May 20, 2018

A romantic Royal Wedding

Last time I watched a Royal Wedding I was a teenager sitting on a camping chair staring into a tiny little TV hanging over the camping supermarket's cash register surrounded by Italians who were cheering Diana on while she walked down the isle. It was 1981.

Fast forward and today her little boy Harry is tying the knot. I am sitting in my Parisian flat surrounded by my family (Italian) who cannot keep quiet even though I am pleading with them to let me listen to the commentators.

Switching between BBC and CNN it turns out the latter just can't get their facts straight, how could they... Royal etiquette and British tradition is a complex labyrinth... but at least they should know that there is a bride and groom's side of the congregation!

So back to BBC and I am glued to the TV for the rest of the day along with two billion other viewers across the globe.

The church flower decoration was spectacular, the gospel choir amazing and... the eclectic American bishop saw his door to fame open and catapulted himself through it. I just wish BBC would have shown more of the Royal's reaction... for a Brit with a good sense of humour those 15 minutes were priceless and cringing at the same time.

Every wedding dress should have a story and Megan's touch was my favourite detail of their romantic wedding. Her stunning Royal Wedding dress was complimented by a veil steeped in British history and symbolism. The five meter long veil made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza made tribute to her mother-in-law the Queen, by symbolising all 53 nations included within the Commonwealth.

Lesotho was represented by a spiral aloe, Bangladesh was symbolised by a white-water lily and Grenada had a bougainvillea. Australia was represented by golden wattles, and Nigeria had a yellow trumpet. England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland were respectively represented by a rose, a daffodil, a flax flower and a thistle.

In addition to the flora of the Commonwealth, Megan also selected two personal favorites. Symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil, crops of wheat are delicately embroidered and blend into the flora, to symbolise love and charity...

...and yes she DID curtsy to the Queen as she left the chapel only you can barely see because some genius decided on a wide shot!


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