Will you hire brand Will and brand Kate as your king and queen? – The Will and Kate in Canada Special – Part 8/8

Friday, 8 July, 2011

Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 33c - Closeup of Will and Kate thanks to my powerful zoom lens

Will you hire them as your king and queen? Yes, “hire”. For a moment, change your mindset and consider Will and Kate two of the many applicants for the future jobs as our king and queen of Canada. In this article, I plan with deal with the money side of the monarchy business. I will keep this short and in points form. Feel to share your thoughts and insight in the comments.

(note: By the way, we should not forget Kate’s father-in-law and mother-in-law. Yes, I won’t wish ill on anyone, but I believe King Charles and Queen Camilla will necessary come first in line of succession. And yes, Will comes with Charles as a doubled-up-package.)

Assumption:

(note: feel free to correct me if you can provide verifiable gc.ca or reputable newspaper sources, etc)

I will assume/guess the 9-day trip cost $5 million, another $5 million for security, for a total of C$10 million.

Observations:

*) Canadian clothing designers that Kate (and Will) wore put a nice spotlight on Canadian designers. You may not know it before this, but Canadian designers do great work too! Kate wore those Canadian designed clothing because they were well designed and look good on her (not just because they are Canadian designed). Again, this kind of worldwide attention and spotlight meant a lot for those Canadian businesses.

Check out “Kate Middleton’s stylish impact, by the numbers“. [via NP]

*) To me, “news” are the best form of advertising.

And the amount of positive news generated for tourism purposes around the world is definitely worth multi-millions easily. The businesses visited by Will and Kate should benefit for a long while for their moments with Will & Kate. Read the rest of this entry »


My royals #happy/#cool #sad #fail memories (blue vs purple wristbands) – The Will and Kate in Canada Special – Part 7/8

Friday, 8 July, 2011

Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 33c - Closeup of Will and Kate thanks to my powerful zoom lens

Will and Kate’s visit to Calgary and Canada has finished, now let me reflect on the memories that make me feel #happy/#cool, #sad, and #fail (in the sense that it could have been done better, much better).

My royals #happy/#cool memories

First of all, I want to say I had a great time seeing Will and Kate, a couple that is deeply in love, in Canada. I want to wish them all the happiness in the world. At the same time, I am not a “monarchist” as I stated here in G&M, and I am still impressed by Will’s character: “his ethics, his work as a coast guard rescuer and the couple’s request for charitable donations instead of wedding gifts“.

It was really #cool for the couple to spend their first moments in Canada at the National War Memorial, paying respect to our fallen soliders, retired soliders, and soliders on active duties.

And on Canada Day, it was thrilling and #cool to see them attend a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. And seeing them had some fun on Canada Day at the Parliament Hill shows (afternoon, where they couldn’t see much of the stage (yikes), and may more so in the evening when they could actually see the stage much better).

Believe it or not, my 3+ hours lineup, reporting (with video clips) experiences to get our wristbands were one of the most positive experiences in all these. I got to see Calgarians/Canadians trying to have some fun together.

Here is video footage of Will & Kate @ Calgary Stampede – BMO Centre – as seen from the purple wristbands area.

Here are some official Canadian Heritage official footage where they were much closer than we ever were. (note: it also highlights my problem of people who lined up over-night in the beginning of the line but did not get the blue wristbands as they should.)

Will & Kate at University of Calgary

By the way, University of Calgary put together this cool video to show Will & Kate’s visit to Ward of the 21st Century (W21C).

In addition to the cool U of C video, here are some nice footage from Canadian Heritage.

I won’t list and comment on all of their other activities, but I want to single out the way their Slave Lake visit was handled, it was superb. I think Will and Kate really care, and I also think they are well served by their close advisors.

By the way, I’ve saved a few #happy memories to share after my #sad memories, you will understand the “why” later.

(note: For my fellow Canadians that think Will and Kate’s visit to Canada wasted our tax dollars, I will write another article to deal with the money side of the monarchy business entitled “Will you hire them as your king and queen?” Stay tune.)

My royals #sad memories

My #sad memories are personal. You may feel differently. You see, even my better half doesn’t share the same impression as she was with me most of the time (except when I lined up for hours for the wristband and when I was reporting at the line up to the purple wristband area).

