Last night I was taken aback by how many of my friends angrily posted how disgusted they were by the Royal Wedding being broadcast live. I don’t quite understand where they are coming from… I mean, it was on at 5am our time… you definitely weren’t FORCED to watch it, in fact most people in the US slept right on through it, so it did not affect their normal Friday schedules at all! Plus, how is it really that offensive? When it comes down to it, the event celebrated two people who appear to love each other getting married. If you watched it you were able to see lots of pretty hats, pretty dresses, and cute princes. I mean, I can think of worse things to be broadcasted on the TV, like say… the daily news showing people being murdered, or MTV’s Real World Las Vegas 2…
Anyways, just for the record, I did in fact get up at 4:40am to watch the event in bed. I didn’t see anything anti-feminist, or anti-patriotic about it. Quite the reverse actually. Listening to the broadcasters commentary I was surprised how many royal “traditions” Kate and William broke for their wedding. The couple was able to please the traditionalists in the crowd while maintaining a uniqueness and modernity that says a lot about the changing times. I also admire their sense of tradition and propriety that is a fading virtue in today’s society. This event also united an entire country +. Hundreds of thousands of citizens were watching the event, and while everyone was arriving to Westminster Abbey I’ll admit in my head I kept thinking, “well this is a terrorists fantasy,” everything went smooth as can be. Citizens together, rejoicing, celebrating… I actually found it inspiring that such a simple event as a wedding could have such a positive effect on the lives of so many.
OK, now that my rant is over… I learned quite a few interesting facts while dozing in and out for 5 hours watching the event that perhaps you haters might be interested in…
- The Prince did not get a wedding ring, instead Kate told him that he would have to wear the watch his mother (Princess Diana) gave him everyday and could never take it off and that would be the symbol of their unity.
- Kate Middleton’s ring was made of Welsh Gold, which is very scarce and the piece of gold was given to William by his Grandmother to be melted down for the ring.
- William demanded his brother Harry be his “Best Man” even though in former Royal Weddings, there was not a Best man but a “Supporter”
- The current Prime Minister, David Cameron’s, wife (Samantha Gwendoline Sheffield) caused a huge stir for not wearing a hat (which adorned I’d say approximately 75% of the women guests). Instead she rocked three jewel encrusted barretts, which personally I thought were stunning.
- The King of Tonga was there… I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never heard of Tonga before! Turns out it’s a Kingdom in the South Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Hawaii!
- Kate Middleton will be the first Queen with a University Education (You go girl!)
- Kate Middleton is also the first future Queen to have lived in sin with her husband prior to being married
- Kate Middleton also demanded that she do her own makeup for the wedding.
- Kate Middleton ALSO has a FEMALE bodyguard.. ok seriously… how is this all an example of anti-feminism?
- Queen Elizabeth has 19 Rolls Royce’s, Kate Middleton was driven to Westminster Abbey in the oldest one from 1950.
- Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen designed Kate Middleton’s drop dead gorgeous dress that gave a nod to Princess Grace Kelly’s wedding gown of 1956.
- HATS, the Brits LOVE HATS
- And last but not least, when you throw hundreds of stodgy old aristocrats in one room together, it can’t NOT make you giggle… they are funny.
And now on to fashion… 1. Kate Middleton’s dress was stunning. 2. Prince Harry is and will always be hotter than Prince William. 3. I need to go buy a hat, or several hats… Here’s a few images from the event, enjoy!