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To be fed up of Britain being slated on that day ..

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cookcleanerchaufferetc · 01/05/2011 07:02

Britain was a fantastic place to be on Friday! Whether or not people agree with the wedding of Kate and William, I wish people would see that for once, Britain was a great place to be ... Cheering crowds, Everyone getting one, no openly binge drinking drunkards or fighting, families getting together, everyone united. It made me proud to be British, and with the situation with the EU and PC crap alone, this rarely happens!!

So well done to Kate and William, the public, well done to the police!

Let's get our Britain back!

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compo · 01/05/2011 07:04

But everyone has said the same as you
haven't heard any slating


cookcleanerchaufferetc · 01/05/2011 07:08

I have been seeing posts about the cost of the wedding, why it was not a private event, why awful Blair and brown weren't invited, the in and outs of Kate being a Commoner, people being anti royalist .... Loads of posts....

I am not certainly not anti monarchy but nor do I follow their every move. It was just a good day to be British, we have few global proud moments, let's make the most of it.

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Tee2072 · 01/05/2011 07:10

Well, I guess 55 out of millions are good odds. If not for the 5,000 police (Which cost how much? And who paid?) on duty, it would have been horrid.

I enjoyed it, but don't kid yourself that everyone behaved.


NinkyNonker · 01/05/2011 07:11

I think most of those criticisms are fair enough really, the wedding was in the public domain and cost us money. I say that as someone who didn't make those criticisms in the first place.


cookcleanerchaufferetc · 01/05/2011 07:19

But did the whole event not make you proud to be British?

Whilst there of course was trouble, there were no protests by the anarchists and others as this had been contained, no one was waving down with the queen placards, no al-quada bombs . . .

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NinkyNonker · 01/05/2011 07:23

Not sure what no Al Quaeda bombs have to do with being British? Equally I kind of think that the right to protest/right to free speech is something to be proud of.

I enjoyed the day etc and am not vehemently anti-royals or anything by any means by the way.


Tee2072 · 01/05/2011 07:32

Well, I'm not British, so no, no British pride.

I just thought it was a lovely day for two people who were obviously in love. Even if I was British, I doubt I'd be proud as I had nothing to do with arranging the day. I tend to be proud of people/things I know/do personally, not because a country managed to pull of a big day.


breathing · 01/05/2011 08:44

I found it strangely disturbing if Im honest. The wedding was exciting and lovely but afterwards , the street parties and crowds on the street (all on the telly, we had none here). I dont know, just disturbing watching the "peasants" being appeased by parties and a day off. euurggh.


slovenlydotcom · 01/05/2011 08:46

it didn't make me proud to be british: normal everyday people doing good things make me proud of humanity, this was a wedding and I love a wedding!! the brides dress, the cute bridesmaids the hats, - didn't make me proud to be british


hairylights · 01/05/2011 08:54

I don't thing anyone disagreed with the wedding. But some people just didn't get over excited and ott about it. For me it ws like any other bank hol, but with the royal wedding to nose at on telly


cushionyet · 01/05/2011 09:01

I don't really understand how you can be 'proud' of something that was simply a chance of birth.

I feel very lucky to live in a country where I consider the quality of life to be much higher than in many other countries. I feel lucky that I was born in a country were people aren't killed everyday for their religious or political beliefs. I feel lucky that relatively speaking, I can choose to life my life how I want in Britain without fear.

But as I said, these things are a complete chance of birth. In the same way that I was incredibly lucky to be born to caring, loving parents when many aren't, I'm equally lucky that I wasn't born in a poverty-stricken country where people fight for survival every single day. These positives aren't inherent to the British way of life and I think that the concept of 'British values' is actually completely redundant, exemplified by the fact that when you get most people to describe some good old British values, they can't, and generally mumble something about stiff upper lips and whatnot...

So no, I'm not 'proud' to be British at all, and certainly a Royal Wedding does nothing to change that.

Indeed, much of this country's success and the factors that make me feel grateful to have be born here were built upon the horrendous exploitation of weaker countries, something that is inevitable under capitalism.

Look beyond the bigger picture and be proud to be a part of humanity.


