Why Americans can't stop obsessing over the royal wedding
For a nation without a king, America can't seem to get enough of the British royalty. Is it admiration of an elegant culture or just drooling over their jewels – or both?
Behind the patina of pomp – the bunting, flags, trumpets, and carriages – Friday’s royal wedding highlights the ironies behind why people who tossed off monarchy 235 years ago now find themselves riveted by royalty.Skip to next paragraph
Indeed, Americans and Brits will view the wedding very differently, say historians, magazine editors, and sociologists.
“The Brits may be calculating a bit more about how much it’s all costing, and who’s who – they’ll be paying sharp attention to snubs, and who’s seated where, says Sally Kilbridge, deputy editor of Brides Magazine.
“We Americans are an easier lot to please – easy to dazzle with pomps and parades, since we have so little of it,” she says. “Show us an Irish Guard in polished boots and we just about fall over backward, so imagine what the scene of hundreds of gorgeous horses and shiny carriages and smart uniforms will do to us. Add a gorgeous young woman in a real diamond tiara and we’re besotted.”
America and monarchy
The American Revolution could have led to “a complete American revulsion of all things British, but that didn’t happen,” says Professor Allitt.
“Even though Americans tossed away the idea of monarchy for themselves, there is still this lurking feeling that Britain is still the repository of high English culture that Americans can’t quite match,” he says.
“They want to know who’s invited, who’s sitting where and what are they wearing,” says Professor Martin.