The festive season has begun and the royals know how to get in the spirit. Kate Middleton and her hubby, Prince William, joined the family in a bit of holiday merry-making over the weekend, during which the typical shenanigans you would expect at any family’s holiday get-together took place.
Kate and William got cozy under the symbolic mistletoe, where they sipped a hot drink and smooched like the adorable lovebirds they are. The whole family also squeezed in for a group selfie that was taken by none other than the Queen.
If this all seems too entertaining and hilarious to believe, that’s most certainly because it is. The captured shots of what appear to be Kate, William, the Queen, and crew are, in fact, from a spoof photo shoot taken at a high street Costa Coffee in London. The results are quite convincing, as well!
The Mirror reveals who the woman responsible for the shoot is, and the outlet relays why she decided on this specific project that remarkably captures the appearances of Kate and gang to perfection.
“Spoof photographer Alison Jackson set up the photoshoot with the group of professional impersonators, to imagine what it would look like if the family had spent a long day traipsing up and down the high street in search of presents.”
The selected actors have jaw-dropping likenesses to the royals they are portraying. The Queen is seen looking through an issue of OK! Magazine, Camilla enjoys a hot cup of tea, and Will and Kate get affectionate under the mistletoe. It is only when looking close up that people may that these are, in fact, impersonators.
Although the actual royals and star royal couple, Kate Middleton and Prince William, were not actually seen getting festive at a local high street establishment, there has been a flurry of outrage towards the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by residents in Middleton’s hometown.
Two decorative posts have been erected at the entryway to Kate’s home village in commemoration of the royal couple’s marriage in 2011. Residents are annoyed with the new addition to the village and are complaining that the posts are a complete eyesore. The Daily Mail relays more about the new addition to the town and the reaction of residents.
“Two 8ft tall posts erected in Kate Middleton’s home village to celebrate her marriage to Prince William have been branded an ‘eyesore’ by residents. The wooden posts, which are topped with acorn carvings, were put up at the entrance to Bucklebury, Berkshire, where the Duchess of Cambridge spent a large part of her life. They were chosen by Lord of the Manor Willie Hartley-Russell, who said they were a ‘fitting commemoration of the Royal Wedding in 2011’.”
The residents of Buckleberry are speaking up about their distaste for the apparent unsightly additions to the town’s entrance. The Daily Mail relays words of those who are protesting the posts, which the artist, who created the posts, defends.
“That is what should probably be done, chop them down and burn them, just like some gates that were put up near there in the past. They’re pretty big things as well, not just a small statue, for example. I haven’t seen them up until now. What on earth has Willie Hartley Russell done that for. There is absolutely no reason for them to be there. As well as not liking them personally I just don’t think they fit in with Bucklebury and its history.”
For the time being, the posts will remain, and those who made the decision to design and install them see them as a very important connection to Kate Middleton and the throne. It isn’t every day that a town’s resident marries the future king, after all.
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