We kind of had a thing for The Royal Wedding. Kate and William's romance swept the world—and swept everyone along with them. When the pair got married in April 2011, all eyes turned to the Cinderella dress, similar to Grace Kelly's, worn by Kate, and the dashing uniform, similar to what Cinderella's own Prince Charming wore, worn by Prince William. Now the couple will be adding a third to their marriage (and not like in erotica!) with a bouncing baby boy, born yesterday July 22 at 4:24 p.m. The child will have the title of Prince of Cambridge and his name will be announced in the coming days once Kate Middleton and baby are released from the hospital.
In honor of a new member to the Royal Family, we've gathered up all our royalty, parenthood, and pregnancy posts! We have posts on Real-life Royals, Fictional Royalty (God Save the Queen!), posts on babies, parents, and families. Read to your hearts content, and coo and sigh while the royal rattle shakes on!
A Real Royal Obsession:
The Royal Wedding Recap
Royal Wedding Fashion (or, where the White Wedding Dress came from)
Royal Weddings...and Knitting Patterns?
Testicles, Aphrodisiacs, and the Royal Couple
Murder at the Royal Wedding, or Capitalizing on the Hype
Discussion of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's, Wedding Dress
Author Elizabeth Essex on Her Secret Royal Obsession (with links to blogs she loves!)
William & Catherine: Their Story: New Excerpt
HEA or a Charles and Diana Repeat?
A Very Modern Regency Scandal
Be My Prince by Julianne MacLean, Excerpt
The White Queen Trailer
The Princess and the Pretender: Gossip Girl's Unlikeliest Couple Lives
Of Sparkly Crowns and Pretty Gowns: The (Disney) Princess Experience
Kiss Prince Charming Goodbye; Say Hello to a Sheikh!
Princess in Love by Julianna MacLean, Excerpt
If Only for a Day: The Pleasure of Being a Princess
A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry, Excerpt
Fresh Meat: Stephanie Laurens, et. al.'s Royal Weddings
Royalty in Space: Science Fiction Princes and Princesses
Posts on Pregnancy and Babies in Romance:
Mothering Heights: The (Over?) Importance of Procreation in Romance Novels
Fertility in Fiction: Interesting Conditions from Weiner, Simons, and Hannah
Best Pregnancy Romance Novel?
Keeping Tiny Secrets: The Secret Baby Trope
Adopted Babies Are a Well-Used Trope; Robin Wells and Jill Shalvis Use It Well
Fictional Families and Parents:
Bones Father and Child Reunion: Too Safe?
“My Children Are My Riches”: Mothers from Jo Beverley, Georgette Heyer, and Diane Farr
Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Bennet: Jane Austen's Mothers
Converting Your Mom to Romance: A Test Study
Moms of the Future: Why Are There So Few Moms in Sci-Fi Romance?
The Father's of Jane Austen
Band of Brothers (and Sisters!): Bella Andre Introduces the Sullivans
Family Ties: LaVyrle Spencer's Enduring Appeal, Part 1 and Part 2
The Interfering Relative
There's No Place Like Home: Finding Family with Susan Mallery
Secrets, Family, Love: The Richness of Historical Women's Fiction
Dysfunctional Family Circus: Dysfunctional Families in Literature
History, Hot Men, and Historical Hot Men in Cathy Cash Spellman's Family Sagas
All in the Family: Family Sagas in Romance Novels
The Liz Carlyle Family Reunion
Pater Familias: Lord Hargate in Loretta Chase's Carsington Brothers Series
And that's all, folks! Did it get you in the baby (or baby making?) mood? What are some of your favorite books that fit in these themes? Do you ever read Royal Romances? Or do you stay towards more traditional titles? Congratulations to Prince William and Catherine—there will be lots of sleepless nights in their future.