April 12, 2005
Funeral, wedding, birth - it's all happening this week
Watching all the media coverage on the Charles-Camilla marriage, the death of Prince Rainier, and the announcement of a third child for Princess Mathilde of Belgium, I thought it surprising that the TV stations from republics (i.e. France and Germany) had much more coverage than the BBC. Of course, the British royal family are German and the Grimaldis are the French royals by proxy - or at least via Paris Match - but monarchies seem to be a bit better at the PR game than presidential systems. Not that I'm a monarchist as in a political constitutional arrangement, but it seems to me like clever marketing: the changing of the guard at Amalienborg in Copenhagen looks so much better than at the Elysee Palace in Paris.