Like many in and out of the English-speaking world, I’ve had my fill of Her Majesty’s farewell rituals.
As to why so many people, even those no longer Her Majesty’s subjects, must have their airwaves filled with the pomp and circumstances of her official passing, well, as Sir John Lennon once said, I have a theory about this…
In August 1997, the world was shocked to learn of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car accident under the streets of Paris. Her fame and controversial history, her young age, the circumstances of her death, the uncertain and inelegant response of the British royal family to the news, all of this has made Diana Death Week a worldwide media phenomenon. Every TV network, print media, news agency, etc., sent every star or stringer that could be spared to London and Scotland to bring us the latest news.
For a good week it was hard to find a television screen not occupied by a video of piles of flowers and teddy bears and gloomy correspondents asking if the Queen would ever acknowledge the existence of her former daughter-in-law and his unhappy end.
It was a non-controversy simply made for television, and television, as it will, beholden to its undivided attention. The entirety of the situation, from the hyper-real banality of Diana’s disappearance to Queen Elizabeth’s discomfort and publicized complicity, was perhaps the perfect expression of the man biting the dog for a place. on the front page. Or the top of every CNN hour.
It was vulgar. It was excessive. And, once started, it was gloriously inevitable, if embarrassing.
I even thought at the time, “My God, what are they going to have to do when Her Majesty kicks herself?”
Well, now we know. Ceremonial days, reported by the main anchors of each network. Endless iterations of the details of an already overly documented life. I’m disappointed the networks didn’t hire to compose a theme music. Where the hell is Henry Purcell when you need him?
No one I know agrees with my hypothesis. “She is the longest-reigning monarch; of course, they will make a deal. “Well, she designed all the rituals herself.” “It’s the Trumps trying to distract.”
No, I do not think so. Myself, I think the media around the world realized a quarter of a century ago how far they had gone too far with the Diana affair and knew, even then, that they were going to have to dominate the act when His Real Majesty finally missed the last snooze button.
So that’s it, Crashing Vor’s utterly useless media analysis of a royal funeral 25 years after an almost royal funeral, and a complete answer to the question, ‘Why in heaven’s name can’t I see the next part of Ken Burns’ new track? ”
Just the opinion of a Vor. Keep what you want and carry on.