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 Post subject: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:52 pm 
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Yes, I'm afraid so. Outside of the UK and the USA, how much interest does the rest of the world really have in it, outside of the media?

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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:52 pm 
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I'm in the US, and even then, I have pretty much zero interest in the royal family.


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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 9:47 pm 
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^^

I know all sorts of people who are fascinated by this sort of thing, and I just... don't... get it.

Maybe it's because I have Opinions on the subject of monarchies? Maybe I just have no romance in my soul??? Maybe I didn't get the pony I wanted as a child?? But I fundamentally do not understand the appeal to Americans. Of course I understand why British people are into it, it's your royal family after all! But... Americans who are into this. Please. Explain it to me. I don't get it.

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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:29 pm 
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I don't understand why Brits would be so into it. Sure, one important person has found that special someone and is getting married. Big whup, people do that all the time. You're not Queen Lizzie, dammit.


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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:28 am 
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Why wouldn't people be excited? One of the world's biggest celebrities is getting married, to another celebrity, in a spectacular, old-fashioned, fairytale-adjacent wedding. It's a story with celebrities, princesses (not really, but close) and weddings, three of, literally, the most popular things on the planet. Naturally the intersection of these things will be massive.

People go into hysteria over the latest developments in the Kardashian family. There's programme after programme on TV about random members of the public getting married (there's even entire programmes about buying wedding dresses!). Young girls dress up as princesses. And now a minor American celebrity is actually enacting the plot of a hundred romance novels by marrying a massively famous and quite popular prince (whose life the public have been following literally since his birth!) in a vastly enpomped and encircumstanced formal wedding, in a palace. You can bet it'll be something people are interested in!


[It also reshapes many opinions, particularly American opinions, of what it means to be a British royal - and to some degree what it means to be British at all - since "mixed-race American divorcee actress marrying a war veteran" isn't what people imagine normally happens in the royal family. And things that seem unexpected or surprising are naturally the subject of more attention.]

It has no short-term importance, of course - it's all frippary, on the day. [Although I think in the long-run, having a mixed-race 'princess' (not really) has to be a positive thing for the reputation of the royal family, for the image of Britain abroad, and most importantly for race relations in the UK]. But let's face it, among all the possible celebrity news stories, two relatively likeable young philanthropists having a traditional (and slightly interracial) wedding is actually a relatively significant and positive story.

I'd rather read about this than yet another "is the pornstar daughter of a murderer's defence lawyer pregnant by her mentally-ill boyfriend!? Or do her patented appetite-suppressant lollipops just not work!? look, she's clearly a pound and a half heavier!!!" story.

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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:54 am 
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Perhaps I should have asked "how many foreigners are going to wish on Saturday that they were British instead?" The answer, according to a significant section of our media, seems to be "all of them".

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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:25 am 
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there are people in chile who are enthused about british royalty, but they're a minority: I myself try not to do the whole celebrity thing. it, of course, will be covered on TV, which people still watch for some reason.

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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:38 am 
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alice wrote:
Perhaps I should have asked "how many foreigners are going to wish on Saturday that they were British instead?" The answer, according to a significant section of our media, seems to be "all of them".

Ew. Well, as a foreigner myself, I can honestly tell you they're wrong.

I'm not sure royalty is something that's popular all over the world. I think it's popular in the US in large part because Americans have never had to directly experience it before in the colonies and tend to imagine themselves as royal family members rather than as people subject to them. Indian attitudes towards the concept of monarchy, royalty, etc. are rather different IME (and not just the British royalty, either).


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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:05 pm 
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It's all over America but do they really expect me to wake up at 5am to watch the marriage of the 5th(?) in line to the throne?

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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:00 pm 
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Sixth.

I post that mostly because I find it fascinating just how far down it goes.


In the meantime, in St. Louis, we have a tea room that calls itself, appropriately, The London Tea Room. It's run by a British couple, and they're doing a whole thing for it. Special teas, special cakes. Apparently even watching it (probably a recording?).


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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 11:35 am 
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We're having a special event at work today, complete with finger sandwiches (or so I've been promised) and TV coverage. But then the bride is an alumna. Otherwise I can't imagine we'd be marking the day at all.


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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 4:08 pm 
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Well for some reason I decided to DVR this thing and watch it. It was pretty typical but less pompous than Kate and William's marriage. The American preacher was interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 3:22 am 
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Although I think in the long-run, having a mixed-race 'princess' (not really) has to be a positive thing for the reputation of the royal family, for the image of Britain abroad, and most importantly for race relations in the UK

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 Post subject: Re: The Royal Wedding
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 7:41 am 
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I myself was kinda into it, but only during the actual service, because I'm literally the closest thing to a republican in the CofE. I actually enjoyed the service a lot, very touching, and also understated in a nice way (like how Harry and his brother wore majors' uniforms rather than of one of the higher ranks they could have picked), certainly in comparison to his brother's (my giddy aunt was that OTT). The annoying bit with anything like this is when people try to make more out of it than there is, and in that respect I'm kinda glad I'm not in America cause I'm not sure I could have stood that.

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