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A little royal wedding, and why monarchies are still around.

Prince William greets Kate Middleton as she arrives at the alter with her father prior to their marriage. (AP)
Prince William greets Kate Middleton as she arrives at the alter with her father prior to their marriage. (AP)

Royal mania in London today with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Trumpets, fanfare, palace waves, a sea of flags. The gilded carriage.

And in the pews at Westminster Abby, monarchs aplenty. King and queens. Crown princes and princesses. What keeps monarchy going, all these years after the Magna Carta and revolutions, beheadings and democracy? From the emperor of Japan, to the ‘Dragon King” of Bhutan, to the palaces of Europe?

This hour On Point: a royal wedding in London, first-hand accounts, and the persistence of monarchy.
- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Mark Evans, head of home news for Sky TV, reporting on the royal wedding.

Helen Castor , historian and fellow of Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University. She is author of "She Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth."

John Burns, London Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

This program aired on April 29, 2011.

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