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William & Kate's wedding - why I think it's a Good Thing

Posted on 2011.04.29 at 12:08
Current Mood: happyhappy

That has got to be the cutest picture ever.  I wonder who the lucky photographer was who took that?

Well, you'd have to be hiding under a rock to have missed the news that the Royal Wedding happened today.  I slept in and didn't watch it since it occurred at an ungodly hour of the morning my time. I do understand that many Brits are fed up with the vestigial monarchy and wish to see it fade away into history and can sympathize.  I watched John Oliver poking fun at the wedding hoorah last night with his interviews of disgruntled British citizens irritated at how much it was costing. I read people yapping on the yahoo message board saying things like  "I give them about a year" and other mean-spirited comments.  And yesterday I heard a very unhappy newscaster from the BBC saying that in the midst of three wars, recession, and the disaster in Japan, why were we taking so much time and spending so much money to focus on this "rather inoffensive" couple getting married?  

However, I just spent a few minutes watching highlights of the wedding on the news and I have an answer to the disgruntled among us.

Bad shit is always happening: evil, corruption, poverty, wars, and natural disasters. The Four Horsemen seem particularly busy of late.  Why can't we take a moment to celebrate love, marriage, tradition, family?  I think it is precisely because all these awful things are happening that the world so hungers for something positive, to share  a moment of beauty and hope and the potential for happily ever after.  Even if life conspires to do bad things to this beautiful young couple, and undoubtedly bad things will happen, they always do, they will have their shining moment.  And can we be blamed for wanting to share it?

And unlike the rather forced and arranged marriage of Diana and Charles (which I remember watching), William and Kate have lived together for what, 8 years?  They seem genuinely in love and I wish them nothing but the best.  

Kate's dress was to die for!  I loved it. So romantic and traditional, simple and perfect. And she seemed so charming and genuinely sweet and lovely.    Anyway, that is my pie-eyed optimist view for today.  And btw, I understand all the tourists pumped millions of pounds back into the British economy, hopefully making up for all the expense this moment of joy cost.

To all my wonderful British friends, feel free to rail if you like.  After all, it was in your backyard, not mine. LOL.


heartofoshun at 2011-04-29 19:12 (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you on the dress. Cannot wait to ask Laura her opinion tonight. I was just ready to hit post with my humble opinion when I read yours.

That picture is like the last frame of a fairy talk romance.
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
It totally is. I really enjoyed all the pageantry and I think they got it just right. The dress was divine.
spiced_wine at 2011-04-29 19:22 (UTC) (Link)
Lol, I am not going to rail. I only watched bits (just a problem with watching tv with glasses on.) but I loved seeing the princes in their regimentals, and Westminster Abbey, and I thought Kate was simply lovely.

People here always grouch about the monarchy, but I think this made a lot of people cheerful yes, in the middle of a recession, and wars, which to me is a good thing. I'm not a passionate monarchist, or against it either; as some-one who loves history, I like the idea of kings and queens, even if many of them would not stand up to close examination, lol! XD But these two are a lovely couple, and I didn't begrudge it at all. I loved the escort of guards in their dashing uniforms, and admittedly, I love pageantry, (and I have never yet dragged my bum to Westminster Abbey, so I enjoyed seeing that, too.) so although I was not glued to the whole thing, or listening to all the commentary, I did enjoy what I watched very much.

That little girl in the picture makes me howl with laughter. When she gets older people will really tease her about that!
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:24 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure that pic will haunt her. But I can see how the ceremony would have been long and tedious for a 3 year old.
artaxastra at 2011-04-29 19:44 (UTC) (Link)
In the last month my whole area of the country has been hit by terrible storms -- four children killed in the next town over less than two weeks ago. This morning the headlines were full of nearly three hundred killed, people searching through the rubble of their houses, those who had rubble to find. Their personal items are being found sixty miles away, a facebook page set up with things people have found and are trying to return -- a teddy bear, a tattered picture from an ultrasound of a baby, a Cub Scout uniform, a picture of an old woman. There is nothing I can do to prevent this happening again. Weather simply is.

And there is William and Kate, reminding one that life goes on. Every day is someone's tragedy, and someone's lovely day. That is the fabric of our years.
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:26 (UTC) (Link)
I remember your post about the tornados in your area. It has been just awful. And what you say is true enough about life. Hugs to you and yours.
nelyo_russandol at 2011-04-29 20:00 (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you about people hungry to see some good news, for a change. But at the time of the wedding I was making well use of our holiday in their honour, and enjoying my two favourite hobbies: Elegy's next chapter and a round of archery. So don't ask me what Kate's dress looks like, I know it's got lace because I saw her at the balcony, but that's about it!
uncleftish beholding
oloriel at 2011-04-29 20:34 (UTC) (Link)
Both Elegy and archery sound like very worthwhile endeavours ;)
I only saw the balcony bit, too. I liked that she wasn't painted overmuch, though! (I have weird tastes. I am glad whenever someone seems to share them. ^^)
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:28 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like fine activities for your day off. LOL! I'd surely love to have you show me how to shoot. I'm sure you can see the highlights of the wedding if you wish. It was worth a look. And yes, I would happily have worn that dress. Gorgeous! She really looked like a fairy tale princess.
uncleftish beholding
oloriel at 2011-04-29 20:45 (UTC) (Link)
Haha! That picture needs to be iconed. Or more specifically, the lower left corner needs to be iconed. Here goes my evening (well, more like the next 10 minutes XD!)
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:30 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent suggestion to icon the little girl. What would the caption be?
uncleftish beholding
oloriel at 2011-05-09 10:38 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't give it any caption, really - I think it speaks for itself. I titled it "Cut this f*cking noise", though. Anything that conveys boredom or annoyance would work, I think!
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-09 21:58 (UTC) (Link)
Cute icon! I've got a caption. It could be La la la, I'm not listening.
camile_sinensis at 2011-04-29 20:49 (UTC) (Link)
I totally agree with you about the contrast between this wedding and the groom's parents' wedding. When Charles and Di tied the knot, I went around telling everyone what a travesty it was and how it wouldn't last etc etc, and got told I was cynical and bitter, for my trouble! Everyone was so determined to see it as the romance of the century that they completely ignored the fact that it was an arranged marriage between a poorly-educated teenager and a much older and more powerful man and his family. Never a good thing.

