Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Friday

Let's face it, we're either talking about watching Will & Kate's wedding or we're talking about how terribly stupid it is that people are talking about it. Now that we have established both camps, please choose a side. You MUST choose.

If you chose the first camp, continue reading. If you chose the second, you may continue reading, but I can't promise I will accept slander of the royal family UNLESS it's clever. Then, by all means.

So, I never thought I would have occasion to set my DVR to record 7 hours of the Today show starting at 3 a.m., but each day, a new adventure. Thankfully, I am deft with the remote so I'll probably only watch about 4% of what I record, but it will be worth it to have all that intel at my hands. I am not so much of a gawker to stay up/get up at the dead of night to watch pre-coverage speculation of what she might be wearing (my guess is sleek vs. ultra full skirt) and ... well, what else is there to discuss? William will probably wear a military formal uniform with a million gold buttons (boo-yah). The queen will be there, and I know what she looks like because I saw the movie. I've seen their church last spring:
A much prettier facility than the building across the street:
I found it hilarious how utterly bland this is, surrounded by the Abbey and Parliament and pretty much all of London.

I was too young to remember Princess Di's wedding, but I did grow up in the era of Diana's face on women's magazines and tabloids. My family falls into the camp of Pro-Royal, as in, we care about and have fascination with them for some reason. When Diana died, my aunt called in the middle of the night to talk it out. I at least remember it being very late, because I was up watching TV but my mom was asleep and woke up for the phone. As much as she cared about the Royals, she was not so geeked to have sleep interrupted for this news.

Events like this are interesting to me because it brings people together in a historical moment. Even the haters get to join in, and in years ahead they will continue their hate of how much they hated the event and how stupid everyone is who cares about such nonsense. Since those folks are mainly British, the rest of us on the other side of the pond will gawk and gossip and enjoy the frivolity. At least, I know I will.


  1. I am totally with you on this, I don't think it's stupid to be interested and to talk about it. I think a wedding is always such a hopeful thing, and since we know history, we know there are big obstacles for them, so we are rooting for them all the more. They seem to love each other and maybe even more importantly, to LIKE each other! And they are very pretty! And it's all very elegant and England has such charm, even in the rain. Except for the Queen Elizabeth Conference Center - what's up with that???

  2. I'm actually going to a tea this morning in honor of the wedding...I still think it's kinda silly, but hey, anything to go and have yummy food and hear my friends and their daughters squeal like piglets.

  3. I love tea time! I drink tea regularly, but there is something about the English tradition of an actual tea time that excites me. I'm sure it's the biscuits and cakes that accompany them. :)

  4. It was fun to know that whenever I put on the tv yesterday, there'd be some coverage of the wedding. And doesn't it have a way of drawing us right in, somehow? It was like a breath of fresh air ...

  5. I didn't end up getting up at 3 am to watch the wedding, but I did enjoy the highlights. :D


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