Beyoncé appears to be in a seaside garden of sorts. Climbing roses clinging to a lattice create a colorful halo around the barefoot pop star’s head. A flowing blue veil adorns her blond locks. Held closely to her chest, wrapped in floral swaddling, are two small infants: Sir and Rumi.
The photograph is in keeping with her pregnancy announcement, which she posted to Instagram on Feb. 1 with the caption, “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. — The Carters.” It remains the most liked post on Instagram, clocking in at 11 million “likes” as of early Friday.
Beyoncé was also surrounded by a halo of flowers in that photo, and she wore a similar transparent veil.
These similar features might be metaphorical. As The Washington Post’s Anne Midgette wrote of the announcement photograph, “Flowers stand in for the mystery of life and death and fertility and fecundity; the veil, like her belly, simultaneously exposes and conceals; and every bit of the image pulses with symbolic potential.”
Both photographs may also contain religious undertones. After all, as The Post’s Katie Mettler wrote, Beyoncé maternity photos filled her personal website, interspersed with lines such as, ‘Mother has one foot in this world and one foot in the next, mother black Venus,’ and ‘Venus has flooded me.’”
Much of the Internet’s swift reaction to the photo shared Friday was expected: unabashed, giddy excitement with some defensiveness of the twins sprinkled in.
But many people were confused by Beyoncé’s caption. Why did it read “Sir Carter and Rumi” rather than “Sir and Rumi Carter,” they desperately wanted to know. After all, if his name is “Sir Carter” then his full name would be “Sir Carter Carter,” right?
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