Millions around the globe, glued to television, watching the wedding of William and Kate. A British theatrical spectacle we have not seen the likes of in quite awhile. And I along with others watched the community outdoor celebration, and the televised presention of all the ceremony, according to British celebration of royalty and the monarchy. A spectacular event, indeed.
As far back as I recall, even as a child I was fascinated by British royalty. I kept scrapbooks of events from newspaper clippings. And listened to events via radio, in the thirties. From the time King George passed, Edward of Windsor assumed the throne as king, his love affair with American-born Wallis Simpson, his abdication speech to marry her; the present Queen Elizabeth, marrying Phillip; her crowning as queen. The birth of her children, and their marriages and divorces, and all the events in her life past 60 years. The marriage of Prince Charles to Diana, the birth of the heir, Prince William, and the spare, his brother, their rocky relationship, and subsequent divorce. The marriage of Charles to Camilla after the death of Diana, leading up to the pomp and pageantry of the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton today.
The history of the British monarchy has been a fascinating history of a lot of troubles, trials and tribulations, along with a number of events to celebrate, as evidenced by the grand wedding today. Admittedly, I’ve been one of those onlookers interested by the course of events and the history of all of it. One of the most interesting was the abdication speech by King Edward, and I have the newspaper reprint of his speech in its entirety. In it he states he could not carry on as king with out Wallis Warfield Simpson. Then packs his luggage for exile from England.
Here in the United States we have no king nor queen and no house of royalty and no monarch rule, and this nation began with a Constitutional government, with the people themselves as rulers. And I personally see myself as a sovereign being, despite the fact one definition of Sovereignty connotes State rule, it also means an individual state of being, whereby one governs themselves, and in control of their personal life. Despite the fact a political State imposes rule via a gun or threat of a gun, in certain areas, we as individuals, are the ultimate decider of our actions. And still many areas we can exercise self-responsibility and self-control, in our every day lives. It is the abdication of areas where we have clear-cut choices which we fail to exercise, that is the reason this nation is in the predicament we find ourselves in today.
Despite the fact we do not have a monarchy here in this country, there are lessons we can learn from countries that do, to help us better understand ourselves, the political government of this nation, the self-responsibility and self-control of freedom, and the sovereignty of ourselves, and the extent to which we possess that sovereignty.
I recall a personal event in my life, living in Florida in the forties. I had been to a dentist, and exited by the rear door to his office onto the parking lot, when I looked up and saw Wallis Simpson walking to her vehicle in West Palm Beach, Florida. I recall the thrill of seeing a member of the royal family, the wife of former King Edward, in person in the parking lot.
Later on, living in Tokyo, Japan, and playing a lot of duplicate bridge at the Tokyo Press Club, a friend introduced me to a member of the royal family there and asked me if I would partner with her in the Prince Takamatsu cup, in an upcoming tournament. I still have pictures from Japan Times playing with royalty in that event. And afterwards played several times with the same member of the royal household in Japan. When my partner entered the room, the Japanese players bowed to her.
At the time, I recall thinking, here I am in Japan playing bridge with royalty, having been born on a farm in northeast Georgia, and growing up reading about royalty, never dreaming I would be playing bridge with one in a foreign country. It was an interesting experience.
Still, sometimes a bit awed by all the pomp, circumstance and pageantry of royalty, I’m more aware of who they are, and why they enjoy their status of being the recipients of support from the people via a system of taxation.
Reading about the enormous cost of today’s wedding in Britain, and hearing all the news about the state of their economy, my enthusiasm over royalty has diminished from what it was growing up. But who am I to criticise what the British do? We have more problems than Dick Tracy here in this country, and more than a plateful of problems to be concerned about, to be concerned over what is happening in Britain. We broke from that system, fighting the Revolutionary war. It’s unlikely the British will ever change their life of living under a monarchy. And despite the fact we do not have a monarchy in this country, we enjoy watching the pageantry as much as the Brits do.
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