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The Many Faces of the Duchess of Cambridge

February 6, 2013

There has always been a bit of the stiff upper lip about the royal family. At least that has been how they have been portrayed. For instance, the stereotype of Queen Victoria’s “We are not amused”.
But when someone marries into the old firm they probably don’t have the years of training that’s required to pull off that aura of regal majesty. Princess Di was young, and all too human, and I’m not sure the Queen ever forgave her for it. So how will the Duchess of Cambridge manage with all the stresses and contradictions of Royal life. It’s early days yet, but maybe there are some clues in all the pictures that have been taken of her and all of the facial expressions that have been seen in those pictures.
Here’s some pictures of Kate where I extracted just her out of a slide show published by Vanity Fair (http://www.vanityfair.com/society/2013/01/kate-middleton-royal-pregnancy-lols-humor#slide=1). The pictures included captions that were supposed to be fun but I’ll admit to being not amused by most of them.
Here’s a picture of Kate looking rather determined. Think of Richard III launching his attack on the soon to be Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
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And here is an expression that I interpret as somewhere between uncertain, disbelieving, and forceful.
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She knows how to laugh.
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And sometimes she glows, and I don’t think it’s just the make-up.
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Sometimes she can be playful (I cropped out the kids in this picture).
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And you can’t help feeling that there is some sadness there (and who chose the hat?).
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But above all there is determination.
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and focus.
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and something altogether wistful.
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With all these expressions, perhaps the Duchess could have been a great actress, and perhaps that’s what her job calls for.
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