In what comes across as a delightfully candid home video, new footage has been released of Prince William filming his family — Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth — as they troop into a local restaurant to enjoy a roast lunch for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
You may have thought that a grand shindig with all the trappings would be planned for the British monarch’s special day, but apparently, a quiet family celebration is just what the royals wanted.
The video (which seems to have been shot by William) follows Kate as she sets gifts on the table, and then shows Charles and Camilla walk in, greeting Harry (who is already at the bar), as well as the Queen. The family then heads to the service counter where they load up their trays (just like normal human beings!) and proceed to dig in.
Before the luncheon ends, however, it’s time for the Queen to get her gifts. And she gets a framed picture of her beloved Corgis as well as a cushion with a Corgi print!
While one may feel delighted at this exhibition of complete “normalcy” on the part of the royal family, the truth is that this is not the royal family. They’re all lookalikes who have been filmed in the video by celebrity artist Alison Jackson. The video itself is a spoof created for the Queen’s upcoming birthday.
Jackson has previously created portraits of the “royal family” using their lookalikes. Among the well-known ones are an image of William and Kate enjoying a bubble bath with baby George (or it could be Charlotte), the Queen taking a selfie of the family (her phone cover has a picture of — what else? — Corgis), Kate posing in front of the mirror as she tries on the Queen’s crown, the Queen at the kitchen sink etc.
In the meantime, preparations for the real Queen’s 90th birthday are on in full swing. The event — planned by the same team that was responsible for her Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012 — will be held on the grounds of the Windsor Castle. It will feature 900 horses, more than 1,500 participants and will last over 90 minutes.
Incidentally, the Queen’s birthday is on 21 April. However, as per British royal tradition, her birthday is officially celebrated in the month of June. This year, the celebrations will be held between 12-15 May.
Since it's doubtful that we'll receive an invite for the real royal birthday, we'll content ourselves by watching the fake one: