If you know me, you probably know that I am very sickened by all of this “Royal Wedding” mania. And I bet that you’ve maybe even come to the conclusion that I am an anti-monarchist. But I’m not. I am actually a bit of a royalist.*
I love the idea of a royal family. I love the fairytaleness of it all. I love the tradition of it all.
And, if you believe some people, there is a great [?] economic boon to the state because of 1) tourist pounds (that’s like dollars, only more expensive, to my American readers) and 2) the great trade/arms deals that are said to follow on the heels of a royal visit.
But do I think that the entire royal family should be supported by the state? No. Do I think that minor royals need body guards and state-paid accommodation? No.
Actually, I don’t really have a formal opinion on which royals should get what state-paid services, so I’ll just stop there.
So then, if I’m all “Yay for the Queen!” what’s my problem?
Well, my problem is that it seems that 1) in a time of economic upheaval around the globe, way too much money is being thrown at the wedding and 2) the media and society are going crazy over this non-event.
Two people met and fell in love and are now getting hitched. That is certainly something to celebrate—for the families of those involved. I just don’t understand why I need to have it forced down my throat! (And, yes, if you post every detail of your wedding plans on Facebook, I’m probably going to need a sick bag, too!)
So, yay for Prince William and his bride. It’s a wonderful thing when people dedicate their lives to each other through marriage. I wish you both a future of joy and happiness. And may your first child be a masculine child. (Sorry, can’t resist a good Godfather quote when talking about weddings!)
But for the media and the people who are going insane over a wedding that they’re not even invited to: Please, let’s enjoy some real news.
You know, important stuff like:
- Millionaire janitor buys school new track
- Operation Smile and Smile Train combine to help more children
- Dozens of people perform CPR to save one heart attack victim
* This is being said by a woman who doesn’t fully understand the issues surrounding the constitutional monarchy.