No country on Earth puts on a show quite like Britain.
The pomp and pageantry, the music and ceremony are breathtaking.
For those of you who shrug and wonder why perfectly normal people get worked into a frenzy about a wedding of two people they don’t know, here’s what it’s about.
I was born in London and grew up in the dreary post-war years when that city was just getting back on its feet after the devastating bombing during the Blitz.
The one thing we could still take pride in was our spirit. Broken, yes. Mangled, yes. Bloodied — but unbowed — you couldn’t destroy the city’s history.
London has a great tradition of processions. Kings and queens, the good and the great, sent messages to their subjects with a parade.
There’s a practical historic reason for this. In medieval times, it was important to demonstrate publicly that an event had taken place.
Funerals were particularly significant. The body of the dead king had to be publicly displayed so his subjects could know that he was truly dead and the succession was legitimate.
Throughout history, Londoners gathered at the palace to hear the news — good or bad. The war’s over? Let’s go to Buckingham Palace. The king is dead? What’s the parade route?
Nowadays, we have TMZ, of course.
As a child, I used to wander through London, taking in the great landmarks: St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London. When there was a big event, I’d pack a lunch and travel with a group of friends to celebrate the way Londoners have done for time immemorial: Get up early, grab a seat along the Mall — the great, open boulevard the leads to Buckingham Palace — and wait for the parade to pass.
Invariably it rained. The fish paste sandwiches would be soggy and we’d return cold and bedraggled. But we were awed and delighted that we’d woven ourselves into the fabric of history.
That’s why Britons will turn out in droves in historic Windsor on Saturday to catch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This is one for the ages: An American woman (soon to become British) marries a Prince of the British realm.
After the wedding, Meghan will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales. There’s speculation the Queen will also make the couple the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Revellers will note the wedding gown — because it will become a museum piece.
Remember Princess Diana’s frothy, meringue shaped silk and taffeta creation? Embroidered with sequins and pearls, it had a massive train that was so long, it wouldn’t fit in the coach Diana rode in to St. Paul’s.
The Queen’s wedding gown was ivory silk with intricate embroidery motifs. It was decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls imported from the U.S.
Kate Middleton — now the Duchess of Cambridge — wore a classic style gown of ivory silk with lace appliques. On the big day, she was upstaged by her own sister, Pippa, who followed Kate into Westminster Abbey. Dressed in a form-fitting dress that clung to her bottom, Pippa’s derriere became most memorable moment of the wedding — triggering its own Twitter account.
The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, wore a stunning wedding dress, made from 30 metres of silk organza. Designed by Norman Hartnell, who also designed the Queen’s wedding dress, it’s a study in simplicity and very similar to Kate Middleton’s dress.
Like all royal brides, Meghan will have to get the Queen’s approval for her dress before she walks down the aisle.
It’’s not just the U.K. that’s eagerly awaiting Saturday’s wedding. Across Canada, there’ll be thousands of bleary-eyed revellers setting their alarms to take in the ceremony — in fascinators and pyjamas.
Count me in. I’m going to the Fox Theatre in the Beach, where they’re live streaming it.
Guess we’re all just wild about Harry and his bride.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies