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Explain the Fascination with Royalty to Me. . .


By TractorDoc

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    First and Foremost: I suppose this topic has the potential to veer toward the political side. That is not the intent and lets stay away from that danger zone.

    Second: I understand the concept of Royalties. I think a person deserves continuing compensation for unique ideas, work, etc.

    My question revolves around the idea of Royalty in the modern age, especially in the United States. Seems everyday I hear a news story here in the US about a new royal baby, royal wedding, royal outfit/fashion, etc. Last I checked the USA had a revolution a couple hundred years ago and told the king to pound salt. When/Why did we start becoming obsessed with the king/queen in the castle again?

    No offenses intended to those across the pond and beyond. Monarchies/Royal Families have been part of your culture/history and I can understand your news media and daily actions giving them some attention. I do not know if it is the idea of a Cinderella Story or finding out your long lost Uncle was the Duke of Nothingham and left you a fortune. . . Anyone out there a fan of the Royal Family or are you on the other end of the spectrum and get tired of the endless media coverage?

    #2 2 years ago

    I rarely have time to read my wife's magazines.

    #3 2 years ago

    Lol my wife is mesmerized by this royal stuff idk

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    #4 2 years ago

    Can't stand the "royal families" nothing royal about them. They are just men and women like you and me.
    Lots of history of them doing not so good things over the years if you do some searching....

    #5 2 years ago

    I can't speak for the states but for Canada our history is very very tied to the monarchy. If you ask me it calls back to a simpler time where the monarchs were the original celebrities and they still have that celeb following. I don't really get it but my mum loves checking out the royalty and really get a kick out of it. When we were in London it was cool to check out the extravagant palace and jewels so there's that too.

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    #6 2 years ago

    I do not understand the interest in anyone who is always in the limelight. I for one could care less about Kim Kardashian's latest outfit, who Talor Swift is dating, or the dress that is going to be worn at the Royal wedding.

    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from mcclad:

    I do not understand the interest in anyone who is always in the limelight.

    That is a good point that I also second. I've always tried to live with the philosophy that I want to be rich, but not famous. For the record I am not there yet -- at least financially.

    #8 2 years ago

    Other counties have royals to gossip about. We have Hollywood.

    #9 2 years ago

    I don’t get it either. I suppose a lot of girls want to be a princess. Maybe that ties into it somehow. As a Texan the whole concept of royalty is just foreign.

    #10 2 years ago

    Just people in the public spotlight...celebrities...humans love to watch what others in that position do, the drama, the pomp and circumstance.

    At least there is a lot of history and tradition in the UK. I took some tours when I was there a few years ago, some neat stuff! But these days it's just another celebrity, like a Hollywood actor, pretending to be something bigger.

    If you're asking for my opinion, the people that REALLY get into that stuff just don't have enough going on in their own lives. It's easier to watch others "do" while you sit and do nothing.

    #11 2 years ago

    I've discussed this with my girlfriend many times - it's the pageantry, the tradition, and the family aspect. I understand it.

    When I was in London, it was pretty cool checking out all of the royal stuff. I've still got a nice wooden Buckingham Palace pasta spoon to remind me!

    Quoted from ReplayRyan:

    If you're asking for my opinion, the people that really get into that stuff just don't have enough going on in their own lives. It's easier to watch others "do" while you sit and do nothing.

    That's kind of harsh! Are you a sports fan in any way? I mean...do you think the entire populace of England have nothing going on in their own lives?

    Tradition means a lot to people.

    #12 2 years ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    That is a good point that I also second. I've always tried to live with the philosophy that I want to be rich, but not famous. For the record I am not there yet -- at least financially.

    Me too. I would like to have enough money so I would not have to worry about the things that I worry about now. The schooling of my children, rising gas prices, etc. I do not need the fame. I would not need everyone to take a personal interest in everything I do. Whatever is going on in the life of a celebrity does not affect my life. Its amazing how much some people get so wrapped up into things like that. Perfect example. A lot of people in society thought that Jersey Shore was a great show.

    #13 2 years ago

    I see royalty every time I open my wallet.

    It's not enough that they are glorified welfare recipients, their mugs are on our money too!!

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    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    I've discussed this with my girlfriend many times - it's the pageantry, the tradition, and the family aspect. I understand it.
    When I was in London, it was pretty cool checking out all of the royal stuff. I've still got a nice wooden Buckingham Palace pasta spoon to remind me!

    That's kind of harsh! Are you a sports fan in any way? I mean...do you think the entire populace of England have nothing going on in their own lives?
    Tradition means a lot to people.

    Man you were quick with that edit before I could edit mine

    Was going to edit or emphasize the "REALLY" get into that stuff.

    And I think the same applies to those who REALLY get into sports, yeah.

    #15 2 years ago

    Are we talking about Royal Madness?

    #16 2 years ago
    Quoted from ReplayRyan:

    Man you were quick with that edit before I could edit mine
    Was going to edit or emphasize the "REALLY" get into that stuff.
    And I think the same applies to those who REALLY get into sports, yeah.

    All I know is, Kaneda wouldn't have a successful podcast if everybody wasn't obsessed with pinballs' royal families. It's pretty much the same thing.

    #17 2 years ago
    #18 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    All I know is, Kaneda wouldn't have a successful podcast if everybody wasn't obsessed with pinballs' royal families. It's pretty much the same thing.

    Who is Kaneda?

