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Old 26.04.2011, 09:39
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

I am glad to come from a very tiny, unimpressive and unimportant country..Saves the nerves, seems like.

I think people watch this for all sorts of reasons. Some of them aren't so sophisticated, I am glad my daughter will see some other type of princess to add a dimension to Disney's lame stuff. Big dress, a ceremony just like milions of other people go through, family cohesion, sense of responsibility and protection, yady ya.

I actually like big events that used to serve as a reason to compose some big pieces in classical music. Not that it is done these days, any more, but Royal events were fantastic opportunities for music pieces, especially in England. So, I am partial.

I don't care for disillusions, personally, feel quite bad for a girl who has been pulled in this state affair, just like Diana was. I do not think it is much about love, more about political function, symbol of state, power and history - it's job, basically. Maybe that's why she is looking 10yrs older than she really is. Her personal life is gone. William never had it, in my opinion.

(And a bit of me is thrilled that royal head in the UK is a lady).
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Old 26.04.2011, 09:42
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I am glad to come from a very tiny, unimpressive and unimportant country..Saves the nerves, seems like.

I think people watch this for all sorts of reasons. Some of them aren't so sophisticated, I am glad my daughter will see some other type of princess to add a dimension to Disney's lame stuff. Big dress, a ceremony just like milions of other people go through, family cohesion, sense of responsibility and protection, yady ya.

I actually like big events that used to serve as a reason to compose some big pieces in classical music. Not that it is done these days, any more, but Royal events were fantastic opportunities for music pieces, especially in England. So, I am partial.

I don't care for disillusions, personally, feel quite bad for a girl who has been pulled in this state affair, just like Diana was. I do not think it is much about love, more about political function, symbol of state, power and history - it's job, basically. Maybe that's why she is looking 10yrs older than she really is. Her personal life is gone. William never had it, in my opinion.

(And a bit of me is thrilled that Royal Head in the UK is a Lady).
sorry about that MC - just protocol .You know how it is
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Old 26.04.2011, 09:47
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sorry about that MC - just protocol .You know how it is
Thanks, I am pretty ignorant, royal savage.
It's cool to have a person on the coins, though.
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Old 26.04.2011, 09:49
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

Personally I don't see the point in the archaic concept of the Monarchy, beyond that, not a big fan of social classification and media hype. But I really can't change that, and what is fact is that if William become King, he is the Canadian Head of State, and as a Canadian, I pay the most towards the Monarchy than any other Country in the Commonwealth.

If he or Kate go pyscho for whatever reason, they still are head of state and that makes it a topic of interest for me.
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A friend of mine sat on a 20cent coin that had been lying on the car-seat in the sun. She now has the queens head branded on her leg.
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Old 26.04.2011, 09:51
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As long as people understand the distinction between "the royal family" and "the monarchy". They frequently get used interchangeably, which causes a lot of unnecessary confusion.
care to explain and elaborate? Which one is important and why.
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Old 26.04.2011, 09:55
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...If he or Kate go pyscho for whatever reason, they still are head of state and that makes it a topic of interest for me.
I can understand your antipathy from a financial perspective, but since the monarchy has no real power, why should it matter if the Head of State goes loopy? (And if it does happen, then someone will become Regent and take over the monarch's role ).
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Old 26.04.2011, 09:58
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She is head of state, but that is purely figurative. She has no political power at all. If she tried to exercise her notional powers, e.g. by refusing to ratify a law, then that would trigger a constitutional crisis, and would be the end of the monarchy.
Well you seem to be well informed. Maybe you know about the crisis in Australia on 25 November 1967? The outgoing party tried to form a coalition, after 5 days the Queen threw them out (The Governor did the strong arm work) and installed the winning party, that didn't please the Aussies at all!

Funnily enough she is still there. Doesn't she have to be present before Parliament opens? Doesn't she have to sign every piece of legislation? Isn't the army loyal to her and not to the parliament? Isn't she the head of the Church of England? To me it seems like damn good management!

Yeah you are right, she is just a figure head in charge of a commie government.

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If he or Kate go psycho for whatever reason, they still are head of state and that makes it a topic of interest for me.
Well keep your fingers crossed! King George 3 rd, Will's great great great granddad went mad, and managed to lose the USA.

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Old 26.04.2011, 10:09
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I can understand your antipathy from a financial perspective, but since the monarchy has no real power, why should it matter if the Head of State goes loopy? (And if it does happen, then someone will become Regent and take over the monarch's role ).

