Grant McCracken: On Social Climbing And The Royal Wedding
The English are very good at two things. Theatre and History. And they are particularly good at using the first to reinvent the second.
As the Royal wedding approaches, there is a Tsunami of Kate Middleton coverage headed our way.
Much is being made of her social origins. Not grand enough, apparently.
Indeed, Kate is being called a climber.
“Kate and [sister] Pippa were dubbed the Wisteria Sisters because, as one wag put it: “They’re highly decorative, terribly fragrant, and have a ferocious ability to climb.”” [Daily Beast]
But this made me think of the wonderful comment someone made about Eton, that it was not so much a school for gentlemen as their fathers.