Friday, 29 April 2011
Pomp And Ceremony - The Royal Wedding
So I've watched the wedding tonight. I didn't need to, of course. I've seen nothing that a half-hour wrap-up wouldn't have covered. Women's outfits seem to have been of major interest. And of course Kate's Wedding Dress. Other than that, a lot of cars driving past, and crowds massing along the processional route and filing into Westminster Abbey.
I wouldn't have missed anything much, except... except...
... Pomp And Ceremony. Oh my goodness, does anyone do it as well as the British? We have had trumpets, and marching bands, and processions, and slow marches, and crimson-lined antique horse-drawn coaches, and mounted escorts, and roaring aircraft flypasts (loved the Lancaster!) ... and bells. Three hours of wondrous bells. It's all made me quite emotional.
Kate looks lovely in a Sarah Burton/Alexander McQueen dress. I particularly like the way it's fitted (but not tight) at the waist and then flares out in almost medieval style. William looks very handsome and regal also -- neat and elegant in his Irish Guards dress uniform.
Sure, the highlights package will show the fashions and the key Memorable Moments, but I think the only way to fully appreciate the full majesty of the event is to immerse yourself in it, feel it unfold around you. I have no idea why this feels like a worthwhile experience, why spending SIX HOURS glued to the television is a good use of time. (Heavens, six hours!?) But somehow it does (mostly).