As some of you know, I have been having a close encounter of the SCA kind with the idea and practice of royalty. It's too early to report on this -- and I may not ever put it in writing -- but I will say that it is quite amazing how the social atmosphere changes when someone you know well puts on a crown. The expectations are remarkable and when they are largely fulfilled a great deal of energy can be generated.
Meanwhile, back in the real world...(Man, how I hate that phrase, but it is so commonly used to mark off "mundane reality" from other, special, social constructs)... my university is enjoying today a visit from the premier of the province, the Lieutenant-Governor designate (the soon-to-be representative of the Crown on the provincial level), and ....
Her Royal Highness The Princess Edward, Countess of Wessex, who doesn't even get to use her own first name in her official style.
They are supposed to be telling us something important about aboriginal education.
Let's hope that this won't amount to "it's working just the way it's supposed to."
Image: to her friends, it's Sophie.