Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton

It's always an historic occasion when a future king marries, so I wish His Highness and his fiancee every blessing as they prepare for what will hopefully be lifelong, happy and fruitful marriage.

BBC reports it here with an interview with the couple.

I'm afraid I find the familiarity of the interviewer almost disrespectful. Is it acceptable to call an heir to the throne by his first name? What about 'Your Highness' or, at least, 'Prince William'? One thing I notice here in the US is the extensive use of titles as a mark of respect.


  1. I think the interviewer was an old friend of Prince William's so may explain the familiarity.

  2. Thanks for the link. I think this couple will have a much better time of it than Prince William's parents did - the seem so much more suitably matched for one thing. [Kind of helps when the perspective groom doesn't say stupid stuff like 'whatever love is.' I can STILL remember 30 years ago when my mother and I heard that one on TV, took one look at each other and said, in stereo, 'OH, NO!!!!' ]

    I'm surprised you percieve a difference in the use of titles in the US as opposed to the UK - in what way in particular? Just in more formal situtations, or also more 'everyday out and about' ways? [I was a little taken aback by the 'William' thing too.]


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