April 26, 2011
Royal Weddings and their Appeal in Pop Culture
Americans have no real connection to the Royal Family, and yet the courtship of Prince William and Kate Middleton has remained in the news. Rob Weiner, a pop-culture author and expert at Texas Tech University, can discuss America’s fascination with Buckingham Palace.
After a series of disasters in the news, Americans are ready for the fairy tale, Weiner said. “Storybook weddings still have a fantasy appeal that I don’t think will ever wane.”
While a global audience of 750 million watched the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana, reaction to the upcoming nuptials is mixed. Many royal watchers have set their alarm clocks or at least their DVRs, while many others are reluctant to express interest at all.
“I don’t think Prince William has the popularity of his mother,” Weiner said. “Or as much appeal in America as in Britain.”
Nevertheless, this royal marriage is hoped to breathe new life into the monarchy and lead it well into the 21st century.
“Royal weddings, as a general rule, are historically categorized as major events,” Weiner said. “So Americans will be watching.”
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CONTACT: Rob Weiner, associate librarian, Texas Tech University Library, (806) 742-2238 ext. 282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.