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Babs Bell (Bishop) Hajdusiewicz and her books

Bestselling author Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, Ms.Ed. is the author of more than 100 books and 350 poems for children, including: Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear!; Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; MORE Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; Rhythm & Rhyme Reader Series; Questions and Answers Series; Jacks and More Jacks, Words! Words! Words!; Words and More Words. She is also author of Steppingstone Stories Series; Peaceful Me and Sometimes I Feel Happy, Sometimes I Feel Sad; three Poetry Works! collections for early childhood through intermediate grades; middle-grades biography Mary Carter Smith: African-American Storyteller; and the Dainty Dinosaur Series.

Hajdusiewicz stars in the Wright Group staff-development video Developing Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness through Rhythm and Rhyme. She has written numerous children's stories, articles for teachers and parents, and has contributed to and edited many elementary textbooks.

An educator for 40 years, Hajdusiewicz taught early childhood, elementary, and special education at all levels, served school districts in Indiana and Michigan as director of special education, and taught graduate and undergraduate education courses at Eastern Michigan and Cleveland State Universities. She founded Booking the Future: Reader to Reader™, a community-involvement literacy program that placed books in the hands and homes of more than 16,000 four, five, and six year olds, and Pee Wee Poetry™, a language development program for children aged two through nine. Hajdusiewicz is a frequent conference keynoter for educators and parents and a popular visiting author in schools across the country and abroad.

Specialties: Poetry for kids; humor; parenting for literacy; school staff development; author of numerous classroom materials; emphasis on phonemic awareness before phonics instruction; building love of learning from infancy onward

(Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz живет и работает в Атланте, штат Джорджия. Она написала более 100 книг и 350 стишков для детей. Своими книгами она предоставляет советы, консультации и материал для воспитателей, чтобы они чувствовали себя уверенно в том, что они помогают детям в период их раннего развития и становления их устной речи. Учителя английского языка могут использовать стихи для изучения языка в целом. Родители могут читать эти нехитрые стихи своим детям и помогать им изучать английский язык.)


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by Jimmy Lawlor,  Irish Surrealist painter

Jimmy Lawlor was born in Wexford. He now lives in Westport, in the magnificent West of Ireland. Lawlor has been exhibiting for over 20 years. His work is based not only on the Irish sense of humour, but on the vivid realisation that the old way of life will have vanished by our next generation. His work takes elements from his surroundings and mixes them with the people of the place, in their environment and doing what they love best. In their own way, they have helped create the atmosphere around them, whether they be farmers, business people, students or otherwise.

Published January 18, 2018
Written by Zana Bihiku



PROMISED LAND BY JIMMY LAWLOR,  Irish Surrealist painter

I Came Here Once In A Dream...Or Was It?
acrylic paintings by jimmy lawlor



Every year, in the month of January, thousands of visitors flock to Bikaner, India for the Camel festival. Desert region's folk dances and music, add on to what is otherwise an exclusive camel affair. Camels fascinate tourists from all over the world with their movements, charm and grace. The festival starts with the procession of beautifully decorated camels, a competition for best decorated camel, fur cutting design, camel milking and the best camel hair cut.

Rasta camel. Morocco Pavilion. World Showcase. Epcot. Orlando. Florida. There are eleven pavilions of different countries. Each of these contains representative shops and restaurants and is staffed by citizens of these countries, as part of the Cultural Representative Program. Some also contain rides and shows. The only pavilion that is sponsored by the country it represents is Morocco. The remaining country pavilions are all sponsored by private companies. From the Epcot site: "Be mesmerized in a world created by authentic Moroccan artisans using genuine materials. See festive mosaics, date palms and olive trees amid fascinating shops and architecture, and enjoy the belly dancers when dining at Restaurant Marrakesh."



Japan's Princess Mako postpones engagement: 'We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble'

Japan's Princess Mako will remain a royal a little while longer, revealing on Tuesday that she's postponing her wedding to commoner Kei Komuro.

The reason? The couple, who wanted to tie the knot in 2018, wanted more time to plan their nuptials. Instead, they will get married in 2020, waiting until after Mako's grandfather Emperor Akihito abdicates next year.

According to CNN, the couple had "rushed carious things" and needed more time to prepare.



We Finally Know Why We Love Kate Middleton So Much

Kate Middleton at the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families at Kensington Palace
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In the country the royal family actually represents, sentiments run a lot more lukewarm. The British remain conflicted about the monarchy, according to polls. In 2014, 69% of people taking part in an ICM poll said Britain would be worse off without a monarchy. In 2016, according to a poll of 1,000 people conducted by the Independent, that figure rose — probably boosted by the Queen’s Jubilee and new grandchildren — to 76%.

