Once upon a time in Berkshire, England, in 1982, a future queen was born to commoners. Her name was Kate Middleton. While many dream of marrying a prince, Kate will live out her big Royal Wedding dream.
Almost an exact year after Kate’s birth, this self-proclaimed princess, me, another Katherine, was born into the commoner, middle-class-life on the other side of the world.
In 2001, Kate Middleton and Prince William began dating.
I, on the other hand, could only develop a huge crush on the prince from my other side of the world.
But if I have to lose my prince and watch my royal dream wedding happen to anyone else, I’m happy to see Kate Middleton take the cake–the multi-tiered traditional fruit cake that features 16 different blooms.
It’s not every day I can cheer-lead for a fair-skinned, light-eyed, athletically inclined brunette who openly admitted, “I’m a bit thick in the past.” She’s fearless; she follows her own style. (It takes a lot of guts, in my opinion, to wear so many feathers. And she wears it so well.)
She’s a competitor. (She’s been rowing competitively to complement her pre-wedding Dukan Diet 23-inch waist! Not to mention she’s played sports her whole life. This primped princess can kick ass!)
She parties in day-glo. (A favorite pastime of my friends, too. Life’s too short to be polished all the time. Nice to know the future queen can let loose.)
Lastly, she shares many milestone characteristics of a typical twenty-something–she’s held multiple jobs, switched careers, and experienced the “break-up-and-make-up” cycle of love.
Any twenty-something who has ever struggled or questioned any part of their career can appreciate anyone who has done the same. Kate Middleton, now 29, attended the University of St. Andrews where she met the handsome prince and received a degree in the History of Art.
After college, she worked briefly for the accessory-chain, Jigsaw, as an accessory buyer. It was rumored that she was going to quit to become a professional photographer, which did not end up happening.
Instead, Middleton starting working for her parent’s party supply company. Now, she’ll never have to work a day in her life, but it’s nice to the future princess jumped back and forth with career choices and felt the indecisive burden that goes along with fully experiencing your 20s.
Kate Middleton, the girl-next-door-turned-princess, is my new style icon, favorite “celebrity” and my new reason to believe in myself again. I, middle-class, Midwestern, Missourian girl-next-door, can dream bigger than my small-town roots.
Kate Middleton gives me hope. Not that I will marry the King of England one day, but hope that anyone from anywhere can live out a dream that’s bigger than themselves.
Who inspires your royally big dream? Who makes the impossible seem possible to you?
Did Kate Middleton steal your Royal Wedding Dreams too?