A Year in the Life of a Duchess by Ian Lloyd
I am not ashamed to admit that I love William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I was ecstatic when their engagement was announced, and had no trouble waking up at 4am to watch a commoner marry her prince and become the future queen of England. Their story is truly a fairy tale, and I eat up everything I can about them, especially Kate.
Ian Lloyd’s A Year in the Life of a Duchess is a perfect way for me, and anyone else who loves reading about the royal couple, to catch up on anything I may have missed in their first year of marriage. It details everything from their public appearances, including their first overseas trip to Canada and the United States, to their charity work and solo lives while William is working.
There’s no shortage of detail. Each adventure is taken step-by-step, and no detail is left out. In addition, Lloyd includes background information when necessary, especially when talking about the inevitable comparisons between Kate and the late Princess Diana.
Hands down, the best part of this book is the pictures. Printed in color on glossy paper, each image stands out beautifully, and includes a caption to describe the event taking place. Obviously the Duchess has become as well known for her impeccable fashion sense as for her charitable work and royal duties, and many of her most popular outfits are included to be fawned over again and again.
Considering that over a billion people watched William and Catherine wed a year ago, and 2012 was the year of the Queen’s jubilee, and the Olympics are going on in London now, and their royal appearances constantly make headlines, and… Well, the list really could go on and on, but the point is all these factors lead to the royal couple being in the limelight for a long time to come, which means books like A Year in the Life of a Duchess are a must-have for your shelves.
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