Is it just me, or is it weird to see Kate Middleton performing royal duties? I mean, all this time we’ve been drilled with the notion that she’s just another commoner; her whole storyline in the media has been “local girl makes good,” and now we’re going to have to start taking her seriously as a princess who regularly socializes with people like…well, like the Obamas.

Of course, in this picture we have what appears to be a normal-girl moment shared between Michelle and Kate during the Obama’s recent trip to England, which I appreciate. In my mind, the two of them are having a good laugh over how ridiculous all the pomp and circumstance is, and maybe even a chuckle about how much the waistband of Kate’s hose are cutting into her abdomen, which you’d think they could fix — she is a princess, after all!

Anyway. It’s not that I have anything against Kate Middleton or that I begrudge her the mini-throne. It’s just…weird. It’s like seeing someone you know star in a movie. And I have to wonder if it’s weird for Michelle Obama here, too, to defer to tradition and treat this chick who everybody in the world just watched become royalty as if she’s always been royalty.

[image via NYMag]