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Not all Brits have royal fever




Not all Brits are camped out like these royal fans outside Westminster Abbey in central London, on April 27, 2011.
Not all Brits are camped out like these royal fans outside Westminster Abbey in central London, on April 27, 2011.
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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 And even though many UK citizens agree that monarchy is a few centuries out-of-date, don't expect the Queen to be ousted anytime soon.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.