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I Have A Confession To Make…

UK & England Flags for Royal Wedding

I watched the Royal Wedding and it made me smile.

So what, you may be thinking. So did two billion people across the planet, according to stats from the BBC this morning. People travelled across the world, queued since 4 am and campaigned to become Prime Minister just so they could watch.

What did you do? Well – absolutely nothing. I really couldn’t see the point. Like many other cynical folk, I wondered what all the fuss was about. With people starving across the world and typhoons killing people in the US, riots in the Middle East and war in Afghanistan, why would anyone focus on two people getting hitched just because one of them was born into a rather odd family setup.

This morning I switched on my computer as usual, ready to get on with work. Toolbars flashed the headlines, twitter streams filled with news about them. #RoyalWedding and #rw11 became trending topics across the world (don’t worry if that sentence didn’t make sense. It’s another one of those twitter things.) Some cracking comedy got underway – over here in particular and also on the twitter streams of some of my favourite bloggers.

Big Ben & WestminsterEventually I caved.

I switched on the TV.

I got carried away.

Not with the details of the dress or with the shaky gilded carriage. The Battle of Britain flyover didn’t do it for me and nor did the official commentary, the bugles or the prayers.

The people did. It’s so easy to forget that public figures have real lives. That they get nervous, they fall in love and they look forward to their special days. The groom looking apprehensive, the best man making a joke. The daunting walk down the aisle and the smiles of relief as the happy couple each realise that the other has turned up after all.

No amount of real diamond tiaras can take anything away from that.

A traditional British wedding is so prescribed that, other than the guest list, the close-up of the ceremony was like many I’ve been to before. The hymns, the vows, the bridesmaid fussing with the dress.

It’s so easy for me to make fun of it all that I wonder if I can make it to the end of this blog post without reverting to form. But while I’m swept up in sentimental softness, I’ve two more things to say:

One: I was impressed to hear how Wills risks his own life to try to save others as a search and rescue pilot. He surely could have chosen an easier career.

Two: The world and its problems will still be there tomorrow. I was surprised at how refreshing it was to see people enjoying the simple things in life: happiness – and respect – for other people.

Line of BRitish & English Flags

I am assured that cynical normality will soon be restored – both to the news and to my blog. Until then, congratulations Wills & Kate. I hope you’re very happy together – you have to put up with some very weird stuff.

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7 Responses to I Have A Confession To Make…

  1. eurotrip tips April 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    What a sweet post!
    And I totally agree with you – it was refreshing, for once, to see two people simply being in love, period. Of course they’re royals, and of course they’re easy targets, but still, today was a celebration of love and commitment and I think it was a beautiful moment to watch, even from afar. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world (but i have to admit I was a tiny bit curious about the dress!).

  2. Dylan April 30, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Still love the fact that, at the alter, Will whispered in Kate’s ear: “this is just a simple family affair”. Jokes and sarcasm aside, it goes to endorse your point that, pomps and ceremonious stuff aside, the royals are ordinary folks with ordinary lives and family values.

    I began travelling down to Westminster with an unhealthy quantity of sceptism – I was gonna take photos, I couldn’t give a damn about it – but the sheer euphoria in the atmosphere awoke my patriotic self and, standing proud like everyone else, cheered and sang the anthem my pride in my heart and soul.

  3. JoAnna April 30, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    I watched too ~ only I got up in the middle of the night to do it! I’ve been smitten since the two got together, but it was so exciting to watch the wedding because it was happy, just like you said. I know a lot of people were worked up over the fact that this was “frivolous” and there are more serious issues going on in the world, but it made me happy to see some good news, especially knowing there were millions of other people feeling warm and fuzzy inside as well.

    It was a good day. I like that.

  4. LB(cruiseshipblogger) April 30, 2011 at 6:00 am #

    As usual, you put your own spin on things and come up with a really interesting blog that won’t be like anyone else’s, though there are likely to be thousands of blogs on the royal wedding today. I must confess I did not get up in the middle of the night to watch it, but I did go to the christening of the Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Adventurer of InnerSeaDiscoveries today. They referred to the wedding as the other royal event of the day.

  5. Serena May 2, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    i confess: i’ve cried. i feel stupid, but, god, they’re so in love! :)

  6. Abi May 17, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Surprised to see such nice comments here. Was rather bracing myself for a cynical attack!

    Here’s to enjoying the bright side of life!

  7. Sonja June 2, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    I felt guilty watching it too, but really enjoyed it. I like your take on it.