The Royal Wedding

Now the U.S. media is going bonkers about today’s royal wedding: of an American woman to a man who, realistically, has no chance to ever be King. While I can understand the love of ceremony, I don’t understand the almost worshipful attitude of the media towards two “royals.”  And now I’ve turned on the television to watch the news, and the major networks are all doing live coverage of the wedding. “MEGHAN MARKLE LEAVES HOTEL IN 30 MINUTES”, goes the headline. Where is the news I want to hear but haven’t yet: about the school shooting? Instead, we hear that pantyhose and closed-toed shoes are required for women attending the wedding.  Have you been to a regular person’s wedding with that kind of dictate?

In the U.S., we don’t see this kind of pomp when, say, a President’s son marries a woman. We do not bend our knees or curtsey to heads of state. That’s the proper state of affairs in a democracy. There’s no moral justification to bowing and scraping to people who, after all, aren’t known for their achievements or intelligence, or treating them as if they’re a special breed of people.

I’ve always said that there is no justification for existence of the British royalty, and this just reinforces that feeling. Isn’t one network covering this expensive spectacle enough? And who cares about what kind of tiara Meghan Markle is wearing (the latest headline on the screen)? Isn’t it sad that women have to give up all their aspirations at the moment of such weddings and become Royal Puppets and Breeding Stock?

Last night the local news interviewed a student at Northwestern University in Chicago, where Markle went to school, and the student was literally squealing with glee that she went to the same school as a future Princess!\

My CNN “news alert” (click on the screenshot if you must):

Every wedding is “unlike any the British royal family has seen before”. What do they mean by that: that there’s an American involved?

And OMG, Oprah is there. As PuffHo says, “she’s American Royalty”:

I think I need coffee.

198 Comments

  1. Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Make me one as well please 🙂

    • Doug
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      I’m watching it right now. They just had a Black minister testifying. It was hilarious. All the Brits were staring at him, clearly thinking “What IS this?” I’ll bet it’s the first time they had that kind of preaching in that church. I kept waiting for the congregation to let out an “Amen, brother!”.

      • Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

        Well, that might have been a treat. I suppose it will appear on YouTube. I watched long enough to see Markle appear and the ceremony to begin, but when they began with all the Jesus stuff, I took off.

        • Ken Phelps
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:03 am | Permalink

          What? You missed the inane babbling by the panel of toadies later on, conflating faith and faith? Not to mention Oprah’s hat and London hemlines?

        • Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

          You see that the status of royals actually comes packaged with a lot of hard work! I wouldn’t wish to have been born in such a family, and I do not understand women like Markle who marry into it.

          • Filippo
            Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

            Exactly what is “a woman like Markle”?

            • Posted May 20, 2018 at 11:03 am | Permalink

              A woman lucky to be born a commoner and deciding to step into the royal shopwindow and spend the rest of her life there (and to doom to such a life any children she may have).

              • Posted May 20, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

                I’d add, “on her own free will”, but this is a bit controversial on this site.

              • Posted May 20, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

                Yes. And it should be noted that many young women probably still regard marrying a prince as an ultimate goal in life. As Bill Maher says, “I can’t prove it but I know it’s true.” Of course, they are free to choose their goals.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

        It was probably a bit zippier than the audience were used to from their local vicar.

        But I thought he toned it down a bit from the usual evangelical USAnian hellfire. After all, the head of the Church of England was in the audience.

        cr

        • Sarah
          Posted May 21, 2018 at 4:36 am | Permalink

          The “black preacher” was an Episcopal bishop–miles away from a southern Baptist preacher.

  2. Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    I vehemently chide the idea of a hereditary monarchy; the very suggestion that one is superior to me by a mere accident of birth. It is nothing short of medieval and I cannot fathom how it exists and is, to some degree, accepted and even embraced in 2018; it is mystifying to me. Especially when you see people queuing at food banks and sleeping rough. It is abominable.

    • Mike
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:09 am | Permalink

      You and me both.

    • David Coxill
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:28 am | Permalink

      I think it was the author Fay Weldon who said she saw the main reason for a monarchy when she observed someone bowing to the Grantham witch .

      Got no great love for the royal family by the way.

    • Dominic
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:04 am | Permalink

      I agree – BUT – with what do you replace it? There are various varieties of president across different political systems, & I do not want more power in the hands of a prime minister than there already is, nor do I want some American system, which seems blooming awful to me. Likewise the French style.

      An elected president would be even more socially divisive. An appointed one depending on the person, if they were non-political, might be OK… eg Presdient Attenborough (cue angelic choir), but how many people are there that a majority can agree to like?

      Status quo seems preferable to some crappy politician. Just get rid of the privilege & cut it down to one individual. Make the rest get proper jobs & take away their wealth & the property they stole from us.

      Bloody Normans – I hate Normans!

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

        🙂

        I hate Normans too, I still haven’t forgiven them for 1066.

        But of course our current monarchy aren’t Norman, they’re German. And ‘we’ (that is, our Parliament) invited them in in 1701 rather than have a Catholic monarch (which I would say was a damn good thing).

        But of course you knew that… 😉

        cr

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

          And here you are learning the Norman tongue! For shame! Think of Harold!!

          • Filippo
            Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

            Is it rather Harald, IIRC? I could be wrong.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

              Spelling was a little non standard back then so who really knows.

        • David Coxill
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

          Wasn’t that in 1688 when William of Orange was offered the throne when jimmy2 was given his marching orders by the nobs ?

      • Christopher
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:28 am | Permalink

        What to replace it with? A bloody cardboard cutout of them would do just as well. I know, think of all the jobs lost in the ridiculous tat manufacturing sector, all those shitty teacup and thimble and commemorative spoon makers would lose their livelihoods! This type of occasional stupidity keeps a roof over some peoples ‘heads and keeps the royal nutters happy for a few days while they queue up for the next bout of foolishness, like another royal baby.

        If the UK wishes to worship someone who’s paid too much to do very little, I suggest actors and musicians. At least with The Rolling Stones and the Beatles mania we got some good music for our troubles.

        • Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

          What should we replace religion with given all the people who make rosaries, crucifixes, Bibles, and other geegaws. Should we keep religion around because it provides employment for people?

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

            Not to mention the people paid to pick up all the canes and crutches left behind at Lourdes.

          • Posted May 21, 2018 at 4:09 am | Permalink

            No!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      Chrissake, I’m iffy on inherited wealth. Power and privilege passed along a bloodline? Gimme a freakin’ break.

  3. freiner
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    Shhhh. My wife’s watching it right now. I’m checking in occasionally to watch her watch it. I’m about to make coffee.

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:48 am | Permalink

      One of the commentators said that the sight of Meghan Markle’s limo heading to the venue “made her weep”.

      Jebus.

      • freiner
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:33 am | Permalink

        I just did one of my check-ins on the half-hour and heard the American bishop (who has a very nice manner) quote Teilhard de Chardin. Oh boy.

      • Dominic
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:54 am | Permalink

        … it probably drove over her/his foot!

    • freiner
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      Actually this is good. I’m getting some laundry done early.

  4. ashdeville
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    But…but…George Clooney and his wife are there!!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      I hope Amal wears open toe shoes just to fuck with them.

      • Filippo
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

        And a pants suit without stockings.

  5. SusanD
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    It’s the cost that staggers me: £32 million ($AU58 million). How many people could be fed and housed with that money? It’s unconscionable and obscene.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      That’s the sort of BS weasel argument you can poke at any big public event you don’t like.
      Try these (from a quick Google) –

      Hmmm… cost of 2012 London Olympics US$4400 million (that’s just the taxpayer contribution)

      Cost of 2016 US Presidential election US$2386 million

      Cost of 2014 FIFA (soccer) World Cup in Brazil: $11.6 billion (that includes infrastructure improvements)

      Cost of 2015 Oscars (including related events) US$42 million

      Cost of 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
      ~ $700 million NZ (~400 million US)
      And I loathe and detest rugby.

      cr

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:01 am | Permalink

        A pal of Melania Trump’s, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who had no prior experience in event planning, got paid a cool $26 mil by the Trump inauguration committee. We’re gonna hear more about what happened to that dough before all is said and done.

        • Mark Sturtevant
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink

          Holy mother of #&$&@)($!!

      • alexander
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        A single Rolls-Royce turbofan jet engine, the Trent 900 is priced at ‎US$ 46 million incl. support. That is almost the cost of this marriage.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

          Yeah, well, you can get 97,000 foot-pounds of thrust out of a Rolls-Royce turbofan engine. Only thing you’re likely to get out of a royal marriage is more useless Royals. 🙂

          • Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

            It seems the royals make almost £2B per year in UK tourism so perhaps it is best just to think of it as a popular museum that just doesn’t appeal to you (or me).

          • alexander
            Posted May 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

            Well, this was entertainment for probably millions of people. And the event allowed to tighten the link for GB to reinforce its link to the Commonwealth, which consists of largely not Caucasian populations, after the upcoming disaster of Brexit.

          • Posted May 20, 2018 at 4:57 am | Permalink

            Do you complain about the cost of soap operas on the telly that you don’t watch?

            The \royal family is entertainment and millions of people enjoy it. why are they not allowed to have their fun?

            • Gayle
              Posted May 21, 2018 at 7:31 am | Permalink

              Exactly. A lot of whinging from the Americans here, about something that has nothing to do with them, does no harm, and that they’re not forced to partake it. The rest of the world has to hear about their Kardashians and their worship of Hollywood celebs, and all the presidential bullsh*t and flag-waving and $$$ that goes along with that farce, so they’re really no different. And don’t even get me started on their flawed democracy! At least the Royal family has no actual political power and hasn’t done for centuries, and the parliamentary system usually means the country is run by people with actual relevant qualifications and experience!

              • darrelle
                Posted May 21, 2018 at 8:21 am | Permalink

                It never ceases to depress me how readily, even among the above average commentariat here at WEIT, that topics like this devolve into snarky comparison contests about how “my side” isn’t as shitty as your’s.

                Nearly all of the whinging in the comments to this point have been by non-USAians. And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if a higher percentage of USAians are neutral to favorable about your Monarchy than your fellow country-people.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 21, 2018 at 8:52 am | Permalink

                I have to say that the idea that the monarchy does not harm is laughable to me as a Canadian. It helps divide English and French. The French have thrown rocks at the monarchy, 45% of Canadians outside Quebec want to get rid of the monarchy after the QEII dies. In Quebec that is 71%. I’ve said it before – I’d rather think about what my fellow Canadians want than hold on to a tradition that offends them.

              • darrelle
                Posted May 21, 2018 at 9:01 am | Permalink

                Yeah, I thought about addressing that claim as well. But there is so much that could be said about it I didn’t know where to start. Or stop.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted May 21, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

                Hahahaha actual experience in the parliamentary system? Meet the person who will probably be my next Premier: https://www.macleans.ca/news/doug-fords-politics-of-indulgence/

              • Posted May 22, 2018 at 5:02 am | Permalink

                Most of the whingeing I see comes from British republicans (note the small r).

      • Filippo
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        “Hmmm… cost of 2012 London Olympics US$4400 million (that’s just the taxpayer contribution)”

        I wonder how much presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid to travel to and stand on British soil to grace Britons with his pearls of Olympic Games management wisdom regarding the state of British preparedness for the Olympics. (Also how much the U.S. taxpayer spent for Obama to travel to and stand on British soil and lecture Britons regarding the prospect of leaving the EU. For the record, I’m an Obama fan.)

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

          That was kinda my point. Any public event costs an apparently absurd amount of money, and it’s equally possible to point at any one of them and say “this could have housed xxx people”.

          cr

    • Posted May 20, 2018 at 4:55 am | Permalink

      I have no interest whatsoever in the Royal wedding. However, from the few glimpses I did catch on the telly, it seems lots of people are crazy for it. I would no more wish to piss on their enjoyment than I would want them to piss on my enjoyment of cars driving round in circles seeing which one can do the most in the shortest time, or men pointlessly kicking a ball around a field, or people with electric guitars trying to ruin my hearing in a big field of mud.

