The Madeleine Brand Show for April 27, 2011

Not all Brits have royal fever

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Not all Brits are camped out like these royal fans outside Westminster Abbey in central London, on April 27, 2011.

Maybe you're thinking, as an American, I could care less about the royal wedding. Well, it turns out that Britons aren't in a tizzy either. According to a recent poll, most really don't care about the marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland says, monarchy is just a part of the furniture in England. He worries that all the fairy tale pageantry outshines Britain's achievements as a modern state. And even though many UK citizens agree that monarchy is a few centuries out-of-date, don't expect the Queen to be ousted anytime soon.

Jonathan Freedland's essay, Windsor Knot appears in the New York Review of Books.


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