That means about a quarter of Brits don’t hang on Middleton’s every fashion choice like it’s a nuclear arms treaty. But even our own leaders are in on it.



The royal wedding plans of Prince Harry and his American-bride-to-be Meghan Markle are firming up as the couple released more details Sunday of the nuptials while expressing thanks for the good wishes they've been showered with from around the globe.
The wedding will begin at noon on May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, about 22 miles outside of London, Kensington Palace officials said in a statement Sunday.

The Right Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor, has been tapped to conduct the wedding service, while The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate when the couple takes their marriage vows, the statement reads.
Welby also performed the christening of Prince Harry's nephew, Prince George, in 2013.
Following the hour-long wedding ceremony, Harry and Markle plan to undertake a carriage procession that will start at St. George's Chapel, leave Windsor Castle via Castle Hill, continue along High Street through Windsor Town before returning to Windsor Castle on a route called the Long Walk.
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"They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," the Kensington Palace statement reads.
After the carriage procession, the newlyweds will attend a reception at St. George's Hall, where they will rejoin their wedding guests. They will likely include Harry's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; his father, Prince Charles; and his big brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
While the official wedding guest list remains a closely guarded secret, the couple is expected to fill St. George's Chapel, which has a capacity to hold 800.

"Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement," the Kensington Palace statement reads. "They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public."
Prince Harry, 33, the fifth in line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, an actress who was born and raised in Los Angeles, announced their engagement in November. Speaking with reporters outside Kensington Palace, Markle showed off her engagement ring, which features two diamonds from the personal collection of Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana.
"The little diamonds on either side are from my mother's jewelry collection to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together," Harry told the BBC during the first interview he and Markle gave in November as an engaged couple.

Royal wedding guess list: Who gets a nod from Harry, Meghan?

