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Notes On The Royal Wedding 3 [May. 19th, 2018|04:36 pm]
Tony Grist
I had said I wouldn't watch it but I did.

It was the prettiest Royal Wedding ever. The weather had a lot to do with that.

Royal taste has improved since Lady Di went to her wedding dressed as a cream puff. Do you regret the 80s? I don't.

Ailz tells me Meghan is the first ever Duchess of Sussex. There have been Dukes before but they were bachelors. And short-lived.

It will take some processing- this interlacing of the royal and celebrity cultures. What does it mean that Oprah Winfrey was invited and Donald Trump wasn't? Elton was in the congregation but not asked to tickle the ivories. The queen took a back seat; Charles didn't. Has Meghan- and what she stands for- been absorbed into the Firm or is she the thin end of a wedge?

I have this suspicion that when the old Queen dies the Monarchy will break apart in a cloud of diamond dust.

My sister rang. This conversation ensued.

My Sis: Did you watch the Royal Wedding?

My Mother: Oh yes,

M.S.: Did you enjoy it?

M.M.: Not particularly.

M.S.: Not particularly!?

M.M.: Well it wasn't very exciting...

[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-05-19 07:09 pm (UTC)
It was in St. George's Chapel, which is one of the most beautiful spaces in England.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-20 07:29 am (UTC)
I've been to Windsor and looked round the town, but I haven't visited the Castle. It's an omission I hope to rectify.
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From: (Anonymous)
2018-05-19 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, but I went on to ask if by exciting she wanted someone to be shot. And she laughed! Oh not not that. Or someone to fall over? Like one of the bridesmaids ....
We had a little chat and she seemed to get it.
Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-20 07:31 am (UTC)
Her paper this morning has a huge front page picture of Harry and Meghan kissing. I'm waiting to see what she makes of it....
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2018-05-20 04:50 am (UTC)
You both should go up to Windsor to see the chapel there. It is really lovely.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-20 07:33 am (UTC)
Yes, watching the wedding convinced us that a trip to Windsor is very much in order.

I've been round the town but it was a flying visit; we didn't have time to do the Castle.
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[User Picture]From: rosamicula
2018-05-21 09:21 am (UTC)
The previous Duke of Sussex (Geo III's son) - who was a bit of a scholar - had two wives, but neither were recognised by the Royal Marriages Act, rendering the children from the first two bastards.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-21 03:53 pm (UTC)
That was a bit harsh.
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