There seems to be no escaping the forthcoming wedding for anyone that cannot avoid television, radio, internet, newspapers, or magazines. How weird are humans? What is the appeal?
I will admit that the bride-to-be is attractive and the couple seems to like each other, but that is hardly a reason for global interest. The guy may be better looking than his father (although following his lead in the hirsute department) and seems to be less weird (I have met the father), but their are plenty of prospective grooms that would probably be more fun to spend time with.
It is particularly interesting to note the excitement in countries that have thrown off the yoke of royalty and believe that they enjoy the benefits of democracy. How can they be interested in a family of Germans reigning over a bunch of former Celts, Norsemen, and French in run-down, semi-third world country? I do not understand the appeal. I read a report that US media are expected to publish twice the amount of coverage as UK media.
Of course, if one is realistic, one recognizes that the Queen and here band of merry men and women are merely a symbol. They are maintained and coddled to protect the rights, powers, and privileges of a wider group, all able to fool the common man into supporting the “institution of royalty”. Despite the price to the taxpayer and the fact that the richest family in the land could pays its own way, people have remain bamboozled into buying into the whole shtick. One must marvel at their ability to appeal to the broader world.
An even bigger wonder is the tendency of humans to buy the schlocky souvenirs with poor likenesses of the lucky, young couple that is about to enter a life-long role in a traveling circus and guaranteed, lifetime exposure in the media.
By the way, the only coverage worth reading is in the Guardian (Marina Hyde, Hadley Freeman, and others), which is Republican, ironic, and entertaining.