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Blogger's View: Royal Family & New York Post Cover

ForeignStudents writer Erik gives his opinion on two of last week's hot topics- Kate Middleton's pregnancy and the a controversial front cover of the New York Post. 

Kate Middleton and the Royal Family

Although the British sovereign does not use their power like previously in history, the monarchy still deserves respect. In the past many competent kings and queens helped Britain to become the strongest country in the world, which it really was until the second half of the 20th century.

Today, the goodwill towards the Royal Family lives off the achievements of their predecessors and their power now is merely ceremonial. However, they must still be careful in their private lives, because every single step is followed by the public.

Still, the royal family is a popular subject for the media, which is constantly lurking for gossip and scandals. I think that Kate's pregnancy will top the headlines for several weeks, or even months. On the one hand it reflects that people are interested in the condition of the Duchess, but on the other hand, she and her husband are only human and deserve privacy. Not to mention that the couple significantly contribute to the integrity of the monarchy and do not deserve too much rumour. Let the Prince continue in his career as a helicopter pilot and do not disturb the mother-to-be.

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Kate Middleton Pregnant

The Royal family have announced that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is pregnant. After marrying Prince William in a huge national celebration in April 2011, speculation has been rife as to when their first child would be announced.

A spokesman for St James's Palace said she is currently in hospital due to severe morning sickness and is expected to stay for at least a few days, but that the royal family are delighted about the pregnancy. 

Details are vague at the moment, though expect to hear much, much more about baby, who is likely to one day become the King or Queen of England. He or she will be third in line to the throne.

The statement from the palace revealed:

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby."

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news."

It also downplayed the fact that the expecting mother is in hospital, explaining:

"As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter."

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The Kate Middleton Jelly Bean

A British man who found a jelly bean that looks (sort of) like Kate Middleton is selling it for an expected £500.

In a turn of events that shows quite how mad the world is more than anything else, the man- Wesley Hosie- has gained internet fame with his unique jelly bean.

In an interview with British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, he revealed:

"As [my girlfriend] opened the jar, I saw her (the jelly bean) immediately. She was literally lying there staring back at me."

He now plans to put the item on eBay and hopes it will fetch up to £500 (though ‘hope’ and ‘expect’ are very different words).

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Royal Wedding to be Superhero Themed

It was announced today that Prince William and Kate Middleton are taking the unusual step of making their upcoming wedding superhero themed.

The happy couple are both big fans of comic books and it is expected that guests will not be allowed entry into Westminster Abbey for the service unless they are appropriately dressed. A senior source from Clarence House told us there will be a strict “No mask, no entry” policy.

Speculation as to what the bride and groom will wear is rife, though it has been suggested that political pressure is being put on Kate to dress as Wonder Woman “for the good of the nation”.

As for the Prince, a close friend revealed that Spiderman is his favourite masked crusader, claiming:

“William loves the Spiderman comics and the first two films. He became disillusioned with the whole thing after the third film, but he’s managed to overlook it”.

Indeed, bookmakers in Britain are already making Spiderman the 3/1 favourite, though it may be worth taking a punt on SpongeBob SquarePants at 25/1.

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