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    British royals.

    I never feel more out-of-step with the American people than when subject turns to the British royal family -- an endless source of fascination for millions of Americans, for reasons I cannot even begin to fathom. On the front page of CNN.com, a quarter of the stories in the "Top Stories" section, at the moment, deal with a royal family wedding.

    If you're unfamiliar with the story (hard to imagine, since it's been covered by screaming headlines in every major news outlet), here's a quick summary: a guy who is sixth in line to inherit a meaningless figurehead position for a once-important country is engaged to marry an obscure character actor. That's it. For some reason, this is a major story requiring hundreds of articles over the course of months, even from hard-news outlets.

    Now, to be fair, I don't understand celebrity culture in general. Although I enjoy movies and TV shows, I'm only mildly interested in talents behind the camera, and not interested at all in those in front of it. In fact, I prefer to know as little as possible about such people, since knowing a lot about an actor colors how you see a character (try watching the Cosby Show these days). But as un-engaging as I find regular celebrity gossip, gossip about British royals is ten times worse. At least most celebrities are famous because of something interesting about them -- incredible beauty, great talent, etc. I find it a lot harder to understand why someone would care about a homely aristocrat whose only interesting feature is inbreeding.

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    For me, the British monarchy is a curiosity completely removed from my experience. Also, I admire the queen. She's done an amazing job. It's also interesting that a biracial American is about to marry into the family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    For me, the British monarchy is a curiosity completely removed from my experience. Also, I admire the queen. She's done an amazing job. It's also interesting that a biracial American is about to marry into the family.
    I find the last part interesting. But the monarchy? They dont even have any real power anymore. They just get paid to live in luxury.
    Hek, they dont even own the countries "assets" anymore.

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    I love the royals. The history alone is compelling.

    this wedding is history in the making on several levels. A major royal is marrying a comminer with trashy family who is divorced, and not a member of the church of england. She is divorced... and an actress with a past. She is also part black. And yet... the queen has given permission for the wedding to take place.

    i am rooting for our girl to make it in the firm.
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    Let's hope she can survive it.
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    Let's hope she can survive it.
    i think she has a pretty good chance. She is much more mature and wordily then others who have married into the firm. I have a feeling that Harry has his own ideas on what it means to be "royal" and they may be exactly what the royal family needs to come into modern times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syrenn View Post
    i think she has a pretty good chance. She is much more mature and wordily then others who have married into the firm. I have a feeling that Harry has his own ideas on what it means to be "royal" and they may be exactly what the royal family needs to come into modern times.
    Sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    I never feel more out-of-step with the American people than when subject turns to the British royal family -- an endless source of fascination for millions of Americans, for reasons I cannot even begin to fathom. On the front page of CNN.com, a quarter of the stories in the "Top Stories" section, at the moment, deal with a royal family wedding.

    If you're unfamiliar with the story (hard to imagine, since it's been covered by screaming headlines in every major news outlet), here's a quick summary: a guy who is sixth in line to inherit a meaningless figurehead position for a once-important country is engaged to marry an obscure character actor. That's it. For some reason, this is a major story requiring hundreds of articles over the course of months, even from hard-news outlets.

    Now, to be fair, I don't understand celebrity culture in general. Although I enjoy movies and TV shows, I'm only mildly interested in talents behind the camera, and not interested at all in those in front of it. In fact, I prefer to know as little as possible about such people, since knowing a lot about an actor colors how you see a character (try watching the Cosby Show these days). But as un-engaging as I find regular celebrity gossip, gossip about British royals is ten times worse. At least most celebrities are famous because of something interesting about them -- incredible beauty, great talent, etc. I find it a lot harder to understand why someone would care about a homely aristocrat whose only interesting feature is inbreeding.
    A--"White European", our 'first cousins' so to speak (English, Irish, Scottish). ANGLOPHILES are everywhere here.
    B--1 billion people watched Diana and the Ears get married 30+ years ago. Watch parties at 8 or 9 in the MORNING. Something is fascinating about them apparently.
    C--She's American. She's well educated, having gone to one of the top US colleges. (I think the prince married up). She's 1/2 black with an interesting yet ordinary American background.
    D--She and he are 'celebrities'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNHarley View Post
    I find the last part interesting. But the monarchy? They dont even have any real power anymore. They just get paid to live in luxury.
    Hek, they dont even own the countries "assets" anymore.
    You got it. BUT monarchists are STILL the majority among those polled (last time I read)

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