I chose to analyze the Royal Wedding because the world’s list of current events is already full of natural disasters, war, and feuding politicians. Sometimes, we must remind ourselves that the world is still host to happiness.
This BBC pre-wedding report includes the names of several international guests that were invited to the wedding, last-minute preparatory plans, and other unique bits of information. For example, BBC reports that days before the wedding, the invitation for London-based, Syrian ambassador was rescinded, due to the pro-democracy riot that had taken place in Syria during recent weeks. Tragically, the event resulted in 400 protestors’ deaths, and the Foreign Office decided against having a Syrian representative attend William and Kate’s special day.
Some of the esteemed (and welcomed) wedding guests were Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Pavlov of Greece, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia, and the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg. Fifty heads of state were asked to attend, and in total, 1,900 guests were invited to the honor this royal union.
One interesting aspect included in this report was a statement made by St. James’ Palace: “The service will be the epitome of Britishness”. I’m not necessarily sure what “Britishness” is, but I would hope that this statement wouldn’t be perceived by other cultures as ethnocentric. The Royal Wedding should embody “Britishness” because well, it is a very British event. I believe that part of the reason why the world became so enchanted with this real-life fairy tale was because of its ability to put an old-world set of ideologies and traditions in the world’s foreground. England is often lumped into the same category as France by other nations, as being countries preoccupied with matters only important to them directly. Call me crazy, but I believe it is a country’s right to act as such, for if they didn’t preserve what’s inherently their own, external citizens of the world would not have such opportunities like watching Cinderella come to life.
Free download of the Royal Wedding ceremony pamphlet:
This very brief article says it all. The US has, once again, been “that” country. Instead of stepping down, and not showing the event up in any capacity, Eli Rosenberg reports that the US’ media coverage of the Royal Wedding doubled the UK’s. According to Reuters, “the royal wedding has been the subject of 0.2 percent of all news stories in online versions of newspapers and magazines in the United States, while only 0.08 percent in the U.K”.
On one hand, I’m half-kidding when I imply that the US set out rob this momentous occasion of any of its well-deserved glory; on the other hand, I don’t necessarily understand why the US had to cover this event with such extreme fervor. Surely more than most countries, the US has the resources, finances, and journalists necessary to facilitate the most (and the most in-depth) reports, but even so…really?
Dan Rather’s interesting commentary regarding the media-frenzy revolving around the “week of silliness in April”:
And because I love everything French…
(I’m on my way to French proficiency, so I decided to read a few French reports on their highnesses’ wedding. )
As far as I could tell, France seemed elated that Will and Kate were getting married, much like they would be if their old pals from university were. The online reports tend to be documented photo catalogues and blog rolls, uploaded from those who attended the wedding, which gave the French perspective a rather jovial, wholesome tone. The more “glamorous” coverage from the UK and US wasn’t better or worse than that of the French media, but there was something about it that made it feel “closer to home”. I couldn’t help but wonder, would Dan Rather think that the French coverage of the Royal Wedding was a bit more…balanced?
Under this link, were a dozen or so “sub-links” that captured various elements of the wedding festivities. These elements were somewhat of a second thought to the hype surrounding the modern-day Cinderella and her Prince, that fabulous gown worn by Kate Middleton, and the celebrity-adorned guest list; but nonetheless, most were celebrated by the French media. It was quite nice to see the harpists and artisans gain some notoriety, among other significant points of interest, such as the history of London, the red and gold carriage built in 1902 for King Edward VII, and the royal couple’s ceremony music and prayer selections.