The Royal Wedding - What it says about us

The Royal Wedding is upon us. Admittedly, a 'nice' event - the public union of two charismatic people, Prince William & Kate Middleton. Bigger than the wedding itself, is what the wedding signifies.

The clamour of attention the wedding is receiving is massive. We have seen umpteen reports in London of the lead-up. Hilariously, regular news is being reported from over there. Much like a fake background that often lies behind weather reporters. All in all, the stampede is a desired one. Eclipsing all other events. It is feeding the public taste for miniscule information regarding the wedding. A bit sad, really.

Suggestions have been made that the fascination is equal to a 'big-time' celebrity. Compare the response to the 'Coming of Oprah' to Australian shores. It is hard to disagree. Either way, it does make the country look second-rate. Indeed, the US appears equally fixated.

A republic. Seems further away in Australia than ever, indeed in Britain also. This is a glorious distraction that panders to the romantic tastes of many. Papering over the obvious problem of having an outmoded head of state.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it". A difficult line to argue against as a dismissal of the republican idea. The Queen 
has little influence, if any, on contemporary politics. It is indeed the symbolism that many have problems with.

The succession of the throne. Prince Charles as the next king. Another attempt at a republic seems unquestionable with Elizabeth still on the throne.

His son, Prince William has vastly greater public appeal. Being reared in far less of the stiff-necked royal life than his father was. In addition, obvious public sympathy over the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

The 'royal plot' would perhaps be to pass straight from Elizabeth to William. Charles may have agreed to this directly. His marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, a (shock-horror) divorcee, has precedent in making one unfit for Kingship. Edward VIII was forced to abdicate for such a 'crime'.

The public will adore the new Royal Couple, especially as King & Queen. Kiss goodbye for another generation, at least, to a republican push. Many will be pleased with this outcome.

The competition between femininity & feminism. There seems to be one clear winner here. The obsession with the wedding reveals much. Kate was famously urged to get a 'real job' in the long lead-up to the wedding. Quite understandably, the job of being a future princess was seen to be much larger. It surely eclipses many trivial pursuits.

The 'duty' of the princess is now clear. Although they have been in a relationship for a long time, the wedding means one thing to many. Time for breeding duties. 'An heir & a spare' is the primary goal.

Coverage of Kate has focused primarily on her sense of style & fashion. On how good she looks. It is hard to escape the belief this is foremost amongst considerations. Judging by Princess Diana & the coverage seen so far of Kate, it is indeed. Gossip magazines demand so - they are a vital feedback mechanism in keeping the royals relevant.

In conclusion, the Royal Wedding is a big tick for the status quo. Forget outmoded dreams of advancement, they are but pipe-dreams. What you see is what you get. It is in one way refreshing to have this confirmed, as dreary as the consequences may be.
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