Completely forgot about it yesterday. Some major life challenges ~all framed within a 24-hour power outtage, so no television or computer at home anyway.
Having been duly reminded about it as soon as I turned on my laptop today, I'm watching it now.
Big fan of Westminster Abbey. Amazing images from all sorts of vantage points. Terrific bird's eye view of the wedding party, with that long train on Kate's dress as the star.
So far, some of my favorite music.
The dress is spectacular. I love Kate's long lace sleeves and V-neckline.
Musing: A wedding, regardless of whether it's a lavish undertaking such as this one or a simple contract entered into before a justice of the peace, represents such extravagant optimism. The vows hint at the potential challenges ahead, even for those for whom silver spoons litter the palace. The Queen's arrival, reminiscent of her public role as a national symbol of encouragement and fidelity during World War II, was another hint. Another lies in the memory of her mother, portrayed so wonderfully by Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech, whom, so I learned last week, lost a brother in World War I and then initiated the tradition of the royal bride's leaving her bouquet on a soldier's tomb. Another, in the absence of William's mother, who would have so loved to have shared this day with her son and his new wife.
Romans 12: A wonderful selection. And a wonderful homily.
William Blake's Jerusalem. How I wish my own son were here. Jerusalem is sort of my boarding school's -- and his -- theme song. The last time I heard it in person was at his graduation in 2003.
Cathedral and music: extraordinary.
For all the pomp and circumstance, they look like genuinely happy and relaxed partners ~ even in a royal carriage!