Apr. 29th, 2011

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Got up a bit early to watch the royal wedding, stopping first to make some scones (it seemed appropriate) and some strong black tea (which is catching up with me now, feeling a bit groggy)... and the tape didn't record anything. Meh. Yay for MSNBC, though -- I watched it online instead.

I'm not much of a fashionista, but I was looking forward to seeing Catherine's dress. (I suppose we should call her that now, since she's got an HRH in front of her name and all.) I know they'll be making knockoffs of it as we speak, and I wondered if it would be something I'd want to wear someday. The answer on this was a no. The dress looked nice on her, and the lace was a nice way of covering up (required for a Westminster Abbey wedding) without being too prudish, but lace just isn't my thing. Also, wow, she's skinny, even skinnier than I'd noticed before, and you could totally see it in that dress. She looked great, though, just not a look I'd want to copy.

It must take a bit of getting used to, no matter how well you've mentally prepared for it, to walk into the church to "Good luck, Miss Middleton," and walk out an hour later to "Congratuations, your royal highness." In just an hour, she went from commoner to duchess, from Kate Middleton to Her Royal Highness the Princess William of Wales, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness of Carrickfergus. That's gotta take some getting used to. (Incidentally, it's good to see that William assented to taking all of those titles, since otherwise, Catherine wouldn't have any titles of her own, just "princess William of Wales.")

It was neat to see how both of them kept a commoner's touch to things, how they're royalty but also just regular young people. They left the abbey in a royal coach, but they later re-emerged with William driving his dad's Aston-Martin, balloons and milk jugs tied to the back with a plate saying "Just Wed." And they followed the ceremony with a formal reception hosted by the queen for them and all of the thousands of wedding guests, with fancy canap├ęs and a traditional, eight-tier, white-icing-covered fruitcake, but the day ended with a Buckingham Palace bash with their friends, a chocolate cookie cake and plenty of champagne, with a hangover-curing brunch hosted by the groom's brother scheduled for the next morning. In some ways, they're just regular young people, even though they're royalty, and that's refreshing to see.

And now, they'll soon go back to their regular lives, or at least he will. She'll have to settle into being royalty, traveling to benefits and appearances and such. Interestingly, they're apparently doing a tour of Canada in a couple of months. I wonder if their stop in Montreal will overlap my days off? Road trip, anyone? :)

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