The Royal Wedding: Why We Are Fascinated

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More than 2 billion people watched the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on television or online.

But what's the world's fascination with the British monarchy?

CBN News spoke with David Virtue, editor of the website Virtue Online. He also writes about matters related to the Anglican church.

Virtue said the world's fascination with royalty stems from a "culture of celebrity."

"We are moving into a time of what I call the culture of celebrity, when just about anybody of anything that becomes a celebrity -- and royalty is clearly a celebrity -- becomes part of the fix that people have on this for the otherwise dull and dreary lives," Virtue explained.

"Then along comes the royal wedding and briefly for a moment relives them of their dreary lives," he said.

He added that in England, the church is tied to the state, and religion is not always seen as an intimate connection with God.

"It's institutional religion, institutional loyalty, to an institution that to the vast majority of people is absolute meaningless," Virtue continued.

"But it (the church) is an institution. It's been around. It's always going to be around," he continued. "So I think it sort of becomes a sideshow. It's neither part of religion or the Christian faith. It's become as normal as tea and toast."

*Originally aired on April 29, 2011.

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