Oh, what fun I’ve had watching the royal wedding this evening! Â It absolutely did not disappoint. Â Various impressions:
*Gorgeous dress. Â Kate couldn’t have chosen better. Â And I love that she had her hair down for the wedding (I did for mine, too. Â If you’re a brunette, long hair looks great against a veil).
*I loved seeing all the Britons lining the streets to watch and cheer. Â There was such a happy, positive, proud atmosphere. Â For all the tabloids and gossip magazines, you can’t help coming away feeling that the people watching are full of nothing but good wishes for the new couple.
*The music was lovely. Â (You could tell it wasn’t a Catholic ceremony, because the people in the pews were actually singing.)
*I realized another reason why I connect so much with this wedding: because, like Diana, I also have two boys. Â I got choked up watching William and Harry get out of the car at Westminster Abbey, two brothers and friends. Â It brought back those sad memories of seeing them walk behind their mother’s coffin. Â At the time, I remember feeling so terrible imagining those young boys growing up without a mother. Â I feel that even more acutely now that I have sons of my own. Â It was extremely moving to see them so happy, supporting each other and sharing a day of such pure, total joy.
* The sermon (is that what it’s called in an Anglican service?) was lovely and reverent. Â Marriage is a change of lifestyle, a change of circumstances, a change (in some cases) of name. Â I loved having God as a part of that transition during my own wedding, and it was beautiful to hear those sentiments expressed today.
* When it came right down to it, Scott did watch the ceremony with me. Â He made a few memorable comments here and there (when William promised to endow Kate with his worldly goods, Scott quipped, â€œThat’s no small promise, is it?”). Â I liked watching the royal wedding with my own Prince Charming.
*As we waited for Will and Kate to come out on the balcony, we pulled out our own wedding album and reminisced. Â Lovely as today’s ceremony was, I still think Â my own wedding was the best one I’ve ever seen. Â And you know what? Â That’s a great way to feel.
Best wishes for the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Â Here’s to a fairytale marriage for a fairytale couple.