The title of this post is a Twitter hashtag referring to the Royal Wedding. While I offer apologies to anyone who is a) sick of hearing about it or b) not in the least bit interested, as a Brit I can’t let today’s blog post go without a reference to it, can I?
Watching the build up on TV (despite protestations to my hubby that I would only watch the actual ceremony – ha!) I’ve learned some interesting facts about the occasion. For instance, did you know that it’s not actually a State occasion? This is because William is not the heir apparent, so most of the processional will take place after the ceremony. Following their marriage they will be given the title Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – no “princess” in Kate’s title for the same reason.
The weeks prior to the occasion have been remarkably low key, with none of the build up of Charles and Diana’s wedding. This is as it should be, of course, given the current economic climate. I took my mum and aunt on a car journey last weekend and we kept a look out for houses, pubs, hotels, etc. displaying decorations celebrating the upcoming nuptials. We found none. It’s a different matter this morning, almost like Britain has been bedecked overnight. Flags are flying, street parties have sprung up (hundreds of them all over the country), houses decorated, and it’s estimated that 2 billion people will watch the ceremony.
Oh, as I type this post I’m watching the guests arrive at Westminster Abbey – they have to sit there for almost two hours before the ceremony starts! My hubby is wondering about practicalities, like cloakroom arrangements. Bless.
Oh, and here come the Beckhams … crikey, I just saw Victora smile. Now that’s cause for celebration.