On both cards, three woman strut their stuff above three cups. The top two cups pour their contents into the third, which overflows into the endless body of water around it. As for the women, they seem almost ecstatic.
The Royale shows the women in red, blue and orange, each with matching ribbons flowing out around her, a matching mask-cum-headdress, and matching ballet shoes. Sparkling trails highlight the flow of their movements, which seem balletic: legs held high; arms out flung; full of energy, but also a feeling of precision. They could be a troupe practising for a performance: enjoying the dance, the emotions depicted, but still with control, with awareness.
I can well imagine interpreting this card as being about emotional support from a group of work colleagues, or people who share a common interest. There's fun to be had, but it doesn't feel debauched or wild.
This definitely feels like a great Friday night out with friends, of the kind I haven't had in a long time! Would I still enjoy that kind of party? Maybe it would depend on the company :)
The Royale feels closer to my experience of socialising these days - a lot of fun, supportive and interesting. Today, this could be my mother coming to visit - we share a lot of common interests, as well as being family. Conversation with her is always stimulating, but it's not a party.
I am grateful for the reminder of what it's like to party like there's no tomorrow.