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To think that this should not be every little girl's dream?

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IForgotMyPencil Fri 02-Aug-13 18:34:19

Just been watching the 6 o'clock news on the BBC, where Fiona Bruce claimed it was "every little girl's dream" to be able to write her occupation as "Princess". Following on from the Duchess of Cambridge entering "Princess of the UK" as her occupation when registering her son's birth. Am I being unreasonable to think that there are other things little girl's should aspire to be? And for that matter, the BBC should not be enforcing the stereotype that all little girls want to be princesses! hmm

ComposHat Sun 04-Aug-13 16:00:21

I'm 33 and would like to be a child prodigy when I grow up.

Pigsmummy Sun 04-Aug-13 14:55:52

I am 38 and would love to be a princess when I grow up.

PearlyWhites Sun 04-Aug-13 13:10:11

My dh filled in a form last year

feelokaboutit Sun 04-Aug-13 13:07:04

The fact that they are effectively partly living off handouts we fund and partly off inherited wealth of dubious origin while people are having to go to food banks to eat, is a contradiction worth mentioning...

I know they do their bit to contribute, but that doesn't change the fact that they are ridiculously over-privileged and (in my opinion smile) an anachronism.

Thisvehicleisreversing Sun 04-Aug-13 12:24:31

MrsKoala I told my teacher I wanted to be a page 3 girl too grin
In my defence it was around the time Sam Fox was very popular and I just thought she was amazing. She was all happy and smiley with a song in the charts so I thought that looked like a good thing to do grin

I'm not a page 3 girl. Or a pop star.

DanceParty Sun 04-Aug-13 12:22:42

Oh blah blah blah blah grin

IslaValargeone Sun 04-Aug-13 12:17:06

My dd has wanted to be a fairy, Prime Minister, a vet, a doctor, a spy, someone who works in an office and has Earl Grey tea brought into them and yes at some point a princess. I'm not going to overthink things at this stage.

edam Sun 04-Aug-13 12:07:27

Compos - apparently the Queen offered to give Mark Phillips a title, and again to give their children titles, but Anne refused. Princess Margaret's husband was a commoner but was made Lord Snowden on marriage so their children have titles.

feelokaboutit Sun 04-Aug-13 10:49:28

Yes, but that's a token. He apparently has personal wealth of up to £12 million, and a father with a far larger pot of assets / income. Where does all of that come from?

Also, why, when you consider this wealth, is the taxpayer paying for the £1 million refurbishment of Will and Kate's flat (as well as other royal excesses - HUGE amounts on their travels):

www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jun/27/kensington-palace-refit?

DanceParty Sun 04-Aug-13 10:18:47

They're certainly not anything to do with my UK or that of thousands of other hard working people who have to sweat to make ends meet

Bet you'd be glad feelokaboutit if you were in danger and Wills rescued you in his trusty helicopter grin

Oh, and as far as I know, Wills actually worked for his money when flying - it's called a wage you know. Same as other pilots. Oh, and he paid tax and national insurance. Oh, and paid rent on his house in Wales.

ComposHat Sun 04-Aug-13 09:46:04

Yes Anne and Mark Philips never had a title to refuse for their children. Their children were not grandchildren of the male line.

FiftyShadesofGreyMatter Sun 04-Aug-13 06:20:21

So why did the Queen issue a wotsit so that baby George could be a prince? What would he be if he was not a prince and was that not good enough for Will and Kate? confused
What diff does it make to the fact that he is 3rd in line to the throne? even more confused

foreverondiet Sat 03-Aug-13 22:52:59

Elephaba - that's not quite right - all grandchildren of the monarch down the male line are princes and princesses - so that's why Princess Anne's children aren't as they are female line grandchildren. Edward and Sophie's children are technically prince and princess but there was an agreement for them not to use the titles.
But yes I suppose she is Princess William of Wales as she can use her husbands title.

HSMMaCM Sat 03-Aug-13 18:26:13

DD age 14 wants to be a princess/prime minister/surgeon/dancer

Is that ok?

EugenesAxe Sat 03-Aug-13 18:20:44

WineNot - laughing here due to a random set of coincidences... namely your typo of 'tiles' instead of titles, and that it was Princess Anne that refused them.

Reason being, my mate's DM has a loo-book of posh language (we refer to it as Highspotty (houseparty) although that might be it's actual name), that features the words:

Prizzers Air - Princess Anne and
Tiles - towels

edam Sat 03-Aug-13 11:16:37

Childhood dreams are interesting - I actually got mine. Kind of. I wanted to be a writer and I am, but I wanted to be a novelist and have ended up being a journalist. So I do write, but features, not books, and facts, not fiction.

I now work on a magazine where we have book reviews and it has completely put me off ever trying to write fiction. There are TOO many bad or mediocre books in the world, judging by the pile of tosh hopeful publishers send to my office.

JustforMe Sat 03-Aug-13 11:04:39

I think the monachy should be returned to having sole power I wonder what that would be like for a quick change lol.
I would also like to write that on the form it would be cool

One of my high school teachers once decided to complete a form with 'Lord' in place of 'Mr', just for shits and giggles. All correspondence thereafter from that particular company was addressed to 'Lord Brian'. grin We, naturally, used that title henceforth.

Question: 'His Royal Highness Prince' are actually printed under 'Name'. Does that technically make those his first four names?? There's no space on a birth registry for a baby's title, and William has His Royal Highness blah blah blah under 'Name' as well.

I give up on who gets what titles. Totes confused.

Morloth Sat 03-Aug-13 10:53:52

I don't want to A queen, I want to be The Queen.

tabulahrasa Sat 03-Aug-13 10:47:43

"Yeah, I wouldn't mind being able to fill it in as my occupation..."

I wouldn't want to actually be a princess...but being able to legitimately put it as my occupation on a form? grin

Though to be fair, I work for my self employed DP and I did try and persuade him to change my job title to Emperor of the galaxy of X company, but he was having none of it.

Boosterseat Sat 03-Aug-13 10:43:04

my uncle was a coroner, I was bloody fascinated.

WineNot Sat 03-Aug-13 10:41:08

boosterseat grin

WineNot Sat 03-Aug-13 10:40:34

I'm not going to bite.....
I'm not going to bite.....
I'm not going to bite.....

Boosterseat Sat 03-Aug-13 10:40:15

I wanted to be a princess and a mortician.

I drew a picture when I was 8ish of me in a black gown and tiara with a little saw "for taking the top of people's heads off so I can weigh the brain.

Fucking strange kid me.

WineNot Sat 03-Aug-13 10:39:07

Yeah, I wouldn't mind being able to fill it in as my occupation...

Only if I could wear a crown while doing it though [big grin]

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