Another Royal Baby | Name + Royal Title Predictions

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Howdy!

Last year, I wrote a post about Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden had welcomed their second son, Prince Gabriel and of course how I felt about the announcement of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting their third child. Before I started writing this, I decided to reread what I had predicted and I was really convinced that they were having a girl and I was a bit shocked when The Duchess had Prince Louis, but in the end I grew into the fact that I was wrong. I mean, I was even wrong with my nephew’s gender too!

I just want to say before we really start on this post. Everything below are just some of my thinking of what could happen next spring. It could all change and I would be thrilled either way! I’m just a fan and mini historian of the royals so I wanted to air out some of my thoughts today, so I hope you enjoy this little read.

Now we know that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now expecting their first child! I didn’t have to look it up on Facebook, it was the first thing my mom told me after getting me up to go to the bathroom the morning the news broke! I am really excited for another royal baby, but I feel so bad for Meghan as her family will definitely want to ante up on their tactics to not only speak to her but see their grandchild, niece or nephew and the tabloids are just going to eat it up as it continues on!

Since it is very early to be talking about what kind of names could the Duke and Duchess use for their child. I always wonder if it would be easier to guess the names if you knew what the gender was, but with the royal family, you can never really know what they like or not as I’ve found out recently! There is the possibility of them using their mothers for inspiration. Since The Prince Of Wales, basically was generous enough to walk Meghan down the aisle of the wedding, there’s a big possibility that “Charles” would be in the top 10, but I really doubt the name “Thomas” will be used at all, for obvious reasons! And then I wonder if they would choose an American name in there? There’s just a lot to think about when it comes to names, so that’s why I will wait a bit to say what kind of names I like and could be in the running for their baby.

Lastly, there has been some talk about whether or not this baby will be given princely titles. My mom and I got on the discussion about this recently and I had to explain the different scenarios. Could their child have a royal title? It honestly really depends. There have been websites stating the fact that yes, it can be done but only if Queen Elizabeth says so, but that’s not exactly true either!

Despite the fact that Prince Harry was given a dukedom when he got married, that doesn’t exactly mean they’re children will have princely titles. The best example of this is Prince Michael, Duke of Kent and his wife The Princess of Kent. As you can see, even though he is a “Prince” as a first cousin to Queen Elizabeth, his children are actually called Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor. The Duke conducts royal engagements for the Queen to this day, but his children do not as they are far in the royal line. So, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle children will either be a Lord or Lady most likely.

There is a possibility that Queen Elizabeth could give their child a title, yes, but even if she doesn’t, it doesn’t mean that it could never happen at all. One thing to keep in mind if they were to have a son, is that when Prince Harry passes, his dukedom will be transferred over to the eldest son, thus becoming the 2nd Duke of Sussex. Now there is another way, but it is a long shot; since Harry is still very close to his maternal uncle Charles Spencer, 9th Earl of Spencer, again this is where having a son can help carry on the family titles, he could inherit the Earl’s title. However, their a couple of difficulties as Earl has two sons, the Louis Spencer, Viscount of Althorp and The Honourable Edmund Spencer. And there’s the chance that the earldom could be transferred to Prince Louis of Cambridge instead. So the chances of The Duke’s son gaining those family titles are pretty slim but it could happen and has in the past. After Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, older brother Prince Ernest of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha died without having a son, The Queen and Prince Consort’s second son Prince Alfred was awarded the Dukedom in 1893.

Personally, I am on the fence about their children having any royal titles. One thing that I’ve noticed about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is that they are really laid back compared to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mostly because that line of succession is basically secured with their children behind them. According to news outlets, Prince Harry has been saying that they want to raise their family out of the limelight, which I don’t really see this being a possibility, because people are fairly obsessed with the both of them, it’s only going to get bigger when this child or any more are born in the near future.

However personally, this child could be raised somewhat normal, kind of like the Princess Royal’s children and grandchildren. They do not have any titles and live their lives, with that exception of the public knowing everything. Since they will all be apart of the younger generation of the Royal House of Windsor, they definitely will have people watching their every move so it wouldn’t really matter if they had a title after all.

So, what do you think about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex expecting their first child? Do you have any early name guesses? What do you think about a royal title for the little royal?

snowflake

What Is My Happy Place?

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Howdy!

As promised in my post of Alison Wonderland’s album review, I’m talking about my happy place.

I actually had some issues when it came to putting a title together, I kept second guessing myself with saying either “what” or “where” is my happy place, because for many people out there, that exact place may not even exist. Maybe at one point of time, but it’s not there anymore.

