The wedding in cake in a local baker’s window
Three days from now one-third of the world population will be watching Prince William wed Kate Middleton. Will Americans watch the wedding? It may be a national holiday in England but in the States, presumably, business as usual? After all, a while back we spent quite a lot of effort to overthrow the Crown. We don’t do kings and queens unless you’re talking mattresses. So what care we for a princess? Surely the two billion wedding watchers will not include Americans, those champions of freedom and participants in democracy. (Also, how many man-hours of economic productivity would be lost nationwide if workers took a few hours out of Friday morning just to watch a long white dress clear the doorway of Westminster Abbey?)
Will Americans watch the wedding? Of course they will. I still remember Diana. I can see her in her wedding dress if I shut my eyes. But perhaps I’m not really remembering the coverage–which was apparently filmed from the rafters, seeming as it did to consist of watching the progress of a skinny white triangle down a long red-carpeted runner–but instead the paper dolls. We had Diana in paper, my beloved sister and I, and thus I am forever well-acquainted with her wardrobe.
I can’t wait. There’s a sense of building excitement around here, just 59 miles from Buckingham. People are making plans for Friday and the newsstands are plastered with Kate, Kate, William, and more Kate. A friend and fellow ex-pat is throwing a Royal Wedding Party on Friday. I told her I’d wear my wedding dress, which is a lie as it lives in Connecticut and no longer zips. Perhaps Norah and Harriet and I can find some tiaras. It will be lovely. The only thing that would make it better is if I could watch it with my sister.
Come on, friends, I’m interested in your comments today. Are you watching the wedding? What are your plans? Anybody out there have memories of Charles and Diana?
When we were in London early this month large areas of Green Park were already fenced off to prepare for the world-wide media bonanza. Approaching Buckingham Palace there were a few early birds out there for a story-before-the-story, filming the blocked areas.