We are having a relaxing morning because we all have the day off school and work, like the majority of people across Britain. It’s odd to think that there are folks who have spent an uncomfortable night on the Mall in London in order to wish William and Kate well. Personally, I haven’t met a single person here (and I’ve asked around) who is planning to watch the Royal Wedding unfolding today. I think one reason that the Royals like to holiday in Scotland is that people tend to leave them respectfully alone.
I’ve heard stories from people hiking near Balmoral (just over an hour west of Aberdeen), or from people who live in the villages nearby, of nonchalant and non-deferential crossing of paths with members of the Royal Family. We once found ourselves standing next to Prince Edward, waiting to cross the street over to the newly-renovated His Majesty’s Theatre, which he was opening. There was a red carpet, but no onlookers, and only the smallest rustle of recognition amongst those of us waiting to cross next to the Prince and his security guard – until a drunk man came up and greeted him with a loud: “How ya doin’ wee mannie?!!”
So I was amused by some souvenirs that I saw for sale in Aberdeen yesterday, and I thought you might be interested to see:
I’m a bit puzzled by the sideways St. George’s Cross (flag of England) on this plate. I presume that it’s been turned sideways as a Scottish comment, i.e. that it’s been made to look like the St. Andrew’s Cross (flag of Scotland)? And here are some souvenir plates for the lassies:
The “Oxfordshire” comment expresses some of the resentment about their great wealth (which we all contribute to via our taxes) that I’ve heard expressed by some. One person, when I asked if he would be watching the wedding, replied, “Och away! Bloody parasites!”
Well, William and Kate, I wish you a very happy wedding day. And thanks very much for the day off!