along with 2 million other people apparently -- i got up to watch the royal wedding. it was beautiful - just right. it touched on the fairy tale princess fantasy that most little girls dream of without going gaudy and over the top.
princess katherine's dress was beautiful, traditional and modern. i loved that she kept her hair down and looked like we are "used" to seeing her.
i couldn't help but think about what she must be thinking. a "commoner" (i dislike that term) when she woke up this morning - now a princess, a dutchess.
and william -- he has some changes coming his way too - he is now considered a "senior royal" and has a new function. not to mention his new name - have you seen or heard this?
here are william and kate's new "names" (courtesy of yahoo news):
Prince Williams of Wales got another set of titles in time for the wedding, according to an announcement on the official royal wedding website. His full name is now His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Early of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Master of Arts. (According to the official website of the British Monarchy, those who have the title of HRH Prince or Princess do not need to use a last name, though theirs is Mountbatten-Windsor.) As his wife, the former Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton is now Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, but most people will probably call her Princess Catherine or Princess Kate .
wow. to read more interesting facts about today's event - click here.
so-- what is the american fascination with the british royal family? good question. i can't answer for all of america, but i can for myself. i wouldn't say i'm fascinated -- in fact, i was starting to get tired of hearing all about it every 5 minutes these past couple of weeks - and debated on wheater i would get up early to watch, or catch a re-run, or news clips.
i guess i feel some sort of connection with this generation of royals. i remember sitting with my mom at the age of 8 and watching charles and diana's wedding. i remember where i was when we heard the new of diana's death, and watched the funeral. i would imagine one day i may see prince william take the throne. i ilke them. they seem "real", humble. i love that william is comfortable at kate's family home, and he would rather serve a meal then be served.
i think we as americans - or even as a world needed this day. fairy tales really do come true - for a few hours we forgot about all the bad stuff happening, and watched the fairy tale play out before our eyes.
i love the prayer that the couple wrote together for the service today - read by the bishop of london:
"God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage. In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy. Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen."i wish them much happiness, some privacy and respect, and a long happy life.
here's to fairy tales coming true!