      I’m sure there are entertainment activities you like to watch that other people think are a waste of money.

  6. paul fauvet
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    You will pleased to know that not all of us Brits are sycophantic towards the royal dolts. See the following frpm one of our best satirical websites: http://newsthump.com/2018/05/19/prince-harry-found-tied-naked-to-lamppost-with-l-plate-on-his-arse/

    • Mike
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:09 am | Permalink

      lol

    • Alan Jardine
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Double plus very good!
      Alan.

      • alexander
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

        Looks like faux news to me.

        • alexander
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

          Sorry, I clicked on your link before seeing you mentioned a satirical website… Well, Saturday evening….

    • Filippo
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      Do William and Harry “put on airs” (to employ an idiom my Southern Appalachian ancestors and their English/Irish/Scottish forebears have employed over the generations)?

      I don’t think that they are clueless about the circumstances into which they were born and over which they had no control. I’m inclined to think that they would gratefully accept any specific, positive, constructive advice on how to run their lives (as if they don’t already know all that they could possibly know about that). It’s like Lyndon Johnson said about being President of the United States: “It’s like being a mule out in a hailstorm; you just have to stand there and take it.”

      In the Friday hard copy 5/17/18 NY Times op-ed pages, Helen Castor pops her bill about the royals, saying that Harry and William “can seem dull (knowing that no one cares about how dull she may be).” Well, I guess it’s their job to entertain her and millions of others. A pox on that! Apparently they need to give her and others a quitclaim deed to their lives so that she can tell them how to run them. How fortunate for her to have the royals to write about and make money off of. What is it with the Times running hole-in-the-air piffle like this? It long ago became a clichéd phrase, but, these people need to “get a life.”

  7. John Crisp
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Be kind to the Brits. It’s pretty much all that’s left. Empire gone, industry gone, welfare state going, National Health Service collapsing, Europe about to go – let them keep their pomp and circumstance! Alternatively, there is a pub in Liverpool holding a “F*** the Royals” day to raise money for food banks, on which an increasing proportion of the British population (working and nonworking) now depends.

    By the way, for an interesting take on what possibly awaits the new princess, there is a brilliant essay by Hilary Mantel, long but well worth the read:
    https://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n04/hilary-mantel/royal-bodies

    • Dominic
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:05 am | Permalink

      … just don’t call me a bloody ‘Brit’!!! grrrr….

      • chris moffatt
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

        As a canuck myself is it okay to refer to you as a “limey”? Or do you prefer the australian “Pom”?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      Good, old “Landing Strip One.”

    • chris moffatt
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      I did see a UK poll the other day which claimed that 60+% of the UK population were indifferent at best to this wedding.

      As for what to do about a hereditary monarchy, the polish nobility used to elect a king from among themselves. Not democratic but it did avoid royal families getting too large as in the UK. As others have mentioned looking at France and the USA, among other nations, does not give one confidence in the idea of a strong presidency. OTOH looking at Germany does not give one confidence in the idea of a weak presidency. Difficult problem!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      You still have Doctor Who and your current PM looks and sounds like Harriet Jones #doesntshelooktired

    • alexandra Moffat
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      isn’t Mantel amazing – thank you for posting. Her prose is breathtaking. Have not read her books, my son admires them mightily. This is a fascinating, thought-provoking Mantel piece.

  8. Kirbmarc
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    People love this stuff because it gives them a distraction from the problems of their life and of the world.

    It’s the same reason why people watch soap operas or reality TV.

    The wedding will bring money to the British economy. I hope that the money will be spent well.

    There are worse ways for people to pass their time, I guess.

    • Alan Jardine
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:03 am | Permalink

      I’m not sure how much of this crap is just manufactured. Here in Scotland,I know NOBODY who cares a toss about this. Street parties? There are virtually none in Scotland.

      Now that it’s noon, I’ll have an afternoon nap, then drink a couple of beers in the sunshine, then listen to the jazz on Radio 3 at 16:00.

      My TV won’t go on until tomorrow (or perhaps even Monday).

      Alan.

      • David Harper
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:05 am | Permalink

        There was a great article in the Independent two or three days ago, reporting that there are very few requests to local councils in the UK for permission to close roads for street parties. An anonymous council official was quoted as saying “Perhaps people just don’t give a sh*t.”

        • Doug
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:12 am | Permalink

          Do they give a sh*te?

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

            I’m guessing only tossers give a shite.

        • Jonathan Dore
          Posted May 20, 2018 at 10:33 am | Permalink

          Surely it’s the street party itself that is an obsolete form. The tight-knit street communities that gave rise to them are a thing of the past.

      • Alan Jardine
        Posted May 20, 2018 at 2:20 am | Permalink

        Mistakenly turned TV on at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

        They’re still at it! Action replays, would you believe. So it got turned off within the minute.

        Alan.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Bread & circuses except in this case no bread.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      I was considering that as well. Certainly the press really wants a partaay.

  9. Andrew Whittle
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Just be thankful you’re not in the UK right now. I’m off out to do some shopping!

  10. David Harper
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    There are plenty of us Brits who are avoiding the r*y*l w*dd*ng today and are heartily sick of the obsequiousness and wall-to-wall coverage by the media, especially the BBC. I’m avoiding it just as assiduously as I avoided previous r*y*l w*dd*ings as far back as the one in 1981. I spent that week camping with friends in the Yorkshire Dales. Today, I’ll simply leave the television and radio switched off and enjoy the lovely sunshine.

    • Dominic
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      I wish it were raining!!!

  11. chrism
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Ex-pat Brit here. I’m not in favour of hereditary rulers either, but I have to add two things:
    1. The monarchy makes money for the country. The Queen has a large income from her estates and other holdings – this is handed over to the government. The government in return gives her a smaller amount of money to run her household and perform her duties. Family members who perform public duties get a share. Finally, the Queen gives some of this stipend back in the form of income tax. By itself, the Royal family makes money for the state. A secondary, and larger consideration, is the amount of money brought into the country by tourists who wish to see Buck House, the changing of the guard etc. A definite thumb on the scales of the balance of trade.
    2. The beautiful fiction of the constitutional monarchy is that the monarch is still in charge. In truth, she isn’t, and she knows full well that it would be a disaster to refuse royal assent to a government bill. The fiction can continue as long as no one puts it to the test. You can read Bagehot’s The English Constitution for free via the Gutenberg Project and it goes into great detail on this. Having such a head of state works surprisingly well – a simple figurehead removed from political interests.

