Actually, not as difficult as you think – you try to explain to a “royal-less” Frenchy why Britain would go ahead with “the wedding of the decade” when the Economy (poor Economy) is so fragile. Why hundreds of Brits will sell their soul to get their hands on William & Katie tea-towels, mugs, plates – or anything for that matter that can be proudly displayed on their Welsh dresser, when families have never been financially worse off.
If I am beginning to sound like an anti-royal wedding campaigner forgive me for I am most certainly not! I am merely trying to explain to you the difficulty of formulating a decent explanation, for my English students in Paris, for the hysteria surrounding this occasion. Let’s face it the last time we had such a fairy-tale romance it ended in tears!
I had the usual questions regarding whether or not English people are really into their Monarchy or whether they were just happy to have a day off work, go to the pub & perhaps capture a glimpse of the occasion on the widescreen TV usually put aside for the Saturday footy – I really don’t know what they were trying to say? Do we Brits really have such a wholesome reputation?
Quite frankly it’s hardly surprising that the French find all of this heightened frenzy of activity surrounding two young lovebirds a little bizarre when you think of what happened to theirs back in the late 17 hundreds!
I thought I had the perfect remedy when I quickly grabbed a press-cutting entitled “Katie Middleton – Princess Flawless” Judging by the title it was surely to bring an answer as to why so much rests on this young royal couple to restore the tarnished reputation of the Monarchy brought about by the “Queen of Hearts saga”. Oh how disappointingly wrong I was – it seems that we do not have the college love-affair we thought we had after all, but the modern-day answer to an arranged marriage that the press just can’t wait to get their hands on!
So my answer to your questions my dear French hosts is just this – we may only be a tiny channel of water apart but culturally oceans – anything else I may or may not add to this would only be lost in translation.
I will of course be taking my seat in front of my PC, waving my little flag with pride & cracking open a few cold ones in order to toast the happy couple. We should all wish them look – they may well need it!