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‘The Royal Wedding and the Making of a Modern Princess’


Fri, September 30, 2011 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

The April 2011 nuptial celebration of Prince William and Catherine Middleton offered a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revel in the grandeur and pomp of British ceremony at its best.  Through the inevitable comparisons of Catherine with her husband’s late mother, Princess Diana, we see an evolving model for the modern European princess.  As both commoner and Royal, Catherine must carefully balance the expected glamour of her position and indeed the promoting of herself, with the role of the People’s Princess, ever in touch with the masses from which she rose to become the Duchess of Cambridge.


Lindsey Schell is the Librarian for English Literature and Women’s Studies at the University of Texas Libraries.  She has a bachelor's degree from Tufts University in history and women’s studies, as well as a master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  With a lifelong fascination with the British royal family, she does not identify herself as a royalist.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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