Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I'm so not as cool as Queen Elizabeth

Sigh. I am a shameless royal watcher. Love them all. Love Britain because of them. Envy Britain because they have them. Love their crazy antics and watching them all figure out how to be celebrities and regular folks all at once and still make time for all that pomp and charity.

I was eight when Prince Charles married Lady Diana. Talk about eight-year-old girl crack--I have been hooked ever since. I didn't get to watch it live like the REST OF THE UNIVERSE because of my parents and their "we don't own a TV" shenanigans. Didn't mind most of the time, but seriously? The Royal Wedding? Come on.

I have stood by them through thick and thin. I had crushes on Charles and Andrew. I turned a blind eye to Charles's antics turned true true love with Camilla and rooted for Diana out there in the mine fields. Now I have crushes on William and Harry. It's like my DUTY as a bajillionth generation loyal subject whose ancestors rebelled against the tyranny of theirs. (Me? Totally not a rebel or a pioneer, reason #786 why I don't deserve to live in Seattle. I would totally have stayed in England and had a cuppa tea humming God Save the King, much less come to Plymouth Rock and such. If I had, never would have made it from there out west. Total pansy.) And they are all led by their stalwart and lovely matriarch, the lady who married for love and serves the kingdom tirelessly. Dude, and she had four kids while ruling said kingdom. Queen Elizabeth.

Love her. As if it couldn't get any better, this year she did her Christmas address on YouTube. She totally rocks. Love her more now.

The only thing I have ever collected, besides stickers--Royal Family memorabilia. I have postcards, collectors magazines, spoons. I may just schlep it all to Antiques Road Show one day. How cool would that be? As if I could ever part with it.


Mrs. G. said...

You and my mom could have quite a time of it. She loves the Royals too and talks about them as though they are an extended branch of our family. I wish!

Mac and Cheese said...

You had a crush on Charles???

Melanie said...

I, too, inexplicably love the Royals. This confounds my husband, but I have no good explanation.

So you saw "The Queen", surely? I loved it.

JCK said...

I remember the Charles/Diana wedding so well. It was pure storybook.

Love that Antiques Roadshow!

ellen said...

When I was a very little girl in Hawaii, we took our Grandmamma to see the coronation of Elizabeth. It was a film that was showing in a movie theater not far from where we lived in Honolulu. My Grandmamma was from England and had come to Hawaii in the late 1800's. She was a true Victorian, something very special and was English to the core!
One of these days I will have to write about her! Thanks.

Childlife said...

Hadn't heard about the address on YouTube - that's fabulous!

Mary said...

Oh - me too. I still choke up about Diana and will buy People if the cover has a royal or a Clooney!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I'm so happy to discover that I'm not the only Yank who is a little too starstruck by British royalty! I'm also very sorry that you didn't get to see the fairytale wedding. One of my fondest memories, I was about 10 years old sitting on the couch with my mother sometime well after midnight eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate and dreaming of the day that would be ME!

I also have a thing for Wills and Harry. It used to be strictly Wills but Harry got all kinds of hot in recent years!