Royal Marriage and cultural vengeance

This is the cool Britannia … at last

There was much more than just the pageantry and romance of a royal wedding in last Friday’s wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Britain has effectively been beaten around the ears for a long time recently. Not only by the financial crisis, but by the politically correct, by the government’s apparent paralysis faced with Islamic extremists, by uncontrolled immigration, by a legal system gone mad where there is a profound sense that everyone except the British have rights and where even the Union Jack is considered some sort of insensitive symbol that is insulting to newer arrivals.

In this context the wedding was an emphatic blast of confidence building. All the nay sayers, the cynics of the republican commentariat seem to have been swept aside in the tidal wave of enthusiasm and unashamed approval of the event. Both Kathy Lette and her pompous husband were swept aside as irrelevant — pomp without the circumstance.

The checkmate of the ABC with its tawdry plans to be nasty was simply delicious and added to the pleasure of the occassion. Even a debate on the ABC’s QandA with its obsession over our need for a republic produced a realistic Bob Carr reminding the audience that it just isn’t going to happen anytime soon and a very subtle and a heartfelt explanation of the importance of present constitutional arrangements by Senator Nick Minchin.

The cynics can pooh-pooh the ceremony, but history, institutions, and practice somehow was able, even in 2011, to weave its invisible web of meaning over us and the power of its symbolism was able to reach far beyond the tawdy rationalisation of indignant republicans.

The only part of the ceremony that jarred with me was Prince Charles tacky decision to decorate Westminster Abbey with TREES, from his own estates apparently. This tilt to paganism and nature worship — another environmental manifestation that has already infiltrated churches through Western Christendom — seemed to distract from the Abbey and made it resemble more a Bourke Street Mall than a transcendental place of worship.

However, the genuine joy in the faces of all those crowds waving those wonderful Union Jacks and sharing in the rituals and ceremony brought tears to the eyes. The assertion of pride in our Western civilization was wonderful.

Bring it on I say.

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4 Responses to “Royal Marriage and cultural vengeance”

  1. john schofield Says:

    well written & I agree whole-heartedly.
    Would you rather have an elected representative, someone like Julia Gillard & her “partner” as President – or the Queen. It is a ‘no contest’
    For the media to suggest it is the end of the Monarchy is a nonsense when billions world-wide tune in. The Americans and the French are jealous as hell. Again it is a ‘no contest’ The contest is between ‘Obama 1, Osama 0’ where Obama stands up and as a lawyer is proud to announce to the world that he believes not in justice and the rule of law but murder or rather capital punishment without trial.

  2. davywavy Says:

    I loved the trees in the Abbey, a simple, but astonishingly grand idea.

    It is something from the very heart of the national psyche, from Camelot to Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden to Vaughan Williams “The Lark Ascending.”

    It is the English woodland and chivalry all embraced in that inspirational building that is the heart of the palace and the church.

  3. John Powell Says:

    How refreshing to see thousands of people in the streets enjoying the pageantry, enjoying themselves, enjoying each other instead of throwing petrol bombs,screaming curses of hatred, smashing windows, hurling stones, setting fire to tyres and garbage pins and police with shields beating up people with truncheons.

  4. PG Says:

    Narry a Muslim in sight – wonderful!

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