It has been more than two hundred years since we, as a country, revolted against the British monarchy. But as it turns out, the United Kingdom still has a power over us. Their power is not political, but rather, it’s their pop culture, with the allure and glamour of their princes and princesses. In Arianne Chernock’s piece for The New York Times entitled A Long History of Royal Watchers, she summed it up by saying, “In 1776, Americans may have been fed up with royal politics, but most were anything but tired of royal pomp and circumstance.”
On Monday afternoon, every news station in America from CNN to MSNBC was covering one and only one news story: the birth of the heir to the British throne. But that isn’t our prince. We have no ties to the royal family here in the states, except as celebrities. But even big British exports like One Direction or J.K. Rowling don’t capture as much attention as the royal family does (although the Beatles came close).
Yes, we don’t have a monarchy, but the pomp and circumstance of the royal family is still completely alluring to us across the pond. Think back to the royal wedding, when approximately 23 million Americans tuned in to watch Kate Middleton marry Prince William. And that is part of the draw of the story. We saw them get hitched and now we get to watch their next step, albeit from afar.
I have to say, I got caught up in the royal baby frenzy, but for a very practical reason. I’ve been covering it for work, from 9 Signs You’ve Caught Royal Baby Fever to 10 Wacky Royal Baby Souvenirs. And I got sucked in. It’s hard not to, especially for a woman who grew up with tales of Cinderella and other stories of a beautiful girl meeting and marrying a prince and living happily ever after. As a culture, we all love a happy ending, and watching gorgeous people doing glamorous things. And Kate Middleton and Prince William are THAT, and far more tolerable, to many, than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and other celebrity couples in the States.
Did you find yourself seduced by the royal baby fever?
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