Friday, April 29, 2011
Royal Wedding Thoughts...
First the Wedding. It went off without a hitch. The weather forecast said it was going to rain. It didn't. Anti-monarchist protesters said they were going to be out in force. The weren't. Pundits said the crowds would be unmanageable and unruly, and nothing could have been further from the truth.
It's hard not to get caught up in the hype of an event this big. The global audience that watched these two people get married today was estimated at over two billion. Why?
You can argue the issue of how ridiculous the idea of hereditary privilege is in this day and age, and many here in London are. London's biggest talk radio station LBC 97.3 FM, had no shortage of callers on both sides of this issue. With the majority of callers expressing enthusiastic support, for the Royals, and what today's pomp and pageantry has done for the morale of the whole nation. But there were other callers who were just adamant in saying they feel it's crazy to keep paying millions of pounds a year to support a group of people who's only qualification is having been born into the Windsor family.
If nothing else, I am totally behind anything that gives British composer John Rutter an excuse to compose new music. His new piece "The Anthem" commissioned especially for today's ceremony was amazing.
So at least for today, the debate over the merits and costs of a Constitutional Monarchy was put aside. Billions of people all around the world, joined the over one million people in Central London, (including this new Londoner), in wishing "Wills and Kate" all the best.