So what is mine? It’s kind of like asking what my ideal day would be, it’s a hard question to answer. For most people, they’d probably say it would either be outside with the cats or sitting in front of my laptop, blogging, tweeting on end and I can’t blame them for automatically assuming those statuses, but it’s far from the truth.

As you may know, I love both history and music a lot. I do a massive amount of research for both topics on a weekly basis, because I am so interested in them, but not a lot of people know the back stories of them though and why I won’t exactly go to school for either subject, and that’s what I’m going to be discussing in today’s post.


First off, history. I’ve always been into various areas of history since elementary school. I remember learning about Pompeii while I was in third grade, we were given these little magazines and our teacher allowed us to look through and it had dinosaurs in it – this was before scientists were brave enough to tell us kids that they are more related to birds, and so had feathers! Anywho, it also had a section about the burnt bodies of both Pompeii and Herculean. I wasn’t allowed to watch too much gore-y stuff on TV at this time, but something about this was fascinating to me! I cannot tell you how many documentaries I’ve watched over the years about this one event.

I’ve never really been interested in learning American history. In my defense, having to take history classes every year was a little annoying! It was forced down your throat and it never became fun until I hit both of my sophomore and junior years of high school. I had World History and U.S. History, and even though we only had two weeks to learn one section at a time, I actually had pretty good grades in both of those classes!

Now you’re probably wondering how did my obsession for the British royals come about? Well, I like to throw the blame at my mom because she loved Lady Diana Spencer and still hates Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall! Honestly though, I wasn’t really interested in the royals as a kid. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I watched The Other Boleyn Girl and I was really curious about these early royals. At the end of the film, it gives you little pieces of information of what happened next and discusses Queen Elizabeth and it placed an “I” after her name and I did not what that meant and I kind of got curious about who was the second Queen Elizabeth and that’s how it happened!

Now let’s talk about the music part.

I had different family members trying to influence me in some way, but I don’t think anybody wiggled their way through the maze better than my mother! Since she was a teenager in the 1980’s, she was into the early days of hip hop and so I was given N.W.A., The Notorious B.I.G., and Salt n Pepa at a very young age. I was very much into West Coast rap music  because of her. She also got me into Mariah Carey and Prince too. So it was a whole array of different music coming and going whenever I was around her.

The runner up of the pack would have been my papaw. I have a lot memories of him listening to his fairly large stereo system in the living room. My nana hated it because he would have the volume up pretty loud, Christmas at my grandparent’s was interesting from time to time because it was sort of a tradition to have a Stan Kenton holiday album playing as everybody was unwrapping their gifts, but towards the early 00’s, his stereo suddenly stopped working altogether. He always said something was broken. He used to have a LOT of records, mostly of Stan Kenton, but he also had some Nat King Cole in there too, which I’ve always found interesting but in his defense, my papaw liked playing the piano so he generally wanted to learn to anybody who was good at that specific instrument.

Once I was in school, I was always influenced by what my friends were listening to, which is probably how I got into the boy bands. I actually don’t remember how I came about the Backstreet Boys. And I usually remember everybody’s origin story if you will, so the fact that I cannot figure it out is weird to me. Anyways, once I hit the end of high school and discovered the joy of rock music, I really dived into the genre as a whole and since I had nobody else, that was really telling me to check these bands out, I really got to do the learning all by myself and in those five years, I can safely say that I respect the pioneers but enjoy the modern rockers and different subgenres.

So these are my happy places, discovering new music for not only myself but for other people, which is one of the reasons why I was so into the idea of adding “music” to my normal routine on here! As for learning and speaking about different parts of history, especially the royal department, I am getting more comfortable about discussing it online but not exactly on here yet. That’s why I enjoy creating different themes with History Of Royal Women, because it’s a place where I can truly be out in the open with myself. They both have ways to keep me happy and distracted at times too!

What is your happy place?

snowflake

The New Royal Baby!

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Hi 🙂

I have to say I did not plan on having two royal posts going up this month. It just sort of happened on accident!

On the fourth of September, I was mainly excited for the fact that the public would finally be told of Sweden’s new royal baby that was born on August 31st. Prince Carl Philip (the only son of King Carl Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia) and his wife Princess Sofia had their second child, a baby boy! They didn’t say what his name was until four days later after the King and heir apparent Crown Princess Victoria, announced that his name was Gabriel Carl Wurther, Duke of Dalarna.

All throughout the weekend, I had been trying to figure out what exactly they would name him. I looked through the previous Swedish kings (and queens) to see if there would be some good possibilities, but all three of King Gustaf’s children have used a royal name as a part of their middle names–not a first–only Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel’s second child Prince Oscar uses a former king’s first name.