I approve of the Kate'n'Wills union because they are two grown adults of the same age who are marrying because they want to, not because one of them has to and the other one is "suitable". I didn't watch their nuptials on TV, just as I didn't watch his parents', but I did put a hat on and have Pimms (and get the day off work!), so all in all it was quite a pleasant occasion for me!

It does make you feel very old though! Erk! I remember the groom's parents' wedding! I wonder if I'll live to see this couple's children's wedding....

PS I didn't like the dress at first, but it's growing on me a bit since I saw the back of it.
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
Well you were right. I remember wondering at the time why they would get married after only meeting each other briefly. Turns out arranged marriages may not be a good idea. I'm glad William and Kate decided to do it right. You could see the difference in the way they related to one another. I wish them the best.
As for making one feel old, tell me about it. I'm thinking, crap, I watched their parents get married and heard about the groom being born and now he's a grown man getting married!
I think the dress was a perfect choice. I'd definitely have worn that.
thrihyrne at 2011-04-29 21:11 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't watch it as we don't get any channels on our TV, but I'll go trolling for some pictures later on this evening. Thanks for posting that one!

I'd love to chat, too— I know it's been ages since we've talked on the phone, but I'd really like to get caught up. ♥
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:38 (UTC) (Link)
Hi there sweetie. Hope you're doing well. You can always go to youtube, I'm sure, and catch big chunks of the wedding if you're so inclined. It would be good to catch up.
Jay of Lasgalen
jay_of_lasgalen at 2011-04-29 21:16 (UTC) (Link)
I watched the ceremony itself at a party in the village before I had to leave to go to work (not everyone had the day off!) I love the pageantry and spectacle.

Everyone at work (including the couldn't-care-less non-royalists) were all 'Did you watch it? What was the dress like?' :>)

I love the picture of the little bridesmaid with her hands over her ears! It made me laugh when I saw it on the news.
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:39 (UTC) (Link)
One thing you guys do well is pageantry and spectacle. And I think it's a grand thing once in a while. Helps us masses feel part of history. lol
engarian at 2011-04-30 01:07 (UTC) (Link)
I was up watching the wedding, and I loved it. The dress...it was magnificant. The hats (except for Eugenie and Beatrice's horrid choices) were actually lovely, even Posh Beckham's. Her mother looked lovely, her father looked so proud, and the Queen looked extremely happy. Henry was a proud second, and Pippa was delightful, especially walking up the aisle with the two bridesmaids holding her hands. Everything went like clockwork. I adored it.

I remember Charles and Diana's wedding. There was such a different flavor to it. William and Kate seem to genuinely care about each other, and I think they have a very good chance of making it for a long time.

I wish them all the best, joy in each other's company, and the ability to be supportive of each other in those times when each of them will need such support.

Mitakuye oyasin...

- Erulisse (one L)
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:41 (UTC) (Link)
It was marvelous all the way around. And even those horrid hats (what were Eugenie and Beatrice thinking?) I mean someone had to provide gossip. I agree in all that you said.
engarian at 2011-05-03 02:20 (UTC) (Link)
Just because the hats were "designer" hats. Hell, even a renowned designer can have a bad hat day, and he most certainly did. But it wasn't just their hats, it was their entire ensembles. Where almost everyone looked very classy, they just looked cheap. Like cheap dockside whores. And it's very unfortunate that they showed their total lack of fashion sense in front of 2 billion people. They might be wonderfully nice girls, but they really needed a dresser.

- Erulisse (one L)
kymahalei at 2011-04-30 15:21 (UTC) (Link)
I love that picture!
I saw that between two and three billion people watched the wedding. This doesn't count those of us who caught bits of it later on YouTube. That alone is a powerful witness as to how desperately we need moments of joy and celebration to feed our souls. There are so many troubles in the world. We need time to enjoy life as well.
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:43 (UTC) (Link)
It is an adorable pic. The kind that just says it all, doesn't it? LOL. I'm glad that we took time out to celebrate it, after all, look what came just after. More death.
dodger_sister at 2011-05-02 05:29 (UTC) (Link)
I think it is precisely because all these awful things are happening that the world so hungers for something positive, to share a moment of beauty and hope and the potential for happily ever after.

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that I agree with you on this. In fact, before I was kind of fed up with how the news media was so crazed about it. But what you said made me stop and think and I have to agree. With all the bad in the world right now, this shining moment of happiness was a relief. Now I am glad the news media took some time to cover it. we'll go back to the shit next week.
elfscribe5 at 2011-05-03 01:45 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dodger. For once, I was totally happy with the media covering it the way they did. And now, just as you said, we're back to our regularly scheduled T.V. shit feeding frenzy.
ladyelleth at 2011-06-29 20:31 (UTC) (Link)
Hey -- this is Elleth from LC, I hope you don't mind me friending you?
elfscribe5 at 2011-06-29 23:21 (UTC) (Link)
No problem! I'm pleased. I've friended you back.
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