With the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton now only mere DAYS away, us Royal Watchers and Anglophiles are getting rather anxious.
How long can we occupy ourselves with expensive dishware, odd-looking coin pieces, and pizzas with their faces on them? (no, really) While we wait with bated breath to find out who is designing Kate’s dress and what sort of crazy hats the York princesses will be donning, we here in the States have been presented with a little pre-wedding gift from our British brethren overseas in the form of a phone commercial.
Once the video reached the sunny American shores of YouTube, it took off like wildfire – and with good reason! The commercial claims to be from the royal wedding itself and parodies another viral video from a couple years ago when the entire wedding party shirked tradition of walking down the aisle and turned it into all-out boogiefest, shaking their stuff to the alter to Chris Brown’s “Forever” (the video was also parodied during the Jim and Pam wedding episode of “The Office”).
Ironically, the original video is not well-known in the U.K., so many of the first viewers of this commercial probably had no idea that it was a parody of a parody, but no matter – it stands on its own quite well. It opens with the ushers throwing their programs in the air like they just don’t care, followed by the Archbishop of Canterbury rousing the aristocratic crowd. From there, all the major members of the royal family – the Yorks, the Philipses, the Waleses, the Wessexes, and even Queen Liz herself – get their groove on before Best Man Prince Harry wows us with some dope moves. Prince William himself makes his own grand entrance, followed by the Bride Kate.
Of course, these aren’t the REAL royals, but you would be hard-pressed to find more uncanny look-alikes! Even the most casual royal observer would be able to discern who each character is supposed to be. Just perfect!
A British ex-pat friend of mine mentioned that she was rather surprised that this commercial was ever allowed to air on British television, as it is illegal to portray the Queen and the royal family in a negative light. But I can’t see anything negative here – looks all like jolly good fun to me, wouldn’t you agree?
Check out the commercial below:
The ACTUAL royal wedding occurs next Friday, April 29, in the dead of morning here in America. Set your DVRs!!!