The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had me at “I do.” Before that, actually. From the moment Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince William and Catherine Middleton we knew this wedding would be different. The marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer 30 years ago was a glamorous fairy tale that everyone thought would shake the cobwebs off a stuffy monarchy. Instead, it ended in divorce, death and deep unpopularity for the House of Windsor.
Their son and his bride opted for elegant understatement. The greatest symbol of this was Catherine’s wedding gown. A chic Alexander McQueen number designed by Sarah Burton whose trim silhouette was the opposite of Diana’s puffy Disney-princess gown. But the masterstroke of the day was not the second kiss on the balcony. It was this.
William and Catherine’s decision to drive themselves from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House in Prince Charles’s Aston Martin decked out with balloons and a vanity plate reading “JU5T WED.” How unprecedented. How ordinary. How normal. And that clearly was the message these two crazy kids wanted to send to their people and the world.
According to the Telegraph, a spokesman said, “It was Prince William's idea to drive his new bride away from the official reception on their first journey as a married couple to his family home.” And in the process, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might just have jump-started a renewed love affair with the House of Windsor.