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Thursday, July 14, 2011

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  • Will and Kate, keeping tabloids in business

    Will and Kate, keeping tabloids in business

Written by Stephanie Rennie

We analyze her hair, her hats, er, fascinators, and of course, her outfits. Every movement, every step, every word spoken is speculated by tabloids and media hounds alike. This isn’t Lady Gaga that I am referring to. No, her blood runs much bluer.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have emerged as the newest couple phenomenon, taking on paparazzi appeal that mirrors Brad and Angelina.

Are William and Kate respected as royal monarchs or the height of popular fascination as the latest celebrity couple?

I remember how four O’clock in the morning felt as the April sun remained asleep but thousands of people leapt out of bed to watch history in the making. Whispers swept across the world, questioning and analyzing each and every last detail. These included the dress of the bride, the hat of the Queen, and the murmurs of the best man. The entire world watched and wept as Kate Middleton achieved what fairies tales are made of and married her prince.

But months later after the cake has been cut, the honey moon destination was not only discovered but exhausted, the world, especially our own nation, still has this Royal couple on their mind.

With the Canadian honeymoon of William and Kate, a new spark of Canadian interest in the monarchy has emerged.

Several historians argue that this couple will successfully increase the popularity of the monarchy that has had a controversial role in Canada.

It is evident that support of the monarchy has remained divided among Canadians as some question the necessity of an archaic tradition, some support the English roots upon which Canada has bloomed, and others are just swept up on the superficiality of their figures, not the system itself.

In many recent polls conducted by researchers and reported throughout various media outlets, a prominent message of overall support for the monarchy among Canadians has increased. The percentage of Canadians supporting the monarchy still leans towards the higher end of fifty percent.

 The youthfulness of the couple combined with their movement to be a part of the greater public instead of comfortably and safely speculating from afar has brought a new face to the concept of the monarchy. Are the days of dainty and untouchable British monarchs behind us?

In the recent and rampant news coverage of William and Kate’s Canadian honeymoon, it became quite obvious that this couple actively participated in each event they attended. Instead of using each stop as a mere photo-op, the couple seemed to embrace and to be part of each experience from the Calgary Stampede to Canada Day on Parliament Hill.

Much speculation has stirred about the effect of a young, vibrant, and tangible Royal couple on the Canadian population. Could this couple restore support of the monarchy or is their existence in the Canadian mind limited to the front cover of the tabloid magazines that grow dusty on convenience store shelves?

Stephanie Rennie is Editor-in-Chief of thecannon. Fire Away publishes every other Thursday in The Cannon and in The Ontarion Student Newspaper at the University of Guelph.

The opinions posted on thecannon.ca reflect those of their author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Central Student Association and the Guelph Campus Co-op. We encourage all students to submit opinion pieces, including ones that run contrary to the opinion piece in question.

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