Tuesday, August 13, 2013

On Prince George

The Royal baby has been born, named and the euphoria surrounding the pregnancy and birth has subsided. The lesson of this birth is the human need and craving for good news- any good news and, surprisingly, the voluntary subjection to Monarchy inspite of the rise of other forms of government. Who would have thought that after the Glorious revolution of 1688 through the 20th century scandals and derision, Britain's royal family would still command the reverence given to it? Indeed, the royal house of Windsor has come back new and improved. First was the royal wedding  in 2011, the Queen's golden jubilee and now the birth of Prince George.
The fanfare that greeted birth reminded one of the reverence given to Yoruba traditional rulers of yore . Unlike, Yoruba kings that were unquestionable, Brits expect to and do have a say in the lives of the Royals. For Britain's royal family, it takes a village.
People are quick to judge and mock them as they are to idolize and ascribe virtuous, faultless attributes to them (this also applies to celebrities and public officials). We put them on a pedestal and quickly pull the rug under their feet when they falter. We should realize that these people are human and imperfect.
I wish Prince George well and hopes he settles into the path Providence has bestowed him without the troubles that followed those before him. On the part of we the subjects, Hilary Mantel's advice is apt in how we should treat those we admire (in the light of Kate's pregnancy, Princess Diana's death and the treatment of the Royal family) she wrote, "the pen is in our hands, a happy ending is ours to write". Here's to happy endings.

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