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April 28, 2011

Praise the Lord and Pass the Crown

Filed under: whatever — Tags: , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 12:27 am

I’m not going to pretend to not care about the royal wedding.  I’d rather Fox News didn’t cancel its regular programming to streamline Sky News, and I’m not going to wake up at 4 a.m. to watch the ceremony in real time, but I do think it’s an important event.  The United Kingdom is still a monarchy. One that, I believe, will resume its special relationship with our country in January 2013, and so the monarchs matter.  Kate Middleton is beautiful and has  impeccable taste.

Christopher Hitchens opined that if Prince William will manage to maintain a semblance of healthy family life and produces a male heir, after the queen’s death the crown will go to him.   A male heir can be arranged these days, so it’s the question of whether William can stay married.  Considering the history of his relationship, his chances going into it don’t seem that bad to me, probably better than that of most contemporary couples.

But then there is this: Prince William will not wear a wedding band.  Over the past century and a half wedding bands for both husbands and wives came to symbolize mutual commitment.  Apparently male college students in Britain elect to not wear the ring, which, according to this thread, is contrary to tradition and understood to be symptomatic of infidelity.  Perhaps he’s sending his bride a message that he doesn’t intend on staying that married.  Either way, he should be very careful because she can potentially inflict more damage on him and his family than they on her.

The Brits have a high infidelity rate, so one hopes if a royal is good for anything, he’d set an example of being faithful.  William is a “self-proclaimed cad”.  Stateside he’s mostly known for proposing to Kate and showing up at a party where his brother masqueraded as a Nazi.  I’m sure William is heading some sort of charity or what not, but really, is he mostly setting a high partying standard for his countrymen?

Prince Harry actually went to war, so I don’t know, maybe they should skip both Charles and William, and pass the crown to a more distinguished individual.

Prince Harry secretly serving in Afghanistan.



  1. I have yet to understand the hoopla on this side of the Atlantic over the Royal wedding. I’ll be glad when its over.

    And I’m not just saying that because Kate Middleton tasered me.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — April 28, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    • Oh, I don’t know. What’s the purpose of having a royal family if you are not going to make a big deal about a royal wedding once in a while?
      I hope the new age moron Charles never becomes a king.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — April 28, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

  2. I felt really bad about the media selling Harry out when he was trying to serve like one of the regular people.

    Weddings I could care less about. Wonder if Elizabeth will live until Charles dies just to spite him?

    Yes I’m that rude. Lin

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — April 29, 2011 @ 3:34 am

    • I hope Charles never becomes the king. As an American I will be very embarrassed. And I agree about Harry and the media.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — April 29, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

  3. I don’t think the crown will skip Chuck and go to Bill. I think William will be a good husband and father, avoiding the mistakes of his father who went into a loveless marriage and seemed to hate every minute of it.

    Comment by Harrison — May 1, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    • I hope William will have a happy marriage. Charles, the man talks to flowers… I don’t know, I will be very uncomfortable if our close ally will have a king like him.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — May 1, 2011 @ 4:28 am

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