. They married several months later in a simple wedding ceremony in Paris, France, none of the royal family members attended, although, he wanted to invite his closest cousin, Lord Mountbatten, and his 3 brothers including the recently ascended King, the British government discouraged it, as it might attract another controversy. He was created "Duke of Windsor" by his brother, King George VI.

As a direct successor to the British throne, William carries the heavy burden of duty and tradition and simply being an independent person, he could not just choose what kind of life he would take for he knows what prize he would pay if he failed to please his future subjects. He knows also that the public took his mother’s side during her stormy relationship with Charles and embraced her vulnerabilities, a well-written proof that public fascinations always carry a strong impact in promoting good public image and gaining approvals. It is best to note that the Prince is beginning to realize how important it is to have the support of the masses. His social nature added to his glamour and sex appeal, he can walk through the crowd without being intimidated, though there are reports that privately, William is a shy person and resented the media, he gradually overcome it and become gracious and accommodating in front of the camera.

When he was still a small boy, the role of a monarch terrified him that he confided to his mother he does not want to become a King. He fretted lensmen and paparazzi who tailed him wherever he go. At one point while attending his first dance ball at the age of 14, he was nervous and conscious, he later on recalled the event to his mother: "A lot of girls in the party wanted to kiss me but I didn't do anything because cameras are everywhere"(from the book Prince William: the boy who will be king by Randi Reisfeld). The incident made the teen Prince realized how to be more discreet in public. Today, the boy who was once affectionately called by Diana as Wombat, hugged his future role with dedication. 

He devoted his life with various military trainings and took some royal engagements at times, including charity campaigns which made famous his late mother famous. While waiting his destiny, Buckingham palace officials maintained that the popular prince will not bear any independent noble title at the moment, as this might complicate with his future title as Prince of Wales. He will be continually using his father's geographical name(Wales) in all his official documents because as a royal prince he need not have to use any surname. But when needs arise (to use a surname) like marriage entries, he will have to use his family's name Mountbatten-Windsor.

The divorce of William's parents in 1996 further cemented people's claim for Charles' exclusion in the succession. For the world who adored fairytale stories bombarded by Hans Christian Andersen, Wilhelm & Jacob Grimm et al., it seemed that happy ending is prevalent in the continuation of the monarchy. Now all eyes are set for the 28 year-old Prince who possessed all the qualities of a fairytale ruler. The chaos surrounding the throne weighed heavily on his shoulder, he is expected to uphold the mystique of their existence, so "Can he save the British throne from crumbling?"

According to the powerful British media, the handsome eldest son of Diana has all the making of a good king, he has this beguiling personality that drew people closer to him like a magnet. He inherited his mother's sapphire blue eyes together with the Spencer looks, he is well-educated, having been graduated with flying colors at St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland with a degree in AB Geography with upper-class honors, because of such rare honor distinction he was awarded with a Scottish Master of Arts degree. He is the only British heir and all Commonwealth of Nations and other realms successor to earn such a highest educational attainment. He passed with excellence at the elite Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England in 2006, he earned his wings at the Royal Air Force unit of British military in Scotland and lately, as as Search and Rescue Operation pilot.

Unlike his father, grandmother and great grandfather who received lessons in the palace with private tutors while still young, William matriculated in the nursery school like a commoner. His mother fought hard with the palace rules to rear William like a normal human being so that he has a better understanding of the outside world. Prince William is slowly steering his future destiny to a different environment in response to the call of times. With the never-ending dilemma on whether the British people would truly accept the future reign of CHARLES III, public opinion in the past revealed that Her Majesty should appoint Prince William as her successor. The survival of the monarchy partly relies on public approvals, the firm (Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s term for the monarchy) needed somebody who is acceptable to the British public. Prince William has it all. The only precaution he would take is to avoid the marriage disaster his parents gone through.

He is the current link to the old royal houses of Europe through his father's ancestors Queen Victoria of Britain, King Christian IX of Denmark, Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and through his mother's ancestors King Charles II of Britain and King Henry IV of France and Napoleon Bonaparte. The current crown heads of Europe are all his relatives: King Albert II of Belgium, Queen Magrethe II of Denmark, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, King Harald V of Norway, King Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Queen Sophia, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Hans of Leichtenstein and Prince Albert of Monaco. He is also related to at least 2 US presidents: George Washington and George W. Bush through his maternal ancestor, the American billionaire Frances Work, in addition to that his maternal grand father, the late Earl Spencer, was a distant cousin of British war hero and Prime Minister Winston Churchill through their common ancestor the Duke of Marlborough.

With his remarkable pedigree coupled with his charm and sex appeal, there's no doubt that the future reigns of King William V will be a celebration of pomp, pageantry and magic with a golden touch of a modern fairy tale. But while waiting his destiny, the British throne is walking a tightrope of intrigues and controversies. Since the death of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, the monarchy seems lost its luster and popularity and the once revered crown is facing a difficult period of winning back the trust and adulation of the subjects. British subjects even voiced out their desire for the changing of their constitution and republicans seem are growing in numbers. The question is, can the throne survive? how long will it take before the monarchy revive its magic to the public? What will be the next move of the palace to take back the public fascination they’ve lost. Now, it is time for Prince William to take the center stage for the fairytale to continue.

