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Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

As a United States citizen, I couldn't possibly care any less about the royal wedding. However, since I only have 1 English language television station and it is some form of CNN with a bunch of British announcers, I am forced to watch all sorts of news about the silly wedding and the silly royal family who doesn't have any importance at all to the world. Can someone please explain to me why you care about the royal family and royal wedding? It seems so so meaningless in every way yet seems to be dominating the media (even on US news websites).

By the way, I recognize that the US media is obsessed with celebrity gossip crap as well, but I also think that is silly. However, everyone believes that this is silly even if they are interested.
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Old 25.04.2011, 19:14
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

I also don't care too much.

But I am really concerned that you only have 1 English language channel.

CNN can only give you so much, try Cablecom for some good deals.
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Old 25.04.2011, 19:15
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

I am not british and I really don't care about the wedding & royal family.
I can see that for british economy it's good to have such an event attracting a lot of tourists and media. It's basically good PR.
For the british themselves, I'm sure many of the tax payers will tell us what they think about it.
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Old 25.04.2011, 19:24
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

I dont care either but im forced to watch relevant stuff at work. Fortunately on the day itself i wont be working and i will make sure i will stay away from any televisions that show anything else except snooker
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Old 25.04.2011, 20:50
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...By the way, I recognize that the US media is obsessed with celebrity gossip crap as well, but I also think that is silly. However, everyone believes that this is silly even if they are interested.
So a royal wedding with celebs in attendance is not of interest to the US media... The irony of your question with the above observation is somewhat staggering...

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...For the british themselves, I'm sure many of the tax payers will tell us what they think about it.
Actually, I'd be willing to bet that as a percentage, there are very few "UK tax payers" here on EF to give an opinion

... but for the record, tax payers are paying for transportation and security, while the rest is being paid for by the family (although reports I read did not indicate which family...). That said, tax payers and small companies will, in effect, be footing the bill for an additional bank holiday.

However, to echo the OP's original points, though, I do find the spin-offs somewhat sickening, e.g. the coat of arms, the "meet the Middleton's" tv show (which I only just narrowly avoided the other night)
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Old 25.04.2011, 19:21
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

The last great wedding was Charles and Diana. I reckon everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news that she had died.

Although I am Australian, the Queen is still my constitutional monarch and I believe that the royal family can unite or tear apart the Commonwealth of nations. And no Commonwealth means no Commonwealth Games that Australia tops...

I also love the history embodied in the royal family. Even when we sightsee we always stop at castles.
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Old 25.04.2011, 19:31
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

It's a bit like asking an American, why they're into what they call "football", or baseball, when the majority of the rest of the world don't give a damn.

I would suggest that there's more of a global interest in the British Royal Family with it's associated pomp and ceremony, that has evolved over hundreds of years, then in a World Series, where the rest of the world (bar one?) is excluded.

Anyway, guv', it's always good to see a proper class system in action.
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Old 25.04.2011, 19:38
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

Well, the Royal family, and all the pomp that goes with them, is quite a tourist attraction and a bit of a revenue generator. I have to say that Britain can put on a good show at these events (all the horses and uniforms and the little people waving their flags). The history of the royal family is essentially the history of the UK and there are some cracking stories in there and a lot to learn from. They're also fairly rare as royalty goes and we're usually very keen to protect other endangered animals.

I have to say that personally I'm not terribly happy about the whole inherited power and status aspect of royalty/gentry and find some of the present royal family very irritating. However, I'll be joining other British folk to watch and making my kids join in because I think the whole Royal/ceremony/history package is still an important part of 'Britishness' and I want my 'british only by passport, never really lived there' children to see part of their 'home' culture.
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Old 25.04.2011, 20:05
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

It's as impossible for you to understand as it is for us to know why you lot woop like a bunch of hyena's whenever a minor celebrity does something inanely simple, like walk on stage.
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

My mother (God bless her) loved the Royal Family, and idolised Diana, which i could never understand.
But I guess it appeals to the dreamer in most of us, and the lovers of romance.

I just cannot figure out why Kate looks 10 years older than she actually is.
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Old 25.04.2011, 20:24
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

I'm not British, but it's something I won't miss (I'm a bit obsessed about everything British)


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Old 25.04.2011, 20:27
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As a United States citizen, I couldn't possibly care any less about the royal wedding. However, since I only have 1 English language television station and it is some form of CNN with a bunch of British announcers, I am forced to watch all sorts of news about the silly wedding and the silly royal family who doesn't have any importance at all to the world. Can someone please explain to me why you care about the royal family and royal wedding? It seems so so meaningless in every way yet seems to be dominating the media (even on US news websites).

By the way, I recognize that the US media is obsessed with celebrity gossip crap as well, but I also think that is silly. However, everyone believes that this is silly even if they are interested.
It's not that I care from a personal point of view, but I just love history in the making. The births, weddings, wars, accomplishments, deaths of kings and queens have been recorded through the ages.

If you enjoy history, if you enjoy monuments and architecture, if you're interested in centuries of tradition, if you've studied the formidable English history and its impact worldwide (think colonies) you might find the wedding rather fascinating. After all, with the exception of Charlemagne, only Queen Victoria had an empire that was so vast that the sun never set on it.

It's not just the wedding of these two young people, it's who they are, what they represent and all the monarchy stands for.

If you wish to know more about it, you might find reading about the different families who have ascended the throne, rather interesting. Start perhaps with Henry VIIth and the war of Roses between the houses of York and Lancaster and move onwards until today. It's just awesome !!
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Old 25.04.2011, 20:34
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I'm not English, but this is my first opportunity in my life to experience a Royal Wedding among English people, and I'm so excited I bought a fancy dress for the occasion!
What are you going as? A lava flow?

I care, because I was born a subject of the Crown. Somewhere along the line, I became a citizen. But it's built into my constitution that my allegiance is to the Royal Family, and, in particular, Brenda (ER II). Just like our cousins across the pond on the whole are obsessed with the flag, and the office of the presidency.

However, I don't care enough to go to the celebrations. I may watch it on TV, unless Quantum Leap is on ITV4.
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Old 25.04.2011, 20:42
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

I care because it appeals to the little girl in me who loves fairy tales of princes and princesses. When I was very young, I remember watching the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on TV with my mother and siblings and from then on I wanted to be her! A real princess (Apparently I told my mother I wanted my name changed to Diana)
Aside from that I think it's wonderful to celebrate such a special occasion. Not because it involves royalty but just due to what it stands for. I think it would be such a lovely idea if on weekends a TV channel would broadcast weddings which have been filmed by us, just the average man on the street. Although, it would probably turn into some reality thing and I guess it wouldn't be as appealing as that Gypsy wedding show.
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I was listening to the radio.

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Old 25.04.2011, 19:29
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

It's interesting to note that so far, all the responses bar one have been from EFers who don't care, contrary to the OP's question in the thread title.
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

I'm not English, but this is my first opportunity in my life to experience a Royal Wedding among English people, and I'm so excited I bought a fancy dress for the occasion!
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Re: Royal Wedding....Can someone explain why you care?

I don't care at all. However by a quirk of fate I will be in London on the big day (shopping trip with MissZappa). I might go to the Republican street party in Earlham Street, near Covent Garden.

I saw a bit of the American coverage. They should be ashamed of themselves. Seems that they feel leaving the Commonwealth was a big mistake.

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