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The Royal Wedding

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    I watched part of the Royal Wedding on TV early this morning. All network and cable news channels were covering it. So why are so many people drawn to watch it? Do we Americans place the royalty on some kind of pedestal? Does it make us feel good?

    Having lived in London for nine years, I will observe that the royal family is very much in the hearts of the British, and by extension many Americans. While some will complain about the cost, on the other hand, they are a major tourist draw. I believe that their mere presence in British society pays for itself economically.

    What is the number one place tourists to Britain want to visit: Buckingham Palace. And if the crowds surrounding the gates can get a glimpse of the Queen or any member of the royal family entering or leaving, it makes their day. Something to rave about. And when they return home, their suitcases are loaded with all kinds of royalty souvenirs. My wife and I still have ours. Ha.

    Long live the Queen.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    That is why I said to reward investors in jobs producing investments to offer them royalty in addition to tax credits. Pretty good show except for the elongated rant about love and fire by the American cleric. .
  • Independent
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    May be you and others noticed that the Prince and Princess did ride in an open carriage without being surrounded by bodyguards and drove in between the waving public. If this was done here it would be in armoured cars and a hundred heavily armed military and secret service people. Yes there is world of difference between Europe than the US, especially with our "bully con-man" as leader who also wants a parade but not with horses and smiles, but with tanks and rockets as N.Korea does.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I watched the MSNBC coverage. Stephanie Ruhle and Katy Tur were absolutely ecstatic in watching the royal couple in the carriage ride by....almost like a couple of teenage girls watching a rock star. When it comes to pomp and ceremony, no country in the world can beat the British.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will represent a new generation of the British monarchy very well. And America can finally claim a part of the royalty as theirs. It was indeed a fairy tail wedding, and people who watched could feel good.

    And yes, the open carriage was symbolic as well. It could not happen in America.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I watched part of the Royal Wedding on TV early this morning. All network and cable news channels were covering it. So why are so many people drawn to watch it? Do we Americans place the royalty on some kind of pedestal? Does it make us feel good?

    Having lived in London for nine years, I will observe that the royal family is very much in the hearts of the British, and by extension many Americans. While some will complain about the cost, on the other hand, they are a major tourist draw. I believe that their mere presence in British society pays for itself economically.

    What is the number one place tourists to Britain want to visit: Buckingham Palace. And if the crowds surrounding the gates can get a glimpse of the Queen or any member of the royal family entering or leaving, it makes their day. Something to rave about. And when they return home, their suitcases are loaded with all kinds of royalty souvenirs. My wife and I still have ours. Ha.

    Long live the Queen.

    Watching only part of the affair was wise, I did the same.

    I liked the horse drawn carriages.

    Some media outlet said that one marriage/wedding vow that was omitted was: to honor and obey.

    Good.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: May be you and others noticed that the Prince and Princess did ride in an open carriage without being surrounded by bodyguards and drove in between the waving public. If this was done here it would be in armoured cars and a hundred heavily armed military and secret service people. Yes there is world of difference between Europe than the US, especially with our "bully con-man" as leader who also wants a parade but not with horses and smiles, but with tanks and rockets as N.Korea does.
    Probably because Amerika has such lax gun laws.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    At one point Harry drove Meghan to the next event of the wedding day in a convertible XKE. Noting that hundreds of millions if not a billion were watching the XKE was an American style left-hand steering wheel car. Wonder why ???
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Nice car. The Brits build fine automobiles.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dockadams Wrote: Nice car. The Brits build fine automobiles.

    "On its release in March 1961[6] Enzo Ferraricalled it "the most beautiful car ever made"

    Still holding up as one of the greatest looking cars. And it was based on a 1954 Jaguar race car.