Was going to post last night but even I was weddinged out by the evening after watching the news, the highlights, the news on another channel and then more highlights. I am a sucker for royal weddings but decided to call it a day around midnight, if that is not a contradiction in terms.
Over the years I have watched the weddings of Princess Margaret (thought Kate's dress resembled hers in many ways, not least its simplicity), Princess Alexandra, Duke and Duchess of Kent, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Prince Charles (both of them) so you can see I am a seasoned observer. What I love about these weddings is the sheer pageantry and beauty of them all. Without exception the organisation is breathtakingly spot on - I do wish whoever was in charge of this would be given the Olympics opening ceremony to deal with (I have severe worries about it I will admit) - and split screens on the TV showed that as the Queen arrived at the Abbey, Kate Middleton was getting into her car and leaving her hotel. Timings were spot on.
OK the wedding itself. I was Glad started as she entered the Abbey and that was it - I was off. This was sung and played at my daughter's wedding, my ex Patrick, a conductor and singer organised his choirs and we had a small orchestra as well so it brought back such happy memories. (I remember at the end of Helen and James' day somebody said to me that it was just like a 'Royal Wedding' as regards the music). Anyway, I mopped myself up and sat back just to enjoy it all. Her dress was beautiful and was rather pleased with my design for said dress - see earlier post which seemed to get it about right. I must say though that I thought Pippa Middleton as her Maid of Honour looked equally stunning in one of the most elegant and simple dresses I have seen in yonks.
I do hope the understated elegance of the new Duchess of Cambridge rubs off on Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie whose outfits and hats were of such utter ghastliness that they defy description. Of course, what they needed was somebody to say 'you can't possibly go out in that' which they lack, but somebody get them a stylist. I was awaiting their arrival with anticipation as they have a penchant for fascinators (surely this is an oxymoron) and usually sport dead budgies on their heads. Well it wasn't a dead budgie for Beatrice this time, more a....well, not sure what really. I gather there is now a Facebook page totally devoted to Beatrice's hat (her outfit was rather nice, she has great legs and looked fine, just the hat wrecked it). It must be rather unpleasant to be at the receiving end of such an onslaught of criticism and nasty comments and in the face of a global audience as well and I feel sorry for adding to it, but I was on Twitter throughout the day and the comments when the two princesses appeared were as one. Shame.
Tara Palmer-Tompkinson turned up at the Abbey with a temporary new nose and an outfit in royal blue which was eye catching to say the least. She looked as if she had a blue banana stuck on the end of her forehead. I also spotted a woman sitting in the choir stalls sporting what appeared to be a model of the Titanic but have been unable to find anybody else who spotted this so I may have been imagining it amongst all the other hat horrors on display. If ever proof were needed that money cannot buy taste here it was in spades and all those snooty people who looked down their noses would have been confounded by the elegance and style shown by the Middleton family. None of them put a foot wrong.
And a special mention for Kate's brother James, who read the lesson from Romans 12. He learned it off by heart and only occasionally glanced down at his script. He read it beautifully in a strong, clear, measured voice and did really well.
All the music, with the exception of Rutter who I really find banal (sorry all Rutter fans) was interesting and traditional and played simply beautifully. The trumpets echoing throughout the Abbey made my spine tingle and when Jerusalem started, I was off again.
Then of course the carriage ride and the cheering and shouting and general happiness and good will all round and everyone having a great time. Later, the now traditional slow walk of the crowd down the Mall to the Palace, so well organised by the police (Phillip Schofield on the ITV coverage saying 'No kettling now chaps!) until everyone was at the gates and waiting for the balcony appearance and the now obligatory Kiss.
Papers are full of it today so no need for me to say any more save I loved every moment of it, but my goodness me there were some vicious and nasty people on the net making unpleasant comments and, in some cases, being abusive and foul mouthed. I simply cannot understand why this should happen. One guy on Facebook kept saying he was not interested in the wedding and why anybody should want to watch it he could not understand etc etc and he went on and on about it. In the end I told him he was perfectly entitled to his view, but if he really wasn't that interested then why did he keep on telling people so and we were not interested in him being not interested. I have noticed that all these miseries (and yes I am sure there are real sincere Republicans out there who have strong views but who did not bother taking to the net to say so and are not a member of this band), seem to know an awful lot about the wedding and the dress and the order of service, even the name of Kate's hairdresser, and yet still rabbit on about Not Being Interested and the Whole Thing being a Waste of Time. Odd.
There are lots of events on television, in which I have very little interest and I will say here and now that the Olympics is usually one of them, but I don't go on about how boring I find it and that it is never off the TV, I just don't watch it and leave it to others who do enjoy it to tune in and have fun. and do not take to the airwaves to say how boring it all is. Each to his own. I am prepared for the fact I may eat my words next year however so watch this space...
So a glorious day in which the rain held off, the sun shone, the pageantry and spectacle was stunning, the bride beautiful, the groom dashing in red (clever of him to wear that instead of his air force blue), the best man looked as if he was having a great time, the Queen just right in yellow, music wonderful, architecture of the Abbey taking one's breath away, the cheering crowds and general air of fun and good humour all round - well, really what is not to like?
OK off to get the papers now and read about it all over again and get the colour supplements and the souvenir editions and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Sun is shining and blue skies and set fair though a chill in the wind.
Finally, I have to add this entry from the Guardian blog:
Hadley Freeman reports from New York that Piers Morgan has been discussing whether Diana would have enjoyed today if she were alive. Exclusive revelation: yes. Apparently on Fox News the discussion has revolved around where Diana would have sat if she were alive.
'Nuff said I think.