It’s official. England registered its future queen as Prince William and Catherine Middleton tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29. The royal wedding marked the culmination of a pulsating media buzz started since the couple announced their engagement last November. The brilliant ceremony did its significance justice.
The wedding was attended by 1900 guests, including members of the British royal family and parliament, other royalties and friends of the couple. The guest list also includes celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham, Guy Ritchie, Ian Thorpe and Elton John.
The wedding was an international media event, being broadcast live worldwide. Nielsen Media Researched estimated that more than 22 million Americans tuned in despite the early morning airtime.
After being wedded by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Will and Kate rode in a horse-drawn carriage to Buckingham Palace. The couple was cheered on by a crowd of 500,000 people as they kissed twice on the palace’s balcony. Officially titled the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they followed the footsteps of Prince Charles and Diana in breaking formalities and sharing this act of intimacy in front of the public.
The couple, in a surprise, drove a convertible Aston Martin with a “JU5T WED” license plate from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Afterwards, they returned to the palace for an intimate 300-guest reception that lasted until early morning the next day.
The discussion could not be complete without mentioning the bride’s dress. Although she wore a blue dress by British designer Issa for the engagement, Kate chose an American designer for her wedding gown. Her V-neck ball gown with lace long-sleeves and an eight-foot train was designed by Sarah Burton, artistic director of Alexander McQueen.
Kate is a gorgeous woman and she really looked stunning in the dress. It was feminine, classic and complemented her figure perfectly. It’s been suggested that Kate took inspiration from the wedding dress of Grace Kelly, American actress and fashion icon who married Prince Rainer of Monaco in 1956.
Prince William wore the red Colonel of the Irish Guards uniform, complete with a crimson-and-gold sash and blue garter sash. The dress code of the ceremony required women to wear hats, so it was also an occasion for attendees to put on a display of whimsical headgear.
William’s and Kate’s wedding paid a lot of tribute to William’s deceased mother, Diana. Kate was proposed to with Diana’s blue engagement ring, made up of diamonds and an 18-carat sapphire. The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey, the church that hosted Diana’s funeral in 1997. The couple rode in the same open-top carriage that Prince Charles and Diana did at their wedding 30 years ago.
However, the marriage of William and Kate has more promising signs than that of William’s parents. Despite a short break up in 2007, the couple had endured a solid eight-year friendship/courtship since meeting at University of St Andrews in 2001. They are both 29 at the time of marriage, whereas Diana got married at a mere age of 20 and was 12 years junior to Prince Charles.
Compared to Diana, Kate entered the marriage at a much more mature age. Kate had demonstrated a good sense of style, grace and manners despite coming from a middleclass, not royal or aristocratic, family. Her status as a commoner makes her marriage to the Prince is a modern-day fairy tale and contributes to the world’s obsession with the love story.
As beautiful as it is, we know the royal wedding is only the beginning of the new chapter. For now, let’s raise glasses for the couple and hope for royal offspring soon.
Related: The Telegraph details the best 27 moments of the wedding.