When it comes to the royal wedding tomorrow, there doesn't seem to be much middle ground. You're either watching or you're not. I will admit that I will be watching. It's a tradition started by my dad back in 1973. I was 9, and he woke me up to watch Princess Anne marry Mark Phillips. I believe in England they would say I was gobsmacked by the pomp and circumstance, and was glued to the coverage for what I remember being a very long time. It was a Wednesday so I assume at some point I got ready for school, but the wedding left an impression.
When Prince Charles married Diana I was still in school, but fortunately, they were married in the summer. Again, it was my dad who woke me up, but that was my idea. I had followed the rather short courtship of Charles and Diana, and for the life of me I couldn't imagine wanting to be a Princess badly enough to marry Charles. At 32, he seemed like an 'old' man, and she was so young, and pretty, and full of life. I thought the energy she brought to her role was terrific, and admired her courage and strength and devotion to her charitable work. I followed her trials and tribulations with the press, and the royal family, and caught glimpses of her life as a mother which from all outward appearances, brought her a lot of joy. I watched as she really came into her own style and then wasn't at all surprised when her marriage to a man who clearly never loved her, fell apart. Her death was sad, and I was awake of my own accord to watch the funeral.
I didn't follow Fergie and Andrew so enthusiastically, but I did watch their wedding, and she has always seemed to give the royals a run for their money which I have found amusing. That she found success as an author and spokesperson for Weight Watcher's was brilliant. Of course, it clearly crossed a line when she recently tried to sell access to Prince Andrew.
And so here we are on the day before the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and no, I will not be up all night, but I will be awake early to tune into the coverage. I think she, Kate, has a lot going for her, being older than Diana was when she married. Plus, she is a college grad, and she's had a lot of time to get used to the idea of marrying royalty and living in a fish bowl. She seems to handle it all in stride which I'm sure comes with maturity. It doesn't hurt that she and William have spent a long time together and they clearly seem to love each other. Call me a dreamer, or a hopeless romantic, but just once, it would be nice to get the fairytale ending...