Tam says what I've been thinking:
For Vishnu's sake, people! Royalty? Hereditary nobility? In the 21st Century? Can there be any belief more retarded (and I mean that in the most literal sense of the term: the opposite of "advanced") than that someone is an extra-special snowflake because they won the Mommy and Daddy lottery? Have you looked at, say, the Habsburg family photo album?
What other charming ancient custom would you like to see them do for a warm-up act? Hold a slave auction? Expel the Catholics and Jews? Stuff a bunch of virgins in a giant wicker man and set it alight? Hey, I have an idea! Let's make sure there's a black bean in the groom's first slice of wedding cake!
The switch to digital television broadcasting happened just in time; I'd hate to think a bunch of advanced aliens were watching NBC's Meredith Vieira gushing her way through this period piece.
If this was just a British thing, then fine; tradition and all that. But by the last estimate I heard, two billion people are expected to watch this broadcast. Two billion. A third of the entire fucking human species tuning in to watch an unremarkable German Briton dei-gratia his way down the aisle? Really? Really?