Friday, April 29, 2011

William and Kate - a Wedding for the World

No early TV viewing for me today. Not by choice I wish to add. A good night's sleep and look what happens. You miss the wedding of the century, as the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has been called.

The TV was warmed up in time for me to get in on the royal kiss from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Actually, there were two kisses unless one was an instant replay held a shade longer. But it looked like a fresh kiss to me, a more practiced one as if it came easier. It delighted the crowd and with one tender look behind her the bride, in step with the royal groom, slipped within the screen of sheer draperies where a lovely spread indubitably awaited.

As much the happiness radiating from the balcony I was caught by Kate's natural beauty as she and William rode together from Westminster Abbey in the festive carriage. Although I didn't much follow their courtship, to see this day come for them brings a surprising amount of emotion for me. And that's even before seeing the replay of the exchange of wedding vows.

Many of us have felt invested in William and Harry. In part it's because they were young when Diana died. We watched them grow up and do well for themselves. They showed their mother's graces and compassion as well as definite interests and tendencies shared with Prince Charles, their father.

And because this royal couple - William Arthur Philip Louis and Catherine, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - are in the age bracket of many of our children, there's an additional wish for collective happiness for these young adults settling themselves into the world as time moves them into their places.

Tough conditions, economic and otherwise, face Britain as in 1947 when Princess Elizabeth married her handsome Philip. William and Kate's wedding brings cheer and lifts spirits as weddings are meant to do. I feel that in some way, everywhere has absorbed the joy felt in Great Britain today. You see what can be and it inspires all.

Ro Giencke - April 29, 2011

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