Are you a “Royal” watcher?

Are you Royal watcher? I can’t help it. I’ve always been fascinated by “royalty.” The the Grimaldi’s of Monaco. My mom likes to joke that she was pregnant both times at the same time as Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco so I feel I know them. Then there was the mysterious car crash that killed Princess Grace so there’s huge mystery there.

The family of Nicholas II of Russia has always captivated me with the whole Anastasia stuff, did she make it out alive and the young one who was hemophiliac. The deaths and secrecy always had me interested. I’ve read so many books about it that there are times I think it was in my lifetime.


Then you have the Royals of England. Who can’t love that all? I’m sure plenty don’t care about this stuff but I hold it in special interest. I love all the marriages and pageantry of it. I find it so regal. Kings and Queens and Prince’s and Princess’s. I’m not even sure I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t love Princess Diana. She did so much good for the world.

I’m also a huge follower and love to read about the Kennedy’s. I know it sounds odd that I would be interested in them but I am. The whole story of the family and how close they were and some of the skeletons in those closets have made for some really good afternoons of reading.

I’ve watched weddings and funerals. I “remember where I was” during special times. I watched Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in Canada one summer. It was on my mom’s birthday and it was such a special day up there. I was glad to be there.

So, here’s my question. Do you plan to keep April 29 open for the next royal wedding? Do you care? I know I’ll be ready for it. I can’t wait to see it. I’ll wallow in the glory of the pomp and circumstance of all of it. I will love every minute of it and will watch all I can on it.

Will you watch? Why do you love it or why do you not care? Who captivates you that you never met and know you never will?

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15 Responses to Are you a “Royal” watcher?

  1. SKL says:

    I have to admit that the actual modern-day royals don’t hold a lot of charm for me. I will notice the big stuff, but that’s about it. My favorite is when I see someone in the royal family break the mold in a good way. But that doesn’t happen much.

    I never was a huge fan of Princess Di. Sorry, I know that makes me sound horrible. But something about the way she always seemed to be looking shyly at everyone – ick. I realized later that it was just the way her head is shaped – Prince W does it too – but that wasn’t enough to repair the first impression. I also felt she caused some of her own problems by acting un-royal and kinda foolish at times. Of course, she wasn’t the only person to blame – not by far – but she wasn’t perfect either. I felt very sorry for her for being used by Prince Charles when he was always in love with someone else. I liked that she wanted to use her position to do good. But, anyone in her position would do that; it should be expected. So Princess Di just never grew on me.

    If anything, I kinda like Prince Harry so far. Somehow he seems to have a lot of individuality, a cute personality. Of course it’s hard to tell from just what the media shows us.

  2. mssc54 says:

    No way. Royalys are just better dressed/housed people on welfair! They don’t do anything to earn their money either. I mean if it weren’t for you royalty hounds. 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    I do like them… or the “Royalness” that surrounds them. Have to admit that it’s only the English ones, though, that hold any interest for me. I remember watching Charles and Di get married when I was ten, I think. I was at my cousin’s house in Michigan, and I remember sitting barefoot in front of their TV, completely enthralled by the whole thing. I remember where I was for Di’s death, too, and to this day, I’m suspicious of the circumstances.

    I’ve always liked Sarah, actually. The fact that she was always unique, and never let the whole “you must be stuffy and uppity to be Royal” thing get to her. I liked that both she and Diana put motherhood first – actually tried to raise their own children as much as they could. Of course there were nannies, but their kids knew them – they weren’t raised by strangers.

    I will, more than likely, be watching when William and Kate marry. I love me a good wedding. (and I will TOTALLY be snickering, knowing that the Obamas will be watching from the White House, and not from the Gallery in Westminster Abbey. Oh, dear, did I say that out loud?)

    The only other “Royal” that I’ve ever really been interested in was King Arthur. I still don’t know much about him, but Josh is starting to show an interest, I’m sure we’ll be reading plenty of books about that crowd.

  4. Michelle says:

    I think the royal families are very interesting as well. I was always captivated by learning about Anastasia when I was younger. I’m not so fascinated by their royalty as much as I am about their history. I will probably be watching the wedding! I think and hope that Kate will be a good role model. She is already a style icon and I’m sure will continue to be, but I hope she really does more things like Princess Diana did. It will be interesting to watch her and Prince William age and grow, as I am only a few years younger than they are.
    Random question-Who do you think America’s royal family of today is?—Could it be the…Kardashians?

  5. Phyllis says:

    If I’m not working, I’ll probably catch at least some of it. I caught a little of Charles and Diana’s, but didn’t do the whole thing. I’m not a royalty enthusist, but I do like to read a bit about them. I thought Diana was a wonderful person, and it was sad when she passed under such suspicious circumstances. Like you, Laura, King Arthur has always held great interest for me although most of what I’ve found is basically fiction based very loosely on truth. But now that you’ve reminded me, I think I’ll take another look around and see if I can find more factual books on him.

  6. Michelle says:

    I am definitly fascinated and interested in the royal families. Their stories are very captivating. It’s not so much a matter of their royalty, but more so the history of their royalty and family, etc. I was so interested in Anastasia as well when I was younger. I used to read the princess and queen book series in 3rd and 4th grade.
    I will most likely watch the royal wedding, since it is going to be an important piece of history. It’s crazy to consider a wedding as an important piece of world history, but it will be an important piece of pop culture history at least. Kate has already made a very good impression on most everyone, and I think she will continue to do so.
    I look forward to seeing William and Kate grow and age, and I look forward to see what they will do with their royalty. I may be about eight years younger than them, so I look forward to their future, as I feel that they have a lot of potential.
    Speaking about the Kennedy’s- Who do you think America’s “royal” family of today is?—Could it be the Kardashians??

    • Laura says:

      Oh, Lord help me, NOT THE KARDASHIANS!!! I don’t know who would be considered “American Royalty”, actually. The Kennedy’s kind of fizzed out. I heard people referring to the Bush’s that way for a while, but that went by the wayside, too.

  7. Laura says:

    Michelle has discovered our comment-stealing Poltergeist!!

  8. Nikki says:

    I wouldn’t say I was fascinated by any of it. It is all interesting. I thought Lady Di was wonderful and her sons are just as wonderful from what I can tell. I do love their elegance. I’ll watch the wedding if I’m home, out of curiosity of how it will all look and what takes place. If I forget, I forget though. I guess maybe because I’m just not familiar with all the royals. I didn’t grow up in a house hold that cared about it. My mom probably doesn’t know who any of them are besides the obvious ones.

    My moms best friend growing up was and still is obsessed with Princess Diana, and was devastated when she died. She is so excited for this upcoming wedding, she thinks she should get a personal invite!

  9. Sue says:

    I wouldn’t say I’m fascinated with it either, but it sure is interesting to watch! I don’t know much about any royal family, but I think I will watch the wedding just because!

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