    So for someone opposed to hereditary rulers, I have to say for pragmatic reasons alone, I would keep the monarchy, as wrong as it seems in theory, it just works in practice.

    • SusanD
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:15 am | Permalink

      The Queen is also Australia’s head of state, represented here by the Governor General. The “fiction” was put to the test here in 1975, when the government was dismissed by the Governor General: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_Australian_constitutional_crisis
      The Crown was definitely in charge that day!

      • ratabago
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

        Hmmm, but the Governor General was using reserve powers that are part of our constitution without consulting with the Queen. It can be argued that it was instigated by two of our High Court judges, Chief Justice Sir Garfield Barwick and Sir Anthony Mason, both appointees of past Coalition Governments. Reserve powers were supposed to protect against corrupt or non-functional government. But allowing the defining opinion on this to reside with political appointees is the real problem, I think.

        Viceregal powers under the Australian Constitution say nothing about the constraints on the Monarch’s power in the UK.

        (I wonder if at this stage I need to point out that I am a republican? — For US readers, note the small r.:))

    • Graham
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:35 am | Permalink

      ‘Wrong in theory, right in practice’. That sums it up for me too.

      Brenda [as Private Eye calls her] is also Head of the Church of England, so doubly out of touch with the majority of us Brits, who are either atheist, agnostic or ‘nones’.

      Until you consider the alternative. President Thatcher followed by President Blair? Makes the monarchy look good by comparison.

      My partner’s over at her daughter’s where, she assures me, they’ll be watching the Royal Wedding ‘ironically’. I’m out in the garden, making the best of the weather to do a bit of tidying up.

      • Dominic
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:33 am | Permalink

        Most people do not care.

        But then most people do not care about anything …

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:40 am | Permalink

      It was my impression that the monarchy costs more than it brings in. Could you cite one or two statistics that prove point 1? Thanks.

    • John Crisp
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:51 am | Permalink

      Another expat Brit here (Ethiopia). My wife and an American friend are currently watching it all on BBC World. I can’t stand to watch, partly because of the idolatrous aspect, partly because of the simple cost, . I confess that I went to watch the dress revealed, simply out of curiosity about a piece of cloth that reportedly cost almost half a million dollars. Where I live, you can start an industry with less than that.

      Anyway despite the absurdity of it all, I tend to agree with my compatriot chrism on this. Republics around the world are not noticeably less corrupt or less egalitarian, or less costly, or even less dynastic, and on pragmatic grounds alone I would leave things as they are, unless you have a very good idea of a desirable alternative. Like Mike below, I am also sickened, but moral repugnance is not necessarily a good basis for political and constitutional decision-making.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      “The monarchy makes money for the country.”

      Hell, in that case, cut ’em off the public teat, and let ’em open up a souvenir stand, do some honest work for a change.

  12. Mike
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    The sooner we are a Republic the better, I cannot abide all the sychophantic coverage given to this Ruritanian nonsense. I neither bend the Knee nor tip the Cap to someone who is only there because of the bed in which they were born.Frankly,it sickens me.

    • David Coxill
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:32 am | Permalink

      Which would you rather have ,the firm as the R F refer to themselves or the snatch snatcher ?

    • Dominic
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      Off with their heads!

      Come back Oliver! Give us the Commonwealth 🙂

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:54 am | Permalink

        Yeah. How long did that last before Oliver got delusions of being God and they invited a king back? 😉

        (About 10 years, IIRC)

        cr

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

          Christ, I thought “still fighting the Civil War” was unique to this side of the pond. 🙂

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

            I don’t think either Dominic or I were being entirely serious 😉

            cr

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

              Nor was I. 🙂

        • Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

          I was about to say the same: the British tried a Republic, didn’t like it, and haven’t yet summoned determination for a second try.

        • kevinj
          Posted May 20, 2018 at 3:30 am | Permalink

          Oliver didnt get delusions of being god.
          It fell apart apart he died.
          The problem was since it all happened pretty much by mistake no one had a clear plan of what to do. He tried several times to hand power over to a broader base but failed due to the level of incompetence.
          The restored line only managed another generation before it ran into problems again.

          • Posted May 21, 2018 at 6:14 am | Permalink

            The problem was since it all happened pretty much by mistake no one had a clear plan of what to do.

            Sorry, are we still talking about the Commonwealth or have we moved on to Brexit?

      • Alan Jardine
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

        My brother, an ardent republican, claimed to be a “nice republican” because he wouldn’t chop off their heads, but simply put them on Unemployment Benefit.

        Alan.

    • Posted May 20, 2018 at 5:06 am | Permalink

      The USA is a republic. It’s no magic bullet.

      • Posted May 21, 2018 at 4:14 am | Permalink

        Likewise all the other republics… 😦

  13. Hemidactylus
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    I recall the Charles-Diana royal wedding. I was in junior high. I also recall the no less important wedding of Luke and Laura on General Hospital. We ‘merkins have our tv characters and celebrities to fawn over. Clooney and Oprah.

    I also recall the powerful stamp of imprimatur as Diana and Pavarotti appeared in the “Miss Sarajevo” video. She worked her power for good no?

    Is meritocracy much better than hereditary aristocracy given the accidental nature of fortune and and bequeathal of inheritance? Sure there are rags to riches stories, but Gates and Jobs had a leg up in the world. The US has its political, economic and celebrity dynasties.

    And once the spectacle of the royal wedding is over TMZ will give us more spectacle about our own highest echelon.

    • Hemidactylus
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:41 am | Permalink

      I was wrong. Luke and Laura were more important to Merkins than Charles and Diana.

      https://www.biography.com/news/general-hospital-genie-francis-laura-spencer-interview

      “In 1981, more Americans watched Luke and Laura’s wedding on General Hospital than Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s televised nuptials. The daytime soap opera was a cultural phenomenon, and the headstrong Laura, played by Genie Francis, was the role model for millions of young women.”

