It is starting to become more difficult to turn to a provider of news or surf the Internet without running into something about the upcoming wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Earlier today I saw one article
asking how the grandson of Elizabeth II and his elegant and beautiful bride-to-be might be as King and Queen. I contend that the appropriate response should be, who cares
Though it might be that some Americans might look longingly at the royalty across the pond for inspiration and an example of old-age nobility (what with the closest we have to "royalty" bearing names like Kennedy or talking about their flaming fists of fury in Hollywood), the Monarchy serves little more purpose than giving us subjects for good movies like The Queen
and The King's Speech
(again, just like Hollywood). In fact, that whole "looking at them for nobility" thing doesn't really hold that much water either, as the Royal Family is prone to gaff after embarrassing gaff, whether it is their sort of fascist-supporting tendencies during WWII (and the king's abdication to marry a still-married and twice-divorced American) or Prince Andrew's recent poor choice in friends
. While I can understand the British clinging to the monarchy in the same way my mother still insists on leaving some of my grade school art projects on her refrigerator, I'd expect Americans to realize that the actors and political families we have an obnoxious fascination with actually did something (for better or worse); all Elizabeth, Charles, and William did was survive childbirth.
Maybe Jon Stewart had the right idea: let's buy the monarchy
and put it to work. In any event, congratulations and good luck to the spouses-to-be.