Royal Childhood Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

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.

Victoria, not yet an accomplished horsewoman

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.

Elizabeth – a Princess and her ambulance

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

As children of God, we are co-heirs with Jesus. He is the King eternal, and we are seated with him in the heavenly throne room.

On top of this, God is our loving Father. And through Jesus, we are promised a life better than any we could imagine or hope for, one that is filled with abundance and free from eternal want.

If given a shot at adoption into the British royal family, I’ll pass. I’d rather stay with the Family I’ve got.

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11 Responses to Royal Childhood Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

  1. The greatest motivation to live Romans 12:1-2, 1 Cornthians 10:31 is who we are invited to become through the gospel of grace.

    Great points Tim!

  2. janehinrichs says:

    I enjoyed this — I love stuff about Queen Victoria. I was hoping they’d name their baby Albert after Prince Albert, Victoria’s husband. But royals probably only name them after official kings….I know that wasn’t your reason for writing Tim, but I enjoyed that story. I also enjoyed seeing the picture of Elizabeth II in her uniform. I wouldn’t want to be royalty either — I think it would be fun for a few days, maybe even a week. But it would tiresome and I’d want my simple life back. I am so thankful to be in God’s royal family.

  3. Bronwyn Lea says:

    Oh frabjous day! I’m chortling in my joy.

  4. Jeannie says:

    We recently watched the movie “The Queen,” and while it wasn’t about her childhood, it was so interesting to see how she tried to deal with the clash between the restrictions and expectations of the monarchy and the emotions of the public. That’s something most of us don’t have to deal with to that extent, either in everyday life or at times of crisis. The picture of Queen Elizabeth beside the ambulance also made me think of the scene in the movie where she drives a jeep out into the countryside and gets stuck in a bog. THAT really portrayed her as a very ordinary person.

  5. Aimee Byrd says:

    I’m glad God’s plan for our upbringing doesn’t involve froofy tea parties. Those sandwiches are way too small!

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