My fave royal wedding

I am not a royal gusher but when I see things about royal families, I do get a look in when I feel I like them. I therefore am quite aware of who the main Dutch royals are, I know a bit who the main Danish royals are (I quite like their Australian-born crown princess) and I think just about everyone knows who the British royals are. While I do quite like prince William, his wife Kate doesn’t do much for me (never has, even when they got married). In recent years, I thought Harry was turning out quite nicely too. And then he got engaged to Meghan Markle, of tv-show Suits fame. I really like Suits and I really like Meghan too and I admit that I was very much taken by the idea of them as a couple! And today (well, yesterday, as it’s after midnight here), they got married in what I think may be my fave royal wedding to date.

It started special when there was Idris Elba and Oprah Winfrey and George & Amal Clooney walking up to the chapel in Windsor Castle.

I wouldn’t call myself a George Clooney fan, although I do like him, but he sure as hell looked extremely gorgeous in grey (colouring nicely with his hair) in the spring sunshine!clooneys3

I got the greatest kick out of seeing the Suits actors walk to the church. There was gorgeous Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter on the show) and his lovely wife Jacinda Barrett…

… and Patrick J. Adams (who plays Michael Ross, the man Meghan Markle married on the show!) with his wife Troian Bellisario…

Back in November, when Meghan and Harry had gotten engaged he had tweeted…2017-11-27-Patrick J Adams op Twitter_ _She said she was just going out to get some milk...

… and this morning he followed on from that joke with this Instagram post…

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Also Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen on Suits) was there with her husband Santtu Säppäla…

And Gina Torres (who plays Jessica Pearson) and Rick Hoffman (who plays Louis Litt) also came…

There were more illustrious guests (like Serena Williams and Elton John) but I don’t want to go on about guests, I want to show pictures from the wedding!

Harry arrived with his brother William, who was best man…

… and then bride Meghan, driving with her mother Doria Ragland beside her, appeared…

In the church, the two princes were waiting for the bride…wed3 asile0

Doria went into the church alone, and, already fighting the tears, Harry caught her eye…

It must have been quite something special for her to see her daughter get married in such a unique way, she looked very touched throughout the service.

Outside Meghan arrived, accompanied by two page boys who carried her veil…

I kinda loved that she walked down the aisle on her own, as an independent woman of the world.wed3 asile1For the last part of her walk, she was met by Prince Charles (standing in for Meghan’s father who was ill and couldn’t be there), who welcomed her into the family rather than ‘gave her away’. When she got to Harry, you could lip-read Harry saying “Thank you, Pa” to his dad. Awww.

And just after the couple greeted each other at the altar you could also lip-read Harry saying to Meghan “You look amazing”. 🙂

They found each other’s hands and held hands for most to the ceremony, which I found sweet and I don’t think I ever saw other royal couples do so extensively.

Harry uncovered Meghan’s face (another awww!) and they went right on holding hands during the ceremony.

And then maybe the best part of the ceremony came, when Episcopalian bishop Michael Curry delivered his lively sermon about love.Bishop Michael Curry3That man is a good speaker and certainly woke people up, made them sit up and made people smile. Not only the royal couple…

… but many guests looked surprised and bemused…

The best reaction has got to be from Zara Tindall (daughter of Princess Anne, Charles’ sister), who was trying to process what was hitting her…react zara

I think that may have been the moment I said to Mr Esther “best royal wedding ever!” After that wonderful, enlivening sermon came a wonderful gospel choir singing “Stand By Me”, which was stunning…gospel choir2

Harry and Meghan listened from afar…wed7-seated01

And then finally the vows were exchanged (and I wiped away a few tears).

Again, lovely. The way these two look at each other, it’s pretty clear how they feel about each other! After the vows they went out for a few minutes to sign the register. They were followed by Prince Charles who so graciously invited Doria to come with him. One of the highlights for me really was how Charles looked after Doria, who was the only member of Meghan’s family present.doria charles

He was also sweet to Doria after the service, walking with her and talking with her, including her in everything and lending her his arm. I found that very touching.

Back to the wedding service: after the signing, the national anthem was sung and the couple left the church…

They exited the church…

… looked at each other…

… and kissed…

Pictures from another angle…

Ah, the romance! The walked down the steps to an awaiting carriage…

… and then came the carriage ride through Windsor…

Apparently there was also a kiss in the carriage. I didn’t see it on TV, but it was there in the pictures..wed11-carriage (8)

I also found this image somehow very beautiful and endearing…wed11-carriage (13)

The wedding was festive and there was pomp and circumstance, but it also was personal, mixing the traditional more reserved English world of Harry beautifully with the more emotionally demonstrative American world of Meghan. It was about a woman standing on her own, openly embracing a future with a prince, it was about embracing difference and celebrating it. And it didn’t hurt that I found Meghan’s dress absolutely gorgeous and the couple was beautiful to look at.

