Hello again. There's certainly been a massive amount of publicity to do with the Royal Wedding. It was a marvelous occasion and I personally loved the use of greenery in Westminster Abbey, along with the inspiring music. It seemed to me to be a perfect blend of old and new and there was something about their traditional service and dress, that evoked a 'bygone age'. You would not otherwise know that I featured Lady Diana Spencer in my 'Famous Lives' chapter of the book. So if you want to know what really makes Di tick, then just grab yourself a copy and check it out.
It is therefore only fitting in some regards, that I should also feature her son William and his bride Catherine. Now things are more straightforward in 'Life Chart' terms if you're under 30. You have not yet lived that long and you have only experienced one adult 'Year of Broken Pathways' at age 19 and one adult 'Year of Revolution' at age 24. So, apart from the two childhood 'significant years' of 7 and 12, these may be the only real glimpse of the themes of your life. Don't worry about that phrase :- "the themes of your life" just yet, as I am going to teach it to you a bit later on this year.
Now let's check our facts out togerher, shall we? It transpires that William and Catherine were actually both born in 1982 (Catherine first on 9th. Jan. and William on 21st. June). This means that they are both in their age 19, 'Year of Broken Pathways' for at least a portion of the year (21st. June 2001 to 9th, January 2002). This shared time in a personal year, that repesents a turning point and a challenge, has a special name....but once again this is in advance of where we are up to in your education, so I'll have to leave it alone for now.
So, what happened in this time? Now who is in fact miles ahead of me here? Where did William and Catherine meet and when? That's right it was at St. Andrew's University in Term One, 2001. This is smack in the middle of both their age 19 'Years of Broken Pathway'. There is an amusing anecdote that I read of their first meeting, where Catherine is introduced William Wales (as he was known at University) at a nearby pub. Catherine got quite embarrassed and did a curtsy and then William got surprised and spilled his beer over himself.
There was a fateful quality to this meeting as history now attests. Also while William was still within his age 19 'Year of Broken Pathways' he bought a ticket (for around $300) to be in the first row of a fashion show that Catherine modelled in; wearing that now famous dress. They were friends at that stage, sharing student digs along with others, but he was heard to exclaim:- "Wow! Kate's hot." when she came down the catwalk. This well recorded moment also had a 'fateful turning point' nature to it. No relationship just yet, but certainly some interest.
There was to follow several years of uphill struggle for both, as they sought to keep their relationship under wraps. Nearby Balmoral Castle was a haven in this time. An ordinary couple a generation ago, may simply have married pretty soon after... but this is the 2000's and they are no ordinary couple. Can you see for yourselves how this time of challenge in their lives matches 'Life Cycles' theory.
Alright, we have only one other year to investigate and that is their age 24, 'Year of Revolution'. This corresponds to June, 2006 to June, 2007 for William and Jan, 2006 to Jan, 2007 for Catherine. Remember, this is a time of upheaval and the ushering in of a 'new age/new direction'. It is doubly so when you are both in this storm together. Now, who can tell me the only other time in their shared history before the wedding, when there was an upheaval in their relationship? You've only to look it up on the computer, to see it was the time in which they broke up and after a relatively short period reconciled. Yes it's smack dab in the middle of William's 'Year of Revoltuion' and provides a surprise ending to Kate's 'Year of Revolution'.
Now I've researched this era in full, but I won't go into too much detail just now. It seems that William was being torn by a need to be 'one of the boys', particularly within his regiment and on the other hand, to settle down with just Kate. He was getting out and about to local drinking spots in Dorset (where he was stationed) and meeting some local girls. Kate meanwhile was in London and was being patient through all this, but it must have been trying. Also these girls courted publicity, unlike some aristocratic girls that caught William's eye, but knew how to 'fly under the radar'.
Kate however was still expecting big things after she was invited to attend William's passing out parade at Sandhurst in December, 2006, which was her first high-profile event, with the Queen also in attendance. This was not how it turned out and instead William announced that it was too soon for him to settle down and they split up in April, 2007. I know they must have felt the full force of the 'Year of Revolution' and William also had a life altering experience (by his own admission), when a female intelligence officer he trained with was killed in Iraq. He said it made him think about his life and the things that matter.
The next public record we have of a reconcilliation with Catherine was her attendance at Lulworth Army Barracks as a guest of Prince William in June, 2007. This then concludes William's tumultuous 'Year of Revolution'. Think about my analysis. I have only the most meagre time period in their lives to examine. The possibility that I can find credible evidence is very slight and I just deal in biographic data. I deal in well-known cases because I simply want to get you to look at your own lives a bit more.
I'm sure you will join with me in wishing William and Catherine (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) all the very best for a long and happy life together. Next month I will feature something totally different and scandalous from Indonesia, where I have so many blogging associates. I know you Indonesians will love this one. Until then:- may the cycles always bring you good fortune.