I am definitely feeling the age, knees hurt after Zumba, hate driving at night .. and when can I retire? After all, I am 61 years old. Nearly 61 and a half.
I have been writing about British and European royalty since the (gasp!) late 1970s It has been never been a full time job, but keeping up to date with births, engagements, marriages, divorces and deaths is not easy ... and I started doing it before THE INTERNET ... Imagine that.
One of the more popular royal websites is Royal Central, which recently celebrated its third birthday. The site is unabashedly pro-monarchy (especially pro- British monarchy), and celebrates this with a largely complete coverage of royal events - from births to overseas tours. The focus is the British monarchy, but editors and writers have also brought attention to the European royals, past and present. It is a melange of news and history.
The site's writers and editors are neither salacious nor offer gossip to readers.
But it may become as a surprise to many that most of the people involved with the development of this popular site are (GASP!) young people - under twenty, teenagers, university students.
The owner of the site is Martin Kujawa. He is said to be 18, and a university student. He's definitely young and the owner of Royal Central, according to registration documents.
(Easy to check one's age with Ancestry.co.uk)
From one site:
"Royalcentral.co.uk is tracked by us since May, 2013. Over the time it has been ranked as high as 177 299 in the world, while most of its traffic comes from USA, where it reached as high as 55 845 position. It was owned by several entities, from Martin Kujawa to Royal Central. It was hosted by RIPE Network Coordination Centre, UK Web/21 and others."
Domain name: royalcentral.co.uk Registrant: Martin Kujawa
As with many websites, magazines, newspapers, and so on, writers/editors come and go, move on, do new things. After the Editor-in-Chief and writers left last week, Martin earlier today announced that Charlie Proctor, a university student, has been given the mantle of Editor-in-Chief. Charlie is also in his late teens, and has been writing for Royal Central for two years. He has also contributed articles to the Huffington Post.
This young men - these teen kings - are leading the way for a new generation of royalists and royal writers. Experience and maturity will come.
Where's my wheelchair?