The world economy in tatters.
Voters choosing based on their wallets but without regard to minor issues such as basic human rights.
A royal wedding.
No, this was 29 years ago. In the eerie way that history repeats itself, we find the world in a precarious place, or at least said place getting more coverage.
Just as Charles and Di so kindly took everyone's minds off it all for a day (and gave the UK a government hol), William and Kate will be doing said same this coming summer. They plan to scale it back a bit, though. Charles and Camilla in their capacity as civil servants will be footing the bill from their own pocketbooks.
A bit of glitter makes the world look better, even if for a fleeting moment.