Eh, who cares about the royal wedding?
Not me, but it’s an excuse for strawberries and prosecco
My feelings surrounding the royal wedding and the royals in general are fairly beige. Hating them feels pointless. They're not going anywhere so I don't have the energy to get angry about whether or not they represent the in built class divide in the UK. To be honest, they seem like decent people who just happen to have a lot of prestige and money as well being able to produce adorable children.
But, I can't get that excited about them. They are at the end of the day another family who, like everyone else, goes through life and its various celebrations and pitfalls. Although they differ from a normal family in the fact that it is not only very public but is also paid, very well.
Because of my beige feelings I tend to ignore them in my day to day life, but recently that's not all too easy – because of another royal wedding.
It's everywhere. On newspapers, magazines and ultimately unavoidable on social media. On one scroll of twitter in this last week I pass one tweet angrily shouting about how much it will cost, directly followed by another one with some various blogger showing off her new Cath Kidston royal wedding mug, which is followed again by someone crying that they never did get to marry Prince Harry. It takes up so much air time and so much news when in the grand scheme of things it really isn't that important.
We live in a world where thousands probably millions of people get married each day. And unfortunately we also live in a world where lots of awful politics and warfare goes on everyday. The royal wedding doesn't seem like it's justified its front spot in all the newspapers. Because quite frankly I care more about how Theresa May is actually trying to deal with brexit over the fact that Prince Charles is walking Meghan Markle down the aisle instead of her own dad. Brexit is important and the politicians involved need to be held to account for what they do through the news. The decision for Meghan Markle's father to not be at her wedding is a personal one that probably had unpleasant circumstances that don't need to be aggravated by the Sun and its counterparts.
But there's the argument that having such a spotlight on the royals for a moment such as the royal wedding does allow some of the issues they're related to be revealed and dealt with. One of the biggest controversies in the run up to this royal wedding has to be the removal of rough sleepers in Windsor. It showed what a problem there is in the UK for homelessness, how it's ever growing and how it is often dealt with in a cruel, inhumane manner.
Additionally it shows quite a clear message of how the UK views itself. It's one that sees itself a modern, accomplished state. It doesn't want to face up to its problems but sweep them under the carpet. We have an image to portray to the rest of the world, that the royals are very much apart of, that we don't wish to compromise.
So, what did I do this Saturday? I gave to give in to the frivolities. The royal family poses some problems but blaming them for the ills of the UK is like blaming a football team's mascot instead of its manager. Hounding them will not promote change, the government and parliament are the only ones who can do that. So I poured myself a glass of prosecco, laughed at my mate sporting a Prince Harry mask and saw a union jack flag without associating with the alt right. Although I find it hard to indulge in patriotism I most definitely don't mind indulging in a little bit of fun.
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