In 2011, all eyes turned to the Royal Wedding; in 1997, there was widespread grief following the death of Princess Diana;
in 1981, there was another wedding - that of Charles and Diana, not to mention the birth of Prince William a year later. Whatever the occasion, there is one thing you can guarantee: America will be there every step of the way.
Now don't get me wrong: as in England, there are residents in the United States who couldn't give a monkeys about the crown. Indeed, during Kate's pregnancy and beyond, I spoke to many people who could not see the logic behind the adoration. What is interesting about an elite group of people whose only real power is to serve as ceremonial heads of state?
The answer to that question might be a simple one. Whenever I speak to U.S. Royalists on this subject, America's secret desire to be governed by a Royal Family is often noted. For centuries, the United States has been bogged down by congressional gridlock and perceived corruption in Washington. The idea of a fairytale leadership system therefore seems oddly alluring to some citizens.
Of course, with political dynasties such as the Kennedy, Clinton and Bush families, America is perhaps closer to such a reality than it realizes. The major differences being that the aforementioned families actually wield pretty considerable power and dress most often in business attire.
In fact, it is on this issue of power, or lack-there-of, that non-Royalists argue for the dismantling of the Royal Family entirely. We don't need them, people will say. Why should our taxes pay for this family's life-style?
And yet, despite some people's misgivings, there are those in America who remain ever faithful. This perhaps lends itself to another fact: that thousands of Americans identify as Anglophiles.
With the perpetual cultural invasion, which has seen The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Adele, Shakespeare, J. K. Rowling, Tolkien, David Beckham and many more enter the American psyche, it is only natural that Americans would want to add the Royals to this list.
Finally, and it's a point often overlooked, America is a country that likes to talk about traditional values, particularly as it pertains to family and religion. Perhaps to some Americans, the Royals are indicative of both of these things: they are a family in the most literal sense; but they are Gods in so much as they are worshiped and adored.
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