A stylish marriage for William and Kate
The crowds cheered as Prince William emerged from Westminster Abbey with his bride on his arm. A stunning bride, Kate Middleton – now Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge – joined The Firm amid the pomp and pageantry Britain prides itself on performing so eloquently.
Before a global television audience of many millions, Kate played her part to perfection. From the dress – by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, kept a secret until the last moment and sending the British fashion industry into paroxyms of ecstacy – to the 1936 Cartier diamond tiara loaned by the Queen, she looked every inch the fairytale princess.
Which, of course, she was not. The Queen’s conferring of the ancient title of Duke of Cambridge on her grandson just hours before the ceremony deprived his wife of the title Princess Catherine. But she is a duchess, which is still very much royalty.
And this time around, thirty years after Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed, the bride did not forget her groom’s name and the groom did not stumble over the wedding vows. Everything appeared to go without a hitch.
After the couple said their vows, in which she did not promise to obey William, the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, declared: “I pronounce that they be man and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”
They spent a private moment together with their families as they signed the marriage register.
The congregation included heads of state, diplomats, charity workers and the couple’s friends. David Beckham, prominently displaying his OBE on the right lapel of his Ralph Lauren morning suit, was accompanied by his pregnant wife Victoria. Elton John, the singer, and Guy Ritchie, the film director, were among the celebrity faction.
We just recently posted via our blog a complete list of dignitaries, royalty and friends that were invited. Ironically President Obama and First Lady Michielle was not on the list, which to many constitutes a royal snub.
So what’s the truth? Was this a snub? As far as I can tell, all signs point to no. According to FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan website operated by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the Obamas weren’t alone among world leaders in not receiving invitations. In fact, a spokesman for Prince Charles told the website in February that “no other heads of state other than those from foreign royal families have been invited to the wedding.”
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