Monday, May 21, 2012

Diamond Jubilee Hop: Parallels Between the Queen and a Southern Belle

Hi, ya'll!
I'm just coming off finishing The Preachers' Paramour, my latest historical romance. It's the sequel to Kissing the Captain, and I anticipate it being available in July. As I let the manuscript "rest" before I go back to edit it, I thought I'd participate in the Diamond Jubilee Hop. Thanks for the opportunity, Random House!

This year Great Britain and the world beyond are celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. For all the uninitiated, that means she's been reigning for 60 years! I've seen her coronation picture from 1952 next to a current photo of her, and I've got to say, she's still looking good.
In honor of the momentous occasion (not many monarchs enjoy such a lengthy reign), I thought I'd talk about how the Queen, and a southern belle like myself, might have a few things in common.

First, of course, is our sense of style. We know what looks good on us, and what doesn't. More importantly, we know the difference between something we can wear out in public, and something we would only wear around the palace for our king. ;)

Screenshot from Designing Women, Season Two Episode "Dash Goff, the Writer. "

Next is resiliency. Being Queen has its perks, that's for sure. However, the job comes with its own set of stressors. For the Queen to last as long as she has, she's got to posses a certain inner strength- something I think women in the South also have. Some of us obtained it though hardship and life experience, but dang it, we're survivors.

Lastly, the Queen does things in grand fashion, and that's a time-honored tradition down South. A lot has changed here since QE2's coronation (in most cases, for the better,) but the cotillions, balls, and afternoon teas continue.

There may be more, but those are the three things that stand out the most to me. There are some differences, as well. Somehow I doubt the Queen consumes half as much sweet tea as we do down South. Also, I can't really see the Queen showing anger or snapping on someone in public- but I can totally see myself doing that. Putting the proverbial "bee" in a belle's bonnet just isn't a good idea.

I don't mean to discount women from other regions, I'm just speaking on what I know from personal experience. If you've got something to add, or feel I left something out, I'd love to hear about it in the comment thread.

Until Next Time,

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