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday Nov. 27, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, following the announcement of their engagement. Prince Harry and his fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, have released more details about their May 19 wedding, revealing that the event will include a carriage ride through Windsor so they can share the big day with the public. The couple will marry at noon in St George’s Chapel, the 15th-Century church on the grounds of Windsor Castle that has long been the backdrop of choice for royal occasions. Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, gave permission for use of the venue and will attend the wedding. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
LONDON (AP) — Forget the World Cup kicking off in Russia in June. The real competition right now is who's going to be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May.
Everyone who is anyone in Britain is angling for an embossed royal ticket.
British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua, who is seeking to add two more world championships to the three he already owns, says he would be happy to interrupt his high-level training for a trip to Windsor Castle on May 19. The ebullient Joshua has not been shy, tweeting a picture of himself and Harry with the question "Need a best man?"
"I'm single," the 28-year-old told the BBC, expressing an interest in seeing if the elegant, raven-haired Markle's "got any sisters."
(For the record Anthony, she has a half sister, 53-year-old Samantha Grant, a divorced mother of three who has called Markle "a social climber.")
The actual guest list is a closely guarded secret — and details about it may not be released until the event is underway. But that hasn't stopped speculation about who's in or who's out from becoming a national parlor game and the subject of wagers in Britain's legal betting shops.
Any bride and groom run into parental interference in their guest list, whether it's adding random cousins or forgotten neighbors. Yet Harry and Markle are enduring this phenomenon at a cosmic level due to the royal expectations that come along with being a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.
At least Harry and Markle won't face the 3,500 guests that his parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, welcomed to their 1981 "wedding of the century" in St. Paul's Cathedral in London. They also avoided the warehouse-sized Westminster Abbey, where Harry's brother Prince William and Kate Middleton packed in 1,900 guests for a 2011 royal wedding extravaganza televised around the world.
Their wedding venue, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, holds a mere 800 guests. Even so, it's going to be tough to cut that list.
The British royals' close relatives alone number over 50 — and this time Princess Eugenie gets to bring a plus-one, fiance Jack Brooksbank. Harry also won't forget non-royals like Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, her husband James Mathews, and brother James Middleton.
At William's wedding, 45 foreign royals from 20 countries were invited from nations as diverse as Spain, Norway, Malaysia, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. William also invited governor generals from Commonwealth countries (23 seats); foreign dignitaries (27); U.K. politicians (42); religious figures (31); senior military officers (14) and 80 workers from charities that he backs. Oh — and don't forget the ambassadors from countries with ties to Britain.
William barely could squeeze in A-listers like David Beckham and TV adventure host Ben Fogle — who may return for Harry's nuptials.
Britain's governing elite — Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond — would normally expect a Windsor invite. But with turmoil over Brexit roiling the ruling Conservative Party, perhaps the bride and groom should just wait until a week before the wedding, then invite whoever is still left standing.
The juiciest debate has been over invites for rival U.S. presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Harry and Obama have obvious chemistry and have worked together promoting Harry's Invictus Games competition for wounded soldiers. Some British officials, however, fear that an invite to Obama would anger Trump.
The royals could note that Obama, the U.S. president in 2011, was not invited to William's wedding. And they have a bit more leeway because Harry's wedding is not considered a state event. Markle, meanwhile, is a Hillary Clinton fan.
"We've changed our minds on this. We think Harry is in a position that he does not have to worry about the political implications of an invite," said Rupert Adams, a spokesman for the betting agency William Hill PLC. "We feel strongly that the Obamas will get an invite."
As for Trump?
"We'd be very surprised to see him on the guest list," Adams said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a trifecta of ties to the bride and groom: He's the head of a Commonwealth country, host of Harry's latest Invictus Games and leader of the nation where Markle had been living.
On the celebrity front, Elton John, who turned his song "Candle in the Wind" into an anthem for the late Princess Diana, is considered a 1-50 lock for an invite (98 percent chance) and singer James Blunt comes in at 1-4. Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is also reportedly close to Harry's royal cousins and his U.K. tour doesn't start until a few days later.
The betting for wedding performer includes John, Sheeran, Coldplay, Joss Stone and Adele.
Violet von Westenholz who introduced the couple will get a nod, along with Harry's buddies Thomas and Charlie van Straubenzee, Thomas Inskip and Arthur Landon.
Yet A-listers could find themselves outnumbered by British military members and charity workers. Look for dress uniforms from both the Blues and Royals regiment and the Army Air Corps, because Harry served as a former Apache helicopter co-pilot in Afghanistan.
"You create significant bonds in a war zone," noted Adams.
Among the 10 guests that Markle is allowed to pick (just kidding) will be her mom Doria Ragland, dad Thomas, half brother Thomas Jr. and possibly Grant. Markle's friends include tennis star Serena Williams, stylist Jessica Mulroney, "Suits" star Patrick J. Adams and former "Made in Chelsea" cast member Millie Macintosh.
Markle's ex-husband, producer Trevor Engelson, is not expected to receive an invitation.
But William Hill spokesman Adams admits that British bookies don't really have a clue about who the 36-year-old American will invite.
"The simple reality is ... we have been focusing on Harry over her




Giant Thoughts

If I thought those giants were real,
I'd shiver!
I'd shake!
And I'd squeal!
But I could be wrong, so I'll run along -
Then no one gets me for a meal!




Kensington Palace delighted the nation in September 2017 when it announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their third child.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is currently seven months pregnant, is due to give birth in April - although the precise date is unknown.

Here's everything royal-watchers need to know about the new addition to the royal family, from delivery hospital to potential names.

When will the royal baby be born?

Kensington Palace tweeted the nation in October to reveal that the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth in April.

The Duchess was compelled to bring forward her third pregnancy announcement in September after being too unwell to attend a planned public appearance due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum - severe morning sickness.

Both Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, are thought to have been born slightly late: in 2015 the Duchess of Cambridge let slip that her due date was towards the end of April, however Princess Charlotte was born on 2 May. This might mean another longer-than-average pregnancy is on the cards for the Duchess.

The new royal arrival will come just weeks before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on Saturday, May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, hopefully giving Kate a few days to recover.

Where will the royal baby be born?

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, making it likely that their sibling will also be born there.

The private wing of the NHS hospital charges £5,215 for the first 24 hours if a baby is born naturally, or £6,745 for a Caesarean section, plus £1,155 for the deluxe package for each additional night.

What names could the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge be considering?

The Duke and Duchess have chosen solidly traditional royal names for their children in the past, making it likely they will reference previous monarchs this time as well.

However, here’s one former king who's highly unlikely to ever have another royal namesake: King John. That’s because in his short 17-year reign he managed to so sully his name it's pretty much been removed from royal circulation.

Not only was he exceptionally rapacious and cruel (he had a penchant for starving his enemies to death), John was also one of the most cowardly and incompetent scoundrels to sit on the throne.

