Americans apathetic about royal wedding
A New York Times poll in the past week found only 6% of Americans have been closely following the wedding plans for Prince William and Kate Middleton. (REUTERS FILE)
This may be as much a world royal wedding as a British celebration.
Headline updates, tweets, blog postings and entire websites devoted to the House of Windsor can be found scattered on the four corners of the web and around the globe -- not just here in England.
But it's by no means universal.
A New York Times poll in the past week found only 6% of Americans have been closely following the wedding plans for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
But in apathy -- and even on the beach -- you can also find great devotion.
Alexandra Gavin is a California surfer girl who's used to seeing Hollywood stars around -- Megan Fox, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey have all passed by -- but has noticed something entirely special in the mix of the blue bloods.
Gavin, an assistant research historian by day, oversees the blog royalcorrespondent.com by night.
A vegan and yoga fanatic, Gavin says she understands -- in a world full of over-night celebrity -- why fascination in monarchies, even beyond British royals, skips over dominion borders.
"It's history -- the history of each institution itself," she explains in an e-mail exchange with QMI Agency.
"But it's not a dead history.
"There still is a ghost of past glories that are still in most peoples psyches."
She sees a fine line between royalty and celebrity.
"Most royal watchers that I know would say that they want their royals to be accessible, but not too accessible," she notes.
Asked if she shares her palace passion with others, the royal blogger explains she doesn't talk to family and friends about the various monarchies because: "They believe it's beyond ridiculous -- which is what most Americans believe.
"Perhaps they are right, but hey, some people have a great interest in celebrities and politicians. I just happen to be interested in the history of monarchies and the future of each individual royal of princely house."