The BBC’s Today programme had an entertaining little exchange this morning between presenter Sarah Montague and Berlin correspondent Steve Evans.
Steve was reviewing German newspaper reaction to the forthcoming Royal Wedding and recounted how papers are today wallowing in the news. He attributed this to the lack of any real glamour or colour in German public life – how they don’t have a Mrs. Sarkozy, for example.
I’m not surprised at how the German media are reacting. As a former correspondent in Germany, I can recall covering a State Visit by the Queen to the country. I was standing outside the central square in Bonn (the then capital) as the Queen did a walkabout.
“Unsere Koenigin, Unsere Koenigin (Our Queen, our Queen),” they shouted as Her Majesty came into view, which I suppose she is in some way if you trace the Royal Family’s history – as Sarah deftly pointed out.