Friday, April 29, 2011

TRH William & Catherine, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

In a glorious day of pageantry and ceremony crowned by not one but two kisses on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony, Prince William and Catherine Middleton became a married couple, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I watched live on television (BBC America) and also intermittently online (YouTube's TheRoyalChannel, which eventually seemed to be struggling with the volume of traffic) from 9:20 AM in London (3:20 in Dallas) until 1:40 PM in London (7:40 in Dallas), and it was well worth the loss of sleep. I loved the Abbey decorations, her dress, the uniforms and pageantry, the traditional liturgy, the music (particularly the Parry classics and young Welsh composer Paul Mealor's setting of Ubi Caritas), the infectious glee of London's huge loyal crowds...in other words, everything about it. Normally I try to assemble links for posts, but in this case there is so much coverage available online it seems unnecessary, as well as impossible to choose.

Undoubtedly this was a wonderful day for the monarchy, with the enthusiastic crowds resoundingly refuting any naysayers. As my friend Gareth Russell observed, "[y]ou don't get this with a republic. Great day. And to all who have griped 'Who cares?' over the last 5 months - billions, seems to be the answer." I am in awe of the magnificence of the triumphant procession of the greatest human institution there is, wish Their Royal Highnesses the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all possible happiness, and hope that someday I will be their loyal subject in law as I surely will be at heart!

3 comments:

Flambeaux said...

Thank you, Theodore. It is such a relief to find an island of sanity in the American Sea of Republican Carping.

Republicans really do make for some humorless nitwits.

I'm looking forward to checking out the videos online this weekend.

"Tanti auguri!" to the happy couple. And may their first child be a masculine child.

Dawn said...

So nice to find an American supporter. For sure many Americans watched it but the US press are such royal dullards. I simply don't understand why.

Alison, London

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Flambeaux said...

Whig prejudice: it's in the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Like a fish in water, they don't notice it.