      Was that a thing to be proud of or not.

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      In answer to your question, would you rather have as a surgeon the son of your last surgeon, who may be bad, or someone who has a much better record of successful surgery.

      I am baffled by your statement. Regardless of where fortune comes from (I say the laws of physics), a meritocracy comes from demonstrable skill rather the inheritance of an aristocracy. I suspect when you’re looking for a dentist, a teacher, a mechanic, a doctor, or a pilot, you’ll take meritocracy over “hereditary aristocracy” any time.

      • John Crisp
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:58 am | Permalink

        But Jerry, the point is that they don’t do anything. Of course you’re right about dentists or teachers or whatever. But the job of the royals is simply to be, not to do (which is why Charles has sometimes got into trouble for meddling in urban planning and architecture, or supporting homeopathy – imagine getting to the age of 70 and having never been allowed to do anything).

        • Dominic
          Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:31 am | Permalink

          Rule by mediocraty. Well, as you say, not really rule!

          I’m more worried by the power of a Zuckerberg or a business empire than a ‘royal’ figurehead… still, cut ’em off!

      • Dominic
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:28 am | Permalink

        I have known loads of doctors who are doctors because their parents were. Of course, unlike in the past, they had to train at medical school! 🙂 but they were influenced by what their parents did, & more likely therefore to be doctors. I think that happens a lot, but I take your point! The point of a king was that they represented the head of a kin group. There were different forms of king at different periods, & in comparatively small tribes they represented the senior branch of the kin group. Some cultures chose a king from the family, some had father/son succession.

        St. Dunstan created the modern coronation & it was heavily influenced by the biblical coronations by Solomon. That gave the royals the blessings of the christian god & divine right etc… but you know all this & I’m burbling!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      I ended up getting stitches in my finger on the day of the Charles and Diana royal wedding. I cut it on a sugar bowl and it was my ring finger. I still have the scare. I think it was a warning.

      • Filippo
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

        I’m reminded of one of JFK’s news conferences, where a reporter asked why he had a bandage on his finger.

        Answer: “I was cutting bread.”

    • XCellKen
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      Either Greta Christina or Ophelia Benson used the Luke and Laura saga as proof of Rape Culture ™

  14. John Taylor
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    I’m OK with it as a sort of zoo exhibit. They should have windows into all the royal residences where the hordes could all stand and watch the royals live their lives. The only bit I’d be interested in is watching them consummate the marriage.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Maybe we’d get lucky and find that Royals can’t mate in captivity.

    • Filippo
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

      I wonder if there’s a good chance that the “chattering class” media will presume to ask them about the consummation.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted May 20, 2018 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

        If it doesn’t go well, can she sent off to the Tower of London?

    • Posted May 21, 2018 at 4:15 am | Permalink

      I bet they did that on the third date…

  15. Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Lots of Brits are SICK and tired of this too. But though there are even petitions asking to roll back on the saturation coverage we don’t get a look in. The BBC is by far the worst offender. Time to get put those old box sets you meant to watch again.

  16. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Celebrating the inheritance of power.

    Utterly depressing.

  17. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Jeez what a bunch of sourpusses.

    I’ll take Harry and Meghan. You can have Trump and the Kardashians.

    cr

    • Christopher
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      Well, when you put it that way…at least Harry served his country. He didn’t have “debilitating” bone spurs or anything! And yes, I know Harry’s service was somewhat limited in the risk department due to his being a valuable target of the taliban but still, he went to Afghanistan, whereas tRump just went to lunch.

      • Filippo
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

        As I recall, some media twerp just had to spill the beans about Harry’s military service whereabouts.

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      Ummm. . . you’ve just insulted virtually everybody who’s commented here. Who among us WANTS Trump and the Kardashians, for crying out loud?

      The choice isn’t between those sets of people. The question is whether Britain should have a hereditary monarchy or not.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

        I apologise for the first line. I should have phrased it differently.

        Re the hereditary monarchy, it is an integral part of the British system. In many ways that system is pragmatic – it adapts to circumstances and over the years it has arrived at the current political arrangement which seems to work, if not perfectly (e.g. Brexit!), then no worse than anybody else’s. So I’d be very cautious about changing it lest the Law of Unintended Consequences operates. I don’t think it’s a simple as nationalising all the royal residences and giving the royal family their tickets to Australia.

        Can anyone point to a system that works significantly better in practice?

        cr

        • Gayle
          Posted May 21, 2018 at 7:43 am | Permalink

          I agree with you. I think Americans criticising the British political system are on very shaky ground. Their so-called “meritocracy” has given them (and the world) Trump. How the British system *should* work is for the British people alone to decide.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted May 21, 2018 at 8:54 am | Permalink

            Not just British people….there is the whole Commonwealth as well. But I think it is perfectly fine for Americans to say whatever they want. I’m Canadian. I listen to them say things all the time. Canadians just feel bad when they aren’t saying things about them, which is 99% of the time.

          • Posted May 21, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

            The American system used to work pretty well up until November, 2016 when a con man won the Presidency. Now he’s systematically exploiting its every weakness.

  18. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Blending of fantasy and reality is how Fantasyland works.

    Here it’s unusual because the subject is on another continent, another country.

  19. mfdempsey1946
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Here is Garry Younge’s analysis of this phenomenon — the best written and most insightful commentary that I have read.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/19/harry-meghan-republican-royal-wedding?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=275408&subid=25665617&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

  20. RPGNo1
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Jerry, you are too much US-American (a federal presidential constitutional republic since about 240 years), to understand the yearning many Europeans have for the monarchy and aristocracy. It is a desire for fairy tales with kings, princess and nobles, it is a longing for the “good old times”.
    Even Germany, which abolished the monarchy 100 years ago in 1918 and canceled all privileges of teh nobility, has its share of people, who think, that a constitutional monarchy with a queen/king would be better than the current parliamentary republic with President and Federal Chancellor.

    • chris moffatt
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      Ah yes; those fairy tales so well captured by the brothers Grimm. Good old times in Europe? Grim is the right word.

