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So, did you watch?

a shared look between HRH William and Catherine; image from thefrenchtribune.com

Over the past few days, I heard one question every place that I went (out with friends, to the grocery store, dentist and doctor’s office): So, did you watch?  The Royal Wedding of course!

Did I watch?  I rolled in every single bit of the Royal Wedding coverage that I could! Like with Diana and Charles’ wedding in 1981, I got up extra early and raced around the house, hours ahead of when I had to leave for work. Our youngest later told me, “Mom I heard you scurrying around; you sounded like a little kid on Christmas morning!” and indeed I was… I scuttled to the basement with a magnum of coffee and cranked up the volume as old dog and I snuggled in to watch it.

I didn’t expect to but when I spotted those two handsome and poised young men… I cried. I recalled their poise and heartache when we last saw them in the Abbey… at Princess Diana’s funeral. I cried because it felt wonderful to see the joy and genuine nervousness on their faces.  And, as a mother to two boys, I cried that their mother was not there to witness this milestone.

I cried when I spotted a smiling little lady dressed in canary yellow – the 85-year-old Monarch;  “Granny” to said boys.

I cried when I saw Kate’s face peeking out from behind her veil and when her father gently took her hand in his.  How daunting that moment must have been for them both.

I cried when I saw HRH William whisper “you look beautiful” to his beaming bride.   I cried again when his words took effect and her face lit up with joy.

Call me a sap and you’d be right.

Call me romantic and you’d hit the nail on the head.

Call me all of those things but know, that in the midst of a birth certificate kerfuffle, Bin Laden’s death, tornadic destruction and soaring gas prices etching worry lines on many a-face, I for one, enjoyed the brief respite that the Royal Wedding brought us.  It was fun to comment on her dress, the uniforms, the horse-drawn carriages, the crazy hats, the darling bridesmaids, the second kiss, and the clouds parting as they rolled into Buckingham palace.  In an electronic world where we’re bombarded by breaking news all the time and not much of it good, I loved watching two people steal moments of tenderness for themselves; a shared smile as though two billion people were not watching their every move. Of course the pomp & circumstance was spectacular… but it was those little moments of tender human emotion that made the Royal Wedding resonate with me.

So, did you watch?

(On 5/3/11, the very nice people at WordPress deemed this post one of their “best of 385,233 bloggers, 387,452 new posts, 449,667 comments, & 93,406,663 words posted.” I am humbled at the honour and hope you stick around to read more.  Thank you sincerely! MJ)

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If Diana had been here

Princess Diana with her boys, Prince Harry (c) and Prince William (r); image from luxuo.com

Tomorrow is the much-anticipated Royal Wedding between Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine “Kate” Middleton and, like many, I have been following along and will enjoy the coverage of what promises to be a spectacular day in history.
 
Much ado has been made about the guest list, the food, the various parties and, of course, what Kate’s dress will look like.
 
I can’t help but think about her.  Diana, Princess of Wales.
 
Fiercely devoted mother, master press manipulator, giver of hugs, sharer of a perhaps too much information.
 
I think about how she would have turned 50 this year and how stunning she would still be.
 
I like to think of her arriving at the Abbey in sophisticated, sleek yet understated attire, turning and giving a smile to all of us. 
 
I like to think Kate would have tried especially hard to please and impress her.
 
I like to think that she might have found love by now, with a super hot and titled Aristocrat sporting ears of normal proportions.
 
I like to think that, with her still with us, there’d be no Camilla.
 
Come to think of it, she will be there.  Prince William gave Kate her ring.  Her generous influence on her two sons appears ever-present.
 
The last time we witnessed Royal pomp & circumstance at the Abbey, it was for her funeral and whenever I see a photo of those flowers with the words “Mummy,” my heart breaks again.
 
It’s time for some love, some romance, some lightness of being.  Make room for Diana, for she will be there tomorrow.
 
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Give them some space..

 ..Without us in it.

Yes  I’m one “of those” who got up early to watch the marriage of Lady Diana Spencer to HRH Prince Charles some 30 years ago.  Watched the introduction of pudgy baby “Wills” to the press and to the world.  Saw the footage of Wills taking off to pre-school with “Mummy” by his side.  Watched with sorrow as he and brother Harry walked solemnly behind her, as the Royal cortege snaked through London to the sounds of the horses clip-clopped feet.

Miss Catherine “Kate” Middleton appears down-to-earth, level-headed, and poised. She’s older and more experienced than virginal aristocratic Diana was upon her engagement.  But what we know about her is what has been carefully orchestrated for us to know; I don’t know either one but yet, somehow I feel I do. 

So it’s with a bit of parental angst that I’ll take in all the excitement as the wedding plans unfold. After all, no one does pomp & circumstance better than the British Monarchy. But for Diana’s sake, I truly do hope they are granted a small measure of space…without us in it.

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