Are We Done With “Obeying” Yet?
It’s only a few short days until the highly anticipated nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and every aspect of the wedding is being highly analyzed.
Including the wedding vows.
Via the Daily Mail:
Kate Middleton will not vow to ‘obey’ Prince William in her wedding vows – following Princess Diana’s lead, it was claimed last night.
The bride-to-be will instead promise to ‘love, comfort, honour and keep’ her husband.
The couple have decided themselves what they want to say in their vows.
According to the article, although Diana refused to say “obey,” she was a rarity among the royals. And even after Princess Di made the break from tradition, few women followed suit when marrying into the royal family.
So is it the centuries of tradition that lies within having a royal family in the first place that leave people so aghast at the idea that Kate will be skipping the “obey”? Does it beckon back to the old stereotypes of “if a man can’t rule his home, how can he be expected to rule a kingdom?” Or is it just that with the quaintness of a royal wedding in general, and the idea of a commoner being transformed into a princess, some expect a delicate, docile and pliant creature ready for bedding and breeding?
Should a princess be expected to say “obey”?
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