Who would you rater hang out with? A prince who got papped playing pool in his birthday suit in Vegas, or his older brother who ... has an unflattering hairline? That is seriously the only stand out for me about him. Pity.
April 29 of 2011 ... Do you remember what ungodly time you got up to watch the wedding ceremony of William, first son of Charles and Diana, to Kate Middleton ... uh, someone's daughter. It was viewed live by millions around the world, including 72 million live streams on YouTube. Not too shabby. That's how this generation does it.
However! Their predecessors numbers are even more impressive, old school or not. The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Diana, Lady of Spencer, was billed as the "WEDDING OF THE CENTURY". It was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 23 million people, and was marked by a national holiday in the U.K.
The differences here are quite marked though. As Prince William was not the heir apparent to the throne, the wedding was not a full state occasion and many details were left to the couple to decide. And now -- Now, we have this to look forward to. Since my boy Harry is now SIXTH in line to the throne (after Charles, William, George, Charlotte, and unnamed royal baby number three), he may as well be a royal cousin from Gloucestershire. (Where? Exactly!)
Prince Harry, "the spare to the heir", is getting married at last, on May 19. Settling down. To an American actress divorcée named Meghan Markle. I'm sure the Queen is thrilled.
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three -Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxO— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
They'll be saying their "I do's" at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. The wedding service will begin at noon at the chapel, conducted by the Dean of Windsor. By 1:00 p.m., they will then begin an official “Carriage Procession” through Windsor Town to Windsor Castle along a promenade known, appropriately enough, as the “Long Walk.” That’s followed by a reception at St. George’s Hall for the newlyweds and a select few guests from the congregation. Finally, another private reception later in the evening will help them celebrate the occasion.
Speculation has run rampant as to the wedding's guest list (The Obama's, The Spice Girls), who will design the Bride's dress (she seems to favour Canadian designers). Now, as mentioned previously, a spokesperson had confirmed that Prince Harry and Markle will be allowing cameras in the chapel for filming, including a pool camera so all media outlets can access footage of the ceremony. “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too,” the Palace has stated.
Markle will be the first American to marry a member of the royals since King Edward VIII began his relationship with Wallis Simpson, who was also a divorcée, in the 1930s. Edward went on to give up the throne and marry Simpson in France. True love reigns above all!
Looks like our girl will become a British citizen, and be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England before the wedding, to boot.
There are other details out there about who's designing the flowers and cake, but I'm saving my posts for the juicy stuff. Hopefully someone gets arrested soon.