This is, in my opinion, a common threat to many Countries/Organizations. When I mean going pyscho or loopy, it's not in terms of sudden 'I need a straight-jacket' crazy, but small decisions and development well marketed to the public through their PR (which I would assume are some of the brightest PR people in the world). Not to bring up the US, but some of their decisions seem so 'loopy' in hindsight, but were backed up by many who thought it was the correct idea.

Again, you are correct, the King/Queen really has no say in Canadian affairs, but if for whatever reason, they called upon Canada to act in some hypothetical affair, we would be obliged.
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

It looks like the American media is even more obsessed with the wedding than the British media are see here
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It seems like the perfidious republican ingrates are more obsessed with this wedding than anyone else.

I am a staunch royalist, but I haven't seen a single television programme about the wedding. I haven't read a single newspaper article about the wedding. I haven't listened to a single radio report about the wedding. Living in Switzerland, it's quite easy to avoid knowing anything at all about the wedding.

If you think you're getting too much of it, turn off your telly, turn off your radio, chuck your English language newspapers in the bin and go for a walk.

You're in Switzerland now, not bloody Windsor.
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I agree with Smackerjack's sentiments at the beginning of the thread. You can take your pick of all the doom and gloom, killing and natural disasters going on around the world but the good news is few and far between.

Yes, it's takes a whole shedload of money to put on and most of the world couldn't give a flying fandango but it's also a bit of bling, fluff and romanticism that doesn't come around that often.

People in the UK are even having street parties. Haven't seen anything like that since 1977 and the Silver Jubilee. Bring on the bunting.
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Old 26.04.2011, 10:29
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Pah! I went to buy some cheese in Zurich on Saturday, only to be confronted by the couple standing in the queue in front of me. Didn't say a bloody word, stuck-up cow.
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

It is a great time to get together with some other British girlfriends and have a social day and watch the wedding, why not? I cant say I am a real royalist but it is also something we grow up with so I think it will be fun. Day in history :-)
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Old 26.04.2011, 10:36
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Pah! I went to buy some cheese in Zurich on Saturday, only to be confronted by the couple standing in the queue in front of me. Didn't say a bloody word, stuck-up cow.
Had to defend our national pride and tried to out-stare them, but to no avail... he didn't even blink..!!
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

This post really got snippy there for a minute. I was getting a little worried that the ex-pat redcoats might come hunt me down for questioning the fra-la-la exploits of the royal family.

@Sandgrounder and @English Angel, I like your attitude about it all. The world does kind of suck right now and if you can care about the sillyness, then enjoy it. I just can't care, but as others said, I don't have to.

As for the US media caring about the wedding, I'm not sure that translates to citizens caring directly. Go over to cnn.com and check out the Quick Vote. The admittedly unscientific poll suggests that 74% of people polled aren't going to watch. Here are the results that I cut and pasted:

Do you plan to watch the royal wedding?
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No74% 167476
Yes26% 60317
Total votes: 227793
This is not a scientific poll
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This post really got snippy there for a minute. I was getting a little worried that the ex-pat redcoats might come hunt me down for questioning the fra-la-la exploits of the royal family.
I think "snippy" is attracted by tactless posts . Did you count how many times you used the word "silly" in relation to a nation's monarchy in your posts?

You seem to have got off lightly, old boy.
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Old 26.04.2011, 11:28
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This post really got snippy there for a minute. I was getting a little worried that the ex-pat redcoats might come hunt me down for questioning the fra-la-la exploits of the royal family.

@Sandgrounder and @English Angel, I like your attitude about it all. The world does kind of suck right now and if you can care about the sillyness, then enjoy it. I just can't care, but as others said, I don't have to.

As for the US media caring about the wedding, I'm not sure that translates to citizens caring directly. Go over to cnn.com and check out the Quick Vote. The admittedly unscientific poll suggests that 74% of people polled aren't going to watch. Here are the results that I cut and pasted:

Do you plan to watch the royal wedding?
Read Related Articles
No74% 167476
Yes26% 60317
Total votes: 227793
This is not a scientific poll
So 74pct of septics decided they wont get up at what 06h00 on a working day to watch a British Royal Wedding. Wow. Is that breaking news?
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I'm only watching to see if the Irish dissidents turn up and do us all a favour and remove the parasites in one go.

Unfortunately UK tax payers are footing the bill as usual..

The only thing going for this is the day off work in the UK. Even then penny pincher employers are avoiding this.
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