Reflections on Americans and the Royal Wedding

AMERICA'S EX-MONARCHY: We don't want it for ourselves anymore, but tend to enjoy watching the royal family from the distance. The Royal Wedding at Buckingham Palace on 29th April 2011: The Bride and Groom, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the centre with attendants, (clockwise from bottom right) The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton; taken in the Throne Room by Hugo Burnand.

As the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just returned from renting a private island in the Seychelles for their honeymoon (and finally met President “smart alec” Obama), the Royal Wedding news has cooled somewhat. But hither and yon bits and pieces of the story still appear, and I can’t manage to go without commenting on the famous royal matrimony of my generation now, can I?

I’ve never been a particularly romantic girl. While my friends wanted to play “house” and “princess” games, I was usually painting watercolor landscapes or cataloguing my personal zoo of earthworms, pond snails and water bugs. That being said, I never thought much about weddings, royal or otherwise.

But last month, I noticed something odd. While researching Middle East politics – or 2012 U.S. election rumors – or listening to a podcast of wise old scientists chatting about intelligent design – suddenly some headline about Prince William’s bride would show up and I just had to click it. I don’t know why – it’s as if suddenly I was acting like a girl or something.

Yet I have a reasonable excuse – it just wouldn’t be right for a history major working in media to be totally clueless about our good old ally’s future queen (and her absurdly perfect hair, smile, figure, wardrobe…). Would it?

I wasn’t among the nearly 23 million Americans who were up before dawn to watch the Royal Wedding proceedings (here is managing editor Jacquie Kubin’s minute by minute run down of it if you missed it). I’ll confess that my sister Rachel and I had toyed with the idea of getting up at five in the morning to get a glimpse of the ceremony of the century just so we could say we did it. However, a tumultuous tornado system happened to knock the electricity out of our home just in time for the event. Oh well…

When our grandparents brought over some hot breakfast that morning, Grandmomma informed us of the Royal Wedding details we were deprived of (Granddaddy, needless to say, thought all the hoopla was ridiculous).

“It’s totally embarrassing that Americans cared about that. We fought a Revolution against the royal family,” said Ann Coulter, commenting on Americans’ fascination with the Royal Wedding and Princess Diana through the years. Coulter’s assessment is understandable (I’ll note that she said she liked – albeit felt sorry for – Kate Middleton), and I’m inclined at first thought to agree with her.

But now I want to determine if that’s a fair enough assessment.

Allow me to sort through a few ideas about why Prince William’s marriage to Catherine Middleton caught some Americans’ fancy. Besides the picturesque handsome prince and beautiful princess iconism, what was it about the event that got America interested in snooping on her ex-monarchy? . . .

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Projects In Progress

First of all, let me apologize for some link errors – first I misspelled “hear” (though “here ye” may very well make sense in some context). Secondly, I noticed that I messed up one of the links on my About page. The correct link is

Some of our aunts and uncles visited the other day. Aunt Laurel and Aunt Jenny would like me to paint portraits of their children. If I take on projects like that, I think I ought to get some more practice on painting childrens’ faces first.

For months I’ve had a painting planned to be based on some pictures of Beth and her little friend Jenny Clark.
Beth & Jenny 1
Beth & Jenny 2

We’ll see how that works out.

Secondly, the seat work portion of homeschooling for the siblings starts on August 4th. We’ve been working on a daily routine for that. I actually plan to be up doing chicken chores at 7:00 A.M. and then working on my CLEP study until 10:00 A.M. Then I’ll work with David and Beth and afterwards have the rest of the day open for my various projects. My GHC deadline is August 17th. I’ve considered entering a screenplay pitch competition which has a deadline of August 31st. To enter, you submit a film of yourself describing your story and why it would make a great movie. I certainly wouldn’t expect to win, but at least I would know that producers and directors would actually get to hear about the screenplay and perhaps one of them would be personally interested.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently passed a food-related bill. The other night Dad suggested that I send him a note telling him about my project and how his recent decision reminds me of that history…so I did. At least I know that someone will read that note, since active politicians have their e-mail/mail sifted much more frequently than film executives do.

After all, the point is to spread the fascinating story of The Crusading Chemist. I simply decided that a movie would be the best educational medium in our day and age to teach the public.

Yesterday our friend Lissette Maltass came over to show us some of the Mary Kay products she is selling. I very rarely wear makeup (with the exception of a little Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer), but every now and then it is fun to use.