A Royal Affair
I must admit, I can’t wait to watch the Royal Wedding! Even though I didn’t get up early enough to watch the entire fanfare, thanks to TiVo (and Liza) I will be watching it tonight at a party.
For weeks, the media has been making predictions about Kate’s dress, the guest list and who will be snubbed. With special edition news casts, Facebook posts and Twitter hash tags like #kateandwilliam and #RoyalWedding, the airwaves have been packed with royal anticipation.
The thing I find most interesting about the big event, though, is how reflective it is of our changing world.
My 87 year old grandmother remembers the day (then Princess, now Queen) Elizabeth married Prince Philip – it was November 20, 1947. Grammy and her sisters watched news reports of the wedding on small B&W television screens. According to an article written on the Queen’s sixtieth wedding anniversary, it was the first time in history that photographers were allowed to film the wedding of an heir, and microphones allowed audiences all over the world to listen over the radio.
Similarly, my mom remembers watching Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding on July 29, 1981. This time, however, news coverage was live and in color. The media frenzy was just as big, but aside from the television and radio, there weren’t many other ways to tune in to the event.
And after today, I will be able to say that I remember watching Prince William and Kate Middleton get married. But this time, I will be able to watch the magic unfold on television, Twitter, Facebook and a whole other host of media outlets.
I wonder… what is it that attracts us to these types of events? Is it their fairytale nature? The pomp and circumstance? Or, do we just enjoy being part of a worldwide event?
And, if Senators tweet while Congress is in session, do you think there were tweets floating out of Westminster Abbey? Yes, indeed. According to one ABC News report, at 5:45 a.m., around the vicinity they were coming at a rate of 10,000 tweets per minute!
It is a memorable, historical, and magical event! And all of us, in some way or another, are part of it.