Royal ‘I do’ is a dream come true

29 Apr

I didn’t get to bed as I had planned last night (big surprise), so 2:00am came a bit earlier than I would have liked this morning.  Nevertheless, I persevered, and with eyes half open pinned on my tiara, started the kettle boiling, and tuned in to the BBC Royal Wedding coverage on PBS.  It was worth every moment of sleep I may have lost.

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Twitter is my new best friend.  On Twitter I found a king’s ransom of treasure for the big event.  I found Twitter feeds from the British Monarchy and news outlets directly focused on Royal Wedding information.  Sky News provided a play-by-play timetable of what would happen when (minus the 6 hour time difference, of course). Miss Wisabus provided a light-hearted live podcast to follow — this was my first experience trying to watch tv, listen to a podcast, and live tweet all at the same time.  I felt like a royal juggler.

Once the tea kicked in and the first cars started rolling out to deliver the wedding party, I was finally feeling perky.  Loads of guests waited patiently for their turn to enter the Abbey.  I couldn’t help but find it humorous that VIPs like the Beckhams had to wait in line for anything.  The Abbey was beautifully decorated with trees.  (Yes, it’s that big in there!)  The women were all so elegantly adorned with hats and fascinators (except for the wife of the PM).  And as Gretl von Trapp would say, ‘I think the men looked beautiful,’ too.

When William arrived I lost it.  He looked so happy and peaceful.  I would have been a wreck, so good thing he’s used to the limelight.  The Queen had bestowed three new titles on him earlier in the morning, but I’m adding a fourth: Prince of Charming.

Kate was, as I absolutely would have expected her to be, breathtaking.  She’s just an exquisite young woman to begin with, but in her Grace-Kelly-meets-Maria-von-Trapp wedding gown, wow.  The look on her father’s face as he walked her up the aisle was priceless.

At 5:00am it was time.  The ceremony was not too long and not too short…about an hour altogether.  The couple wrote a prayer themselves to share in the ceremony.  An excerpt from Romans 12 was read aloud, and I confess I was truly moved:

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you.  Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind He will find acceptible.  This is truly the way to worship Him.  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect…Don’t just pretend to love others.  Really love them.  Hate what is wrong.  Hold tightly to what is good.  Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.  Rejoice in our confident hope.  Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.  always be eager to practice hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you.  Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.  Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with each other.  Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people.  And don’t think you know it all  Never pay back evil with more evil.  Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.  Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”  (Romans 12: 1,2,9-18, NLT)

Watching the ceremony six time zones away in bed in my pajamas I felt like I had just attended church on Easter Sunday.  It was powerful.  And I wonder how the people inside the building felt.

Unlike the previous generation, though, technology has now brought us nose to nose with the couple at the altar…and in HD no less.  Seeing the vows so close up was like intruding on a stranger’s most sacred and private moment.  But what a blessing to be able to share the moment with them in order to support and pray for their life together.

I feel so cliche saying this, but the music was genuinely uplifting.  I only wish that the BBC had posted lyrics on the screen so we could have sung along with the congregation.

Everything was timed so precisely and went so smoothly.  There was a time and a place for everything.  For everyone to get where they needed to go, to give bystanders a photo op, to greet people as they found their way to their positions inside.  The schedule seemed flooded with grace and courtesy as much as with centuries of tradition.  I’ve decided the British are so good at organization that if I ever hire a personal assistant, they will have to possess a British passport.

Another thing that struck me through all the hoopla is the grace of the Queen.  How shy she must have been as a young woman to take the throne, and how deep her sense of duty and honor is.  A queen-to-be who would collect clothing coupons during post WWII to get a wedding dress is okay by me.

Watching them leave, I was struck by how attentive William was to Kate.  From the pronunciation of their union onward, he had a gentle, guiding, protective presence over her.  While her eyes were on where she was headed, his senses were tuned to what she might be needing.

I may not know William or Kate from Adam, or what they think or how they feel.  But I can tell you that what I saw in their body language could have written volumes about their relationship.  Of course I could be wrong, but what I saw between them was love and a wisdom from years that brings patience.  They were in no hurry.  They were just there together in the moment from beginning to end.  Maybe she was nervous and her voice shook, but his did not.  Maybe his hands were clammy, but she leaned on him the same way the Queen leans on her Prince.  The way they were at ease with each other and their peers was beautiful to watch.  Do tell in the comments what your favorite ‘body language’ moment was and what it spoke to you.

The crowning moments came after the ceremony, though.  The first kiss on the balcony was so brief I almost missed it altogether.  But what I did not miss was her blush afterward.  What does it say about a woman when she blushes like that?  You can’t buy feeling and innocence like that with all the tiaras in the world.  And then an hour later, Prince William surprises the crowd by driving her to Clarence House in his convertible.  Now that is one happy couple.  Aren’t their faces hurting yet??

After watching this wedding I feel that if anyone could live happily ever after, it would be William and Catherine.  Lord, let it be.

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6 Responses to “Royal ‘I do’ is a dream come true”

  1. Cindy April 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    You are so right, I loved their body language. I missed the entire wedding, but I watched as many highlights this morning as I could possibly get my hands on. She looked genuinely joyful. If she faked even just one smile, I couldn’t tell.
    I loved when they were walking down the aisle after the ceremony, she was looking ahead and he was looking down to make sure he didn’t step on her dress. He knows whats important. Wish I would’ve been brave enough to come watch it with you!

  2. Miss Wisabus April 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    This made me tear up. I don’t think, outside of my own wedding and those of my very dearest friends, I’ve ever wanted a couple to be happy this much.

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