Wednesday, July 24, 2013

His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge

Why, as Americans, are so many of our countrymen (and women) obsessed with the United Kingdom's royal family? Wasn't the whole point of the Revolutionary War to show our disdain toward England's monarchy? Sure, a couple hundred years has passed in that time but everything I am seeing in my Twitter feed is either news about the new royal baby or a joke about the royal baby.

George Alexander Louis, though, is both a solid and boring combination of names. It is unsurprising, though, that they royal family chose this name being that they don't actually have a last name as a family. That tidbit left me a bit bewildered but I also wondered if Americans have their own version of royalty.

I immediately assumed that the Kennedy family was our own version of royalty. They have the wealth. Have had the power. They have instant name recognition. Hell, I was friends with one after high school. (Alright, she had the last name Kennedy but had absolutely nothing to do with America's version of the royal family.)

What happens now, though, if Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, have a second, third or fourth child? How does that confuse the succession to the royal throne? What is Kate Middleton had given birth to twins? What is Kate had given birth to conjoined twins? Would there be some sort of time-share throne agreement? So many questions, so little time.

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