And there is plenty of gossiping going on, particularly when women, probably rightfully so, believe that there are no men around. When German television channel RTL reported on the wedding of Spain's Prince Felipe, its reporters used lines like: "He's also crazy about sports" or "You can never overdo it with hats," or, in the church: "What we're hearing right now, by the way, is the Agnus Dei." A short time later, the RTL reporter told TV audiences that they were now watching "the most important part of the mass, the so-called consecration."
When Chapter 13 of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, which is on the subject of love, was read out in the church, RTL viewers saw a commercial for foot fungus medication. But after the commercial, they were once again regaled with sighs and emotions and expert comments on the designer of the bridal gown.
Some 1,200 guests from the worlds of aristocracy and politics, business and show business, are invited to the Swedish state ceremony, which, at an estimated cost of €2 million ($2.4 million), is still relatively cheap, given the recent explosion in the cost of royal weddings. Not too long ago, the Crown Prince of Brunei is believed to have shelled out €40 million for his nuptials.
When, at the stroke of midnight, our knight from Ockelbo leads his princess onto the dance floor for a waltz, when that magical hour begins, we will be only too happy to pass our remote controls back to our wives. At that point, we will already have watched the Danes and the Cameroonians, the Australians and the Ghanaians play their World Cup games, and we'll join our friends to recap the matches and concoct our analyses for the coming days of the championship.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan