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Thursday, April 21, 2011

R - is for Royality

I am a closet Royalty Watcher. English Royalty. I know it is a little silly and probably a tad juvenile, but there it is!

I am fascinated by all of it: a nation that supports a royal family, long histories of royal families, the wonderful clothes, and the activities of their daily lives. And why in the 21st Century do we still have royal families when clearly their function as rulers has pretty much disappeared?

Their lives are different. Born into a life style, and a job, and a family with a bigger-than-life history, and a massive expectation for their future - isn't that one heck of a lot to be born into? How do you build your own life knowing that your choices are limited to the "family business" and that your children's lives must fit that plan as well, and their children's children, and so on. What must living that kind of life be like? I find it fascinating.

And my enjoyment goes beyond the current royal family. I love the Tudor history and the movies about King Henry VIII, and all his wives. And who doesn't know the story of his children, most pointedly, Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. And then there is Queen Victoria, another big famous Royal family. And now we have the current royal family - House of Windsor: another Elizabeth (who appears to be going for the record as a ruler), a prince in waiting (and waiting, and waiting - poor Charles), a princess deceased (a people's princess - Diana), two handsome, charming and well-balanced sons (William and Harry, thank you, Princess Diana), and a commoner-soon-to-be-princess and eventually Queen (Kate, dear Kate, have you really thought this thing through), and, ta-da ... a royal wedding on April 29th!

And about that wedding ... I want to know about the dress and the wedding rings (he isn't wearing one, did you know that?), and the guests, and the ceremony, and the parade (there will be a parade right?), and all the pictures, and ... oh, maybe I go on too much!

So were do you stand on royalty!

Keep Friday, April 29th open for "THE Wedding" - these big royal celebrations don't happen all that often!



5 comments:

  1. I enjoy hearing about such a different life style too. Although I like hearing about lots of different lifestyles there is so much publicity around the British royals it is easy to follow - not so easy to get so much information on someone who lives in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness for example!

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  2. We are Canadian so the Royal family is our family. I can't imagine not having them.

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  3. I don't really pay much attention.
    When we were in Scotland at the Braemar Gathering watching the games, the Royal Family was there to watch too. We have home movies of them riding by in a car waving. They sat under their private tent to watch.

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  4. Haha, I'm a bit of a secret watcher myself. Don't worry, its not childish, its only human :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  5. hi Elaine:)

    well....(gulp), my wife and i both are interested in the royal family as well. heard the wedding is going to cost something like 20 million dollars. that's a bit lavish, i think. i like to watch and listen to the british parliment as well. love and respect the country too.

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