Well it’s all over and I am, like many others, suffering from the anti-climax. I watched the Royal wedding with Daughter #2, who gets married in July, and my 92 year old Mum.
We hot-footed it from my house to her Nursing Home (just around the corner) between the Queen leaving Buckingham Palace, getting there just in time for her arrival at Westminster Abbey. Mum’s Nursing Home, laid on a party and when we arrived, they were all in front of giant screens with their glittering Union Jack hats and glasses of wine.
For months the media have been getting hot under the collar about the guest list, who is invited and who is not. There has been supposition about what the guests will wear and more important what the Bride will be wearing and who the designer will be. What a well kept secret that has been. The frenzy built to a crescendo over the last week, culminating into a wonderful Royal wedding. No one does pomp and circumstance as well as us.
Although watched by millions, both outside and on television, together with a full congregation at Westminster Abbey, it still had that, comfortable, happy, family feel about it.
No doubt, you will read many many articles and blogs about the wedding. This is my little addition, in which I would like to mention what stood out out to me:-
First, there was the wonderful sight of Westminster Abbey flanked with field maples Acer campestre and hornbeams Carpinus betulus in giant pots. These trees are native to the British Isles and set the theme of the wedding. Her white bouquet was lily of the valley, hyacinth, sweet william and with a sprig of myrtle from Queen Victoria’s home at Osborne on the Isle of Wight. The couple had said they wanted the day to epitomise the best of what was British. They certainly achieved that.
The music, was rousing and by British composers. Catherine Middleton walked down the aisle to I Was Glad by Parry. the same music used for The Queen’s coronation and her Golden Jubilee. The whole of the Abbey sang Jerusalem with gusto – such a rousing patriotic song, written by William Blake. Finally, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked back down the aisle together, timed to perfection, to William Walton’s Crown Imperial. The residents of Mum’s Home joined in most of the songs and some even stood up when the National Anthem was played, now you don’t get that happening anymore.
With our very own family wedding coming up, as Mother of Bride, I was eager to see what was fashionable, and what was not. Also what the glamorous, fashionistas were wearing. It was noticeable that the number of fascinators were at a minimum. Large, and I mean LARGE, brimmed hats were abound. I did laugh to watch the women greet each other with side to side air kisses and I could imagine them thinking “Mind my hat”. Phew, I am glad that I changed my fascinator for a hat. Heavily doctored, a one-off, and as good as any Philip Traecy hat, although I say it myself.
Now, the shoes… that was interesting and causing me a dilemma with my outfit. What was obvious was that elegant footwear either matches the outfit, making for a complete colour block, or nude in colour, creating a long leg look.
Much to Daughter #2’s relief there was only one thing at the wedding today which is something they are having at their wedding, but I am not going to tell you here. For that, my hat and my shoes you will have to wait until July.
- Inside Westminster Abbey for Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Wedding (news.instyle.com)