Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Royal Wedding

(From People.)

I don't get it.

People sat in front of their TVs and/or computers (the event was being streamed live on YouTube) waiting for hours to watch the wedding. There were bursts of excitement everytime some distinguished or influential guest showed up, and even when a glimpse of the wedding dress could be seen when the bride waved through a car window. I was on Twitter at the time, and my timeline consisted of these topics and these topics only:
  • Kate Middleton's dress
  • Kate Middleton's makeup
  • Prince William's bald spot
  • How hot Prince Harry was
  • Hats
  • Wedding guests
  • Princess Beatrice and her show-stopper of a...head piece.

(From Now.)

I really don't get what the big deal was about...besides so much of the taxpayers' money being blown like that. Maybe these sentiments will change when I get older or something, but it was a wedding of two people almost all of us don't personally know. I don't know about other weddings, but Chinese weddings can sometimes be drag; guests attend out of obligation and/or for the food. What about all those people crowded outside Westminster Abbey? They had neither!

Also, I just don't get all the scrutiny. Most of the people I know who watched (granted, they were teenage girls) were pretty much holding their collective breath to see the soon-to-be Duchess' wedding dress and makeup. Poor Kate Middleton -- imagine all that pressure, the eyes of the whole world on you, just waiting to see you emerge from the car. Thank God everyone loved her dress; I actually felt a bit relieved for her.

Everyone -- everyone -- was going on and on about Prince William's bald spot. Look: it's his head. If he feels comfortable enough to take off his hat and display his lack of hair to the world, good on him. If it really, for whatever reason, matters to you so much or somehow even offends you, look away. The amount of hair on his head matters nothing to you. As long as Kate Middleton is okay with it, it's all good.

I have to say, though, I was surprised to see the pictures of Prince William in the papers. In my head, he will always look this good:

(From Kentura.)

I was pretty confused when people on Twitter said Prince Harry was looking good at the wedding, since I always remembered Prince William as the better-looking prince. And then I saw the photos...

(Both are from Tumblr, click for links.)

...and I asked myself when that happened.

Moving on, what is with all the royal wedding merchandise? It's... It's just crass! There're key chains and tea bags and food and mugs and dishes and sick bags and toilet paper, and it's just insane! Why would people buy those things? They're horrible moneymaking schemes!

I do hope this is fake.
(From Gizmodo.)

So that's my take on the royal wedding that I did not watch. The hype was near ridiculous, but congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a) for getting through their wedding day alive and b) on their marriage. May it last longer than Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's did.

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  1. In reply to your "What about all those people crowded outside Westminster Abbey?"

    You have to understand the public's love and sentiment, in order to understand why they did that.

    It's times like these when the public remember their sentiment towards the monarchy. You must remember, the monarchs aren't just nobodies to the British public. They know their royals - some of them still love them patriotically - and they know them, having followed their lives closely - many would feel even sentimental, having watched the princes grow up.

    In a way, It's a lot to do with Diana. Before her, the royal family were just a bunch of stuck-ups, a waste of the people's money, indeed. But she did change it around and made the people love her. Her humanitarian work was outstanding - she communicated with the people, she was an icon, and the star of the royal family, to the point when the royals wanted to reign her in for being outshining the rest of the monarchy, especially Prince Charles. Even after they divorced, she continued with her charity work, and the media spotlight followed her, regardless of the fact she'd left the royals already. But more than that, Diana was the saving grace of the Windsors. Although she died so young, she had enough time to instill her spirit in her boys, giving them as normal a childhood as they could get, and yet always reminding them of their responsibilities, to the point when the princes were asked in an interview "What do you think is the best part of being a prince?" they both replied, "Having a roof over our heads." The princes then became something more of their ancestors before them, their military ranks not empty ones, William having credentials in three different military ranks, including being a R.A.F. pilot, and Harry wanting above all else to serve in Afghanistan, which he finally did. (They wouldn't let him because they feared he would be a target and a liability to his squad.)The princes were real to the people, they were good, and had in them all that the public had always loved in Diana. You may not have personally known them, but to the Brits, it was as good as if they did, and they loved them.

    All this said, with this wedding, the memory of Diana is brought back to people's hearts and the people are remembering what the royal family mean to them - besides being a credible source of tourism income and the princes who pack in a lot of humanitarian work. On Twitter and CNN, many times Brits were exclaiming, "it's hard not to be proud of being British at a time like this." The royal family looks younger now, and hope is reborn just like it was at the time of Diana's marriage to Charles. In short, you could say it was the regeneration of faith in the monarchy, and a renewal of patriotism towards the royals of one's own country. People are looking to Kate to bring back Diana's legacy, and the thought of William's one day being king has become more real. The people are waiting out there, to have a part in things, for the same reason they would camp out someplace to watch their country's match in a world cup up on a public screen.

    Maybe if you understood the force of the Brits toward their very own monarchs, then you would understand why they would have loved taking part in something like this.

  2. Isn't it true that what the people know of the royal family is what they hear via the press? How reliable is that source?

    It's very strange to try and see the monarchy of my own country as celebrities as how some of the British do theirs, but I understand a little better after having read your comment. Some of the things you posted never occurred to me.

    Thankyou for the enlighenment. (: