April 28, 2011
Tomorrow morning, a number of alarm clocks will be set for 4am by the octogenarian residents of Fox Run nursing home in Novi, Michigan. After being served with hors d'oeuvres, they'll gather around television sets for several hours of blanket coverage of the royal wedding live on all the Detroit stations, with the ceremony starting at 6am local time.
Rob Weiner, a Texas Tech University academic specialising in pop culture, says there is a strong reality show element to the American view of the wedding, in which the girl has landed the prince just as the winning contestant does in the finale of The Bachelor. "It's like seeing it all evolve before our eyes, the politics, who's going to be invited, the dress, what kind of security. Americans have both a fascination with royalty and a horror of the idea of it, and all these titled people.