Why I’m Not Getting Up At Dawn To Watch The Royal Wedding

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.


Photo credit: Francis Storr via Creative Commons


jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

not my family or friend.

Lin Moy
Lin M6 years ago

Realllly don't care, don't know these people....

Anne-Marie V.
Anne-Marie Vogl6 years ago

For those who did NOT get up at dawn... (or before dawn) to watch The Royal Wedding... all I can say is...

You Missed...

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton6 years ago

They are just regular people and after the queen gets through with her she will be cutting herself also.

Georgia I.
Georgia I6 years ago

Judging from the crowds all over London yesterday, a lot of people care

Avril Van Rooyen
Avril Van Rooyen6 years ago

Interesting that Helen Mirren is quite happy to walk down the red carpet at the Oscars with millions of people watching on TV and thousands "oohing and aahing" at her when she takes the limelight.

It is the same difference - the masses want and need escapism to break away from their dreary lives. These events give them that.

Movie/TV stars and celebrities are the American royalty - who also get paid hugely excessive amounts of money for doing shallow, inane, unimportant jobs and activities. Yet people swoon over them hanging on their every word and action.

At least the british royals bring in tourist money and do a lot of charity work. How much charity work does Helen Mirren do or give to?

Terence Nelson
Terence Nelson6 years ago

The incredible amount of folklore, misinformation and donwright stupidity of some of the posters here is just amazing - or should I say, pathetic.

As an expat of 41 years (good grief, that long?), I still got up not exactly at dawn (I am one hour ahead of the UK) and watched the excellent coverage by France 2 television all the way through the day. Nice to see that Stéphan Bern, one of the commentators, had all of his facts and background together concerning what the monarchy and a wedding means to the country and its future. And 'only' around 800,000 people in London for the event? Must have been a sideshow...

I have a lot of admiration for Helen Mirren and she is fully entitled to her views but they fall into the 20% of the country who are not particularly for the monarchy.

All I can say is, educate yourselves on what the British monarchy really represents and also what a thriving business it is for the UK - the wedding is already considered a financial success compared to the targeted loss of the 2012 Olympics!

No problem with comments - just uneducated ones.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Good grief...I knew someone that stayed up all night so they wouldn't miss it,

Connie Barrett
Connie Barrett6 years ago

"It is being paid for directly by the two families the Windsors and the Middletons."

And where do the Windsors get their money?

If you want to see a more refreshing viewpoint on the Royal Wedding, go to the Irish Times web site. Be prepared to laugh.

leanne mcivor
leanne Torio6 years ago

I am just sick to my stomach watching the bullshit of the Royals and there stupid wedding - who the hell cares? What poor taste when you have lived together. What I do care about is the Royal Guards wearing Canadian Black Bear hats on their pathetic heads - LEAVE OUR CANADIAN BEARS ALONE AND OFF YOUR ROYAL HEADS your dirty rotten elitists!