THE Royal christening - admirably low key, at least for some
5:59pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
WHEN it comes to Royal occasions, the christening last Wednesday of Prince George was about as low key as these things ever get.
Not being remotely interested in anything concerning the Royal Family, this was an event that admittedly, I studiously avoided.
But looking back at the coverage, though there was in some publications far too much of it, in others it was admirably restricted.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear to have wanted to keep everything as simple and private as possible, and given the fascination in which they are held by puzzlingly large numbers of people, they just about succeeded.
Christenings should be just that - simple and private. There is a tendency these days, at all levels of society, to turn every family event into a jamboree. So by and large, Will and Kate can be pretty pleased with themselves.
Many newspapers were restricted to a few official photographs and countless snaps of guests arriving, featuring chaps in suits of varying shades of grey and ladies wearing hats just the right side of Royal Ascot show-off.
But there have been rumblings of discontent among stalwart Royalists, and their ire has been directed at that seasoned and bruised Aunt Sally, the BBC.
The Beeb had the temerity to feature the christening as the final item on its main news programmes last Wednesday.
A few of us found that coverage notably restrained, but inevitably the traditionalists have detected an odour of disrespect, even left wing bias.
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell was "appalled." Fellow Tory MP Michael Ellis was "disappointed."
The BBC however, was bracingly unapologetic. It explained in a statement that its News Channel provided extensive coverage of the Royal Dunking of the Sprog, in addition to that on flagship news programmes, and pointed out that there were other events of significance going on, including the prospect of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant closing down with the loss of hundreds of jobs and a possible knock-on effect claiming thousands more. I know which story I was more interested in.
It all comes back to the issue of privacy. Had the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided that the christening were to be a public event, then no doubt the coverage, particularly on television, would have been far more extensive, while newspapers that devoted several pages to it would no doubt have devoted several more.
But this was a private, not a public, occasion. Given that there has been such a vigorous debate about privacy and publicity over recent months, perhaps those who are moaning about the coverage being low key should reflect that this is what - through the Leveson Report - the majority in this country allegedly want.
Not enough ado about something? Some people will never be satisfied.
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