by Lilian Kershaw
It has been more than a year since Kate Middleton and Prince William exchanged vows. Their fairytale romance, which began when both were students at the University of St. Andrews, has sparked many a little girl’s dream and moved some to take direct action to snag their own prince. Enrollment in Art History degrees has grown 35 percent and participation in campus lingerie shows has doubled.
Campus officials have begun referring to this phenomenon as “the royal bump.” Harmon Talbot, vice president of enrollment management at the University of Red Mountain in Alabama, credits Kate and Wills with reinvigorating what some thought was a dead major.
“In the last 10 years, the number of art history majors has declined drastically,” said Harmon. “In fact, here at URM, the major was on the chopping block as a budget reduction measure. Once American girls heard that Kate met Prince William while studying art history, every program in the nation started getting tons of ‘likes’ on their Facebook pages. It saved the department at many institutions.”
“Kate is my role model. She has overcome her common background and married the future king of England!” exclaimed Carlie Hendricks, who will enter the University of the Valley in Idaho this fall. “I was originally going to major in Women’s Studies, but after the wedding I just knew that I would be an art history major. How else are you supposed to meet a prince in Idaho?”
The effects of the royal bump have had an unforeseen impact outside of the classroom, too. Campus charity lingerie shows, like the one rumored to be the scene of Kate and Prince William’s first meeting, have begun popping up at campus nationwide.
“We had one of those lingerie events a few weeks after the wedding,” said Talbot. “It was sponsored by the art history department. And they had more young women volunteer to model than they needed. It took a dark turn, though.” According to the police reports and court filings, attendees, mostly middle-aged men from the local area, came armed with dollar bills and rushed the stage to “tip” the models. The resulting melee had to be quelled by the Alabama National Guard.
Ms. Hendricks, however, is undeterred by stories such as these. “I’m not real excited about being in a lingerie show, but I’ll do it,” said Hendricks. “I’m going to do whatever I have to do to meet and marry a prince. Otherwise, I’m going to end up with some management major that I meet while doing a keg stand at a demeaning fraternity party. That is not my fairytale ending!”