What’s new? Oh not much. I’ve just been hanging out with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. You know, the usual.
Yes, it was just this past Sunday, the day before my Mom turned 94 and my son turned 21 as a matter of fact.
Hanging Out With The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Unless you’re not a fan, you must know that Will and Kate are visiting my part of the world.
My daughter agreed with me that it would be a shame if we didn’t make an effort to see them on the one day they were visiting Vancouver. So, we got up at 05:30 and
after stumbling above shot out the door for the Skytrain, our rapid transit wonder. Naturally, in true Just TypiKel fashion, we discovered the first Skytrain doesn’t depart on Sundays until 07:34, didn’t we? Will and Kate were due to fly into Vancouver’s harbour at 10:15ish. The earliest Skytrain would get us downtown far too late to nab a front row viewing spot. We’d have to drive downtown.
Fine. I wheeled into our favourite hotel parking lot, located about six blocks from our destination of Jack Poole Plaza, home to Vancouver’s impressive 2010 Fire and Ice Olympic Torch. (A quick aside. Jack Poole was the guy responsible for bringing the 2o1o Winter Olympics to Vancouver. A charismatic, thoughtful gem, he passed away from pancreatic cancer mere hours after the 2010 Olympic Torch was first lit in Olympia, Greece).
After purchasing a fortune’s worth of parking time we trotted down. Would there be any “view-worthy” space left?
Mercifully there were still some openings against the railing. The path along which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would stroll, was lined with metal fencing on both sides. This is what it looked like at 7:00 AM, three and a half hours prior to the arrival.
So, how does one pass that chunk of time? Easily. Just focus on the folks around you. We learned that Knitting Gal always brings a project with her when she has to wait. Be it a Doctor’s appointment, a Skytrain ride or a long wait for the future King of England, she always has something with her. Today it was this gorgeous cowl scarf that she was knitting for herself. She was soon joined by a woman clutching a professionally printed sign that read “I met your mother in 1986, Will. Come talk to me.” Beside them, a mom, already plopped down on a blanket, began to feed treats of every conceivable sugar concoction to her two young daughters. They couldn’t have been happier.
An hour before the Royals were due, a plane landed and several people spilled out. We became quickly attuned to those sporting discrete Royal Tour lanyards. They were obviously the advance guard and our particular fave were the two who quietly strolled by carrying a suit bag and pulling a small piece of luggage. Change of clothes for the Royals, perhaps?
When a group of eight or so RCMP officers marched by, everyone broke out into cheers and loud applause. The officers smiled, some waved and the last chap offered up a small salute of recognition.
This is what it looked like an hour before the arrival.
Finally it was time. With my daughter downstreaming the arrival live, we huddled around her phone and watched the floatplane land; the towering buildings blotted out any hope of seeing it otherwise. The air around us crackled with excitement. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were here.
Our first official notification came when the paparazzi arrived and stopped just inches from us. All you could hear was the buzz of their shutter lenses opening and shutting. On repeat.
20 minutes and it was all over. The Duke and Duchess were in their waiting car and whisked off to their first appointment.
My most favourite memory?
When William, the Duke of Cambridge, looked into my eyes, greeted me with the most British of “hellos”and reached out to shake my hand.
Enough about me and my hanging out with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I’m curious about you. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth is the monarch of Canada? Are you a fan of all things Royal? Or do you care more about the Kansas City version? If you’d care to share, I’d love to hear.
If you’d like some inside scoop on Kate and William’s staff, check out this insightful post by The Royal Post, one of my favourite blogs.