I am home with a nasty headcold today, so I am sitting here in my PJs looking at the latest celebrity gossip headlines. You know, in case my girlfriend Angelina Jolie or any of her six adorable children have done anything interesting today. Unfortunately, there is no news about Angie or my other celebrity crushes… this is probably because the gossip news is swamped with stories related to the recent engagement of Kate Middleton and Prince William. There are stories about the proposal, the ring, who designed Kate’s engagement announcement dress, and even how to place bets on when and where the royal wedding will take place.
I have to admit that, browsing these stories, I find them somewhat entertaining… in the way that I find stories about movie stars interesting. Kate Middleton is indeed a snazzy (if a bit preppy) dresser, but beyond that she seems one-dimensional to me. I guess I admire that she is a “commoner” marrying a Prince, but, really, I’ve seen that Disney movie before. As for Prince William, I have nothing against him but, honestly, I’ve never even had a crush on Prince William- not even many years ago when my high school roommate (I went to an all-girls boarding school) plastered her walls with pictures of the Prince.
So, I generally ignore these Prince William and Waity Katie (I guess she’s not Waity anymore) gossip stories as they don’t interest me very much. However, I was surprised yesterday when the engagement of Prince William and Waity Katie was the top news story not just at the gossip websites, but everywhere! I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised, but a part of me was wondering- why is this more important than Cholera in Haiti or the new TSA screenings? Why should I care about this Kate Middleton person?
Then it dawned on me… Kate and Prince William are being married in the United Kingdom. Kingdom! The UK is still a monarchy! Please, UK residents, help me out… am I correct in understanding that you really do live in a Kingdom? A Kingdom with a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system, but still a monarchy? And is it true (if unlikely) that if the Queen wanted to dissolve the parliamentary government she could do so? ARE YOU ALL OKAY WITH THIS? I suppose this shocks my rebel American system. But do you really have the same government system as countries such as Jordan, Malaysia, and Thailand? Those are very nice countries, by the way, but ones that I really do think of as Kingdoms.
So… if Kate Middleton one day becomes Queen (or at least wife to the King), she could actually have real, genuine power? Woah. Suddenly I’m worried about much more than what blue dress Kate wore to her engagement announcement.
By the way, UK and territories (you hear me, Australia and Canada) I think it is strange that you put the Queen on all your money. I guess that should have been my first hint that you are still King (Queen?) doms. I suggest replacing the Queen with more pictures of cute cuddly koalas and platypuses (in Australia) and more more ducks and maple leaves (in Canada).