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, "