My #sad and painful memories happened yesterday afternoon at the beginning of the lineup into the purple wristband area. I don’t have the full story so I won’t try judge who are “right” and who are “wrong” but simply stay what and how I feel. It was #sad and painful for me to see my fellow Calgarians/Canadians screaming, yelling, and being extremely rude to each other at the start of the lineup. Read the rest of this entry »


Photos of Beautiful Flowers for the Royals – The Will and Kate in Canada Special – Part 6/8

Friday, 8 July, 2011

Here are my photos from my Flickr set of beautiful flowers for Will and Kate.

Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 01Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 02
Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 03Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 04

Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 05Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 06
Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 07Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 08
Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 09Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 10

Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 11Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 12

Will and Kate beautiful flowers - pix 13

Have a read & check out my video clips in my “Will & Kate in Canada Special” report series,

* “Part 8 – Will you hire brand Will and brand Kate as your king and queen?

* “Part 7 – My royals #happy/#cool #sad #fail memories (blue vs purple wristbands)

* “Part 6 – Photos of Beautiful Flowers for the Royals

* “Part 5 – Photos of Royals in Calgary Stampede

* “Part 4 – My Video reports from Royal Tour Calgary overnight wristbands lineup at Max Bell

* “Part 3 – My Priceless 2011 Royal Tour Purple Wristbands are NOT for sale

* “Part 2 – Jian Ghomeshi opening Q essay against Royals coverage overload

* “Part 1 – Defending and Welcoming Will & Kate


Photos of Royals in Calgary Stampede – The Will and Kate in Canada Special – Part 5/8

Friday, 8 July, 2011

Here are some photos from my Flickr set of the Will & Kate visit to Calgary Stampede.

Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 07 - this is CalgaryWill and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 01 - Beginning of the line

Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 06 - the photoWill and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 07 - this is Calgary

Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 25a - Shaheen Nenshi Nathoo (Mayor Naheed Nenshi's sister)Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 25c - Mayor Nenshi having fun with Rick Bell (Calgary Sun columnist), saying to the crowd don't tell this man anything except nice things about me

Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 25b - Ricky Bell (Calgary Sun columnist) mid interviewWill and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 33a - Hello Will and Kate
Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 33b - Closeup of Will and Kate thanks to my powerful zoom lensWill and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 33c - Closeup of Will and Kate thanks to my powerful zoom lens

Have a read & check out my video clips in my “Will & Kate in Canada Special” report series,

* “Part 8 – Will you hire brand Will and brand Kate as your king and queen?

* “Part 7 – My royals #happy/#cool #sad #fail memories (blue vs purple wristbands)

* “Part 6 – Photos of Beautiful Flowers for the Royals

* “Part 5 – Photos of Royals in Calgary Stampede

* “Part 4 – My Video reports from Royal Tour Calgary overnight wristbands lineup at Max Bell

* “Part 3 – My Priceless 2011 Royal Tour Purple Wristbands are NOT for sale

* “Part 2 – Jian Ghomeshi opening Q essay against Royals coverage overload

* “Part 1 – Defending and Welcoming Will & Kate


Video reports from Royal Tour Calgary Wristbands Lineup – The Will and Kate in Canada Special – Part 4/8

Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Will & Kate Wristband Lineup - pix 29 - A Lovely signed card from all the people who camped to see Will & Kate. What a great memory to have.

Will & Kate Wristband Lineup - pix 33

Here are two video reports based on footage filmed on Wed July 6th morning. Enjoy.

Ultimately, it is not about Will and Kate, it is about us. Like Ricky Gervais‘ brilliant Extras, “it wasn’t really about all the famous people in it“, it is about us, ordinary Calgarians, and Canadians in other cities creating our own special memories.

Will & Kate Calgary Wristbands Lineup and 5 secs greetings

Chat with a Chinese Canadian in Mandarin @ Calgary wristband Lineup

Update:

Have a read & check out my video clips in my “Will & Kate in Canada Special” report series,

* “Part 8 – Will you hire brand Will and brand Kate as your king and queen?

* “Part 7 – My royals #happy/#cool #sad #fail memories (blue vs purple wristbands)

* “Part 6 – Photos of Beautiful Flowers for the Royals

* “Part 5 – Photos of Royals in Calgary Stampede

* “Part 4 – My Video reports from Royal Tour Calgary overnight wristbands lineup at Max Bell

* “Part 3 – My Priceless 2011 Royal Tour Purple Wristbands are NOT for sale

* “Part 2 – Jian Ghomeshi opening Q essay against Royals coverage overload

* “Part 1 – Defending and Welcoming Will & Kate

Will & Kate Wristband Lineup - pix 51 - Tickets in Hand. Yeah !!!


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