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Royal Wedding Fever- What was it abou?

Original post made by Alice L. Glass, Old Palo Alto, on May 7, 2011

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Posted by Brit
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Very well said.

Two things extra which you could have mentioned.

A wedding is a public event with two people making their vows in public for everyone to hear. The notion that anyone should be able to attend a wedding and attest whether there is any lawful impediment why these two should not be joined in holy matrimony, is the reason. Hiding away weddings in secret takes away this special aspect of a wedding ceremony.

The Prime Minister's story is a wonderful example of British patriotism. Back when Charles and Diana were married, the Prime Minister was a boy in the crowd, watching behind the lines, straining his neck to see the Royal couple go by. This time, he is an invited guest at the ceremony and as Prime Minister he is able to assess the changes in his life and look at the crowd and wonder who is watching and where they will be when the next generation gets married.

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Posted by Alice L. Glass
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

Good point about the potential which exists in England today for upward social mobility, how recent this is. Speaking of prime ministers, hat do you make of the omission of the two living prime ministers from the guest list?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Thank you for you first person account! It was uplifting to watch and see a slice of life w/some similarities and differences w/ours. The hats, of course, were eye-catching and all the other little details amidst the wondrous pomp and circumstance, joy and beauty. It's wonderful you were able to be there and have such a marvelous experience and lovely memories - it's one for the ages!

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Posted by Mr. Glass
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

Leave it to Mrs. Glass to capture the enthusiasm, vibrancy and positive energy embodied in what turned out to be a truly global event. In an age when tragedies, disasters, and violent confrontations seem like regular occurrences, the wedding represented the best in the human spirit, and I for one, am pleased that you had the opportunity to experience that. It will be with you for your whole life and by your writings, beyond. Glad you are home.

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