The couple's first child George will in time become King George VII, following a tradition dating back to German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain who acceded to the throne in 1714. The last was the Queen's father George VI who died in 1952 but was known to his family as Bertie.

Among the previous monarchs to have had the name is George III - on the throne from 1760 to 1820 - who is predominantly remembered for losing the American colonies and his sanity. However, the Prince of Wales has previously disclosed that he is the king he most respects, describing him as a good man who was simply misunderstood.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honoured both royal tradition and family ties by naming their second child Charlotte.

The name’s royal pedigree includes Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, who bore him 15 children and helped found Kew Gardens. Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, which is named after her, is part of the same NHS Trust as St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, where the private Lindo Wing is situated.

Her granddaughter Princess Charlotte of Wales, who married on May 2, the day the new Princess Charlotte was born, died in childbirth in 1817 at the age of just 21. She was the only child of George, Prince of Wales, who would go on to become King George IV.

Charlotte also happens to be the middle name of the Duchess’s sister, Pippa Middleton, and goes back in her family to her paternal great-great-great-grandmother Charlotte Ablett, born in 1825 and therefore possibly named for Princess Charlotte.

So what are the options?

Leading bookmaker Coral is continuing to see a flurry of bets on Mary - it is now the 4-1 favourite. Alice is second best in the latest betting, Victoria is 8-1 and Albert can be backed at 12-1.

Mary is one of the Queen's middle names, and it was also her grandmother's name - Queen Mary - who was married to George V.
How will this affect the succession?

The new royal baby will be fifth in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It means Prince Harry will drop down to sixth in line, and every other member of the Royal family will be one step further away from the throne.

Because of recent changes to the laws governing succession, the baby's sex will make no difference, as boys no longer have precedence over girls. If the change hadn't been made and the third baby were a boy, he would be fifth in line instead of Princess Charlotte - however that will now not be the case.



OK, but When Will Prince William Actually Become King?

Since Queen Elizabeth suffered an illness over the 2016 holidays, there's been a lot of hullabaloo about who will get their paws on the throne when the beloved monarch passes away. Elizabeth was only 25 when she took the throne after the death of her father, King George VI; she is currently the United Kingdom's longest-running monarch and doesn't seem to have any plans to give up her title voluntarily. But in the event of her retirement, abdication, or death, the current line of succession to the throne declares that her firstborn son, Prince Charles, would become king — and at 68, he would be the oldest heir to do so. So, where does that leave Charles's firstborn, Prince William?

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So, where does that leave Charles's firstborn, Prince William? Seeing as the 34-year-old is next in line for the throne after his father, it's possible that he could becoming king sooner than we think. Charles could decide that he doesn't want the responsibility of running the Commonwealth or that he'd rather kick back on a beach for the rest of his days, in which case William would take over almost immediately. The wife of a king normally gets the title of queen, but it is purely ceremonial; technically, William's wife, Kate Middleton, would be officially known as the queen consort. And in line after William? That would be his son, Prince George, followed by Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry, and the queen's second son, Prince Andrew.



Markle's parents won't be paying for it.


Middleton's parents chipped in for part of the cost of her wedding to Prince William, as did Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth. But Kensington Palace said that the royal family will be paying for Harry and Meghan's entire 2018 wedding, despite CNN reporting that the bill is traditionally footed by the bride's family.



How Prince Charles Plans to Change the Royal Family When He Becomes King

Over the past year, the British royal family has subtly but significantly changed before our eyes: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have moved from their previous full-time base of Anmer Hall in Norfolk to Kensington Palace in London, they are adding to their family with a third baby, and William has given up his job as an air ambulance pilot; Prince Philip has retired; Prince Harry has gone public with the woman that many believe will soon become his wife; and William, Kate, and Harry have considerably increased their workloads. All these changes are slowly but surely paving a new path for the evolving royal family, but are some members seemingly being sidelined?

As an increasing number of duties are split between the queen, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles, William, Kate, and Harry, it inevitably means that the queen's other three children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, along with Andrew's daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and Edward's wife, Sophie, are being shuffled away from center stage, and, naturally, not everyone is happy about that.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

    February 16, 2018

Prince William and Kate Middleton | Richard Pohle/AFP/Getty Images

From the glamorous weddings, stunning crowns, and glitz of being a member of the royal family, it’s easy to see why marrying a royal might entice commoners. However, tying the knot with a public figure isn’t always as exciting as it seems from the outside.

