A Royal Pain

A71F4A57A0AFCA63D1C6804DCE767D So, it looks like we are going to be stuck with a year long media love-fest around Prince William and Miss Boring. I'm quite certain that he was poked to hurry up with this wedding before the last of his hair fell out. One must look good on one's commemorative mugs after all.

Why do Americans care about this silliness? We love the Obamas for talking about work-life dilemmas and Michelle boards airplanes in shorts. Yet, we lap up information about these stiffs and their castles, titles, and furry-headed guards. 

I predict an avalanche of royal stories. This may be the new Tea Party movement or maybe the Tea Time movement. The Today Show anchors were clapping with glee over the expected rating jump this morning. Oh, the endless stories that can be milked out of this announcement. We're going to hear everything from recipes for scones to "what the hell is cricket" stories. Ugh. Even the serious New York Times tried to create a Room for Debate around this engagement.

The only tidbit that caught my attention last night was an interview with Kate's parents. They were in an English field with fencing for horse in the background. They were very sensibly dressed and they looked outdoorsy and chipper. It was a very English scene. I decided that I should like to be an English squire, too. Maybe that's what everyone wants.

9 thoughts on “A Royal Pain

  1. I care. I care deeply. Because I was starting to plan a frickin’ family trip to England this summer. I swear, if this royal wedding stuff interferes with my plans, I will have one very unhappy 12 year old Doctor Who addict on my hands.

  2. 🙂
    I remember watching both Diana & Charles and Andrew & Fergie’s live in Brazil. The first one in an ancient black & white TV!!!
    The world adores English royalty for some reason. oh well. Since I don’t watch TV/ the news, I don’t mind too much, but it must be annoying for those who do.

  3. I’m Canadian and I know that I am not the only one here in Canada who cares because I have had more than one phone call in the last two days asking if I had heard about the engagement. Americans may not understand it, but to those of us in the Commonwealth it can be a big deal. Over the years my feelings about the royalty have changed. When I was a teenage girl I really only noticed the glamour and fashion. Of course I adored Princess Di. I cried the entire way through her funeral, especially when I saw the white envelopes tucked in amongst the flowers on her coffin that read, “Mummy”. The bravery of the Queen Mum when she refused to leave London during the blitz is legendary. And as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that though they may be balding and pale, these people are descendents of rulers that were so smart, strong, brave and political, that they could bind together an entire nation and rule.

  4. …that they could bind together an entire nation and rule.
    Yep. That’s how my first American ancestor wound up orphaned and on a boat.

  5. Hey Alison, you beat me to it! Being another Commonwealth member (Canadian too), I think it’s a different feel knowing that Queen Elizabeth is our Queen as well as tied to thousands of years of British history. I feel the historical ties to Australia and fellow Commonwealth countries too.
    And I’m a huge history geek so when I hear Prince Charles speak about architecture, I think of George III and his love of architecture, etc.
    For us it’s much more than a People mag cover.

  6. Well, we have the legacy of both the French and the English…
    If those English hadn’t climbed up the cliff in 1759 and the French hadn’t lost, in North America we’d all be eating better food with a French joie d’vivre.
    Vive le Quebec libre!

  7. “If those English hadn’t climbed up the cliff in 1759 and the French hadn’t lost, in North America we’d all be eating better food with a French joie d’vivre.”
    I’m not totally sure about that. I was just looking at the recipe for poutine: French fries, cheese curds, and gravy.

  8. “these people are descendents of rulers that were so smart, strong, brave and political, that they could bind together an entire nation and rule.”
    Ugh. Thanks for reminding me why I’m glad to be an American (and not a member of the commonwealth).
    I enjoy the pageantry and talk about wedding dresses on pretty girls. The women of our family got up at an ungodly hour to watch Princess Di & Prince Charles get married, and we loved the super-poufy dress, sapphire ring, and really long train. I also think Queen Elizabeth II (and her Mum) seem like pretty decent folk and I admire the British for not surrendering (when all the nattering nabobs thought they would).
    But even if I did admire his ancestors, I’d still attach no value to William for having been descended from them. Yup, I am an American.

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