I still have my European Union passport even though I left my U.K. homeland 30 years ago, but that doesn’t mean I’m planning to get up at 4 a.m. to watch the Royal Wedding on Friday.
Dame Helen Mirren: Leaving The Country On Friday
I’m with Helen Mirren, who told The Daily Mail that even though she won an Oscar for playing the Queen in 2006, she has no intention of watching Kate and Wills get married. In fact, she’s planning on leaving the country, as are many Brits.
From The Daily Mail:
“I’ll probably be in a little Italian bar somewhere and the football will be on,” Helen, 65, told me at the premiere of her film Arthur last week.
I’ll ask, ‘Can you switch it over to the Royal Wedding?’ and they will say, ‘What wedding?’
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I think people getting married should be a private thing. I hope they will also do an absolutely private wedding just for them.”
We Wish Them Well, But We’re Just Not That Interested
As it turns out, much of the U.K. population feels the same way, to judge by conversations with my friends and family. The basic attitude seems to be, “We wish them well, I hope they’re happy, they seem like a good match, but I’m just not very interested.”
Lots of Brits are planning to watch the wedding on TV – for one thing, it’s a Bank Holiday, so almost everyone has the day off. And with two Bank Holidays back-to-back, about 20% of the population has taken the entire 11 days off work, meaning that the economy will take a huge hit.
That’s unless all the wedding brouhaha rakes in a lot of cash.
What Color Hat Will The Queen Wear?
Certainly, the betting shops have been doing a brisk business, wagering on the color of the Queen’s hat, and the headgear (tiara or flowers?) that Kate will wear.
Then there are the street parties that Prime Minister Cameron has been encouraging around the country, for which neighborhoods will undoubtedly put out a lot of money to buy beer and wine and other goodies.
I left England around the time of the wedding of Charles and Diana, an event that brought very mixed feelings in my homeland, if not overseas. Diana was handpicked, a 19-year-old, naive, and the Royal requirement was that she had to be a virgin, in order to marry the future king. The relationship was doomed from the start.
A Very Different Match From Charles And Di, And That’s A Good Thing
So it is exciting that this match is very different, since the two have chosen each other, and already know each other well. It’s also wonderful that the sight of sensible Kate marrying her sensible Prince William is so much less damaging to the aspirations of girls today than the far less decorous behavior so often displayed in our popular culture — not to mention by other members of the Royal Family.
But still, like Dame Helen Mirren, I wish them well, but have no plans to get up at dawn on Friday.
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