      • RPGNo1
        Posted May 20, 2018 at 5:38 am | Permalink

        You noticed, that I put “good old times” in quotation marks?

    • kevinj
      Posted May 20, 2018 at 3:33 am | Permalink

      This yearning Europeans have?
      In my experience yanks are slightly more fond of the monarchy than we Brits are on the whole. Probably because its more abstract and even then its a minority.

      Its worth noting the polls on this wedding shows overall most Brits were uninterested. There was a spike in interest when the wedding was announced and everyone went “ohhhh will we get another day off” and when the answer was no interest vanished.

      • RPGNo1
        Posted May 20, 2018 at 5:44 am | Permalink

        You may be right for the Brits. But what about the Benelux? Spaniards, Danes, Swedes and Norwegians? Or the residents of small Monaco Liechtenstein?

  21. ratabago
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Almost all the critiques I have seen that claim the monarchy is a net expense to the country ignore the Crown Estate, or pretend it is something owned by the Government of the United Kingdom, whereas it is actually owned by the Monarch.

    The last year I can find figures on for this are for the financial year 2015/2016. The Crown Estate returned 304M Pounds on 12.9B Pounds of assets. Normally 15% of this income is “paid” to the Royal Family as a Sovereign Grant, and the balance after reinvestments goes to Treasury. Currently the Sovereign Grant has been increased to 25% to cover the costs of renovations to Buckingham palace, and will revert to 15% when that is fully paid. The Crown Estate has returned 2.5B Pounds to Treasury over the last decade.

    The best, or at least most complete, estimate I can find for the total cost of the Monarchy and Royal Family comes from a 2017 consultancy report by Brand Finance. Their estimate of the total cost of the Royal Family to the UK Taxpayer is 292M Pounds, but that includes something around 123M Pounds of income from properties that are ultimately owned by the Royal Family.

    Their estimate of the benefit to the UK from the Royals is 1.766B Pounds, including the Crown Estate, tourism, increased income to arts and media organisations, industry and commerce, particularly for increased sales of luxury brands to Chinese customers, and income from Royal Warrants.

    Horrible glossy brochure by Brand Finance

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      I wonder how much of that “benefit” would still accrue if the monarchy were abolished but the palaces still remained, just as Chartres and Notre Dame attract tourists to France even though Catholicism is on the wane.

      • ratabago
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink

        I suspect there would still be tourism driven by the history and the architecture, etc. But I think Brand Finance attempted to separate that from tourism driven by pomp and ceremony. However, even if we remove the entire amount attributed to tourism that still leaves over 1.2B Pounds of benefit to the UK per year. I think there are political and ideological arguments for getting rid of the Monarch as the titular leader of the UK. But as the income from the Crown Estates is greater than the total cost of the Royals I don’t think absolute cost works. I do think an argument could be made that the costs and benefits are not equitably distributed though.

      • David Harper
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:04 am | Permalink

        I’ll grant you that medieval cathedrals are often very impressive and beautiful, but palaces and stately homes leave me cold. Partly it’s because I just can’t get excited about fancy furniture and porcelain and portraits, and partly it’s because of what they represent: generations of my ancestors led hard, short lives working in the fields in near-servitude to generate the wealth that the owners of such places turned into gilded frippery.

        • Posted May 20, 2018 at 5:14 am | Permalink

          Are you suggesting that the people who like visiting stately homes should have their pastime taken away because they leave you cold?

      • Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

        The top most visited countries in the world are France and the USA – both republics. France receives about 83 million international tourists a year, compared to Britain’s 36 million, according to UNWTO.

        • Posted May 20, 2018 at 5:15 am | Permalink

          So you’re saying we need to keep the Royal family or else we would be even further behind.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      “… it is actually owned by the Monarch.”

      Maybe it’s time to liberate it, return it to the serfs and vassals whence it was stolen.

      Give the Royal family a life estate in a suitably posh setting, be done with the whole bloody mess in a generation or two.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

        You sound like a communist 🙂

        But to be equitable, if you do that to the Royals, you should also do it to all the other notable figures who are descended from landed gentry.

        In fact death duties / estate duties have done a fair bit of that already.

        cr

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted May 20, 2018 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

          A Commie, me? I rarely wander left of the Fabian Society. 🙂

    • kevinj
      Posted May 20, 2018 at 3:40 am | Permalink

      “whereas it is actually owned by the Monarch.”

      No it isnt. It is owned by the crown. Remember the monarch has been switched out on several occasions for a more suitable one.
      It was split out from the private earnings of the monarchs when they ran into too much debt and couldnt afford to carry the expenses of running the country.
      They could try asking for it back but then they would also be handed the costs of running the country and good luck asking parliament for some special taxes.

      As for tourism. The royal palaces arent near the top on the list for the UK and France has far higher visits to its former palaces.
      PCC seems to have managed to enjoy his trip to Paris without mourning too much about the loss of the French monarchy and running across the channel to see our lot.
      That Brand Finance stuff is a nice advertising piece for Brand finance and thats it.

  22. Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    I thought it was inspiring to watch two young people from different parts of the world get married with all the fan fair.

    • Robert Bray
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Though not watching or reading about it, I suspect that’s just what this is: a ‘fan fair.’

  23. alexandra Moffat
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I read that the RW cost 43 million…

  24. alexandra Moffat
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I read that the RW cost 43 million…

  25. Sarah
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    If it helps, think of the Queen as the embodiment of the nation or of the constitution–no bad thing considering that there is not a written one. Elizabeth II has fulfilled a punishing schedule for decades–doing all the things that a head of state and head of the Commonwealth does who is officially above politics and unencumbered by it. She increasingly delegates some duties to younger members of the family. They keep pretty busy if not always in the public eye. The pomp and circumstance are entertaining but also symbolic and cohesive in a country with no patriotic holidays, no Fourth of July, no celebrations of nationhood, no foundation myths, no adoration of a flag. Changing a long-standing and successful constitutional monarchy like the UK into a republic would make Brexit look like a morning’s work for a junior clerk.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      Clearly, it helps.

  26. alexandra Moffat
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    A wish: that someone marrying into the Royal Family, or perhaps even a member of same would speak up against the traditional bird shoots. There is, I think, a Boxing Day shooting event – and they go to Scotland to shoot birds at certain times of year. Just an ancient tradition? Blamming birds out of the sky should have gone passe long since. Maybe the supposedly unconventional new Duchess could speak up against this???

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      That gives me an idea: invite Dick Cheney over for a hunt with the Royal family; kill all the birds with a single stone.

    • Alan Jardine
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      >>There is, I think, a Boxing Day shooting event.

      I think you’re thinking of 12th August (the “Glorious 12th”).

      Alan.

      • kevinj
        Posted May 20, 2018 at 3:47 am | Permalink

        No they have a special boxing day shoot although wouldnt be surprised if they shot on the opening day.
        It is something which reflects badly on the royals. The grouse moors are notoriously bad for killing anything which might get in the way of being able to kill grouse later. Raptors in particularly are persecuted with Hen Harriers, peregrines, golden eagles etc all doing badly near the moors and other shooting venues.
        Indeed Harry was questioned after a couple of hen harriers were shot.

        Not a word said by the royals despite their wildlife campaigns elsewhere. Not sure why anyone would listen to them talking about wildlife protection.

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      I guess nobody forces them to actually hit the birds (if they are able to do this at all).

  27. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I don’t like the rules around addressing the monarchy and such. I think those rules are why places like the former British colonies exist today. I find Americans oddly fascinated with the British monarchy, however and I see an attempt to reproduce it in the pomp of the POTUS living in the White House and having all that weird back slapping and sycophantic behaviour at the State of the Nation address. I find even that too conformist and ceremony laden. And the office of First Lady, it all seems like a watered down monarchy in ceremony. It’s like the colonial powers just couldn’t let all of it go. Then of course, there is the celebrity infatuation. Perhaps we’re all just hard wired to worship who we have decided are our “betters”. How depressing.

    I really don’t get why people care about all this stuff at all. I’m so tired of all the excitement over it on FB and elsewhere.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      State of the Union address — Please, for us Yanks anything else is tantamount to lèse-majesté. 🙂

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am | Permalink

        Ha ha – I always get that wrong. I even googled it when I wrote it but I still got it wrong.

    • Robert Bray
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Mostly agree with you, Ms. MacPherson but would like to demur a little about your critical take on the U.S. and the State of the Union Address. To my mind, the nature of the U.S. as a confederacy remains problematic even after nearly two-and-a-half centuries of the nation’s existence as a republican democracy.

      While presidents from Washington on have all given inaugural addresses and ‘annual addresses to Congress,’ the ‘State of the Union’ (though not yet so called) came to maturation with Lincoln and the crisis of the Civil War. Of course, Lincoln spoke to those members of Congress who remained after secession, but what he said and how he said it, through publication in newspapers, helped citizens understand as never before the built-in tensions in the Constitution. Yes, over its fatal silence regarding slavery, but also–and this is still crucial for U.S.-ians today–over an incomplete articulation of state vs. federal powers.

      The U. S. ARE vs. the U.S. IS. ‘Is’ won. Or so a majority among the succeeding generations thought. I don’t want this to sound pedantic. I’m not trying to teach anyone anything. Yet I am sorely hurting for my country and believe I speak for many, many U.S.-ian citizens when I quite seriously maintain that we as a nation are in a crisis that is more than constitutional.

      Unlike your homeland, as I no doubt very incompletely understand it, the U.S. appears to be failing before our eyes: not only failing to realize its democratic ideals but in fact failing to be any sort of a democracy at all. So we NEED leadership and its sincere ceremonies that point to national unity. Not to sentimentalize the matter, but when Michelle Obama found herself onstage, she was beautiful for what she was doing not what she was wearing; when her husband spoke it was with an articulate dignity, a ‘humble confidence’ that he could see and he could help us.

      What we have now is a TRAVESTY in at least two of the three senses of the word: ridiculous and betraying. Perhaps it is also the third: a grim drama of cross-dressing hypocrisy.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

        Uncle Sam gonna make a comeback, just you watch.

        • Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

          Are you predicting our next demagogue President is someone named “Sam”?

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

      I share your personal dislike of all the formality and ceremony. I – personally – can barely tolerate sitting still for a ten-minute speech.

      However, patently, a lot of people are very fond of such things. This is why I’m okay with the royal family and things like this wedding. Not my cup of tea but obviously a lot of people do seem to like it**. And everyone needs some sort of festive occasion once in a while, for whatever reason. (Same goes for most modern music and most modern sports. If soccer was dependent on me for its existence it would be gone tomorrow).

      (**That said, I watched it – without undue aggravation – mostly because my wife did. Compared with her common fare, which is depressing ‘true crime’ murders and ‘reality’ cop shows with a grating, portentous, smartass narrator who I want to slap, the Royal Wedding was a merciful relief.)

      cr

  28. Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I hope that after QEII dies, and the buffoon Charles is coronated, we will see some serious discussion about abolishing the British monarchy. It creaks.

  29. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    The Beaverton, Canada’s Onion, has an opinion too. https://www.thebeaverton.com/2018/05/sixth-in-line-to-meaningless-figurehead-role-marries-fourth-lead-in-middling-legal-dramedy/

  30. Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Although I don’t care about the monarchy personally, I can see some good reasons to keep it around. 1. It brings lots of tourist money. 2. It allows the actual UK government to operate without much of the ceremonial burden of royalty. This point was made on Bill Maher’s show last night by one of his guests. (I’m not sure which one but one of the two men.)

  31. Marou
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    There may be arguments for a presidency rather than a monarchy but I’d suggest that Americans are not currently well placed to make them.

    • Posted May 19, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      There was a joke going around some years ago that the best argument against abolishing the monarchy could be summed up in two words: President Thatcher.

      • kevinj
        Posted May 20, 2018 at 3:49 am | Permalink

        It doesnt really work. Since due to constitutional monarchy she had a lot more power and could of course be voted out.
        Whereas an argument against any hereditary power would be “Mark Thatcher”

  32. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I’ll be glad when this nonsense is over and we can get back to something more serious, like Yanny/Laurel.

