Dan Friedman

Why the Royal Wedding Is Not so Royal

In Culture, Football (Soccer) on May 5, 2011 at 3:17 am

July 29, 1981 was a beautiful day for playing soccer. The sun was bright, the sky was blue and, like a schoolboy’s dream, the normally crowded streets were empty, making the whole world a soccer field. The only drawback was that I had to make my own sandwiches for lunch because my mum was otherwise occupied, glued to the television.

It was the day of The Royal Wedding, when the definite article was resounding. Television in a hundred countries played nothing else and chinaware in a million British households carried the imprint of a fresh-faced Lady Di opposite her less fresh, famously big-eared groom. The eyes of the world were on England and the eyes of England were on the thronged streets through which the royal carriages would proceed with pomp and ceremony.

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