Friday, April 29, 2011
Yes I watched it... the whole thing!
Wow, those Brits sure know how to throw a wedding. It was stupendous. I was wowed by everything; the Abbey, the carriage, the parade, the pageantry, the cheering crowds, the pealing bells. The bride and groom were graceful and poised, and seemed very comfortable with each other. The little bridesmaids and pages were adorable. The maid-of-honor was stunning. The crowd was jubilant but orderly. I loved it all.
One little moment I noticed was, as William and Kate turned to walk out of the church, she stopped to curtsy to the queen. I tried to imagine what it would be like to curtsy to your in-laws. Then I tried to imagine how amazing it must have been to come out of the church and ride in the open carriage with the cheering, waving crowds on all sides.
Finally, several hours later, the bride and groom drove off in an open convertible, just the two of them with him at the wheel. It was a little sports car with streamers and balloons tied to the back, and a "Just Wed" sign. The perfect ending.
I know that some people believe that all the royalty and pageantry are out of place in the 21st century. But I like the feeling of being connected to history, the feeling that some things never change. I like to see traditions passed down through the years, connecting us to those who came before. Or maybe it's just that I'm a sentimental fool who likes to see something nicer than the usual political bickering, woe and dissonance that seems to be our lot these days.
What did you think?