So I had a tough time figuring out if I should stick with my first choice which was Gustav or go another route. I think my full guess was “Gustav Johan Folke”. I was happy of the choice of names for the little Prince though! I did get the “G” right! I’d like to know where they came up with both “Gabriel” and “Wurther” though, they might be the ones they liked the most or could be family names on Princess Sofia’s side. Now that we know about Princess Madeleine’s pregnant, I can start making some guesses on this upcoming Prince or Princess of Sweden!

After going on Facebook that morning, I actually spent a good five minutes trying to not to fall off my bed because the first thing I saw was that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child as well! I had actually seen an article like two weeks ago about people were betting that Buckingham Palace was going to announce something big soon. They were going back and forth between a new baby or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, now we know!

My friend Gail had sent me a comment after I sent my mom the announcement of Prince Gabriel’s name and she asked what I was thinking for this new baby’s name would be. She and I were going through our favorite names, like Alexandra, Henry, and Arthur. We were discussing the fact that if it is a girl and she has the name “Camilla” everybody would be pissed! Honestly, I think Camilla is a cute name but I understand the reasons why it would be a name that people wouldn’t enjoy for a royal princess. Gail already has two combinations she likes: Alexandra Victoria Mary and James Albert Philip.

I’m thankful I have over seven to eight months left to figure out my combination. I’m dead set on Catherine having another girl though, so I’ve picked Caroline or Mary, mostly because “Caroline” starts with a “C” and “Mary” is from Prince William’s great-great-grandmother Queen Mary. However, there’s a slight difference between the British and Swedish royals. The British royal family will probably name their children after a royal ancestor, Prince George is named after both King George V and King George VI (even though his real name was “Albert”) and the name Charlotte has been used for Charlotte, The Princess Royal (daughter of King George III) so there’s a good chance that they will recycle a name.

There are many, many names that could be used to name this baby. Someone has noticed that Prince William and Princess Catherine have gone with Georgian era names and I found that both of my names guesses are apart of that list. I would like to see “Cecily” come back. The name hasn’t been used since Cecily of York, the younger sister of King Henry VII’s wife Elizabeth of York. After the House of York died out, apparently so did the name in the royal family. A name for a boy that is still a favorite is “Edmund” and it’s cute and a strong British name. The last time a prince was called “Edmund” was the last boy of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, who named him after Henry’s father Edmund Tudor. I’d like to see another Princess Victoria though, it hasn’t been used since Victoria, The Princess Royal (Queen Victoria’s oldest daughter) and I really like it! If they hadn’t used “Elizabeth” with Princess Charlotte, I would have said Victoria Elizabeth Mary as my favorite combination. However, the one combination that has been popping up in my head the most is Mary Augusta Frances.

I honestly don’t see them using a name that somebody in the royal family already has like “James” and it is a contender among people nowadays, but since Prince William’s younger cousin (Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex) is James, Viscount Severn. It is also Catherine’s younger brother’s name as well! I don’t really see it happening, but I kind of feel the same about Henry too, it’s only if he is called “Henry” and not “Harry” like his uncle I don’t think it wouldn’t be so bad.  If they do decide on using either one, I think it would be as a one of two middle names.

I think this will be a hard thing to figure out, because I’m honestly looking for roughly 12 names at one time! I have two separate babies from two different countries. So I’m being pulled into looking for traditional British names and nice, strong, original, Swedish names for the other. It’ll be very confusing once I get it all going, but I’m actually excited about it too!

Are you curious about what The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will name their new baby? Did you have any guesses for Sweden’s newest royal baby’s name?

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Book Review: “The Ring And The Crown” by Melissa de la Cruz

17200974_1190394871070094_2385203544738160469_nBack in April, I got a chance to purchase a new book! I found it at Wal-Mart for about $8 and it was called “The Ring And The Crown” by the author Melissa de la Cruz. If she sounds familiar, she’s written the Blue Bloods and Witches Of East End series. I immediately recognized her name so my exceptions were already high to begin with, but it wasn’t long before this book wasn’t hitting that mark.

The book starts with Aewlyn and shows how much power she has and how she can control it since she’s been away to Avalon. The second character is Princess Marie-Victoria who is heir apparent to the Lily Throne, while her mother Queen Eleanor and her magical adviser Merlin (and Aewlyn’s father) at her side. Marie has been plagued with sickness throughout her life so she’s still quite frail but as heir she will do her duty to the people of London. However, she does not want to, plus she doesn’t even want to marry the Prussian Prince Leopold after he opened Pandora’s box to win the war – in an act to bring peace to both sides, these two will have to marry to secure the alliance.

