I thought we lived in a republic…

Nov 3, 2005

I got this email from the powers-that-be at Georgetown yesterday:

As part of his official visit to the U.S., His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will be attending a seminar on Faith and Social Responsibility at Georgetown with academic and faith leaders from across the nation on [xxx].

The seminar is unable to accommodate additional participants but members of the campus community interested in seeing the arrival and departure of His Royal Highness are welcome to do so in [xxx]. For his arrival please be in [xxx] no later than [xxx]. and for his departure please come no later than [xxx].

Given everything that’s happened to the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Windsor in the last twenty-five years, I can’t help but wonder how many Americans still care to serve as props in a very short royal ritual.

If anyone reading this is at Georgetown today, please do let me know.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.