If a lifetime can be likened to a day, then this is Happy Hour!
Doug stayed up most of the night to watch it and insisted I see the rerun. I enjoyed it while I worked. It was on PBS so the news media was Sky News. They were dorky, too, but they weren't MY dorky news media and they were more informed, so I didn't mind it so much.The Canterbury Cathedral was breathtaking and I was even impressed by what the usually far left Archbishop had to say.I loved the movie, The Queen, if you remember and I loved The King's Speech, too. I have more hope for the royal family now that they have a couple of seemingly responsible young people with common sense waiting in the wings. Just hope we can stand it if Prince Charles and Camilla have a go first. I got a kick out of an elderly couple who scolded the young adults behind them for not "standing up for the queen" when the national anthem was played. The young adults took it in good humor and acted properly chastened. I feel respect and admiration for older folks like that. Reminds me of our own disappearing WWII generation.There was a lot of joy on the faces of the British subjects from all over the globe. I enjoyed seeing that instead of the sour, angry faces of the anarchists, socialists and members of the AFW religion.
I was even impressed by what the usually far left Archbishop had to say.I was too, Bec. The crowd shots seemed to indicate the rest of the congregation was impressed as well. At least no one was nodding off, although Prince Philip looked close to it, at times. ;-)Fox News ran their UK Sky affiliate's feed until just before 0400 hrs my time, so I got to see a great deal of Brit commentary, as well. I never even thought to check PBS for real-time coverage...I agree with the rest of your comments. Hopefully the UK can rally around this event, however briefly, and come to terms with some of their problems. The event was very uplifting, on the whole.Morgan: Your horizons need broadening, M'Friend.
It's like having a niece or a sister getting married for the eighth time. Any time past marriage #3 it's going to be only natural to say..."I've developed a fear of flying" or "can't make it work is getting really busy" or some such.The history of British royal marriages is really pretty dreadful. Charles & Diana, depressingly, represented something of a high point contrasted with what has come before. And I've come to wonder if a happy ending is what the public really wants. It seems there's this fascination with William's distant great-o-plex uncle Henry VIII with the 6 wives. The fascination is there because Henry treated women like meat. If it was about the frustrations involved in continuing a dynasty, the fascination would have been with the declining years of the restored House of Stuart. If it was about complicated family pedigrees and their impact on national & international politics, the fascination would have been with Henry's grandparents and the Wars of the Roses. If it was with narcissistic buttholes, it would have been with France's Louis XIV.You aren't going to see cable miniseries' about any of those, but we have "The Tudors." There's this fascination with royalty treating women like meat.I have this unsettling feeling these are the same people who are riveted to the royal wedding. It's like celebrating the birth of a baby while buying box seat tickets to that baby's eventual execution.I suppose I'm biased. Some men have to pay, financially and directly, for the "Cinderella complex" of some empty-headed female & the disappointments that ensue. What can I say; I'm a results kinda guy. The results of our fascination with Grimm's fairy tales, overall, have not been good. They've stunk on ice. There are some among us who can't get past this, and I guess I'm one of 'em.
Not having been verklempt over the Diana and Charles wedding, I can say I've had a realistic eye toward the reality of the pressures these extraordinary families are under. Diana was unstable to begin with but she gave love and affection to her boys, which is unusual in this family. When you have the weight of the world (literally) on your family's shoulders during the last few hundred years, it's no wonder they've had some issues. Did you see The King's Speech, Morgan? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsxjM03ME7sI think of the Queen Mother and of Queen Victoria when I think of committed royal marriages.
The history of British royal marriages is really pretty dreadful.The history of marriage in the US is pretty dreadful of late, too. That doesn't stop most people from going to weddings and wishing the bride and groom well. As for the royal aspect of it, I was in it for the tradition, the pomp and circumstance, and the beautiful images... set and setting. I don't give a big rat's ass about the fairy tale aspect. Well, mebbe except for the gleaming CARS... Rollses, Bentleys, and Jags, Oh My! And that Aston Martin convertible...Bec: Good points all around, especially about the Queen Mother and Victoria. QE II's marriage seems stable, too, but I'm not into the gossip thang so I don't know.
Buck says: QE II's marriage seems stable, too, but I'm not into the gossip thang so I don't know.I think the queen gets a kick out of him. He's quite the character, isn't he? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1308766/My-wife-Queen-Prince-Philip-reveals-talent-painting.htmlI love eccentricity of the British kind. I love Thurber's eccentric characters, too. Maybe that's why I married one. :)
Thanks for that link, Bec. I'm sure Lou will like it, too! Ah... "eccentric." One of my favorite traits in the rare person who truly has it.
I did like that link - Thanks! And I do like romance - forever hopeful that a couple will love each other forever and show it with respect and honor.
Didn't watch it, don't want to watch it. Mostly cause I'm just not interested. With that said, I do not begrudge the Brits their pomp and circumstance, nor do I think less of the folks who chose to watch it.If this brings the fine folks of England a little closer together, maybe they will set about reclaiming their country.
I didn't love the movie because of any romance, BR, but because of the story (true), history (enlightening), terrific acting (stellar) and the courageous humanity it displayed (inspiring). My guys were impressed, too.
I don't give a big rat's ass about the fairy tale aspect. Well, mebbe except for the gleaming CARS... Rollses, Bentleys, and Jags, Oh My! And that Aston Martin convertible...I'm down with that. You have to give our friends across the pond props for the fancy cars. I get the impression the Jag spends its share of time in the shop, so I tell myself I shouldn't be doing a double-take when I see one...but I do, can't help myself.
Just be polite... that's all I ask.