Royal Wedding overkill: is it bad where you live?

7 Apr

The Royal Canadian Mint's Prince William and Kate Middleton coin

So I live in Canada. Not England. But considering the royal wedding mania we’ve got in this country, I can stay here and save a boatload of money on exchange rates if I want a taste of the British experience. Apparently, we’re getting more royal wedding overkill than the Brits are! Is this happening in the U.S. or England too?

Check it out. Canada’s got its own Prince William and Kate Middle coin. And it’s nicer than the one from England that makes Kate Middleton look 20 years older, and fat.

I was tweeting with Gemma who runs Mission2Wed, and is British. She said the wedding news isn’t going overboard there yet.  Seems like people are more excited about the national holiday that comes with the wedding or speculating about the wedding dress.

But in Canada, we got your Royal wedding covered up and down.

Not only do we have TWO kinds of coins –one that uses a real photo and even removes William’s bald spot— but if you want royal wedding news, there’s even an app for that.

One of our newspapers posts at least two Kate and Wills articles on its website every single day. I think they started doing it with the two months to go mark. I understand a countdown a week before, but methinks this is overboard. How do you even come up with that much content?

Then you’ve got one of the major department stores even doing up this proud display of British-made Royal Doulton and Wedgwood fine china in honour of the happy couple.

Now, I’m not a royal hater or anything. I went to see the Queen when she came to visit last year. And yes, she IS the Queen of Canada too, not just the Queen of England. And I think it’s great that William and Kate are happy. But I’m just confused by the hoopla. Why it is such a big deal in Canada, so early, and not in England, where they actually live? Maybe it’s because I wasn’t even born when Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married, so I don’t want to relive that glamorous moment that I wasn’t alive for. I also work in an industry where I sometimes meet celebrities, so I guess maybe I’m not starstruck by them? I enjoy some fancy Hollywood wedding photos, but not for months and months leading up to them.

EDIT: apparently, the television news coverage starts at 3 a.m.

Anyway, this one will really drive home my overkill in Canada point.

Why is a Toronto city councillor trying to get the bars open at 6 a.m. so people can drink while watching the Royal Wedding?

And in case you’re interested, here’s an excerpt from the Toronto Sun’s article about the city councillor (Doucette) who thinks a royal wedding is a reason to get drunk. But she changed her mind after learning about the liquor laws.

“I tried,” Doucette said after the meeting. “It doesn’t mean we can’t party though.”

Thompson (another councillor)— a self-described fan of the royals — said he’ll be watching the wedding.

“It’s extremely early,” Thompson said. “I don’t think you need alcohol as a game changer at the wedding.”

4 Responses to “Royal Wedding overkill: is it bad where you live?”

  1. Erika April 11, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I’m right in London- Royal hot spot!

  2. ChicagoFriend April 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    the April 15th t-mobile teaser.

  3. ChicagoFriend April 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    • unhappybride April 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

      OMG the Camilla and Harry lookalikes are spot on. Although I highly doubt boring and stuffy William could ever muster up the energy to leapfrog over anyone. Thank you for sending this. I really needed it today.

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