With THE wedding looming, we're taking a look at reactions on either side of the Pond.
Well they’re all going bonkers about the Wedding over here. At least the media people are. Although I’ve been booked to do a TV segment on April 27th talking about the wedding and all things royal, not one of my friends or acquaintances has actually sought my opinion.
And of course, everyone’s cashing in wherever they can. Take British Airways with its Royal Wedding Package. (Now then, get your minds out of the gutter.) and their promise - “Share in the excitement and splendour as a nation and the whole world celebrates the Royal Wedding”. Well then.
And for American Royal Watchers who can’t make the trip over, the TLC tv channel has it covered: Starting early morning on Friday, April 29, TLC is culminating the network's week-long event of Royal Wedding programming (89 hours of coverage) with a live production event and viewing party from
Times Square. …Starting first thing in the morning, guests will join TLC talent and celebrity contributors to celebrate the big day, as they watch the wedding live on jumbotrons and take part in various on-site activities including a SAY YES TO THE DRESS fashion show featuring past favorites from the show and the on-site weddings of three lucky couples.
(I may get up just to see if they're wearing fake tiaras and ermine.)
"This is without question the most widely anticipated wedding in a generation," ITV Studios America President and CEO Paul Buccieri commented.
So there you have it. If they’re not feeling the lurve in the
I wouldn’t say there is overwhelming apathy for the Royal Wedding, but there is a certain lack of pizzazz associated with the event. The idea that the streets will be closed for neighbourhood parties and that everyone will string up bunting and celebrate the day along with the happy couple seems to have been conjured up by people who remember such things happening on V-E and are naïvely over-optimistic about them happening again.
Plus, I believe a percentage of people (or a certain demographic) feel they are being manipulated: the economy is crumbling, pay is down, costs are up, unemployment is rampant and suddenly a wedding conveniently materializes. Was this to take people’s minds off the state of the Nation and/or to avoid a conflict with the Olympics and the Queens Jubilee?
But it is here, and ubiquitous. It’s in the papers, on the telly, in the stores; I just don’t find people talking about it quite as much as on our recent visit to the States. While we were there, everyone wanted to know about the upcoming nuptials. But then, we had just arrived from Britain so we might have the latest gossip. Sadly, there was little we could tell them; we’re not invited, and that’s about all I know about the event.
So, come the day, there will be some celebrations and bunting stringing, but frankly, most people are simply looking forward to the day off.