Royals: The best of the not-at-their-best pix of the week
One of the lessons about being royal is the ability to take advantage of photo opportunities.
Sometimes it works, sometimes they should have thought twice, sometimes you just make the best of an awkward situation.
This was a week of plenty of royal-type photo-ops. Awkward? Well, they certainly begged for punchlines. You be judge on how well the royals fared:
KING OF KENNINGTON
What is that ditty they used to sing on Sesame Street? ... 'One of these things is not like the others'?
It's not too hard to guess the odd man out in this photo, though Prince Charles tries his royal best to at least pretend he can bring his own sense of hip to this group of young people. The occasion was his visit this week to the Kennington neighbourhood in London. A group of teens in the area take advantage of The Prince's Trust, which helps out disadvantaged young people with personal development programs. As the group posed for a photo, they struck their poses. Charles laughed and joined in with a little finger pointing of his own. Losing the tie might have helped.
WARNING: DON'T FEED THE STUDENTS
You never can be too careful .... This isn't as sinister as it looks, but it's an awkward way for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to chat with her hots at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School in London. Eventually, the duchess joined the kids behind their schoolyard bars for some reading sessions as she checked on the progress of the Beanstalk charity, which promotes literacy. The children were obviously aware of her importance. One 6-year-old asked: "Are you going to be Queen?" Camilla coyly replied: "You never know."
DON'T LOOK NOW ...
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck assumes the greeting pose as he inspects a guard of honour in New Delhi, India, on Friday -- though that unsmiling soldier with the raised soldier seems somewhat menacing. Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema are on a seven-day official visit to India.
HAS HENRY VIII BEEN HERE?
Recipe for errie .... Put together one headless little boy's suit circa 1953 and put it in a dimly-lit throne room at Buckingham Palace. Who says the place isn't haunted? This is actually the outfit worn by a then 4-year-old Prince Charles on June 3, 1953, the day his mother, Queen Elizabeth, was officially crowned monarch. The clothes worn by the royals on that day are being exhibited this summer at the palace. This week, curators went deep into the Royal Collection to haul out the 60-year-old clothes for a photo-op preview. Apparently there were no decent Charles look-a-likes available to model the clothes. Or no one wanted to be caught dead a frilly shirt.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
The Queen usually is at Sandringham in January, but that doesn't mean Buckingham Palace can be without guards. None of those big bearskin hats, please. A simple bowler with a Union Jack theme does nicely, and it keeps the tourists happy in the middle of snowstorms that blanketed the UK this week. Unfortunately for this chap, the work is purely seasonal.
'JUST SMILE AND IGNORE THEM, GIRLS ... MAYBE THEY'LL GO AWAY'
Princess Stephanie of Monaco and her daughters Camille and Pauline found themselves surrounded by some odd looking characters this week in Monte Carlo. Lucky for them, they discovered the circus was in town and these people were not just some jet-setting weirdos.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, RIGHT?
The king wannabe bears only a fleeting resemblance to Charles, but that didn't deter Camilla from assuming as regal a pose as she could next to the pint-sized royal imposter this week at St. Mary's school in London. No sense wasting an opportunity to sit next to a king, whatever the vintage.
THIS WILL IMPRESS THE GIRLS ...
Welcome to the royal bedroom .... Prince Harry shows off his sleeping area in the VHR (Very High Readiness) tent that served as home he was on duty at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. His tale of his life on deployment was told this week, but apparently it did not include episodes where the bachelor prince made his bed. Also, his attempt to camouflage himself behind a Santa hat with pigtails did not fool anyone. Fortunately, it was not required headgear on the Apache helicopter.