Early Friday morning, I was glued to my television as I watched a “commoner” become a Princess.
images via People.com
I also saw a range of responses across Facebook and Twitter — from people who woke up at 4am to watch (I wasn’t quite that committed!) to people who were tired of hearing about a wedding of people they don’t know.
I do not know them, nor do I live in their country. Every move of the day was a carefully calculated (and timed) one, and it was far from being the kind of laid back affair where the couple express their emotions through tears; they took great care in behaving like royals should. Millions of dollars (er, pounds) were spent to be sure that every detail was up to royal standards, at the wedding itself and throughout London.
It is far from normal… and that is what makes it so appealing to so many of us.
In the US, we don’t have a royal family. For us, princes and princesses were people (or cartoon characters) we watched in Disney movies. So to be able to witness a real prince marrying his princess after years of courtship, regardless of where they live, well… it’s easy to get caught up in it all. Not to mention, with all of the wars, natural disasters, political controversies, and crime we hear about on the news day in and day out, it’s refreshing to have a distraction in two beautiful people celebrating a momentous day, and watching an entire nation join them in celebration. Happy news is still news, and I don’t see a thing wrong with the excitement surrounding it.
To the cynics, I ask: what’s so wrong about getting lost in the fairytale of it all?