Friday, April 29, 2011


After having lived in the UK when Princess Diana was still alive, I'm a sucker for the Royal Family.  Therefore it seemed only reasonable that I arose at 3:00 a.m. this morning to tune in the wedding of Will and Kate live.  Thanks to the internet, I was able to see three simultaneous views on

It was wonderful.  Perfect.  Kate's dress was a design for the ages.  And the visible evidence of the real love between these two young people was refreshing.

The Kiss Felt 'Round the World

Why have so many people be so taken with the Royal Wedding?  Perhaps it reminds us of an Ideal England - a place of picturesque villages with historic pubs, a landscape of rolling countryside and open fields dotted with fringes of woods, a place where tradition holds on as a remnant of the greatest country in the world, a place steeped in the tempting breaks for morning coffee and afternoon tea with scones and Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam.  A place where one can count on hearing "BBC News" in the standard BBC accent.  A place where wins and losses are counted on the local cricket pitch and not in the number of lives lost in senseless wars.  A place where the foothold of tradition never lets go.

Unfortunately, that England no longer exists.  Instead, it is reeling from the influx of minorities in a society that has trouble adapting to change, a deterioration in its infrastructure, and a token royalty who are an economic burden to its fragile economy.

But what if we can imagine, if only for a few moments, that the England of our dreams still exists?  I submit this was the allure of the Royal Wedding.  And, if Will and Kate live up to the promises and expectations heaped upon them, perhaps there will be more to admire in England once again.


I don't know about you, but I shed a tear or two in regret that Diana wasn't there.  I think the world shares the hope that this storybook marriage will have a happier ending.

Cheers to the young couple.  May they live in peace and happiness, and be an inspiration to others.


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