Thursday, May 5, 2011
A Royal Affair!
29th July 1981 – I was doing my practical teaching at Christian Brother's College in Bloemfontein! We took 50 busy little boys aged between 6 and 9 and made them sit in the auditorium, and watch, as Diana Spencer married Prince Charles at St Paul's Cathedral! A bunch of busy little boys, far more interested in kicking a soccer ball around a dusty field than watching a young woman wearing a dress of crinkled taffeta and lace, walking down the aisle to meet her prince! Her prince, which, interestingly enough, she did not promise to "obey"! I remember loving every minute of the pomp and ceremony! Not wanting to admit that I was disappointed in her dress, or her hair – she was the ultimate princess and I was proud to be of English heritage!
29th April 2011 – I was working – HARD! So hard in fact, that I did not have time to turn my eye towards the television and glimpse! I was disappointed in not being able to put my feet up and savor every minute! I couldn't wait to get home and watch the replays, which I did, and I was NOT disappointed. Catherine looked every bit the fairy tale princess. She looked so beautiful and so … happy! Although they looked so different, somehow her dress reminded me of the Queen's, whose dress was far more than just a fashion statement. That dress represented the hope of a nation after people had been destroyed by the war. I remember reading somewhere, that even the nationality of the silk worms who spun the silk, had to be politically correct!
On looking closer, they don't look the same – and yet I see a resemblance somehow – could it be the representation of renewed hope? Or could it just be the love that radiated from the brides, because I do believe, that this time around, there is a love that was perhaps missing at the last Royal Wedding.
Whatever we believe, it was a beautiful wedding. A glorious day that brought nations of the world together … we need a few more of those occasions!