Intro for September 12, 2013
Prince William and Princess Catherine will attend the Tusk Trust gala tonight. It’ll be Kate’s first time in a ball gown since giving birth to Little G. Those photos will be posted as soon as they’re available. It was also officially announced today that William is leaving the Royal Air Force after over 7 years of service. So what’s he doing next? They don’t know. They’re calling it a “transitional year” and that he still has to figure out his new job description. In other words, he’s taking a year off. Must be nice. Here’s the official statement from the Palace:
"His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is to leave operational service in the Armed Forces. He completes his Tour with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force at RAF Valley, Anglesey, after more than seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service.
He will continue to support the work of the Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with The Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duke will work closely over the next 12 months with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species.
The Duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces.
The Duke is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George are expected to move into their official residence at Kensington Palace within the next few weeks."
I see what you did there, ending the statement with a reference to Little G to distract everyone from the real message – that even though he’ll no longer be in Wales flying helicopters, his royal duties schedule will not increase. What’s he going to do with all that free time? Make another baby!
Did you note the use of the capital “T” before Duke and Duchess? When I worked at The University of British Columbia, editing fund development correspondence for then University president Martha Piper, it was an error I was always correcting – changing the lower case “t” to an upper case “T” whenever the university was listed out in full. It’s not consistent across institutions. For example, the University of Toronto – to my knowledge – does not capitalise the “t”. Since then, I’ve been hyper-aware of “T” stylisation. The royals, as you can see, take the upper case, naturally. If I had a title, I would too. Like, The Dean of the Faculty of Celebrity Studies looks way better than the Dean of the Faculty of Celebrity Studies. Pretentious? Hell yes. That’s the whole point.
Yours in gossip,