Kate is definitely my woman crush wednesday. I just adore her. She is such a classy lady and in a world of Miley Cyrus' it's so refreshing to have a positive role model for girls to look up to. And I'd give my firstborn to have her wardrobe. Just kidding (but my fourth born may be up for consideration. I kid.). So when I heard they were coming to Christchurch as part of their New Zealand tour I packed up an arsenal of snacks far too indecent for Ryder to eat before 11 am and joined the thousands of other people in the cold just hoping to catch a glimpse of the royals.
Just as Ryder flipped the stroller over and used it as a pirate ship while on lookers shook their heads and whispered about where that boy's mother was, they arrived. Ryder tried crawling through people's legs so that he could see what all the fuss was about. A sweet lady in the very front picked him up and gave him a front row seat while others around her let me squeeze in so that I could be closer to him. Having a kid has its perks sometimes. Those people had been there since 6 AM to secure their spot and here we come rolling up 10 minutes before the event and get prime seating. Now, I'm more of a Prince Harry kind of girl myself and Kate was the real reason I showed up today, so when they each took a side I was so disappointed that Kate was working the other crowd and Will was on our side. But as he got closer I was in total awe. I mean, Princess Diana's son was within arms reach. Kylie and I had stayed up until some crazy hour of night watching and rewatching his marriage to Kate, and now he was standing so close to me that I could see the wrinkles around his eyes when he smiled and wonder about the small scar on his forehead. He was so gracious and kind, and when he came to Ryder he shook his hand. Seriously, Ryder shook the hand of the future king. My view was blocked by a top knot so I didn't get a chance to see it, but the lady holding him told me all about it. Ryder was less than impressed by the whole ordeal, he was more worried that I would leave and kept his eye on me at all times. I talked to him afterwards about how cool that was that he got to shake hands with a real prince. He told me he wanted to shake a fireman's hand instead. But one day this will be a cool story to share. And thank goodness Dennis Rodman at Caesar's palace isn't my only celebrity encounter anymore.
(Mr. Bean was keeping a close eye on the situation)
We watched them play a short game of cricket with some kids. Ryder watched episodes of Team Umizoomi on youtube while I balanced above the crowds on a wheel of the stroller to get these pictures. I lost my dignity earlier at the upturned stroller, so falling off a wheel a few times for the sake of a photo wasn't below me. Kate is just as stunning in person as she is on all those glossy magazine covers. Truly a timeless beauty.
And one last parting shot behind the cuff link of a stranger. I am still starstruck.