Sunday 24 June 2018

Get me to the church on time... or on second thoughts, you needn't bother

It's marriage itself which is anachronistic. Royal weddings are no more absurd than anyone else's

JUST DON’T BE LATE: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (centre) arrives with Princess Charlotte (right) and bridesmaids for yesterday’s wedding ceremony
JUST DON’T BE LATE: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (centre) arrives with Princess Charlotte (right) and bridesmaids for yesterday’s wedding ceremony

Eilis O'Hanlon

Britain is a great country. They even put the word "great" in the name just in case anyone forgets how great they are. But oh lord, there's a fierce amount of deferential idiocy in Britain towards the toffs, and this weekend's royal wedding has brought it out of the woodwork again for the whole world to see.

From the common people sleeping in the streets all week to catch a fleeting glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their way to St George's Chapel in Windsor, to obsequious broadcasters practising their curtsies for the big day, it's been one long advert for the benefits of a republic.

I'm not saying the French had the right idea what to do with their aristocrats, because presidents can be problematic too, and there are certain advantages to having a royal head of state which would probably make it more trouble than it's worth to replace; but at least the Brits' neighbours across the English Channel don't now have to endure hours of someone's boring wedding videos on TV. The neighbours on this side of the Irish Sea weren't so lucky.

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