In a matter of weeks, longtime dictators from Egypt and Tunisia toppled like dominoes.
Libya's brute leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, is flexing his military muscle to stay in power. And authoritarian regimes from Bahrain to Yemen are feeling the sand slipping from underneath their feet.
While the Arab world quakes, Euro monarchs aren't exactly fretting.
That ever-cagey titan of tiaras, Queen Elizabeth, doesn't have to rely on force to unite the United Kingdom behind her monarchy.
Instead of masses taking to the streets to rally against the monarchy, they'll line the boulevards cheering all things royal.
The months, weeks and days leading up to the nuptials are being chronicled in bloody detail on a one-of-a-kind royal wedding website.
What's there for wedding aficionados?
And, of course, a gallery of royal wedding cakes.
You get the picture. Hard to think about dethroning the queen with William's and Kate's bliss on the line.
Still, in case the nonstop coverage or wedding costs makes a few Brits irritated, merchandisers have got that covered, too.
They're selling royal wedding barf bags for those who simply can't stomach it all.
Susan Hogan is a Star Tribune editorial writer.
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