IAN HART: Royal wedding will be good for the nation
Sometimes it's hard to believe in that Charles and Diana tied the knot nearly 40 years ago. ClichÃ© or not, where has that time gone?
This Saturday the nation will once again be gripped by royal wedding fever, as Harry and Meghan take the plunge in Windsor.
As an aside, after the usual unwelcome attention and subsequent witch hunt, I do hope her dad changes his mind and travels from Mexico.
Royal nuptials, while being extremely popular with the nation, also attract their fair share of detractors.
Naturally, being a democracy, that’s part and parcel of society.
To my mind, a royal wedding is a real positive for this country, as is the royal family on a day-to-day basis.
For the few who do criticise the royals, I wonder if their overall opinion would change if they saw how much income they bring in to the country against what they cost the public purse?
Probably not, some people just don’t like the royals, regardless of how strong the case is.
In my view, the Queen is without doubt one of the greatest people this country has ever produced.
When she is finally succeeded by Prince Charles, and later Prince William, while she will be an extremely hard act to follow, the pair of them will take the monarchy and modernise it so it continues to be relevant, as the 21st century progresses.
As for Saturday, I know locally there is a big local royal wedding-themed event in Broadwater, so while naturally I hope the sun shines for the happy couple I also hope all the hard work that has gone into that specific event is rewarded with good weather.
Aside from the Broadwater picnic, there will be various events the length and breadth of the country, again highlighting just how much we love the royals.
Well, almost all of us...
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