I remember getting up to watch when his parents got married. I don't really remember the wedding itself, just waiting with my mom and grandmother for it to start. I checked the dates on that, and it turns out that it's among my earliest memories. It's funny which things stick.
Americans are so proud of the system we have, of the history of the revolution and of the ability to get rid of anyone. And yet so many of us still are fascinated by monarchy and nobility. Equality, no one's better than anyone else, the triumph of mediocrity -- but maybe some day I will grow up and marry a prince. The Commonwealth realms ended up with a pretty good deal. They get to keep the symbolism of the monarchy, while mostly handling things on their own. We just borrow.