I was one of almost 23 million and counting worldwide who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Like his mother and father, Diana and the Prince of Wales, and Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it did not disappoint in its pageantry. No one throws a royal wedding quite like the British.
Several things were very different from Harry’s mother and brothers weddings — it was filled with multi-cultural touches and a great deal of physical contact between the bride and groom. A first on many levels for the monarchy.
Yet, no surprise really for those of us who have watched Harry grow up. It makes total sense he would choose a self-identified woman and do it their way.
I found some of their ceremony quite humorous as the cameras panned the faces of the ranking royalty as the bishop gave his sermon and the choir rang out in a soulful rendition of Stand by Me. They truly looked bewildered to the point of giggles, they didn’t know what to do.
Meanwhile, two people very much in love glowed oblivious to it all feet away.
The wedding was all wonderful and entertaining. But it looked stressed.
It was later that evening when they emerged from Windsor Castle in their evening party clothes that stole my heart. He, in a black velvet jacket tuxedo, she, in a white silk column halter dress AND she had on Diana’s iconic aquamarine ring. They looked happy, relaxed, and were laughing.
That scene to me was an amazing multi-million dollar one. The Duke and Duchess driving off into a perfect sunset of their happily ever after.
Today I am thankful
- A new week with a few goals I need to accomplish.
- I have wild turkeys in the forest beyond where I live. Initially, their early morning sounds were quite annoying. Now I am growing fond of them.
- I am incredibly grateful to look out my window and see the landscape of green.
In a world with a headline of such political bullshit, an inept president, school shootings, volcano explosion, a plane crash, this royal wedding was a welcome relief.
I look forward to watching this power couple — not just them — I anticipate seeing what both of Diana and Charles’s sons and the strong women they have chosen as their partners do in the future.
Already the Princes Royal Foundation is on the world stage and taking a leading presence in mental health, wounded veterans, and relief in third-world country’s. I, personally, am very excited to add the Duchess of Sussex to this mix. As an advocate for women’s rights and a known feminist, it will be intriguing to how she uses her new world status at Harry’s side.
Are they pregnant, yet? LOL. I’m such a fangirl. #royalwedding #harryandmeghan
affectionately yours, Laura