Punkatheart · 01/05/2011 09:28

I think that if it sets up a dialogue, then it cannot be a bad thing. But like Breathing, I had an uncomfortable feeling of the 'peasants being appeased' too. i just couldn't shake it. I love people being happy - it would be churlish not to. I also knew two people who were going to the wedding and they were excited and nervous. (It wasn't the bride and groom!)

I just refused to fill my head with dresses etc - partly because I am not a frilly sort of girl. It all was a bit Hello/OK for me. But some people did seem to feel that it was compulsory to enjoy yourself and if you did not, you were sour/a spoilsport. A relative of mine sent my friend on Facebook some abusive private messages becauses she made a light joke about the wedding. It will strengthen the Royalists but similarly it has hardened the Republicans.

But my mother, who came here from India and has always felt like a foreigner - really got into the spirit of it and said that she felt British. I found that a positive thing.

British has some things to be proud of but yes, it has spent many years nannying and exploiting other countries. We have pirated for many years - look back into history and see people like Sir Frances Drake, who spent their times stealing gold.

It's complex. But as I said - if it makes people discuss the monarchy situation, it must be of some use.


KarenWalker · 01/05/2011 09:36

The Royals don't make me proud to be British but I did enjoy Friday as a) the chance to CELEBRATE being British (rare - the closest I get to celebrating my nationality is when England are in the World Cup, and that always ends in losing on penalties to Germany and football hooligans) and b) celebrate marriage. Made me think alot about our wedding day and being in love and all that.

My dad isn't a royalist at all, all eye rolls at the bunting we had up when he bought my step sister to our party, but even he was welling up when they left in the Aston Martin, just to see a young couple in love.


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RunAwayWife · 01/05/2011 09:41

Dear dear OP do you not know that you can be proud to be anytrhing you like as long as its not British Hmm


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CheerfulYank · 01/05/2011 09:58

Good Lord, I was thrilled and I'm not even remotely British.

Runawaywife , that's not true. You should see the cat's bum mouths pulled when someone mentions being proud to be American! :o


meditrina · 01/05/2011 10:01

The spectacle and the reaction to it was amazing.

If you don't see yourself as a peasant, and you are able to enjoy one thing without it mapping across to other unrelated events (I went to a lovely wedding when DH was experiencing person difficulties - didn't occur to me I wasn't allowed to enjoy myself for the whole time his problems were going on), then you can seize the moment.


breathing · 01/05/2011 10:05

znaika i dont know where you live but no communities got together here


petitepeach · 01/05/2011 10:47

Yes, I thought it brought the country together - I am still basking in the after-glow.....My husbands family are from a country without a monarchy and they absolutely love the royal family, as someone else said 'if only to see a young couple in love' Grin
Millions of people enjoyed it in their own way......even us poor little peasants?????
Some people like to stew in their own bitter soup - it gives their own life some purpose......


GypsyMoth · 01/05/2011 11:02

proud to be British too op!!!

i was down there in the crowds with my dd's .....think they felt it too,for the first time!

i used to police the streets and before that,i knew william as a child from a work extra special to me


think my dd's were quite proud of me too,as i spent alot of time explaining the history/tradition etc to the waiting crowds who were here for the occasion but not British. THAT made me feel proud too

no denying that atmosphere in london on friday


cheesyscones · 01/05/2011 12:31

I am proud to be British although I always consider myself to be English.

Great wedding on the tele ...two people who look really in love and not fake.

Garden party after followed by a street party involving egg and spoon races for kids and adults........scooter races....walk on your bum races......plenty of food and drinks supplied by the street and the pub at the end of the street provided the band and burgers for 50p. The pub also ran a ''this streets got talent'' for anyone..... great fun.

Now I know some people in the street who I didnt even know lived there.

We are going to do a street party every year from now on and our street will now celebrate anything ...

and its the diamond jubilee next year......bring it on.

There are a lot of moaners on mn...............................but knickers to them....I am having a great weekend. [working tomorrow though]


brookeslay · 01/05/2011 12:42

kinickers indeed cheesy scones sounds you have a great place to live my area was akin to a party in a morgue.

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