Saint Kate: Who actually cares?

28 April 2011

Never has so much fuss been made over so little. I am not a Republican. Nor do I particularly have any dislike of the Royal Family – in fact I quite like them.

But all this commotion surrounding the Royal Wedding is doing my head in. ‘Don’t watch it then’, I hear you say.

To be honest I would rather sit through the actual ceremony than put up with the constant barrage of media coverage leading up to the event. Ever since the announcement in November last year, it seems not a day goes by without a torrent of over the top or irrelevant news items coming out regarding the ‘big day’.

The ceremony, the reception, who is or isn’t invited and why, even down to Ms Middleton’s diet regime before the big day…every possible aspect of April 29 is seemingly being picked apart and analysed by TV, newspapers and radio. It has been reported that the BBC has assigned 550 people to cover the event, more than any other event in recent times. Perhaps 50 would be more apt.

Furthermore, why should we care about the Royal Wedding? I mean, call me cynical, but what do we get out of it? Other than a day off (though not for us Cambridge students) and the fact we can wave British flags around without being accused of being members of the BNP, I find there is very little to get excited about.

Many families and individuals throughout the country probably harbour a similar lack of enthusiasm, given this lavish occasion is occurring during a time of rapid inflation and tax hikes.

Most of the media circus seems to be focused on Ms Middleton rather than her husband-to-be; she even seems a little bewildered with all the attention, if somewhat uncomfortable.

I am sure she is a nice person, don’t get me wrong, but she has not really done anything that warrants her almost saint-like portrayal in the media. I guess in Britain it really comes down to who you know.

It also seems that the media’s obsession with Kate stems from their desire to find someone to fill the void left by Diana – the constant comparisons between the two only serve to highlight this further.

It will happen all over again; like Diana, they’ll build her up to an almost ethereal-like figure, shower her with praise and complements, and then pick her apart when they get bored. This wedding is just the beginning.

I am not suggesting you go out and burn flags in protest on April 29, or that you attend the ‘Not The Royal Wedding’ party, rather that you just view this wedding for what it is – a wedding between two people that has been completely blown out of proportion by the media.

Daniel Razaz is an undergraduate at Wolfson College