The rest of the festivities were outside the public eye, except for a moment this evening when the couple left Windsor to go to Prince Charles’s residence at Frogmore house for the evening party. Meghan had changed into another dress, Harry had changed into a tux and they were off in a cute little blue Jaguar sports car…

I don’t often go gaga over royal events. I do usually enjoy them and like looking at the pictures but then easily move on. This wedding, however, somehow touched me more than other weddings have and yes, it even made me actively actually gather all these pictures throughout the day! In a world so hateful and cynical Harry and Meghan today radiated an image of love and inclusion and change. I hope they can continue to do this and wish them all happiness and the best for the future!

19 thoughts on “My fave royal wedding

  1. I got up at an ungodly hour to watch the wedding. I LIKE Kate, I LIKE Meghan and I appreciated Charles care for Meghan’s mother. I recall one of the announcers on the channel I was watching say – her mom is there all alone. SOMEONE should be sitting with her!

    I could care less about Hollywood being there. And I really don’t like George Clooney. Regardless, the wedding was beautiful, personal, I loved the music, her gown, the flowers, and I loved how the royal family openly embraced Meghan. Ii pray that William and Harry’s marriages are happier than their parents were.

    (I did not recognize Prince Andrew at all!)

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    1. Wow, that’s dedication to get up so early to watch it!
      No, Kate isn’t for me but I love Meghan! And I love the show “Suits” that she was on, so I was really stoked to see the stars from that show come to the wedding. 🙂
      Yeah, music, flowers, and dress were absolutely wonderful!
      I think a great marriage needs true real friendship as well as love and I think both Harry and William know their wives way better than Charles and Diana knew each other before they married. I think they share close friendships with their wives, something I don’t think Charles and Diana ever did (and something Charles does have with Camilla, I feel). I have good hopes for both the princes and their marriages. I wish them well in any case!

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  2. Servetus

    So that’s who all those people were! I still recognize most of the Windsor clan but I’d never seen most of the guests the camera spent its time on.

    I don’t really have an opinion about Megan, but I try to remember when thinking about Kate that she was put in an impossible situation almost from the moment she knew William, and that now she is trying to raise three children in the same impossible situation. Megan and Harry have a decisive bit more freedom and it showed today — there were a lot of things they could do (as they did today) because he isn’t the second in line to the throne. I hope the marriage hangs on; he seems to be really deeply in love.

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    1. I don’t dislike Kate, I’m just in neutral about her. You’re right about Kate and William is also more restricted in his role as heir to the throne. I just never really got a real sense of personality from Kate and I do get that from Meghan.
      I too hope the marriage holds in the long run! The pressure is immense and I hope they can deal with that.

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        re: Kate’s apparent (public) lack of personality — I think this relates to my perceptions about how much freedom she has in comparison to someone like Meghan. I agree that she seems curiously colorless in public. But it’s not conceivable to me that she’s also more generally like that. I think that she was very clearly in the position of having to be simultaneously “Diana” and “not-Diana” and “definitely not Camilla” all at the same time; she needed to occupy that “fairy tale princess” role, but in a way that suggested that she had no needs or rough edges or troubling past experiences herself. As she is the wife of the future monarch and the mother of a future monarch, the public requires her to be an unobjectionably blank slate. I imagine that if she was not herself aware of this quickly, it was explained to her in no uncertain terms later, at the latest when she agreed to marry William. I think William suffers from similar issues but he gets cut a little slack because Diana died so horribly, and because he used to be so pinup cute. And I think that (in addition to the family’s anger at paparazzi) this is one reason that the information stream from the royal nursery is so meager. Everyone knows that parenting is the thing we are most likely to criticize in our fellows — no mother can ever get it right in the eyes of onlookers — and the only way for her to stem that at all is to try to keep her children from becoming the object of public scrutiny as much as possible.

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  3. Regardless of being a non-watcher I couldn’t escape the Royal Wedding yesterday. It was everywhere. I was slightly miffed (and I am not even going to go into ideological arguments against the whole circus), but having read your blog post I have to pedal back a bit and agree with you: The world needs love, and this was an expression and demonstration of joy. And judging by the reactions on the net, that was what people saw and wanted. If the only purpose of the monarchy is symbolism, then this was definitely a great occasion for them and they did well.

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    1. I’m always torn between the republican camp and the royalist camp, even in my own country. On the one hand I find it ridiculous in this day and age that a family has so much wealth and power just because of who they descend from. On the other hand, they are great publicity for a country and a sense of glamour and also continuity and when they do it right, they bring a country together and can achieve good things for the country. Other countries have presidents besides their prime ministers and presidents never seem to have the same PR pull that royals seem to have.
      I like weddings anyhow, so any televised royal wedding I’ll happily watch. Parties are always nice. This one just was special in what I felt its message to be and in these dark times, it really was a ray of sunshine. Maybe I liked this one so much because of that contrast. Yeah, it’s expensive and costs a lot of money but on the other hand, it’s nice to splurge on something joyous sometimes, just like we all do in our private lives. 🙂

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      1. Servetus

        Wealth, yeah; power, not much. It’s not like they’re driving government policy. No British monarch has vetoed an act of Parliament since 1708, and none has kept a PM in office over the objections of Parliament since 1839. The Lords lost their ability to veto an act of Commons in 1911 iirc. Any power they have is largely ceremonial, and as the UK is a democracy / mass society, that power is also held in relationship to their ability to hold to generally shared consensus / ideals (this is part of why all those divorces in the 90s were so destructive to them).

