The Royal Wedding website announced today the seating chart for the great event that's taking place this Friday morning. For some reason, I'm not on it. Victoria and David Beckham will be there. So will Sir Elton John. I understand that. I also get why Rowan Atkinson will be a welcome addition to the front of the house. He was so funny in the Bean movies and in Blackadder, and is a good friend of the Prince's dad.
"Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family will sit in the front row," the site reveals. "Across the aisle will be Kate's family and friends, who are positioned in the "north lantern" section of the Abbey. Also included in this area, along with the bride's side of the family, is the Earl Spencer, Prince William's uncle." The information concludes on a disquieting note, however. "Over 900 of the attendees will have restricted views of the altar," it says, "and will have to watch the service via video screens."
I'll be honest with you. I don't see a reason to go if I'm going to be one of those who are disrespected in this fashion. I've been to personal and corporate events where I was one of those in the "kid's section," condemned to sit like second-class citizens at the tiny table in the living room where you can hear but not see all the people having fun at the big table in the dining room. If I'm going to be one of those 900 at a wedding where 1900 people are in attendance, I may consider just sending a gift card or something, and skipping the actual dog-and-pony show entirely.
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