“Strip everything away and it’s a wedding.” That observation by an ABC-TV commentator at the start of the events today in London is the best – and really only way – to approach the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
For all the hype, hyperbole and looking for bigger meanings, what drew millions of people (myself included) to get up 4:30 a.m. was the simple joy of being able to watch two people start a life together. And, just as in any wedding – and which was so clearly the case 30 years ago when the prince’s parents wed – no one knows how it will all end. No matter; weddings are for the moment and the hope of living happily ever after.
So, those who are looking for some bigger meaning need read no further. What I want to talk about is:
How beautiful the bride looked -- she’s a gorgeous girl so it’s hard for her to look anything but stunning. Loved how the dress was understated so as not to upstage her beauty.
Isn’t it sad -- that Princess Diana wasn’t there to see her son married?
Conversely -- the unfairness of Camilla Parker-Bowles being there. Sorry, unlike William and Harry, I just can’t forgive.
What -- was going through Prince Charles’s mind? Hope (for his son), regrets (about his own life) or am I giving him too much credit, thinking he can be introspective?
Hand it to -- the Queen. Not many woman who are 85 can pull off wearing that color, but then she’s never been a woman to be underestimated.
Best advice to the couple -- “outdo one another in showing honour,” from James Middleton’s reading of The Lesson.
Yes -- I cried; (first, when Harry and William strode into the Abbey, so grown up but so reminiscent of the boys who trailed their mother’s coffin), continuing through the welcome and introduction (marriage being an institution to be undertaken “reverently, discreetly, soberly”) and again with the exchange of the vows.
And, finally -- The critics aren’t wrong about it costing a lot of money; about the excess. But, lighten up; it won’t be the first – or the last – wedding about which that can be said.