In recent years, many monarchies have become more liberal when it comes to accepting outsiders into their families. Still, although we are well into the 21st century, some outdated regulations remain in place, which can certainly test any relationship — especially one playing out in the public eye.
From antiquated laws to strange rules involving seafood and board games, royals who marry commoners often ask a lot of their spouses. We’ve watched Kate Middleton marry Prince William and take on her duchess duties, wearing all of the right clothing and showing up at charities and events. And yet, Duchess Kate has had to contend with the paparazzi following her every move during her pregnancies, as well as the release of private photos.

Now, the entire world received the engagement announcement they anticipated: Prince Harry and his girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle. Like Duchess Kate, Markle’s life is under a microscope, and she’s dealt with racist backlash due to her mixed race heritage. Still, Markle will have to confront even more customs and practices.

Asking for permission

If regular folks want to get married, they can just hop up and head down to their local city hall to sign the paperwork. It’s not so easy to marry into the royal family.

In England, Queen Elizabeth II must give her written consent for members of her family to get married. This practice dates back to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. The monarch wants to protect against marriages that might “diminish the status of the royal house.”

Luckily, the British royal family is now a bit more liberal than it was in the past. The queen’s uncle, Prince Edward VIII, was forced to abdicate the crown so that he could marry the woman he loved — a divorcee. Markle is also divorced, but luckily, the monarch isn’t quite that old-fashioned anymore. The permission slip rule really only applies to the six people closest to the royal family.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

You might be ousted from the family

Princess Mako

When Japan’s Princess Mako marries her college sweetheart, she’ll have to give up her crown, royal status, and her place in the royal family.
The Imperial Household Law in Japan forces women to abandon their crown when they marry commoners.
Of course, this rule doesn’t apply to men.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

Eat up quick!

Queen Elizabeth attends a dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel. |
Toby Melville/Getty Images

As commoners, we’re used to eating as much as we please whenever we want. But a meal with the British royal family will put an end to that.

If the queen is present, the meal starts and stops with her. When she puts down her fork and spoon, everyone else is expected to do so as well. It’s probably best to have a snack before dinner.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

Hugs are reserved for royals only

The royal family usually disregards that “no hugging” rule. |
Chris Jackson/iStock/Getty Images

Apparently, royal people should not be touched by non-royals. This is a rule that is broken all the time, especially when the British royal family meets celebrities, politicians, or other major figures.

If you’re royal and not super into being touched, you just have to go with it because being royal means you mustn’t make a fuss.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

A career down the drain

Grace Kelly | Hulton Archive/Stringer/Getty Images

Career ambitions and aspirations don’t mean anything once you become a member of the monarchy. Perhaps one the most famous royals to give up her career was actress Grace Kelly, who became the Princess of Monaco.

After her marriage to Prince Rainer, Kelly never made another movie. From where we’re sitting, being a princess is a full-time job anyhow.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

Forget about a title

Prince Harry’s flame, Meghan Markle |
Mike McGregor/Getty Images

Marrying into the royal family doesn’t mean that you’ll be a king, queen, or even a princess.

Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Phillip, is Greek, so he can’t actually hold the title of king — he is a prince consort. If Prince William does become king, his wife, Duchess Kate, will be a queen consort. Also, when Prince Harry walks down the aisle with Markle, then she will become a duchess.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

Nicknames no more

Kate Middleton | Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Though we all love and adore Kate Middleton as simply “Kate,” she technically should only be referred to as the Duchess of Cambridge or “Ma’am.” If you want to get extremely technical and fancy, she should be referred to only as, “Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales.” If you weren’t too keen on your formal name before marrying a royal — too bad.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

Call a royal stylist

Kate Middleton’s style is iconic and loved by many. |
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If you’re a commoner who enjoys pushing the envelope or if you’re just generally confused about the rules of dressing with a regal flair, it’s probably best to call someone who knows what they’re doing. Back in her college days, the now-Duchess of Cambridge wore a sheer dress to walk the runway at a fashion show, and people are still mad about it to this day.

Now, the mother of two is known for her chic and sophisticated modern looks. Had the duchess known she was going to marry Prince William she probably would have avoided the drama to begin with.



Here’s What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

Enduring harsh judgments

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko |
Toru Yamanaka/Getty Images

If a commoner thought the public was hard to please, imagine getting the cold shoulder from inside the royal family.

Emperor Akihito of Japan married a common woman: Michiko Shōda, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. According to CBS News, Akihito’s mother, Empress Kōjun, was not exactly kind to her son’s new bride when they were first married.