The more I follow British royalty news, the more headlong I fall into avidly devouring any news items about the “senior royals”. Unfortunately, my thought processes do support the lopsided and anti-feminist articles that report on what the duchesses are wearing and their physiques, fixated on their appearances rather as much or more than the causes they support. That being said, it’s not lost on me that the duchesses married to the princes of my generation are not much younger than I am and now that both of them have child(ren), they seem much more relevant to me. All part of the marketing and monarchial machinery, I guess.
Since Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has a more modern and daring style, I tend to admire and wish for myself more often the outfits and accessories I see Catherine in. Yes, there are blogs out there making wonderful profits figuring out who she was just spotted wearing and finding replicas at more affordable places. I’m not so keen to go down that rabbit hole nor do I have the budget to shop for the real item or a replica. Still, some items that are on heavier rotation and are mentioned time and again and catch my eye in terms of style, I will start to plot how I might own that as well. Such as the Monica Vinader earrings I got. Such as the Castaner wedge espadrilles she’s worn four times this summer (and Extra Petite wore as early as 2017). And those elegant nude block heel D’Orsay style shoes from Aldo that are probably super uncomfortable for me and my wide feet would look terribly ugly wearing.
The latest inspiration is the healthiest one, which is to adopt her workout which includes some of the best of core and lower-body workouts. Largely for my own reference, I’ve reformated and reproduced the five parts of her workout below.
1. Hip raises
Targets: Glutes and hamstrings
Reps: 2 x 20 (basic); lift one leg up and repeat for 10 reps before switching sides (advanced)
2. Diagonal lunges
Targets: quads, glutes, hamstrings, inner and outer thighs
Reps: 2 x 15 (basic)
3. Calf raises
Targets: calves, ankles
Reps: 25 feet in parallel & 25 feet in ballet first position (basic); repeat both sets on one leg at a time for 15 reps each side (advanced)
Targets: abs, back, shoulders
Reps: single leg planks for 30 seconds, side plank on each side for 30 seconds
5. Prone skydiver
Targets: back, shoulders, chest
Reps: 3 x 10-15