Well, that whole thing went just swimmingly, did it not? From Meghan Markle’s radiance to Prince Harry’s inexpressibly sweet words to his bride at the altar, the Royal Wedding was everything magical and good and beautiful, with Swiss meringue buttercream icing on top.
My Top 11 Moments:
1. The Castle. The couple’s choice to be wed at St. George’s Chapel, a 14th-century jewel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, was spot on. Not only were the stained glass windows breathtaking, but outside the church? The fortress walls and tunnels, crenelated turrets and pinnacles enhanced the fairy tale.
2. The Queen in her lime green suit. Commentators are calling it “citron,” if you please, but they don’t fool me or QE2. Our gracious queen was decked out like the sassy lime she is. When life gives you limes, have your personal designer create a suit that suits you to a glowing, green T.
3. The Queen and Prince Philip. At 96 and 92, Harry’s grandmum and grandad are one foot in the next world. Before the wedding, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Prince Philip would be home recuperating from surgery. I was thrilled to see them both there, cheering on this special grandson (in their own staid, regal, stiff upper lip way. You know inside they were ecstatic, right?).
4. The Mulroney twins bring a Canadian twist: We all had big old toothless grins of excitement on our faces, mirroring the glee of the adorable 7-year-old Mulroney twins, who carried Meghan’s train. Meghan, who spent seven years in Canada, found her BFF there: Jessica Mulroney, daughter in law of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney! This just underscores the fact that everyone in Canada knows everyone else. Twins John and Brian and their 4-year-old sister Ivy, a flower girl, were a big part of the day.
5. Princess Charlotte, all day long. She waves. She smirks. She sticks out her tongue. Her eyes sparkle with mirth. She’s in on the joke, whatever the joke may be.
5. Meghan’s veil. I definitely liked her dress in its spare elegance, especially the bateau neckline and 3/4 sleeves which will set new trends. But I loved her veil, a gossamer concoction embroidered with 53 flowers to represent the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. For Canada, did they choose the maple leaf or the white trillium of Ontario? Meghan also added the California poppy as a nod to her home state, so the veil was rich in meaning as well as beauty.
6. Harry’s face when he saw his bride. You could have poured it on pancakes as the commentators said. And then his words to her, picked up by some lip reader (thank you, lip reader):
“You look amazing. I’m so lucky, I love you.”
Whereupon the galaxy melted like buttercream. JUST PERFECT.
7. Prince Charles speaking gently to Meghan as he escorted her part way up the aisle. What did he say? I’d love to know. I forgave him some grievances at that moment. He seemed so pleased. And we were pleased for him.
8. Camilla’s fascinator, like a decorative cushion from 1979. Had I been Kate Middleton, I would have been extremely tempted to pat it during the ceremony. I am also interested in sitting on it, just to see what would happen. Would it squash down or hold up? Perhaps this is why my invitation got lost in the mail.
9. The Preacher Man! From Chi-Town, no less. Bishop Michael Curry brought home a rousing barnburner of a Gospel message, likely never been heard before in these rarefied environs, a fact which could be noted on the faces in the crowd. Kate smirked and shot Camilla a side eye. Princess Eugenie (who will be married in the same church in October)’s eyes twinkled merrily. And David Beckham just smiled his astonishing smile. In short, they had the church giggles but could not bust out laughing, though we all could at home. Curry brought church to the chapel and blew the dust off everything. Perhaps Eugenie can still book him for her wedding before his prices go up. He definitely livened the place.
10. The KISS. I sighed again. Didn’t you? The way Harry leaned in and their lips lingered…This was more than a peck the likes of which William gave a giggly Kate on their wedding day (no shade on them, of course!). This kiss had some heat behind it! And the way Meghan gazed at Harry, all “You Are My Big Man Crumpet and I Fancy You”? Oooh, cheeky!
11. The CAKE. I don’t even know if I like elderflower or not, but I am besotted with the IDEA of the cake, which “incorporated the bright flavors of spring. Per another tweet from Kensington Palace, the cake contains 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs from Suffolk, 20 kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20 kgs of sugar, and 10 bottles of elderflower cordial made from the trees at the Queen’s estate in Sandringham. The cake will serve 600 guests at the wedding reception.” (Cosmopolitan.com)
I want a slice, don’t you? Elderflower cordial harvested from the queen’s trees???
So, what were your favorite moments from the Royal Wedding?
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