However, there are more characters included into the story than besides these five people. You have Prince Wolf, who is Leo’s brother, Isabelle of Orleans, who was arranged to marry Leo as a child while her father was still alive to secure the family fortune and an American named Ronan who comes to the season searching for not only a husband but a title to help her secure her family name as well! And this is where the review turns a little sour. So if you haven’t read it yet, I don’t suggest you to continue reading this next section!

There are a lot of pros and cons to the story. I liked the outline of the ball, magic and the two main characters, but there were unfortunately too many cons in the story as well! The amount of characters and their roles with each other can be extremely confusing if you’re not careful. I think Isabelle could have been just a mistress to Leo and that’s it, but instead her story line is as big as Marie. And I felt Ronan and Wolf could have been a separate story altogether.

One of the biggest things with the plot that I had trouble wrapping my brain around was the time frame. It talks about London and the Prussian Empire but there is not a direct date and I know because it’s a fictionalized story it shouldn’t matter, but if you’re going to talk about King Henry VII in certain sections, you need to be more clear on where it is at that time for all of these characters. Melissa gives you more descriptions on the fashion and magic, but the most important part of the story is missing!

Despite the fact that I have written out this book review, I have not finished the book. I still know what chapter I left off on, but I cannot continue to read it. I actually gave it a 2 on the Goodreads rating. I know my mom will think I let the reviews I read about the book itself has helped in my judgement but all they did was help me realize that not all books deserve a full 5 stars and if I don’t think a book is up to par then I need to stop.

If you’ve read the book, what were your thoughts on it? Did you ever finish it?

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Birthday Bash | Part 2

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Howdy!

So I know it seems a bit of a gap from the previous post of the birthday festivities, so if you would like refresh yourself here’s part one!

This post contains what my mom, Blondie, Brandon, and I did on the Saturday of my birthday week. My dad was supposed to go with us, but he was basically up and down the night before so he didn’t feel like going; in ways I felt weird it was only to be the three of us going to Evansville, and I really felt bad for Brandon considering he was the only male out of three females! Now he knows what my dad went through before he came into the picture!

I’ve been wanting to go back to Barnes & Noble when we first there in 2012. I would have been fine if my mom had just left me there! I’ve been looking forward to go back because I love being around books. Libraries make me feel a bit weary, mostly because of the amount of people I know that work in our hometown library, but I don’t necessarily get the same feeling as going into Barnes & Noble! There were a couple of things that were different from the first time around:

  1. I was in a manual wheelchair, so I was being pushed around.
  2. My mom and I literally went into every corner of the store!

The last time we were there, I had went online and actually looked up where my books would be located in the actual store. This time I didn’t and I actually liked that because I was able to see everything (well, almost!) but at first I wasn’t necessarily able to find anything I really liked or needed. My mom was finding books for herself and since she pushed me around, I would stop in the middle of looking for books for myself and she’d get into a daze whenever she’d find a book by an author she likes. I’m pretty sure we did this like three times! We were also sent there to find things for my nana too! So we were finding everything for them, but me… until I found a book from the opposite side of the floor..

There is one other book that I bought that wasn’t even on my list to begin with, sort of like the first book I bought, but I love anything on royalty I want to get it so in other words I caved!

When we first walked into the store though it was kind of funny, because poor Brandon had never been into a Barnes & Noble before, so this was his first experience! Once he was inside and he showed me a Marvel fact book (that I ended up buying for the both of us at the end of the trip!) and he basically took off from us, Blondie would go back and forth to us and find him throughout the store! He only bought a Funko toy of Batman. Blondie got like four books about serial killers – if you want to know what that’s about, you should read her new Odyssey article called Why I Chose The Not So Normal Major. 

I have been working on a secret project for the past month or so, and it’s one that I’ve been sort of afraid to discuss out loud but I figured I would share what I prompted this trip to Barnes & Noble in the first place.. I’m only missing one more book because I forgot to go back to get it before we left.

After checking out and realizing that not only did I leave there with only a $1.50 in my wallet, but my mom forgot about one of my books in the bag we grabbed when we first walked in the place, so she had to pay for it and so that meant I went over my budget which I have to say, I don’t care it’ll be worth it later! Anyways, when we got outside and my mom put me into the car, as Brandon was loading the wheelchair into the back I guess one of the wheels came off and at one point, my mom came at me and said, “okay, so no Steak n Shake for lunch”  but like a minute later Brandon snapped the wheel back onto the chair and she came back again and said, “ok, never mind he got it!” and we went to my favorite place to eat out.

15027654_10202150465081203_2052377124398795471_nThe last time we went there was when my friend Brittany surprised me with tickets to see Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown in concert back in May, still think that was pretty evil but I still love the place! Since that day I was in my papaw’s wheelchair, I was shorter and I was unable to feed myself at the table. There’s nothing worse than having somebody else feeding you when you’ve been able to do at home. So when it came to this visit, I was a bit worried but luckily I was at the same height as the table so I was able to eat like I do at home. I was very happy and usually whenever I get this chance, my anxiety will heighten as well because I’m usually worried about people watching me eat but I did not care! I was just ecstatic that I could feed myself – with the occasional spoonful of my milkshake whenever it wouldn’t go through my straw! It was a good lunch date!


The weekend before my birthday, our video store was holding a sale if you bought 10 movies you’d get them for $10, so I was really wanted to go because I knew I had exactly $10 in my wallet. So my mom and I went there Friday morning and went through the whole place because they can never put the ones on sale in their section to make things easier for us! I only found 5 movies out of the 10 and so we couldn’t get to do the actual sale, so that part sucked but I did purchase 5 different movies!

I also need to mention that there is always a perk that my birthday is the day after Halloween, because everything is on sale on my actual birthday! One year, my mom found me some skull napkins at the store and I think they’re too awesome so I’ve never used them! She saw this wreath at the dollar store and noticed the colors alone would make fall in love with it. It’s covered in purple bats, but I think it’s so cute! Right now, it’s located where we put my candy corn banner on my wall! I’m just happy, it makes less noise whenever the fan blows on that section of the room!

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So what do you think of the selection above? I might discuss a little bit more about three of the books I got, the reference books on a later post but don’t get your hopes up!

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Book Review: “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard

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Hey guys,

Okay, so as you can see I have read and finished a book this year! My first book of 2016! That..honestly doesn’t sound so exciting, but for me, it is! I didn’t (nor did my mom) think that I would go back to reading books. I say it a lot, but I need to start reading again. I really do! Coloring and reading keeps me away from my laptop and makes me take a break for an hour! And I think we all need those moments!

I’m a bit off subject, am I? Sorry about that!!

I found this book a few weeks ago, at the start of the month. It was at Walmart at a reduced price of $9.34; the original was $10.99. I knew it was on my TBR list, but I didn’t think I’d actually purchase a book. I should have grabbed the second while I had the chance! It’s okay though, I’m borrowing my cousin’s Harry Potter books at the moment!

I think I should come out and say, I’ve never read a book or series where the girl is the hero. I’ve only watched the movies where it’s like that! I know, I’m bad! I was a bit worried if I would like that or not, but from the time I started reading I kind of got sucked into it.

The story is of Mare Barrow who is a Red. She lives in a small village called the Slilts with other Reds like her and Silvers. Mare lives with her family, mother and father and younger Gisa who works in the square and three brothers, all fighting in the war.

Mare has one friend named Kilorn and he has a sticky situation. His master has died and now he has no job and is being the next to send off to war, but she has the idea of being smuggled out of the village by another friend Will, who is a local merchant. In the mist of finding a way out, she meets Farley, an important figure of The Scarlet Guard, a rebellious group of Reds fighting for equality from the royal and noble Silvers. In their escape plan to work, things go absolutely wrong and Mare runs away to the river and meets a strange, but warm person who she tries to pickpocket before heading home. Instead of yelling “thief” for everyone to hear, he learns more about her, but she only learns of his name Cal.

Everything is divided by their blood. She has red blood whereas others have silver-metallic blood. That’s not all that makes them special, they have “powers” different abilities like the controlling of elements: fire, water, and some of them can do things to you with their mind.

The land is ruled by a Silver king, Calore Tiberas, who has the power of fire. He’s wife Elara, is a whisper, she can go inside your mind and tell you do things against your will. He has two sons, Calore is his oldest and heir from his first first wife Queen Coriane, who was a singer. They can sing their way into making things happen. Youngest is Maven, who is the son of Elara and also shares his father and older brother’s power of pyro. The king is holding the Queenistral, which is for the nobles to offer up their daughters to the boys. Evangeline is the biggest candidate to be chosen and gets a chance to show off her powers in front of everyone and in the mist, something special happens to the least expected person there: Mare.

This is a good sci-fi, royalty book. I think it has the essences of Game Of Thrones, The Hunger Games and a bit of X-Men too. Trust me, once you start it, I’ll want to find out everything that happens! Everytime I thought would happen, didn’t and I loved that! I was always second guessing myself and I felt Mare was like that too, especially towards the end. I’m still reeling about the damn ending! Ugh!

Have you read Victoria Aveyard’s debut yet? If you have, what were your thoughts about it?

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