Some Frenchman in Henry V refers to the English king as "the king of half an island." That was true then and may be yet again, but between the 15th Century and this one the position included; Emperor of India, Defender of the Faith (the new one) Ruler of the Cinque Ports, and of the Dominions Beyond the Seas, etc.
All right. The job has been downsized.
There is a lot of talk in the fluttery press here and there about the modern inclinations of Will and Kate. There is a good deal of discussion of nannies and the possibility that the Duke of Cambridge will be in the diaper changing bidness. Hmmm! I doubt that will be true after the first one.
The monarchist fifth column here in the United States is in full voice. Bless them! Are people out in the commonwealth as excited as the royalists are in the US?
Since we are so concerned with the intimate doings of our former imperial masters, I think that the least we colonials can do is suggest a name for the child. I will welcome suggestions. My own thoughts run to Dwayne, Canute, Ted (for the bear), pl