On Friday morning I awoke at 4:24 a.m. to my alarm, stumbled into the kitchen to pour my initial cup of pre-brewed coffee and sat to watch the news and weather before dressing for work. There was no news and weather. There was The Wedding. My wife wandered in bouncing from wall to wall, saw what was on TV and immediately sat down to watch. What we saw was rich, fascinating and finely choreographed – so much so that I got to work late, at 6:15. Before I left my wife encouraged me to record it all.
I have some observations.
Kate’s dress was beautiful and white and full with a long train and symbolized purity which is okay these days even though Kate and William have lived together for quite a while. I wondered though, what if Kate, in the hotel fifteen minutes before entering the car for the journey had to go to the cathedral, had to go to the bathroom. How does one go to the loo with a dress like that?
I find that women are particularly critical of the hats that women wore to the wedding. It is obviously Hat Envy. I liked them and I was fascinated by them, especially those that seemed to balance precariously on the side of the head with a swirl of feathers curling around to the other side of the head. I have no idea how those hats stayed on the head. I was thinking, one of these hats would be a fine gift to give Marilyn – although I haven’t a clue when she would wear it. Just think, all of those women bought a fancy hat to wear one time. I approve.
It was cloudy in London yesterday, yet when Kate exited the car to enter Westminster Abbey, the sun broke through. A sign, surely.
Have you ever met anyone named Pippa? Kate’s sister is really a doll dressed in a form fitting white dress and at any other time probably would be not be smart because she would have upstaged the bride. But Kate was so alluring that it all worked out okay. Pippa’s primary job as Maid of Honor was to carry the train. They do things different over there.
When Kate was walking down the aisle, the orchestra with brass broke into a triumphant march. This is interesting, because the first note played by the brass was right on. It is hard for brass players, trumpets and trombones and the such, to get the first note perfect especially playing a cold instrument. Typically instrumentalists sneakily blow their hot breath into their instruments prior to playing to keep them warm. But they are never quite warm enough, and if you listen close, you will find the first couple of notes a tiny bit out of tune until the performer can adjust and the instrument warms. But it seemed to me that the first notes were perfect which makes me wonder if the music was a recording.
In America, we cheat. When the bride walks up the aisle the groom stands and watches her approach. The Brits follow the rule that the groom is not to see the bride until she is at the altar, and that is why William faced away murmuring such things as, “Actually, I was hoping for a quiet family wedding” to his future father-in law. William has a warm and comfortable relationship with Kate’s parents. It is said that one of his great delights is joining them for dinner at their house sitting in the den balancing dinner plates on their knees watching and making sarcastic comments about a soccer game on the TV. Where was I? Oh, when Kate finally makes it to the altar, William turns and looks at her and tells he that she looks beautiful. He better have said that after all the effort she went to.
Doesn’t Kate have a nice, quick, natural smile? William’s expressions seemed to bounce from “Couldn’t we just have used a Justice of the Peace or the Sheriff of Nottingham or something” to trying to make sure that his bride was at ease, which is funny because she seemed more at ease than he. As a young teenager Kate was not the beauty that we saw on TV. In fact, the boys in her school rudely rated her as a 2 out of 10. Now look at her….an eat your heart out moment. Of the two, it is said that Kate is the stronger of the two. In private she brings a strength of the history of a strong family to the relationship. William is a bit more fragile. His mother had died tragically and he was raised in a life of privilege and pampering – his military service notwithstanding. Once in their years of being together, he broke up with her. Kate, that first evening alone, found the slinkiest, sexiest dress that she had and wore it to a club that she knew he would be at. Once there she gaily pranced around flirting with all the men as a sexy siren. When William saw her, he immediately decided to put a stop to it and stepped in and "rescued" her, and they left together – and the relationship was on again. Kate knows men.
When the couple left the altar, the herald trumpets played a fanfare – and it was as it should be. The first notes weren’t 100% perfect. To be fair though, herald trumpets (those long trumpets with flags hanging from them) are notoriously hard to play and hit perfect notes under the best of circumstances. I was swept away in long lost memories when The Crown Imperial March was performed as they walked together down the aisle. Crown Imperial was a march written for King George VI’s coronation and was my favorite during college. I really need to download that – I had forgotten all about it.
They really should have shown more of Pippa.
The Day of the Wedding was declared a National Holiday. That just can’t happen here, and it is a shame. The closest we can come to it is when a presidents child is married in the White House, and then you will see a little of it on the evening news. The crowds for the Kate and William’s wedding was overwhelming. I’m telling you, a monarchy can be cool and meaningful at times. It was estimated that two billion people around the world watched….all those people watching Pippa….and Kate and William….all wishing warm thoughts.
Did you see the Crowd Choreography managed by the Police? I have never seen crowds maneuvered and positioned so perfectly and calmly before….especially at Buckminster Palace. Thousands and thousands of people positioned so perfectly patiently waiting to see Kate and William kiss on the balcony. How awkward that must have been. Usually when people kiss, it is sort of a private affair. I can’t imagine their thoughts before walking onto that balcony. “Okay dear, I guess we have to go outside and let billions of people watch us kiss. I sure hope I don’t miss your mouth.” I have to say that the kisses – there were two – were a bit ‘public’ and not very heartfelt.
|Look at the young lady on the left|
Kudos to the youngsters involved in the whole thing….the young bridesmaids and…young boys…pages? The young ladies were so pretty and the young men dressed in smart uniforms were so handsome. When walking down the aisle, accompanied by Pippa I might mention, they were perfect. I was gratified to see though, that one young lady allowed her youth to show through on the kissing balcony by covering her ears to the crowd noise and looking absolutely bored.
I’ve often thought that every woman’s dream wedding is never quite so dreamy. Dreams and reality clash. When the day arrives it is stressful and a hassle and tempers can flair and stuff doesn’t work right and there are things forgotten. To watch Kate and Williams wedding must have been a dream come true, vicariously, for so many women – the perfection of it without the hassle.
I understand that William and Kate are now in line for King and Queen of Great Britain. I didn’t understand this because I thought Charles was next in line. Marilyn said that she thought that since Charles married Camilla, who had been divorced, he was now ineligible. Is that true?
I was one of the two billion people that enjoyed and appreciated the pageantry and wonder of it all. I wish them well.