His story has just began…

Trip to Monaco

A few days ago i made a Trip over the Weekend to Nice and Monaco. Due to much traffic we arrvied later then planned only on Saturday around noon in setead of the morning so the Trip to Monaco was postponed from Saturday afternoon to Sunday mornining. This meant that i could not go into the Kathedral because there was Mess. I then visited the Grande Appartements at the Palace and walked through the beautiful Town and the Jardins St. Martin.

The Flagg waving at one of the
Towers of the Palace

Memorial for the Silver Jubilee of
HSH Prince Albert I. in 1914

Statue of the monk François Grimaldi

from left: The Palais de Justice, the Oceanographic Museum, the Cathedral

Statue of HSH Prince Albert I. in
the Jardins St. Martin

Chocolate & White Buttercream Cake

South Padre Island Wedding & Groom's Cake

1st tier: chocolate mocha sour cream cake iced with chocolate mocha buttercream.
2nd tier: butter cake iced with white buttercream.
3rd tier: chocolate mocha sour cream cake iced with chocolate mocha buttercream.
Cake by Mommidy.

Wallerstein Castle

On my Way back home from the Wedding of Prince Karl-Emich zu Leiningen and Countess Isabelle von und zu Egloffstein i made a stop at Wallerstein where the Princely Family of Oettingen-Wallerstein is located. As the Family lives in it it can not be visited.

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Residence Castle Oettingen

On Saturday afternoon after having been at Pappenheim for the Wedding of Prince Karl-Emich zu Leiningen and Countess Isabelle von und zu Egloffstein i travelled to Pappenheim where i visted the Residence Castle. The Castle between 1679 and 1687 for the Fürsten zu Oettingen-Spielberg, and it still belongs to the Family. In the 1950's the Castle was opened for the public and there are guided Tours where one can see the Former living rooms of the Family among them the Golden Room, the Red Room and the Golden Hall. In the Festival Hall are Concerts every Summer.

Princely Wedding at Pappenheim

On 07. June 2008 the religious Wedding of Prince Karl-Emich zu Leiningen and Countess Isabelle von und zu Egloffsgtein took place at Pappenheim. The couple had already married civil on 08. Septemberg 2007 at Amorbach. For the groom it is already the third marriage after his first marriage to Princess Margarita zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen, who died in an car-crash in 1989, and his second marriage to Gabriele Thyssen who ended in divorce in 1998. The protestant Service took place at the Klosterkirche at Pappenheim which is in the posession of the brides Family. The Family walked from the Old Castle along a long green carpet to the Church. First in the procession was the groom accompanied by his mother-in-law, Countess Iniga von und zu Egloffstein, followed by the grooms 2 daughters and the siblings of the bride. From the grooms Family nobody was present, aprt from his 2 daughter
Short later arrived the bride accompanied by her father, Count Albrecht von und zu Egloffstein.
After the 1 hour Service the bridal couple followed by the Family and all the guests walked over the green carpet to the Old Castle where an reception took place.
Among the royal guest where

  • Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia
  • Prince Jean of Fance, Duke of Vendôme
  • Prince Eudes and Princess Marie-Liesse of France, Duke and Duchess of Angoulême
  • Duke Eugen and Duke Alexander of Württemberg
  • Fürst Hubertus and Fürstin Alexandra Fugger von Babenhausen
  • Hereditary Prince Ludwig and Hereditary Princess Elisabeth zu Löwenstein-Wertheim- Freudenberg with daughters Sophie and Amelie
  • Hereditary Prince Maximilian and Hereditary Princess Marissa zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg
  • Hereditary Prince Carl-Fedinand and Hereditary Princess Elna-Margret zu Bentheim und Steinfurt
  • Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach with wife Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern
  • Andreas and Kira Marina von Bismarck with daughters
  • Prince Maximilian and Princess Sophie zu Ysenburg und Büdingen
  • Hereditary Count Franz Clemens and Hereditary Countess Stephanie zu Waldburg- Zeil-Hohenems
  • Prince Albrecht of Hohenzollern
  • Fürst Karl and Fürstin Katharina of Wrede with daughter-in-law Katalin
  • Count Matthias and Countess Christiane zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
  • Prince Johannes zu Hohenlohe-Jagstberg.

Arrival of the groom, Prince Karl.Emich zu Leiningen and
his mother-in-law, Countess Ingia von und zu Egloffstein

first picture: Princess Theresa and Princess Cecilie zu Leiningen the groom's daughters

Arrival of the bride, Countess Isabelle von und zu Egloffstein
together with her father, Count Albrecht

Prince Eudes and Princess Marie-Liesse of France, Duke and Duchess of Angoulême

Count Andreas and Countess Isa of Hardenberg

Hereditary Count Franz-Clemens and Hereditary
Countess Stephanie of Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems

Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia

Hereditary Prine Maximilian and Hereditary
Princess Marissa zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg

Count Ludwig and Countess Stephanie of
Waldburg zu Wolfegg and Waldsee

Fürst Hubertus and Fürstin Alexandra Fugger of
Babenhausen, in the first picture together with
Prince Albrecht of Hohenzollern

Hereditary Prince Carl-Ferdinand and Hereditary
Princess Elna-Margret zu Bentheim and Steinfurt

Hereditary Prince Ludwig and Hereditary Princess
Elisabeth zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg

Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach and his wife
Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern