The pulse of our kingdom is strong today as we cast our ballots to choose our federal government in the wake of the Royal wedding.
While the Monarchy that is such a huge part of Canadian history seems to have such a small role in our day to day lives, our attention to the marriage of William and Kate has connects us deeply to not simply the Monarchy, but to each other. It was an event that expands our identity and belonging to the world. We were invited to participate and we did –1.4-2 billion of us. The world was watching, not just British subjects.
What strikes me as significant is that the power of the Monarchy lies not in governing its people, but in just being a family that we gather around. We pull together for the big party and the celebration. We pull together to remember the good times and the bad. We pull together the old threads of the story and tease out the new threads that will pull us into the future. And with William and Kate, they do this the way no elected politician ever can. Rarely do politicians have the hardship of publicly losing her/his Mother to the very life s/he is stepping into (and when they do, we refer to them as royaly – the Ghandi family in India). Our Monarchy pulls us together as a nation, as a commonwealth, and in this case even humanity, the way no politician can.
The role of this Monarchy in our day to day lives has evolved into one as a figurehead rather than ruler, but a figurehead that plays a critical role to our sense of identity. For we are our own rulers and we choose our governments.
And today we exercise our fantastic power to choose who makes the decisions in our great land of Canada.
It is our opportunity to put our collective dream into action.