Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding

This nation is being torn apart.  One the one side, you have the unabashed Royalists taking up precious space on DVRs across the country with hours upon hours of coverage of the fanfare and pageantry.  On the other, you have the, shall we say, Patrick Henrys.  You've seen their Facebook status updates, often drawing upon all sorts of historical references ranging from our Revolution to the Magna Carta.   

I find myself a bit torn on this.  I recognize the whole thing is rather silly.  It appears William does to, at least according to lip readers who claim he said "We're supposed to have a small, family affair" at the altar.  The silliness is compounded by an outlandish procession, paid for by the public purse (because really the Royals don't have too much wealth on their own).  But I also don't thinks that we Americans are that different than the British.  Are you telling me Americans are not obsessed with a family of do-nothings?  (Kardashians).  Are you telling me we don't have a distinct upper class elites who "dress for dinner" and use the word "summer" as a verb? (The Cabots, the Lodges, the Kennedys, the Walkers/Bushes, etc.).  Only difference is the target of the public's obsession in the UK is passed on by the rules of inheritance.  (Plus there's no employer in the US that would give anyone the day off to watch this nonsense). 

I wish the Duke and Duchess a happy marriage and the best in life.  Now, time to focus on more important things, like the NFL draft.    

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3 Comments:

Anonymous emily said...

Her dresses were A-MAZING.

4/29/2011 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my thought, it was a gorgeous wedding of two people who looked to be in love.

I think they did a good job of keeping this about their love and remembering that well they are Duke and Duchess.

I loved her dresses. But above all I loved the little moments, like when Duchess Kate and Duke William each looked a bit nervous. I loved seeing Wills tell Kate she looked pretty.

I also loved watching Harry look over at Kate, with a mischievous smile.

All of these moments meant yes it was a royal wedding, but it was also a wedding for the couple.

Wishing you all the best for a happy marriage, William and Kate oops Catherine.

4/29/2011 10:24 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

The royals at least provide some sort of "service" to the Brits, as opposed to the ridiculous people elevated in the US to celebrity-dom because of our need to have something fill the gap.

I really did enjoy watching the wedding. I got up early in 1981 (pre DVR, day-long replays on cable) to watch Diana marry Prince Charles. I hope this marriage is much happier for William and Kate.

No one does pomp and circumstance like countries that have royals. We just have nothing like this in the U.S. I was, however, glad it was another country footing the bill. I don't think I'd have enjoyed it so much otherwise.

5/02/2011 8:31 AM  

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