Skip to comments.Why the Obsession with the British Monarchy?
Posted on 04/18/2011 3:14:00 PM PDT by TheConservativeCitizen
A WALT DISNEY FAIRY TALE IN A NON-FAIRY TALE WORLD
- The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is nearly upon us. Cable news channels are ramping up for 24×7 coverage. Brits of all shapes and sizes are busting at the seams, and people around the world who yearn for the days of Princess Diana are coming out of the woodwork like crazy. Why?
Think about it: On April 29, millions upon millions of people the world over will watch the wedding of a woman who is only famous because she is marrying a man who is only famous because he happened to be born into a family that has been declared royal by the British government. And you thought Kate Plus 8 was ridiculous?
While I somewhat understand the delusional fixation the British themselves have with the whole monarchy thing, the celebrity-worshiping obsession that millions of Americans seem to have with this fairy tale escapes me. Given that British Royalty has essentially been ceremonial for the last 400 years or so, the whole thing is a bit bread and circuses, dont you think?
I mean hey lets talk seriously for a minute. Prince Charles (His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, to be precise) seems like a nice enough chap, but Pee Wee Herman even thinks hes prissy. Heres a guy whos waited around his entire life to become king, only to realize that he may in fact be passed over in favor of his number-one son, Prince William. (who also has a long pompous name) So what does Poor Charles have to show for it? By most accounts, an annual income in excess of $29 million. Not bad for a king in waiting, huh?
So what does the Prince of Wales actually do all day? I mean, what exactly does he do for a living anyway?
According to the Mirror, Charles is a very busy fellow indeed. In addition to 25 or so royal engagements per week, (shaking hands and cutting ribbons), he devotes a fair amount of time to his pet causes, which include the environment and organic farming. He seems to visit quite a few factories and businesses and such, where he passes out lots of well done; carry on. compliments. (and more handshakes of course) At an event in Halifax, Charles spent so much time shaking hands that the concert band was forced to play God Bless the Prince of Wales three times.
Between jaunts around Britain aboard the Royal Train, or by way of his dark blue Jag, Charles finds time to squeeze in get-aways to former British Colonies for more pomp and circumstance. All things considered, not a bad gig for the money.
For a majority of Brits, (referred to as monarchists), support of the Royal Family is inextricably linked to patriotism. Conversely, a significant portion of the population is becoming increasingly vocal in its opposition to the monarchy, calling it an expensive and unaccountable institution, particularly during weak economic times in an increasingly competitive world.
The bottom line is this: The monarchy costs British taxpayers in excess of $100 million a year; principally for the purpose of allowing the queens royal subjects to feel good about themselves and forever bask in the glory of the good old days of the British Empire.
Oh, and for all you crazy American monarchists, be sure to visit the official Royal Wedding site. Its pretty impressive; Cinderella would be jealous.
The establishment love dictatorship
Beats dead air on the TV screen?
Beats dead air on the TV screen?
The Brits would be far better off if they ditched the Royal Family and used Miss England and the Page 3 girls who usually pose topless for the British tabloids for Royal Family stuff (presiding over the opening of Parliament, grand openings of Burger King locations, etc.).
“Why the Obsession with the British Monarchy? “
the most “common” folks have never gotten over it...
In reading of the framers of the first constitution, The Articles of confederation, we see that they have always wanted george replaced with their own King, namely, George Washington...george wouldn’t play ball, but...they never got over it...and certain figureheads have well taken advantage of this problem...
If it is of no import, why not ignore it? Why waste all those words and electrons on a non-event?
Cause tourists are money.
Million upon millions in a world of billions isn’t really an obsession. Most of the folks I know could give a crap, until I saw the date in this article I didn’t even know when it was (soonish was about the best I had). The vast majority of the world won’t be paying any attention.
Have you noticed they often talk about “The Wooooorld!”
They can't just say “the world”, it has to be “The Wooooorld!”
An old law for the ‘’news’’industry.. If there’s no leading news story, then create one. This wedding is as exciting as watching a cat clean itself.
The Obsession with the The royal wedding is mostly by women and Chris Mathews. They love fairy tales.
The gay guys I know only watch the wedding to goof on Prince Williams ‘barky’ attire.
If you don’t want to see it-—don’t watch it.
Leave the brits alone and let them have their fun. They may be Muslimised in the very near future, they need all the recreation they can get.
I'll see them and raise them one "affirmative-action president" who is costing us a whole lot more than $100 million a year, and that with no end in sight (so far).
I dont know anyone who gives a rats ass about any of these people. This is 100% media driven, no one cares.
Given what the royals get up to, I’m thinking someone ought to give a dang.
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