From a sure perspective, Prince William and Princess Catherine’s 2011 wedding ceremony marked the start of a wedding like every other. Positive, the bride wore a tiara, and Queen Elizabeth II had a privileged view of the ceremony. However, on the finish of the day, William and Catherine appeared as joyful and hopefully in love as any non-royal couple — main numerous publications to declare that they’re “identical to us.”
In the long run, although, the Waleses usually are not “identical to us” — and neither is their marriage. Whereas most commoners get hitched primarily based on some mixture of affection, ardour, and affection, the identical isn’t true of the European higher crust. Not like us, princes and princesses face an amazing quantity of strain to decide on companions who will replicate properly on the crown. As royal knowledgeable Peter Conradi wrote in his guide “The Nice Survivors: How Monarchy Made It Into The Twenty-First Century,” “Historically, royal marriages weren’t about love, lust, or friendship — they have been as an alternative about producing heirs and cementing alliances.”
After all, as modern-day royals, William and Catherine hardly cemented political alliances by means of their union. Nonetheless, they nonetheless confronted expectations, each to guard the monarchy’s picture and to provide an inheritor. What’s extra, the couple needed to persuade the general public of Catherine’s suitability for the place, upgrading her model and altering her method of talking. Due to the distinctive nature of this union, divorce appears extremely unlikely.