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When I said I know far too much royal trivia, I wasn't kidding...

 
 

Royal (enthusiast) by birth

Like most young American girls in the '90s, I grew up listening to my mom and sisters doting on all things Princess Diana. One of my earliest pop culture memories was Diana's famous Panorama interview, and the subsequent frenzy. I had paper dolls of Diana and my sisters and I would lay on our bedroom's floor, flipping through magazines featuring Diana, as a poster of Prince William hung above us on the wall. 

 
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Ah, what might have been... ;) 

So it's not a surprise, per se, that I have an exorbitant amount of brain space filled with British Royal knowledge.

And during days as a journalism student, I dreamt of someday being one of the go-to royal correspondents for the world; the ones the fly in to London to be THE authority on all-things royal...

*Spoiler alert* that dream did not exactly come to fruition.

 

But(!) I have done some pretty fun things as a royal blogger as a hobby. 

 

The Meme that started it all

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While following the Royal Australia/NZ tour of 2014, I saw the perfect snap of Kate Middleton sailing and decided to meme it, posting it to my now defunct royal tumblr. It started getting reblogged like crazy and suddenly I was seeing it all over royal Pinterest boards and Twitter.

BUSTLE even picked it up for a story.

 

My Buzzfeed debut

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In honor of the three year anniversary of William and Kate's 2011 wedding, I wrote this post for Buzzfeed.

 

Duchess-at-Large is launched

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As I began to get more involved in the online royal blogging community, I decided to take the leap and start my own royal blog, Duchess-at-Large, in the summer of 2014.

From current royal happenings to royal rules and protocol and beyond, I covered a vast range of topics. It quickly amassed a following and though I haven't kept it regularly updated the past years, it still maintains steady traffic from all over the world. 

 
 
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500,000 views & counting... 

 

On a fateful day in July 2017, I was able to not only see William and Kate in person, but *speak* with both of them, as well.

*internal squealing intensifies* 

I posted this video (Instagram won't let me embed it here, sorry!), which went viral within the royal-watcher community pretty quickly. It was picked up by a few "bigger" royal blogs, and in total has amassed more than 500,000 views. 

And, if you're wanting know more about that crazy day, you can read about it all here. ;) 

 

So even though I didn't end up reporting on the royals professionally...

I'd say I've had a pretty good run of success as an amateur royal-watcher from Kansas City. ; )