I've heard criticism of the royal wedding, the royal lineage and British female hats. Some say it's a disgrace to keep Royalty in style when bad economy is knocking at the world's door.
Economy IS bad but I've seen a lot worse. I remember the big depression of the 1930's and could tell you stories of deprivation that you would say I'm making up. I'll spare you stories except one. I remember our whole family gathering around the radio in 1936, listening to Edward Vlll abdicating the British throne. The world was grasping on every word of British royalty. It was a light, a beacon in our drab existence to know there were still kings and queens and royalty. What's wrong with taking our minds away from poverty and replacing it with a royal fantasy?
I'd pay my 10 cents on a Saturday matinee just in hopes of catching a glimpse of the British princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret in the news reel. Their tradition of female hats has always intrigued me. American women wore hats in the 50's but then it faded.
I was up at 3 AM watching the wedding live. Watching the hats and all the pomp, I felt joy in my heart for British tradition. How bleak the world would be without it. What do you think?