by Corinne Wnek
This column is about the birth of the royal baby and why I, for one, was glued to the media’s coverage of it. Now before you stop reading, at least hear me out. Sure, waiting for this kid to be born was a torture for us on this side of the Atlantic and, yes, way over covered. But only the British could rally the masses and put on a spectacle that garnished such worldwide attention.
No one really cares when some other European royal gives birth or steps down from the throne, as just happened in Belgium. The coverage about this country’s new king was merely a blurb on page 27 of some newspaper. Americans just don’t care about this kind of stuff. We don’t believe in privilege for a few or class limitations driven by birth. Thank God.
But here’s where I part ways with those who have nothing good to say about the British royal family: The royals give their country an unmistakable identity and they maintain a comforting continuity of traditions that are over eight hundred years old. There is respect for elders and those ancients who came before them. We could take a lesson here in America.
The naming of the new future king, for instance, was chosen to pay homage to the Queen’s father, the former King George VI. In fact, there are a limited number of names for the royals to actually choose from because of this special remembrance of those long gone. Don’t hold your breath waiting for a British monarch to be named Ashley, Tiffany, Cody or Hunter.
Ours is a country that was established as a republic. We rebelled against a monarchy, believing everyone should be free to determine their own future by hard work and opportunity and not by their birth. And we continue to be the envy of the world because of this.
I couldn’t live under a monarchy but I am a romantic and a sucker for the fairy tale pageantry of royal Britain. There. I’ve said it.
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