Well the big day is less than 24 hours away and I have been loading up on William, Kate & Royal programming for about the last 10 days! It would be fair to say America has gone somewhat overboard on Royal coverage, but I love it.
You will never catch me spouting off about how much the Royals cost the British public (reportedly it’s 1 pence per person per year, hardly a deal breaker!), or why we should abolish the Monarchy. The British Monarchy and its long history, is probably what defines Great Britain to the rest of the world more than anything else. The history and associated events and places, like Royal Weddings, castles, palaces etc. also pull in vast numbers of tourists and their spending money to all areas of Great Britain.
So I am proud of my British heritage, a supporter of the Royals and I will be setting my alarm clock for 3:45am tomorrow to watch it all go down. As I get Friday off work, I can always have a catnap later if needed.
I am going to record the BBC America coverage starting at 2am, also record the ABC coverage as I like all their anchors and then flick between the two live. CNN is also tempting as I love Anderson Cooper, but Cat Deeley being on their team was the deal breaker!
The Hubster is planning to sleep until closer to 5am and then he will get up to watch the actual ceremony and leaving the Abbey, before heading off to work.
I have already warned the Hubster I will probably shed a few tears. It’s hard to explain, but like many Brits, William & Harry hold a special place in my heart and I know I will be emotional and proud watching William marry. I remember watching his mum marry when I was 14 and being spellbound.
I loved Princess Diana and cried for hours the day she died, my family & I went up to Kensington Palace the next evening and laid flowers for her, as that huge sea of flowers was just starting outside the gates. On the day of the funeral, we watched on a bridge over the M1 as the hearse carrying her passed us and headed to Althorp. Like 9/11, that whole sad week is one I will remember as long as I live.
So to see one of her beloved sons marry is a special moment, and I am pleased for Diana’s memory that the world seems to realise it too and is embracing the celebrations.
Things I am looking forward to seeing include:
That first glimpse of the bride, who I am sure will be stunning, and I am expecting a sleek, fitted dress with a sizeable train.
William and Harry standing shoulder to shoulder at the altar in their dress uniforms.
Westminster Abbey all decorated and sparkling.
What the Queen will wear, as she just seems to be getting more stylish the older she gets.
Seeing all the other dresses and headwear, the British love their hats and fascinators.
Spotting famous faces among the guests.
Watching the carriages head back with all the pageantry after the ceremony
The ‘kiss’ on the balcony.
If there is one thing the British excel at, its throwing a grand spectacle and I am sure this is going to be one to remember.
Tonight I will raise the Union Jack on our flagpole and today I am wearing this!
Will you be watching and what are you looking forward to seeing? And any thoughts on the dress we can expect to see?
Went to this Westminster Abbey Verger, who may have had a touch too much Holy Water it seems! Apparently he didn’t know the cameras were still rolling and now finds himself a legend in his own lifetime.
I also had the best laugh all day watching Anderson Cooper’s (CNN) wrap up show tonight.
They introduced him to the infamous British Bacon Butty (he said cold pizza was better at 3am!), tried to explain what a “knee’s up” is to him (much to his bemusement) and then he described walking down what he thought was a smart London street with no bars on it, only to see about 20 drunks, including 1 asleep in a pool of vomit (he took a photo!) and several relieving themselves. The British commentators laughingly pointed out this is just a typical Friday night and what a puritan he is. He said he never knew the British were so CRAZY but had still had a “smashing” time!
What an entertaining day it has been!