A friend of mine recently went on a rant of Tweets, asking why anyone would be interested in the royal wedding. As this event is expected to be the most watched broadcast in the last decade, I personally can value its appeal. Mind you that I’m a matchmaker, where love is my profession, and that I’m a woman heavily influenced by Disney movies and Nicholas Sparkes, and thus I proudly declare: Heck Yes! I AM excited for the royal wedding.
Although my friend seems to understand who’s interested (mainly women), he’s curiousity stems on why we’re so interested. He has valid reasons: They’re not our royals, does royalty even need to exist at a democratic United Kingdom, and why oh why are women so crazy over this?
Once upon a time, the sun never set in the British Empire. So many nations around the world have been directly affected by its political powerhouse. Even today, one could not deny the reach and influence the Empire has. The UK is a key player in almost all international bodies: The European Union, the Security Council, NATO, heck… even the Kyoto Protocal. Countries around the world look to the UK for guidance.
Many countries considered the British Empire royalty as their royalty. Even if they have since gained independence, the Royal Family is part of their history. If the UK will celebrate the wedding of Will and Kate, the world will celebrate with them.
I can understand why my friend doesn’t understand royalty. He hasn’t grown up in the landscapes of castles and historic relevance of Kings and Princes who once took to battleground for their people. As Americans, we fail to understand feudalism, mainly because America wasn’t founded on those principles. (Please do not mistake that statement that America doesn’t live in a class-less society. We most certainly do. It’s just more… subtle.) Some would argue that the monarchy has become irrelevant, but I argue that it’s tradition. It’s roots. It’ a backbone. It’s a symbol of historic dominance. Currently, for the UK, that symbol is Queen Elizabeth, as her portrait is stamped across the currencies of the Commonwealths. Soon it’ll be Prince Charles’s ghastly face, and one day Prince William’s. This tradition can only be continued with the children Kate bears. Her children will not only be Will and Kate’s, but their country’s. They will be the symbol for the next generation.
Most importantly, there is excitement because first and foremost it’s a wedding. The television won’t be blaring radiation leaks, birther conspiracy theories and war. For once, the television will air something positive and up-beat. The news has become a bit of a drag and sometimes, we all need a break. This is our break. After all, who doesn’t like weddings?
The fascination with this wedding in particular is that Kate Middleton is fulfilling our childhood fantasy, shaped by the Brothers Grimm and produced by Disney, where a commoner becomes a Princess. We envy her and yet equally we’re happy for her. She’s found her Prince Charming, and in the general sense, she gives us (the 8 year old inside us) hope that we, too, one day will find ours.
So bugger off with your scoffs and celebrate! It’s only a wedding!