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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I can remember being 12 years old when I heard rumblings about an upcoming wedding of the year…decade…century. I was the only one in my household to set an alarm and arise at 2 am on July 29, 1981 to view the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. I sat transfixed as a carriage came into view holding a beautiful Princess Bride.
Like so many other young girls I grew up watching Cinderella and Snow White and dreamed of the day when my Prince would come. I was told that such nonsense was found only in fairytales. Yet somehow Diana made it a beautiful reality. I can still recall in vivid detail the moment in which she began her three minute walk up the stairs of St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by a dazzling 25 foot train.
Of course as the years passed by I learned all to well the harsh realities that life offered. It would seem that the Prince was never in love with his Princess, although all of the world admired and loved her for her devotion as a mother and her commendable charity work.
But I remained determined to try and capture even a small bit of the fairy tale and dreamed of the day I would one day walk the streets of London and the countryside of England. As a teenager I lingered at the library reading royal autobiographies and pouring over pages of  books filled with images of castles, bridges and towers. Yes, I am aware this is a bit unusual and have no doubt my early fascination fueled the fire which led me to the profession I am now dearly devoted to.
Unless you live without a television, radio, or computer, you have no doubt learned that Prince William has asked his longtime love, Catherine “Kate” Middleton, to be his Princess bride.
Ever his mothers son, William has announced that their wedding will be “The People’s Wedding”.  Even as the young couple walked in to meet the press my keen eyes spotted that she was wearing THE RING before it was even announced.
That gesture said more to me that anything else.
When asked about giving Kate his mother engagement ring William said "It was my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today."
So the fairytale begins again. Yet this union is undeniably different. Kate will be the oldest bride to someday be queen at the age of 28. But with age comes wisdom. She and William have known one another for several years and therefore she is quite familiar with what she will be facing with the media, as well as the expectations of the world. 
But I see love, and in the end, love is all you need.
This is the first installment in the mini series “Royal Wedding Wednesdays”. Through April I will be taking you through the English countryside to talk about design elements, architecture and other bits of royal history bliss. The series will not be covering fodder fit for the tabloids. There is already enough of that.
Other than my cousin, who is equally enamored of this upcoming event, I wonder if there will be anyone else coming along on this grand carriage ride?   


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

*sigh* I miss Princess Di! I too watched their wedding...and can not wait for William and Kate's! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it is so fascinating to watch. I also remember Diana and Charles wedding. It was indeed a fairytale. I can't wait to see the next one. Hugs, Marty

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I remember it well (and I was in high school friend). My cousins from England were visiting us at the time so a housefull of girls got up in the dark to watch in awe, it was indeed magical. Haven't been too much attention to William's announcement but will be very much looking forward to following it all here.

My Cottage Charm said...

Oh Sweet Laura, I just love you! I was up in the wee hours of the morning watching the royal wedding as well. I watched every move Princess Di made..she was oh so graceful..a true princess. :) Love your piece on Kate and William..they're such a sweet couple and I look forward to watching the peoples wedding once again. :)

Sherry said...

Oh, count me in I was a huge Diana fan! Loved the Royal wedding and have already proclaimed to the family that when Kate and Wills marry I will be watching. Don't expect any meals or housework during the actual televised event! LOL Maybe this fairy tale will be happily ever after.

Bloggymom said...

I love a wedding.... especially a royal wedding.

Joyce's Journey said...

Great post, Laura! I'll be coming along for the ride. I love fairytale weddings and can't wait for the big occasion and will thoroughly enjoy all of the history, facts and details you plan to share . . . things that won't be in the tabloids. I'm looking forward to it. You always do such a nice job with your blog. This will be fun!!

The Future Wife said...

I have long been fascinated with the modern fairytale romance of the British royalty... Prince William is only a year or 2 younger than me.
And yes, I see love in the young couple's faces and wish them all the happiness in the world.
Thanks for sharing & bringing back some memories :)

cityfarmer said...

omgoodness, girl
my daughter parisiennefarmgirl and I awoke early when she was just 5 ... we soaked it up like two sponges.
We have our alarms all set for April 29, and now my grandaughter (3) will be joining us, hat and all!

we met the princes HRH in Chigago at the Drake Hotel, spoke with her and showered her with flowers and gifts.

You stole my post here

TRay said...

Pip, pip & cheerio! Break out that gold carriage & the sceptre & the orb! You know--I'M IN!

Vicki said...

I am so along for the Royal Wedding Wednesdays! I was quite a bit older than you (actually, I'm kinda depressed over that right now) when Charles married Diana, but I remember getting up early to watch the whole thing... for the sake of history of course!

Pat said...

Oh Laura, save me a seat, I'm coming along too! Charles and Diana got married just 2 days before I did so I took it all in as best I could but didn't have time to "copy" anything because all of my arrangements had already been made. However, we did go to Europe for our 25th anniversary a few years ago and were able to tour Kensington and see a beautiful display of Diana's dresses. I can't wait to see what you have in store!

Whimsey Creations said...

I remember the Diana wedding - my grandmother was living with me then (until she passed away) and absolutely was enthralled with that whole thing. She collected all sorts of Diana wedding things. I truly hope that Kate will be much happier in her marriage than Diana was.

Deanna said...

I'm a tad bit older than you when the Royal Wedding took place. Married with 3 young children.

I remember the princess bride doll that a Friend had.

Looking forward to royal post,

Lorrie said...

Oh, I'm in, Laura. I was enamoured of Princess Diana and all the wedding details too.

Karena said...

Laura it is so romantic to me!! I will love following along through the months to come!

Art by Karena

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Yes, save a place for me on Wednesdays--I was up watching the Royal Wedding, too! Beautiful and thoughtful post as usual!

Mom in High Heels said...

I totally remember getting up early to watch Charles and Diana get married! I was about 8, I think. I'm ridiculously excited about this upcoming wedding. I'm incredibly excited to be in a much better timezone to watch it this go round. We're 1 hour ahead of GMT, so no getting up super early for me! I can't wait for your series!

Blondie's Journal said...

I, too, beieve in fairy tales and will be following along with you on Wednesdays! Lovely post!


E. Charlotte said...

Yay!!! I am excited for Wednesdays!! :) I have always been enamored with the Royals (from all countries!) I loved and still love fairy tales and have seen the real version of them unfold in many of my friends' lives. I look forward to my own future "prince" too... :) I am excited as well that Prince William does indeed love his future Princess bride, and that is the most important thing!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm defintely along for the ride, Laura. I dedicated a post back in November to the Royal Couple, and I have been watching them for a long time and hoping that they would announce their engagement. They seem to be well suited, and I think she is just a lovely young lady. I think his mother would approve.

Oh, and I was up with you in the wee hours to watch Lady Diana marry Prince Charles. Some of us had a slumber party and all watched together, even Mr. Magpie!

I think William will be a wonderful king, and I think that Kate will be the perfect consort. She has a good head on her shoulders in addition to having a pretty head. ;-)


Sheila :-) said...

I call shotgun!

Your Friend,

Karen said...

What a great Idea! I look forward to it! I too got up in the wee hours along with my two roommates. I feel like I am in a sorority and I didn't even know it! How wonderful Wednesdays will be. Keep up the good work.

Lisa said...

I remember watching the wedding with my room mate (she'd been my college room mate, too). The whole thing was beyond beautiful and so other worldly. Years later my friend called me from NYC (where she now lives) knowing I'd be up and we watched Princess Diana's funeral together. I'm praying for a much happier ending for this young couple.

Loui♥ said...

Dearest Laura..
I was an old married lady with a 9yr old son..
we both were up in the wee hours watching THE WEDDING..
I loved Di..every thing she said or did..but mostly I loved her giving of herself to her children..sharing her life with them in very NORMAL circumstances..
I miss her beauty and grace..but I see so much of her in Wills..this will be a wonderful union..
Save me a seat right next to Pat.. we are both short and need to be front row center for the best view!!
Am so looking forward to this trip with you!!
warmest hugs..

Privet and Holly said...

Happy New Year,
sweet friend!!
I hope you and
yours are feeling
better. I'm still
crawling out from
under this flu, but
am finally able to
catch up on e-mails
and blogs. I, too,
set my alarm that
year {except I was
a freshmen in college!}
and followed the royal
romance. I am looking
forward to your Wednesdays,
as half of my DNA is from
the U.K. and I've always
been drawn to that part
of the world. Off to
catch up on more of your
posts. Snowy hugs coming
your way from MN....
xx Suzanne

heartfelt living said...

Oh Laura, what a wonderful post! I was a new bride too when Diana and Charles married and was very caught up in it all.
I love the whole fairly tale aspect of it. Diana was so beautiful.
I'm so excited to see your next post. I told my daughter this is just what the world needs right now ... a fairy tale wedding! Something happy and magicial!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a wonderful series. I look forward to reading along!

Jane said...

Yes, Yes, OF COURSE we want to come along with you! We all watched that wedding & look forward to this coming one :)

Terri said...

You can count me in, Laura! Not only did I get up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the wedding, Princess Diana gave birth to William just days before I had my firstborn son. In fact, I was at my last OB appointment when Wills was born...

Kate will be a beautiful bride and I hope and pray she knows what she's getting into....

French said...

oh yes, I watched Diana's wedding with wide eyes as well. Who could not be transfixed? Despite any adult feelings towards Windsors, who isn't fascinated by each detail of the castles and the pomp, in awe at the sight of the crown jewels or the precision of the changing of the guard at the Palace? I am happy they chose Diana's ring! The engagement I think lifts some of the saddness at the loss of Diana.

Jeannine said...

Laura, I remember the wedding as well. My engagement ring has colored stones in it partly because of Princess Diana's ring, even though I got engaged in 1983. I will be happy to tune in and see what you have to tell of England etc.

Miss Sandy said...

I remember the wedding too. I love that the prince wants a part of his mother to be present by giving his chosen her ring. I can only hope they will indeed have a happy ending!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I do love a good fariytale... ANd a happy ending!

Susan said...

I truly hope for this young couple their fairy tale last a lifetime!! They look like they are so much in love!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I can hardly wait!!!!!

Ann said...

I have already requested the day off from work. I was 20 and at work as a nurse when Charles and Diana got married, so I don't want to miss a thing this time!!!!!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Laura, I know! I am just cheering those two on! Looking forward to the posts about the upcoming wedding!
Have a pretty day!

Mimi said...

What I wouldn't give to be In LONDON on that April 29th day!!!
I too sat my alarm early that day, and wat6ched every detail, since I was a very little girl, I have been in awe and love with the Royal Family, my Grandmother gave me this love, she cut out magazine articles from the Queen Mother, ,my most cherished possesion is her magazine clippings collection, one day I shall share this delightful things!!!So old and fragile though!!!
I will be watching you KNOW IT!!If I am NOT there in person!!!!

Aunt Barb said...

I was fortunate enough to see the traveling exhibit of Princess Di just last month. It's in Grand Rapids, MI. Her dress.....and train...stunning. To see her wardrobe in person also is breathtaking. Her tiara stopped me cold.

I can't wait to see the upcoming wedding. The date is circled on my calendar and I will be watching every minute of it.

Mildred said...

I was a huge Diana fan and sat for hours watching on tv. I think how special she must have felt in that carriage, in that dress. I think Kate and William are a lovely couple and I pray their love is a forever love.

Nezzy said...

I too watched in awe of the sweet bride who walked the isle to her prince. I don't want to rain on your parade but as I look back on the life of Princess Di an on that very special day I see a lamb goin' to slander. My bad!!! Seems she was the chosen one for ahummmmm...breedin' stock. Sorry!

I do see love though when I see Prince William and Kate look at each other. I so pray that the outcome of this union will be blessed for the rest of their lives. I just love a story that ends in Happily Ever After!!! :o)

God bless you sweetie and have a grand time with your 'royal' coverage!!!

Anita said...

Well I was 17 and followed Diana's every move after that. She died on my birthday. I was inspired by her clothes, her hair, pretty much everything she did. I love all things English anyway! My grandfather's side of the family came from there, so it's all part of my ancestry. I'll be right there in front of the TV when the wedding airs with both my girls!!

Nancy said...

Oh Laura, thank you so much for todays post and for the delightful treats you have promised for the next few months. Well done you.

The Boston Lady said...

Me, Me, Meeeeee! I was a new bride my self that summer and was totally caught up in all the beauty and splendor. I so look forward to Wills marrying his love and having a the happy marriage we all wanted so badly for his mother. Ann

Shirley said...

I already have the day scheduled off from work as I would not miss this for anything. I did watch his beloved mother marry and it was so beautiful..and they are marring on my husband birthday..
I have a lovely Valentine carriage I plan on posting close to that day, along with one I have made....I cant wait..

I will be visiting you every Wednesday Laura...this is so intersting!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi girl,
I was crazy over the wedding and watched every move they made. I woke to watch the wedding and set the alarm clock to awake for her funeral service and cried for days.
I feel as if a bit of all of us lived out our princess life through lady "Di" I felt for her misunderstood need for love, and her fight to save her boys from the world of on lookers.

Her son will carry on her memory into his new life.

Beautiful way to remember lady
"Di" and her England.

Love this post :)
PS... Do you have a bit of a hard time respecting prince Charles like I do? I think William is going to break through all the old ways and shake up things a bit :)

Have a great journey with life in England.

Mya said...

Yes, I will also be attending (so to speak.)
My interest is not so much in the actors but the play itself, with all the costumes, music and marvelous sets.

Nany said...

that's for sure... I'm gonna be following fairies wednesday's...I remember his mom's wedding also....thanks for this brilliant idea.Hugs from Puerto rico

Liz Smith said...

I live in Scotland and am delighted and amazed at the interest you all have for the royal family and especially the forthcoming wedding. I'm sure it will live up to your expectations.

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

I was 14 when "The Wedding" aired.
I sat transfixed, as well.
I would love to come on the carriage ride through the country side with you!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I am so trying to catch up on the blogs I follow. This caught my eye because I am such the Diana follower. I have boxes of magazines from my teenage to adult years with her. It was a fairy tale that I wanted to have a happy ending. I am so hoping that her boys will have the happy ending she never did.