The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry are in Arosa, Switzerland, to attend the wedding of Mark Tomlinson, whose parents are good friends of the Prince of Wales, and British rider Laura Bechtolsheimer. The German-born Bechtolsheimer won two Gold Medals in Dressage at the London Summer Games.
The wedding will take place tomorrow in a Lutheran church in Arosa. Today, the Duke and Duchess were seen on the slopes. The Duke skiied, while the Duchess used a sledge.
This is the second holiday for the couple in less than three weeks, after spending more than a week at Mustique. Yes, it is a holiday. Spending a few days in Switzerland, breathing in the fresh air, skiing, enjoying time with family and friends is a holiday.
In December, the Dduchess was hospitalized as it was stated she suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a serious condition for a pregnant woman.
Most pregnant women do not recover quickly from HG, but the Duchess seems to have rebounded rather quickly. She has flown to Mustique, a long flight, and now to Switzerland for the wedding. I wonder if the HG was a misdiagnosis.
The Duke of Cambridge, a helicopter rescue pilot, has not carried out a single official engagement since the fall. The Duchess has managed to squeeze out one or two engagements in between shopping and walking the dog.
Earlier today, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II had to cancel her official appearance on Saturday in Swansea, Wales, for St. David's Day. It is a shame that her grandson, the second line to the throne, could not have put his duty before entertainment, and said that he would fill in for his grandmother. Imagine the media coverage if the future Prince of Wales called his grandmother and said, Catherine and I will go to Wales for you, and fulfill the engagement. Instead, they chose to attend the wedding of a friend. A little sacrifice and duty can go a long way.
It really is about time that the Duke and Duchess become full time royals, and take on more engagements. Their living arrangements and security are largely funded by the British taxpayer.