Royalty has its privileges, that’s for sure. But it isn’t always easy being a child in line for the throne. As one chronicler is quoted in a recent article:
“How can a child grow into a normal adult if the national anthem is played on his birthday and headlines announce every stage of his progress … ?”
Still, the more recent generations of British royals have enjoyed childhoods more in line with typical rich offspring than royals of past generations. The article notes that Victoria may have been a skilled horsewoman but her childhood play dates were restricted to time with her half sister.
Or you could look at the rough and tumble boyhood her son Edward (eventually Edward VII) enjoyed. He had tea parties where sons of the aristocracy would sip tea while he sat at the table with them. Oh frabjous joy.
Elizabeth II, the current monarch, wasn’t in line for the throne when she was very young, so she found herself able to do a few things heirs to the throne were denied. Perhaps the fact that she entered her teens (and was heir to the throne by then) while Europe was enveloped in a world war added to her ability to do things denied to earlier heirs. Training in civil defense skills and driving an ambulance are just some of the accomplishments attributed to her during the war years.
Still, her experience and the experiences of the royal children who have come after her are unique. No one reading this post will ever be able to share them.
That’s all right. We have something better.
Children of the King
If given a shot at adoption into the British royal family, I’ll pass. I’d rather stay with the Family I’ve got.