Yeah, I know. It’s fluff.
Or, as Obama would say: silly. We’ve got more important stuff to do.
But still, I had quite a bit of fun last night watching it. After having assiduously ignored the impending royal wedding and all the brouhaha surrounding it, I happened to wake up in the wee hours of the morning and decided to do some work on my computer until I felt tired again. So I turned on the TV to keep me company and completely by chance I caught the live coverage of the arrival of the guests in all their finery and couldn’t help but stay up for a while.
It’s the sort of thing Brits do so much better than we. Pomp, ceremony, and hats.
You don’t see a lot of elegance nowadays. But a great deal of it was on display as the guests arrived. And not just the women but the men, too, in their formal finery. And the hats were so fanciful and festive, elegant (my favorites) and/or whimsical.
Here’s a bunch of photos. I predict that Kate Middleton’s clonelike sister Pippa will be snapped up rather quickly on the marriage market—slender good looks seem to run in the family, as their mother demonstrated:
Princes William and Harry arrived dressed like characters from a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, but that’s part of the panoply as well. One question, though: don’t they teach royals posture any more? The Princes lack that regal bearing of yesteryear. They’re sort of slumpy and schloompy.
But the biggest suspense was saved for Kate’s dress, a closely guarded state secret (even Wikileaks couldn’t get a crack at it). It turned out to be classic and modest, with long lace sleeves. Bridal dresses tend to be bare and sexy these days, which doesn’t seem quite right, but Middleton smartly bucked that trend.
Her dress almost instantaneously parked a memory for me: Grace Kelly’s gown at her 1956 wedding (am I not an expert on history or what?) It turns out that I’m not the only one to have made the comparison; I see that Lindsey Goldwert of the Daily News has thought of it as well, and thoughtfully provided a photo:
The familiar way Kate and Will were chatting and looking at each other was a reminder that, unlike many royal couples of the past (including William’s ill-fated parents), these two know each other and appear to be in love. I wish them the best of luck; they’ll need it.