Sunday, May 1, 2011

Review of William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen

Synopsis in a Sentence: The author chronicles the relationship of Prince William (of England) and his bride, Catherine Middleton as they go from college sweethearts to a royal engaged couple.

My Thoughts: I loved this book! And I love William and Kate! And I loved watching the royal wedding! Haha, was that a little too over the top for you? Sorry :). I just find their love story to be very charming and genuine. I decided to read and review this book as their was so much hype and excitement about the royal wedding last week. It seemed a very appropriate book choice!

The author, Christopher Andersen, who has written several other books on the royal family, seems to have done a lot of research for this book and it really shows. He gives plenty of little tidbits in this book about the couple which I didn't know before, like the fact that they go grocery shopping together and have actually a very normal relationship. I also really liked learning more about Kate (now Princess Catherine) and the author actually goes into quite a bit of detail about her background, schooling and family. There are also a number of color photographs of the couple which add to the romantic and cute ambiance of the book.

Princess Diana was a woman whom I always really admired. You have the feeling that she would have been really proud of how her son has seemingly turned out. It was really fun learning more about the newly married couple in this book, and if you are looking for a fluffy, light read for an upcoming beach vacation or are just in the mood for something cheerful and fast paced, I would definitely recommend this.

By the way, did anyone get up early to watch the royal wedding or even have a viewing party? I got up at 3:30 a.m. (central time)! I also am slightly embarassed to admit that I bought a cheapie tiara at Target and vanilla bean scones from Starbucks to celebrate the event. Cheesy? Yes, but when do you ever get to do stuff like that in life hehe :)? If you did watch it, what did you think, most especially about the dress? I thought it was very Grace Kellyish!

What I liked Most: You get the sense in reading this book that this couple might actually have a fairytale happy ending, unlike what happened with Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

What I liked Least: The author includes 1 or 2 stories about the couple which I'm not sure I believe, such as that they supposedly got engaged a year before they announced it to the public, in Scotland. There just seems like too much evidence to the contrary, but who knows. I just wanted to read stories about a genuine seeming couple, rather than rumors and gossip.


  1. I am glad you liked it, but it is not something that is of any interest to me. Maybe if it wasn't so pushed in my face every time I turned on the tv for the last month or so it might be different. :) I was never so glad to have cable tv as I was on :)

    I heard that they have been grooming her on what she would have to do as a part of the royal family for over a year now so they could have been secretly engaged for a while while she was learning to walk behind him...LOL I don't know. :)

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one! I do love biographies so I may pick it up eventually, but since it has been rather saturating the news lately, maybe I'll wait a bit to seek it out.

    And I didn't watch the wedding, but I checked out the coverage after the fact and I agree that Kate looked stunning. Loved the dress, but even more so, I really appreciated the wedding prayer that the couple (supposedly) wrote themselves. As much as they unavoidably are celebrities, it also showed them to be a young couple very much in love embarking on an exciting future together.

  3. I feel like I always want to root for celebrity couples! I really do hope they make it, and I'm glad this books was so good! Their wedding was so romantic, but it does suck it had to be in the public eye.

    I guess that's what Kate signed up for. The only downside- she's actually only the Duchess of Cambridge vs a princess. :/ Sad day. lol

  4. I have this book at home! I can't wait to read it!

  5. Great review! I'm going to have to add this to my TBR list. I'm so relieved to know there's someone else who really got into the whole wedding lol...I got up at 4:45am, we had coffee, mimosas, a fancy breakfast and watched the whole thing, then spent a good deal of the rest of the day re-watching all the footage. I would have loved to have a party, but not enough friends who were interested in the wedding - maybe when they become King and Queen! I actually just wrote a whole article about the royal wedding and my thoughts on the entire thing from beginning to end, if you're interested in reading it, there's a link on my blog. :-)