        Indeed, one reason they have to mount these spectacles is because they don’t have political power. If they had power, it wouldn’t matter what they did in this regard, but since they don’t, they have to keep on justifying their existence, so they do stuff like this. (I mean, really, how many people want a televised wedding that costs hundreds of thousands of pounds and requires the entire country’s security to go on full alert? Even the most uncharitable reading of Meghan Markle’s motives I’ve heard wouldn’t extend to thinking that she really wanted all the rules and hassle and risk that went with this event.) Almost two billion people worldwide watched this event.

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        1. I think ‘power’ maybe not have been the right choice of word, I do realize they don’t have power in the governing sense. But they do have influence and what they do can really influence public opinion. In that sense, I think they do have real power – influencing power.

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          1. Servetus

            I think they do, too — but I think it’s not all inherited. Some of it is inherited, sure, and the Windsors specifically are the beneficiaries of inheritance. But a lot of republicanism IMO confuses the family with the office due to the way the 20th c. unfolded socially. Previously, the office inherited the influence; now it’s seen as connected to the family and the specific people. The Windsors maintain their power to influence in part because they do things like they did this weekend — embodying “the British identity” for a day (and so spectacularly): i.e., the publicity isn’t incidental to their power, it’s central to it.

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      2. I think those are all very valid points – even if I don’t share them. I’m not going to go into it because I don’t want to dampen the enthusiasm of others by reciting arguments that everybody knows, anyway. If it brightened anyone’s day, then that’s good.

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        1. Yep. And if it’s not your thing, you at least got to have a nice hour or two out in the sunshine instead. 🙂
          Must be frustrating as a republican, though, to be inundated with royal wedding everywhere you look. Here in The Netherlands you can avoid it to some extent (my kids had little to no interest in the wedding either!) but in the UK and Ireland it must be difficult to avoid, I think.

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    2. Servetus

      The BBC coverage, which ran on BBC America here, was very heavily focused on interviewing the people who were invited because of the couple’s interest in their charities. (Of course, still interspersed with discussion of the dress and flowers and cake and romance and people watching and so on.) It was interesting — of course they interviewed the head of the trust the boys established for Diana and some people associated with Sentebale (sp?), the prince’s charity in Lesotho that focuses on getting HIV meds to children who are infected with it, but also several amputees associated with sport organizations, a rhino conservationist from Botswana who’d never put on morning dress before, a pair of school teachers from Brixton, and several kids whom they’d met in the course of their philanthropic activities who had achievements to report.

      To American eyes this was all very ‘colorful,’ i.e., it wasn’t all white people for a change. There’d been a discussion here about whether Meghan Markle would (be forced to) downplay her black heritage and she most emphatically did not. Another thing that came through in the BBC coverage was how much the people involved saw the couple and the wedding as a symbol of hope and change — they even interviewed Afua Hirsch, an outspoken UK critic of the UK government and UK society, who said that she thought it was a good sign and she hoped it would be played out in reality. I think this is probably the primary meaning of the event to people like me — even though the UK government is a mess, even though the US government is a mess, even though things seem horrible (and honestly, my relief at being able to see this after the horrible events on Friday was probably heightened), things will change, they are changing as we speak, not because of the catastrophic events at the top level but because people ourselves are changing and we want to see a different world. Joy cometh in the morning, to paraphrase the Bible.

      We could debate whether that’s actually true, i.e., whether the demographic and grassroots changes that are occurring in small ways all over the planet are significant or whether they change anything. But the wedding itself seemed to symbolize that that was possible. I’m not a romantic, I’m not in it for love, I’m skeptical that the marriage will succeed given both the individuals involved and the track records for marriages in both families and so on, and I’m the last person who’d ever have a wedding like this (although if others want to have them in a setting like this with all the trappings, I definitely want to watch it on tv), but the idea that things could change through normal transformations (as opposed to war and destruction) is hugely appealing to me.

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  4. Loved all the wedding images and your impressions of them! Thanks for sharing!

    And I especially liked that the color of Queen Elizabeth’s and Doria Ragland’s gowns/hats seemed to mirror the colors of the church season (still “Easter season” on Saturday since Pentecost started today/Sunday)–as represented in the design on the stoll/scarf of the celebrant of white, and accented with pale greens, yellows, and violet, etc.

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    1. You’re welcome. 🙂
      Hadn’t thought of the theory of them mirroring the church season colours – nice! All the spring colours did work very beautifully in the spring sunshine.

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