CATHERINE AND WILLIAM : April 29th
~Romantic Event of the Century~
LOVERS SIGNET:Â “THE TWO BALCONY KISS”
With throngs of Englishmen in the square chanting, “Kiss her! Kiss her!” Catherine and William sealed their marriage with a traditional Royal PalaceÂ “Balcony Buss”. To the delight of the tens of thousands of Britons gathered below, and as cheers resounded above the sea of waving Union Jacks, the newly designated Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their wedding kiss – a double. But the joyous throngs of 1 million Londoners lining the streets weren’t their only witnesses. Hundreds of millions of worldwide viewers joined in the wedding glee watching on their televisions and computers in every corner of the globe, bursting with heartfelt good wishes fromÂ so far and away, in support for the Royal Couple’s happiness.
It was just as if as if they had all “stood-up” right there for them. This day, wedding destiny all but assured Willi9am and Catherine of their eventual title: “King and Queen Consort of England”. For certain, the Royal Wedding brought joy to the day on every continent, unfolding new-found moments of love and respect for the young Royal Couple – “Kate and Wills” – as they’re known to their friends. Theirs is a fresh chapter for the English Monarchy with a new-found national affection: that of true love and friendship with all of England’s people.
Their Wedding at Westminster: Witnessed by God, Souls of theÂ Saints and People of the World
Hats being all the newly revived fashion accessory (up-trending 80% in the U.S.)Â such a day they made for this Wedding Fashion Moment. As if in a smile from the heavens, the Spring Sun was actually out in London – ” in April mind yuh”, – making nature’s light the perfect runway illumination for a royal nuptial event. Held in the Gothic Halls of a circa 1050 Benedictine Abbey, Westminster Cathedral lent its unique resonance of sound and spirit hallowed by the patina of coronations for nearly all English Monarchs since William I. The Abbey Bells continued to peel in echo while the guests promenaded through the Cathedral, filing into their reserved places. There, two choirs and Bishop ministers made final preperations to lead a Con-celebratory Presbyterian and AnglicanÂ Congregation, readying their liturgy and music for the wedding of the century…… just about to begin. The Queen Mum, dressed in Spring Yellow, gracefully reigned with Prince Phillip aside, as they awaited an event that would bring certain joy and tears to their hearts – witnessing the presence of a genuine love presiding over once customary arrangement, as the world’s people witnessed the renaissance of loving hearts in authentic adoration.
As any nervous and excited groom, Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis Montback Windsor of Wales, wearing the tunic of an Irish Guard’s Colonel, waited with his Best Man and brother, Harry – both were suited in full chivalrous military regalia as they came sharply about the alter from the sacristy behind. The crowd hushed in anticipation for his soon to be royal bride, Catherine Middleton, led on the loving arm of her father Michael – her mother Carole graciously, watchfully waiting.Â Father and daughter would enter the church, beginning the processional from the abbey’s stunning foyer through it’s tree grove, passing the choirs, a full congregation and on to the altar as all looked-on, filled with admiration and respect, as well as national and personal affection.
How much more lovely could the bride have been, bejeweled in the Royal Family 1936 Diamond Tiara over a traditional veil, wearing her Sarah Burton ivory and white designed lace-bodiced bridal dress with full-length seven foot flowing train, assisted by her sister Pippa. In her hands, a modestly balanced but beautiful bouquet. Catherine would hold herself together with the elegance, grace and composure of a queen throughout the ceremony and subsequent festivities,l to no-one’s doubt. Though she came from Bucklebury in what Englanders refer to as a “commoner” origin, it was clear by her regal natural regal composure, her spirit had been destined for the royal life which lay ahead. The bride’s procession was accompanied by the same music used in the coronations of two kings and Queen Elizabeth.
Then the ceremony began, both choirs and the entire congregation joined in song; “Guide me, Oh Thy Great Redeemer” the last hymn from William’s Mother’s Funeral, a reminder of Princess Diana that brought a sense of presence, calling forth the love of her son and people. As a full orchestra embellished the congregation and choruses, where for certain the sound was the greatest of glory – the united voice of a nation and it’s people arose. Englanders by the hundreds of thousands, all across the land were witnesses joining in that moment of song,Â watching on television as beholders of the occasion – in concert with the peoples of the world. This – was a moment of peace and love for all men of goodwill – in a global era so needy of it.
The wedding sermon, given by the bishop of london focused on marriage, portrayed as generous in love; the kind that emulates the love of God as shown through Jesus.
A Genuine Love Story:
Jubilant and Joyous
In his sermon the bishop spoke: â€œA spiritual life grows as love finds its center beyond ourselves,â€ Faithful and committed relationships offer a door into the mystery of spiritual life in which we discover this: the more we give of self, the richer we become in soul; the more we go beyond ourselves in love, the more we become our true selves and our spiritual beauty is more fully revealed. In marriage we are seeking to bring one another into fuller life.â€
Quoting Chaucer, the bishop recited: “Each must give the other space and freedom, for when mastery cometh, the god of love anon beateth his wings and farewell… he is gone.â€
Then, reciting a prayer composed by the wedding couple for the occasion he spoke from the pulpit: â€œIn the busyness of each day, keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy, let us be trengthened by our union, help us to serve and comfort those who suffer,â€ prayed the bishop.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams presided over the vows exchanged by the couple, to which the groom and bride each responded with, â€œI will,â€ as opposed to the usual form: “I do.” Just as Diana did at her wedding, Catherine omitted the word, “obey”.
Ubi Caritas et Amour: Their Favorite Hymn
Westminster’s choir unfolded into the Gregorian Chant Style Latin song, a favorite of the bride and groom. The Latin hymn ascended in voices like the chimes of angels, bringing a heavenly announcement to the wedding with the sacramental blessing of music. The echoes through the labyrinth of Westminster rang a message of faith and reverence that will long be remembered.
This was a study in Love, with each “amen” by the congregation resonating a blessing that only such a ceremony, in such a place and time could bring and only this once, each being a blessing upon the couple’s union. The Our Father, the template of prayer, followed. Then, in a united voice as a people and a nation they sang “God Save the Queen”, assuredly joined by Londoners and Englishmen across the British Isles. The the world knows it, only England signs their national anthem with centuries of authenticity.
Then, after signing their papers, their Royal Highness’s, the newly designed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge boarded the same 1902 carriage that Charles and Diana had used years ago.
Later, at a reception for 600 in Buckingham Palace they would dine on Yorkshire Pudding and Quail’s Eggs. For any of you that missed the event here’s the link by PBS – America’s only dignified television network, unriddled with wretched commercials of baked beans and bro0adcast divas like ABC. We have much to learn about dignity from our British friends.