This morning I woke up at 4:30am and grabbed my blanket off the bed to make my way out to the living room. I turned on the TV (I had the channel set from last night) and eagerly started to watch the guests coming into Westminster Abbey in anticipation of The Royal Wedding. I have been looking forward to this all week. My husband got up as he usually does to go to work and on his way out the door at a little after 5am he told me to have fun. It was funny, over dinner last night we got into a discussion about Kate and William and hubby seemed genuinely interested. I was thinking if he didn't have to work, he may have watched it with me. A part of me wondered, why am I up so early on my day off and what on earth is such a big deal about this wedding besides the price tag of course. The big deal for me was watching a bit of history in the making at the same time thinking it IS Princess Diana's beloved son. Princess Diana was an important woman in our history. I remember watching a little of her wedding although I don't remember a whole lot as I was only 8 years old. I also remember watching her funeral and her two precious boys following her casket, with their heads bowed down and how heartbreaking it truly was to watch. With all of the devastation in this world lately with wars and forces of nature, it felt good to be able to watch a happy and momentous occasion and forget about the grief and hard times even if it was just for a few hours.
As I watched Prince William and Prince Harry head off to Westminster Abbey, I felt so happy for William. He looked so handsome in his military uniform as did Harry. Of course, he looked nervous, but anxious and happy at the same time. Watching the numerous people head off such as Kate's Mom and brother, Prince Charles and Camilla and of course the Queen herself, I was anxiously anticipating seeing Kate. I am not really all that hip on fashion, to be honest I don't care a whole lot about dresses, shoes and purses, but I couldn't wait to see her dress. She looked absolutely stunning as she stepping out of the Queen's classic car. Her train which was 9 ft (compared to Diana's 25 feet) was in my opinion just the right length and she looked beautiful to say the least. As she entered Westminster Abbey, she looked nervous as any bride would be, but the pressure of 1,900 people there plus all the millions watching around the world appeared to get to her. Her father asked her if she was ready and all she could do was nod. As they headed down the aisle, I wondered if she was going to be able to keep it together and as she got closer to William, I figured she would start crying, you could see the tears welling up in her eyes. But true to her character, she held it all in. The pivotal moment for me was that William had his back toward her, he didn't want to look at her until she got up to him. It was Harry that turned around and looked at Kate before saying something to his brother, I can only imagine him saying something like "She looks beautiful" or something to that fact. Once Kate finally got up to Kate and William could see his bride for himself could you read his lips as he whispered to Kate "You look beautiful". The wedding itself was simple, elegant and full of love. I was happy to be one of the millions of people to witness this historic event. The choir was magnificent, the building was amazing. My oldest got up at 6:30am, only to come out and tell me that Kate looked pretty and the Abbey was sweet.
After the wedding was finally finished after an hour and Kate and William signed the wedding certificate and began walking down the long aisle out to the horse driven carriage did I finally notice the look of relief that this part of it was over. As they got into the carriage and headed off, they looked so happy, they couldn't stop smiling. As they arrived at Buckingham Palace for what they called a wedding breakfast (even though it was lunch) watching all of these people who had stood in line and camped out for days just to get a glimpse, heading off to see the new Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's famous balcony kiss. Not only one kiss but TWO! Plans for later include a three course meal and then a party hosted by Prince Harry before the two head off for a honeymoon to only they know where.
I can only wish Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine a long and happy life together filled with love. They are the perfect couple, so beautiful and graceful and have their whole lives ahead of them. Someday they will be King and Queen of England, but for now they are newlyweds with so much to give. Best of luck. Today is a special day..never to be forgotten.
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