The eagerly-anticipated wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton has been and gone!!
Extensive media coverage gave us an unparalleled view of the event evoking all of our senses-the glorious pageantry that is reminiscent of England was played out in full colour via satellite TV-allowing the viewer to feel as if he was transported right into the middle of the event.
According to BBC news channel, it has been estimated that the wedding was watched by approximately two billion viewers in the comfort of their own homes, London- and indeed England-did itself proud. Since the announcement of the engagement in October last year much cleaning and sprucing up of the city has taken place. Several television shows-as a run-up to the wedding-showed the enormous amount of work that goes into planning and arranging an event of this magnitude- fitting indeed for the Queen’s eldest grandson and his beloved fiancée-the glamorous, stylish and elegant Miss Catherine Middleton. The two have been a couple for ten years now-meeting at Saint Andrew’s University where they both studied.
Kate caught the eye of her prince whilst participating in a fashion show wearing a bikini and a see-through coverall which has inevitably drawn comparisons to the late Princess Diana who was also (infamously) photographed in a similar manner.
It had been said that Prince William did not have an eye for brunettes! Clearly this can now be regarded as incorrect as Catherine’s gorgeous hair was allowed to hang loose over her shoulders-held back by a diamond Cartier tiara loaned to her by the Queen and covered by a hand embroidered lace veil.
The bride’s dress drew gasps of admiration from all! Sarah Burton-for Alexander McQueen had the honour of dressing the future Queen on her most important day and this she did admirably. The dress was made of ivory silk tulle. The lace appliqué for the skirt and bodice was made by the Royal School of Needlework and individual flowers were hand cut from lace and hand-sewn onto the tulle to create a design incorporating the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. A two-metre train completed the creation.
Katherine’s sister Phillipa was Kate’s maid of honour with the dashing prince Harry being William’s best-man. Phillipa looked gorgeous in an ivory silk, slim-line cowl necked gown, another Sarah Burton creation.
In contrast to previous royal marriages, the words “best-man and bridesmaid” were substituted for the more traditional ‘supporters’ favoured by previous royal brides and grooms as this modern couple wished to bring the wedding close to the hearts of all. Four flower girls and two pageboys-all family members of the couple-made up the retinue.
More than 2000 guests filled Westminster Abbey to watch the ceremony with live TV coverage paying homage to the glamorous fashion of the day-by both men and women alike.
Glamorous hats and the smaller, popular ‘ticklers’ were in abundance with all the colours of the rainbow in evidence.
The bride’s mother was serenely elegant in a sky-blue coat dress and hat by Catherine Walker –once one of Princess Diana’s favourite designers, and it was clear to see where both Kate and sister Pippa get their enviable figures from.
Queen Elizabeth-now 85-was radiant in a bright yellow dress, hat and coat which was designed by her personal assistant, Angela Kelly - and who could miss the shy smile she gave her grandson and his new bride as they paid their respects to her after the event whilst making their way out of the Abbey as husband and wife.
The couple walked the long red carpet together smiling broadly at their guests –and each other- their happiness evident to all! At the Abbey door Prince William stopped briefly to don his cap and gloves and then the roar of the crowd greeted them-which did not seem to stop for the rest of the day.
Back at Buckingham Palace the world watched with bated breath for the now almost obligatory first balcony kiss-made famous by William’s father and mother-Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The couple did not disappoint-rewarding the media and the watching world with not one, but two, kisses.
The couple, together with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles hosted three receptions at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, where Kate and her sister later changed gowns again. Kate’s second gown-also a McQueen stunner-was a white satin strapless evening gown with a circle skirt and diamante detail around the waist with a chic fringed white shrug completing the look. Pippa changed into a halter neck, green evening gown which also left the crowds breathless.
This modern couple have decided not to go on a honeymoon-as is tradition-but rather to go straight back to work at Anglesey in Wales where Prince William is a helicopter pilot flying on search and rescue missions.
In another break from tradition the couple have been openly living together for several years now –in stark contrast to earlier years and previous generations where this behaviour would have been unacceptable and considered taboo! Although one has to admit that living in today’s times, as one did in past generations, would have to be rather tricky, considering how civilization has progressed and modernised into a much more contemporary and current world.
Within the political democracy, the result of such a mammoth event has allowed for enormous amounts of revenue to be obtained. Also, many hotels, airlines and employment trades, have profited quite considerably from this historic occasion.
According to various speculations and British citizens, it has been said that the monarchy is dead and quite lifeless, but after such an enormous response from the public, both British and globally, how could one say that that this is indeed true?
All in all - a thoroughly modern love story. Which has left almost every woman in the world saying, “I also want to be a princess bride”. You never know, there is still Prince Harry, who has now fallen into the number one category of most eligible bachelor in the world J
The world looks forward to the DVD’s and exciting photographs still to be released by the media –I know I will be buying them.
Till next time :)