  33. Bob Murray
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    If the Queen were a cat person and not a corgi person would our host be a little better disposed? Going deeper into my conspiracy theory rabbit hole, has he spent too much time recently with the old enemy (the frenchies) and been biased against her by them?

  34. Jon Gallant
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    The USAmerican adulation of the British monarchy makes it obvious what comes next. President Trump, with the assent of his Congress, will retract the Declaration of Independence. The Royal Family will immediately move to their new quarters in Mar-A-Lago, with a summer residence in DisneyLand; the Trump business organization will merge with the Royal Estates in Britain; the houses of Parliament will be replaced by the US Congress and Fox News; Scotland will annul the Union with England Act of 1707; and Jeremy Corbyn will move to Cuba, taking with him the Labour Party treasury, one step ahead of the authorities.

    • RPGNo1
      Posted May 20, 2018 at 5:51 am | Permalink

      😀

  35. Hempenstein
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I slept thru it. But crimony! The 6th degree of separation just walked in the door as something of actual interest.

    It seems that her great-great uncle played for the Homestead Grays. Particularly remembered as the same team that Josh Gibson played on, they never had a home field that was exclusively theirs, playing some of their games at US Steel’s Edgar Thomson Field in Braddock – see para below the second newspaper clipping which is gone now but was located next door to the mill superintendent’s mansion, now DBA Schwixon, from whence I’m writing this.

    Here’s a shot of the ET team (the “Community”) with the mansion above R and the caretaker’s house above L.

  36. Roger
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to the vapid preacher dude for being exceptionally vapid, and plenty of it too. On and on and on. Well done vapid sir.

    • Blue
      Posted May 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      O … … perfect, Mr Roger !

      My thinking precisely ! v a p i d:
      “offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging.”

      S Q U A T. Nada, zip, zilch, zero of
      stimulation nor challenge.

      What an awfully costly and so utterly worthless
      clowning ALL of this performance
      … … the whole deal was.

      Not myself a m a w w y ing one I, had I been
      such a one, however, then so humiliated and ashamed by
      this astounding spewing of display
      would I have been.

      Blue

    • Posted May 20, 2018 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      He was so repetitive, I felt like pulling my hair out.

  37. Filippo
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    “I think I need coffee.”

    Or (in my case) a drink of likker.

  38. Kev
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure that an Evolutionist can ALSO be a Monarchist.
    At least the Royals have decided to stop inbreeding. It’s the first time since the Norman invasion of 1066.
    They’ll be deciding to learn to speak English next.

    • Posted May 20, 2018 at 5:25 am | Permalink

      After the Norman invasion, English was not the language of the Royal court until the rule of Henry V over 300 years later.

      That stalwart of the English monarchy Richard I spoke French. So did his dad Henry II and his brother John.

      • Kev
        Posted May 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        I’m not sure that “English” as a language was an actual entity in 1066: the Saxon King Harold was nominally a Saxon but his family had Scandinavian connections (going back generations during the Danish invasions) and were also related to the invading Normans.
        I imagine there were dialectical hybrids of local languages. There was ALWAYS Latin of course.

        By Henry V, at least Chaucer had already started writing in (Middle) English.

        Maybe the Royals had thought it prudent to allow the language to fully evolve for three centuries before expending valuable resources actually learning it: nothing if not judicious.

        I imagine that a nobleman could live his whole life in a castle and never speak to a commoner. The commoner wouldn’t have been expected to talk back in any case: too busy licking the Noble’s shoes.

        • Posted May 21, 2018 at 6:11 am | Permalink

          Well, yes. The English spoken at Henry’s court would have been very different from the English spoken at the time of William I. For one thing, it had a lot of French words in it.

          One little factoid I like about this is that, in English, the different varieties of livestock have sensible anglo-salon names like ox, sheep, pig but the kinds of meat that come off them have weedy French names like beef, mutton, pork. This is an artefact of the time when saxons reared animals so that normans could eat them.

        • Sarah
          Posted May 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

          “By Henry V, at least Chaucer had already started writing in (Middle) English.”

          By the time of Henry V there was a considerable body of writing in Middle English, and not just Chaucer.

  39. Dale Franzwa
    Posted May 20, 2018 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Oh, all you spoil sports. The Royals are the Brits’ main tourist attraction. Their cooking doesn’t bring in the tourists. That’s why Jerry went to Paris instead.

    In the US we got out national parks. We got our Presidents on the Mountain, etc, etc. What we don’t got anymore is America’s Cup. The Kiwi’s beat us fair and square at our own game. Cat o’ nine tails to ’em.

    • Filippo
      Posted May 23, 2018 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      I want to hear the cutesy-wutesy NY Times fashion/style critics critique Prince Harry’s wedding attire. Why don’t they?

      Or, as I heard a young lady recently say, “Isn’t it ALL about the bride?”

  40. Posted May 20, 2018 at 11:26 am | Permalink

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  41. Posted May 20, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I do agree with you on some points even if i’m not even british, nor american. But sometimes I’d rather see a royal wedding, or anyones wedding, than shooting news and dying people on my TV. I’m not saying I don’t care!

  42. Posted May 20, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Despite all my qualms and objections about Royals vs Commoners, I enjoyed the TV spectacle. This institution is not going away anytime soon. I’m tickled about Meghan improving their gene pool. Loved the music, the look on Harry’s face throughout, the black choir singing ‘Stand By Me’, loved the bride’s understated dress, the bride’s mom, Elizabeth’s dress, the young black cello soloist who was brilliant! Loved how Charles escorted the bride down the aisle and then escorted her mom after the ceremony. Love how these young people obviously care for each other above all else, how they honoured the memory of Diana (the hunted), and eschewed any gifts but requested donations to various charities.

    • Posted May 20, 2018 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      The choir conductor built like a B-52 was very entertaining too. The singing was sublime.

  43. Posted May 22, 2018 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I slept through the whole hype…Much Ado About…. must be embarrassing for the ‘royal couple’ to go through all this ( if sensitive).


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