So, I’m sure you’ve heard…but there’s kind of a big event happening in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow. I’ve tried very hard over the past few months to find any real interest in the Royal Wedding taking place mere hours from now, but it just seemed so irrelevant to anything going on in my life. I clearly will never aspire to royalty, not to mention, it’s in a whole different country, one in which the royals have very little actual power in anymore. Why would I want to wake up even earlier than is already required of me just to watch two people get married? …but all of a sudden, I want to.
Perhaps it’s the memories of playing dress-up as a little girl, dreaming of a fairytale wedding and a prince charming on a white horse (mine eventually arrived in a tan Chevy Tahoe…). Perhaps it’s the realization that these two people are committing their lives to each other while the whole world watches. Perhaps it’s the memory of Princess Diana still fresh in our minds, how she surely never could’ve imagined her own fairytale could have gone so horribly wrong, and hoping for better for the young couple.
My mom is also a huge history buff with a particular affinity British history, most especially royal history, and there seems to be a bit of childlike excitement in her about the wedding of William and Kate. We had the privilege of traveling to England two summers ago as a family and my mom could rattle off the most exquisite historical information about the sights and sounds of the country. I remember standing in Westminster Abbey, where Kings and Queens have been coronated for centuries, and many are now entombed, in awe of all the history that has taken place there. William and Kate will be joining the history annuls with a walk down the long aisle.
But I think my interest lies most of all in the fact that the life the royal couple is heading into is such a foreign idea to me. The places we visited as tourists, palaces and castles, and the things we saw, the crown jewels (um, whoa!) are all a part of the fabric of their everyday lives. Those are places they live and things they wear. It really is such an enchanting, and dreamy notion.
So, alas, I broke down and set my DVR to record the wedding. But I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I secretly hope I can pull myself out of bed to watch it bright and early.
While my idea of the perfect life is a far cry from royal life these days…and my dream wedding much different from the fancy china and big puffy princess ball gown…I can’t help but be captivated by the thought of what must be going through Kate’s mind in these final hours leading up to the wedding.
Will you be watching?images by unknown, LuckyBoingo, Norma Frances, me, Ian Patterson