Having watched the Royal Wedding from the time I woke up this morning, along with millions of others, it is fitting to blog about it.
The title of this blog post comes from a banner people in the crowd were carrying from The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Checkmate indeed.
These are the things -besides the dress- that I loved about the wedding
The millions from around the world who watched it. Even the BBC website crashed from too much traffic:
CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted about how the Royal family was now popular again.
I think it is ironic that a commoner has brought back the glamour and mystique to the British royal family.
ferialhaffajee “How to write about serious stuff like elections and xenophobia when I’m a ball of post-wedding schmaltz?”
City Press’s editor Ferial Haffajee had it down- I couldn’t do much after spending hours watching all that fairy tale romance- it felt like yet another public holiday.
I counted (it’s still the wedding night as I write this) 16 Facebook pages dedicated to/mocking Princess Beatrice’s Wedding Hat, if you can call it that. Honestly, most of the ‘hats‘ were hideous and many look liked props from a Sci Fi movie.
I love Kate’s and William’s prayer. It is profound. They want to remember what is important in life-quite something for people surrounded by glamour, wealth and privilege. They want to use their partnership to comfort others. It is beautful and selfless and lovely.
God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage. In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy. Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Comments on air:
A man interviewed by a BBC reporter asked: “Why would I wake up early for the wedding? Is there a ball involved?”
I didn’t like:
All the Royal Wedding haters in South Africa saying it had nothing to do with us and moaning about colonisers. Rather complain when our President’s daughter has 12 lamborginis at her wedding or when we pay President Jacob Zuma’s four wives’ lifestyles. Leave the Royals abroad alone.
I also didn’t like: SAFM’s 6 and 7 o’clock news bulletins that didn’t include anything on the Royal wedding. Their lead story was about some horse disease. Look, I know the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla looks horsy but I think SAFM missed the big story of the day!