For weeks, it seems everyone over here in Britain has been asking, "Are you ready for the royal wedding?" It's spoken in the same throwaway tone we use for our fickle climate.
Our first family has taken a pasting in recent decades. Beneath our longing for a "true" fairy tale, we're all too aware of the immense pressure on players living in the spotlight of the world's most celebrated theater, its history fixed in our psyche by England's immortal scribe, William Shakespeare. MyDaily: Afer The Royal Wedding, Real Women Share Their Visions Of Prince Charming
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In the run up to the big day, bookies have been minting fortunes. Odds were offered on the music, the honeymoon venue, the color of the Queen's hat. Even the length of the sermon. Will the bride's wedding car break down before her prince whisks her off in a ceremonial coach? What shade of white will the dress be? Will Prince Harry remain sober for his best man speech? Will his trousers split?
The gloomiest bets by far have been on how long the marriage will last. Some say a day. Some, a lifetime. One to 10 years seems to be the favorite.
Retiree Robert Foster summed it up best: "I can't see the car breaking down and I can't see them parting. They're a good-looking couple."
So will the hopeful pair remain together forever? Who knows? But whatever the odds, the marriage will stand a better chance of lasting than many.
Britain is being recalled to its heritage. Sure, it's the symbolism of a thousand years of pageantry. It's the resurgence of pride we shall wallow in during those hours. But it's also our Christian roots.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has appealed for prayers prior to April 29. This isn't solely for the two making vows to each other, mindful of the solemn obligations of their role. Nor the icing on the cake of sunny weather. The shadow of terrorism lurks behind the scenery.
"Wills" and Kate have known one another for a decade and have weathered a storm or two. She's his natural choice. Her variegated ancestry of people with a social conscience can only strengthen the monarchy.
When her Sunderland-born grandmother wheeled Kate's mother in a Silver Cross pram down a Berkshire High Street, she was parading her commitment to bettering herself. That she cheerfully succeeded and remained the friend of all shows sterling character. But she'd never have guessed how that baby carriage foretokened the stately horse-drawn kind. MyDaily: I'm Happily Married, But I Still Dream About My Ex
"She had a smile for everyone—a woman you could talk to," a local from Pangbourne said.
"Dorothy wanted to be the top brick in the chimney," added another.
Kate is svelte and photogenic. By instinct, she carries herself well and has artless charm. She doesn't play fast and loose with the camera. She knows where to draw the line. She truly will be the people's princess.