    #19 2 years ago

    es·cap·ism
    əˈskāpˌizəm/Submit
    noun
    the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
    synonyms: fantasy, fantasizing, daydreaming, daydreams, reverie; imagination, flight(s) of fancy, pipe dreams, wishful thinking, woolgathering; informalpie in the sky
    "romance novels offer a form of escapism that many people thoroughly enjoy"

    #20 2 years ago

    One word:
    Romance

    #21 2 years ago

    chronicles of judah channel on YT has an interesting take on the royal family that you don't hear on the MSM

    #22 2 years ago

    Because people are bored with their own lives...that's why they care so much about royalty and celebrities.

    #23 2 years ago

    There is always a chance they might get their heads lopped off. Keeps me fascinated.

    LTG : )

    #24 2 years ago

    The fascination isn’t with the public, in general. It’s with the media and the elites who run it. We just have to watch what they give us. Most Americans see it on TV and believe it must be a big deal if it’s on TV, so then it becomes a big deal. If treating people with respect and kindness were made to be a big deal on TV, then people would make that a big deal, too.

    #25 2 years ago
    Quoted from mcclad:

    I for one could care less [...]

    That means you do care, even just a little!

    #26 2 years ago

    I like the Queen, her outfits are always beautiful.
    I find it interesting looking at how coins have been updated to reflect her aging.

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    #27 2 years ago

    It seems like monarchies tend to be romanticized here in US movies and media. Kings & queens, knights, princes, and pricesses. Heck, a lot of Disney movies have monarchies in them.

    Has anyone see the shows "Victoria" or "The Crown"? I found them interesting--they detail/dramatize the succession and rise of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

    As for media hullabaloo and celebrity gossip, no thanks.

    #28 2 years ago

    The only crown I care about is Crown Royal!

    #29 2 years ago

    I thought this was going to be about the recent fascination in putting purple/uv LEDs in games.

    #30 2 years ago

    The fascination with royalty is similar to the fascination with actors and actresses. The same way people line up for hours to watch them arrive at the academy awards.

    Basically they have no life of their own, so they think by latching on to somebody elses fame, it may in some way make them more whole.

    What really fascinates me is they will give a knighthood to somebody that has probably never even wielded a sword.

    #31 2 years ago

    i just keep up on which size implants pamela is getting installed !

    #32 2 years ago

    I'm guessing in part this thread was started when you realized Blue Bloods would not be shown last night and it was replaced by some stupid show about the topic this thread is about. Kind of pissed me off too. That's no way to follow Hawaii 5-0. What a letdown.

    #33 2 years ago

    Here in the UK, we're just checking how The American Experiment goes for another few centuries, then maybe we'll do something similar and retire our royals. For the moment, I don't think we're too keen to have a President. Can't think why.

    #34 2 years ago

    cause the queen loves to eat “spotted dick”

    #35 2 years ago

    Her Majesty would not be amused by that ribald comment. I was though.

    #36 2 years ago

    unless its the king of payne, i could care less

    #37 2 years ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    I see royalty every time I open my wallet.
    It's not enough that they are glorified welfare recipients, their mugs are on our money too!!

    What is this?! My g friend always takes my cash! Here is N. America, we have our own king..he gets a lot of press/TV time too..

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    #38 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I'm guessing in part this thread was started when you realized Blue Bloods would not be shown last night and it was replaced by some stupid show about the topic this thread is about. Kind of pissed me off too. That's no way to follow Hawaii 5-0. What a letdown.

    That would be a let down.

    Honestly, I do not watch much television. I made a point to stop watching the news several years ago -- too much negativity that eats away at you whether people realize it or not. The Mrs. records several shows that we will watch together and I will occasionally get caught up in something on the History or Discovery Channel. Too many other projects calling for my attention -- especially now that the weather will be getting warmer. I'll probably take in a bit more of the idiot box (as Gramps affectionately called it) as I get older and start slowing down.

    The Royal/Hollywood nonsense always pops up when logging out of the e-mail, in the magazines at the supermarket, the usual places I suppose. I simply do not understand the obsessing/fascination with another person that I will never interact with and that probably could care less that I am even alive.

    #39 2 years ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    I simply do not understand the obsessing/fascination with another person that I will never interact with and that probably could care less that I am even alive.

    That's entertainment.

    #40 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    That's entertainment.

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    #41 2 years ago

    I'd take the Queen and her brood over the Kartrashians.

    Famous for NOTHING! (Besides sex tapes, sex changes and promiscuous sex in general)

    #42 2 years ago

    I think people want to daydream a little too much and end up getting lost in what is real and what is not. Now if all those people would just spend half the time they spend on dreaming on things that are a little more important (family) what a difference it could make. It’s good to dream but only after a good day of work, or if you’re retired.

    #43 2 years ago

    Hey, the Queen was 92 today!
    Saw it on the news.

    #44 2 years ago

    I love being part of the Commonwealth!
    GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

    #45 2 years ago
    Quoted from oldskool1969:

    I love being part of the Commonwealth!
    GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

    I would have picked you as more of a Hutt River Province personality type.

    #46 2 years ago
    Quoted from pinsanity:

    I would have picked you as more of a Hutt River Province personality type.

    Me too. But there ya go

    #47 2 years ago
    Quoted from oldskool1969:

    Me too. But there ya go

    Well may we say God save the Queen because nothing will save the banana republicans.

    #48 2 years ago

    I have the utmost respect for John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich.

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    #49 2 years ago

    Talk news on the radio keeps going on about some kind of royal wedding coming up.
    Sounds like the prince found an American to take back to England. . . one from Hollywood no less. Not sure if the poor fella knows what he is getting into -- I wish any couple the best but the celebrity types don't tend to stay married very long.

    Just like the political ads before election day, cannot wait until this thing is over so I can stop hearing about it.

    #50 2 years ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    Sounds like the prince found an American to take back to England. . . one from Hollywood no less.

    At least it isn't a divorcee like Edward VIII, that only lasted 35 years.

    LTG : )

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