New royal definition: abdicate-- to step down from the throne in favour of William and Catherine.
Just in time for Royal gossip Monday, a rumour has surfaced that the Queen is considering abdicating so that William will have a chance to be king before he's too old -- that if his father doesn't live to 100. Of course many people would like Charles to step aside and let William become the next king, but I can't see that happening. After all, the poor man has spent his whole life in waiting for a certain job, and it would be cruel to deny it to him when his mother dies or abdicates.
Personally, I'm not sure that the Queen would consider abdicating. Duty has always been a primary motivating factor and I think she will consider it her duty to remain on the throne until her death. But she is now approaching 90 and the poor woman does deserve some free time from a very hectic schedule. I never appreciated how hectic their schedule was until I did my first book tour. Events all day new city each day, it's exhausting. I did it for two weeks but she does it every day of her life. Anyone who doesn't think the Royals earned their money ought to try this -- always on always cheerful, always having to eat someone else's food and appear interested in the most boring things. It's not an easy life.
Oh and the other piece of news is that the Royal China has been unveiled-- you can have a teacup. Or rather what they call a tankard for $55. But it does have cute little doves on it.