Royal Wedding

prince_william_kate_middletonI was on my way to work the other day, listening to the radio at the ungodly hour of 5:38am, and the news announcer started talking about the Royal Wedding. She mentioned the wedding being available on YouTube, and talked about two wedding cakes, and speculated about Kate’s gown. And said the big event was in one month. All I could think was, crikey, is it that time already? I felt like a Martian.

Thing is, I haven’t been paying attention because Kate and Will haven’t captured my imagination. I know for many of my parents’ generation, their union brings back memories of Diana and Charles. ¬†And I’m not indifferent to the idea of royalty and the aristocracy – I read historical romances, for crying out loud. But somehow, I’ve been pretty indifferent to the whole affair.

Now that I write this out, I think there are two reasons that I’m a bit shrugs-shoulders. The first is that unlike many girls of my generation, Wills was never fodder for my fantasies. No lie. So I don’t fantasize about being in Kate’s position. Speaking of which, that’s the second reason – I do not envy her role at all. In the limelight? Queen of England? Never having a real life? Cripes.

What about you? Have Kate and William caught your imagination? Will you be tuning in on the big day?

- Jean AAR

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10 Responses to “Royal Wedding”

  1. Tee says:

    If no crisis has occurred that day, I will probably be watching it. But, truthfully, I am not following any stories about the upcoming wedding unless they appear while I’m already watching TV, which is rarely. So, I’m definitely not obsessed with the wedding (thank goodness), but I hope to watch at least some of the activities that day, unless, of course, life gets in the way that particular moment. LOL

    She seems rather level-headed, certainly more so than Diana was at this same time in her life. But I agree with you that her life is not her own anymore. If that’s what she wants after all she’s seen regarding the complexities of Diana’s life, then let her have a go at it. It won’t be easy.

  2. Victoria S says:

    Jean, I’m in your camp about the upcoming royal wedding. I haven’t been following it, except when I’m channel surfing and their names pop up. I kinda fell sorry for them actually. I mean, imagine, being in the position that the only way to get the only job you’re qualified for, your parent has to die. That’s kinda creepy to me. And now poor Kate will have her every burp and scratch reported in the papers, again kinda creepy. And being compared to a dead woman for the rest of your life…that’s a losing position!! I prefer my royalty nicely imagined and well fleshed out in a historical by my favorite authors :-)

  3. Leigh says:

    My former neighbor is traveling to England during this time. Now she has friends there that she wants to visit, but she did plan it around the wedding. I am so not into it, I have a difficult time understanding why. She just thinks it will be a unique time there.

  4. LeeB. says:

    I have friends who are going over for the wedding too but even though I’m a huge Anglophile, the huge crowds (and higher hotel prices) are a turnoff for me. And no way am I waking up in the middle of the night to watch it on tv.

    But other than that, I think it will be a good show and wish the couple the best of luck.

  5. Lynn M says:

    I’m of the generation that watched Charles and Diana’s wedding, however I didn’t get up early to watch all of the televised coverage. Oddly, I did get up to watch Diana’s funeral events covered on live TV. Guess that makes me really morbid!

    Anyway, this is weird to admit, but I’m honestly hurt (offended?) by the fact that our President and First Lady didn’t receive an invitation given the close relationship the US has always had with GB. Other than the initial news coverage of the Obamas not being invited, I have no idea why they were dis-included from the guest list. But I can’t imagine a good reason since this is obviously a public event rather than a private one. And because of my feelings, I have no desire to watch any of the coverage.

    I’m not too worried about Kate – she strikes me as a pretty strong lady who’ll be able to handle the annoyances of being Queen very well. Things have changed a lot since Diana.

  6. Margaret says:

    Don’t be offended Lynn M…I believe the political invites were based on being a member of the Commonweath countries.

    I’m not interested in the wedding, and I find Harry more interesting than William…being second son is more fun, I think.

  7. AnnJ says:

    I am excited about the wedding. I will be up to watch at 4:00 am. I did it for Diana’s wedding and will do it again for Kate’s. I think that Kate is level headed and I am sure she knows what she is in for in this marriage, unlike Diana.

  8. Jean says:

    Tee – I remember in the movie King’s Speech, George’s wife (Helena Bonham Carter) says at one point, that she refused his first two proposals because she didn’t want the royal life. But presumably she decided it was worth it. We can only wait to see what Kate and Will will become in thirty years, if a Camilla will crawl out of the woodwork.

    Victoria S – I never thought of it that way. I suppose Wills could be a naval officer, if he wasn’t a prince. Somewhere, I heard he was pretty good at it.

    Leigh, Lee B – Unique it will be. I went to William Ashley yesterday, and the window display was full of Union Jacks. I can only imagine what it’s like in the UK. I think going to a country during a culturally significant event can be exciting. But the Royal Wedding will be nuts and a half. The crowds, man.

    Lynn M – I didn’t know that Obama hadn’t been invited. But I guess restricting the guest list to Commonwealth countries and crowned heads of state (and Kiwi rugby players and, uh, Kanye West) makes the decision easy, if royally unfair. Canada’s current Prime Minister would presumably go, which is really lucky for him because a national election could potentially kick him out three days later.

    Margaret – I sometimes wonder how Harry feels. Is he like George VIII, who actually never wanted to be king? Or does he envy his brother? Or both?

    AnnJ – 4:00am. Wow. I think the last time I did that was for an Olympic hockey game.

  9. I was so jaded by the whole Princess Diana marriage (and subsequent divorce) that I’ve become disinterested in the present royal family. I feel kind of sorry for Kate Middleton because her life will never be the same again.

  10. Lynda X says:

    I am old enough to remember the endless hoopla of Diana to Charles’s engagement, verses this one’s ho hum reception. The difference is, entirely, IMO, because of the damage the royal family has experienced from relentless and nasty invasion by the press. Between the inappropriate behavior of Harry (Nazi salute, etc.), Fergie (toe sucking), Charles (infidelity, tampon comment), and Diana’s criticism of Charles and others, the royal family has suffered an enormous loss of glamour and prestige. I hope Wills and Kate can bring it back. It will be interesting to see how her fashion choices (especially in hats) will change, after she is married.