(AP photo, via shineyahoo.com)
Well, what did you all think? Miss P. on her blog was asking what we liked, or didn't. Here is my list.
That Kate looked utterly ravishing, yet demure. The dress was perfection and she was lit from within all day.
Twinkley eyes, little grins and other signs of genuine loved-upness. Thank goodness for that.
Harry. Gotta love him, he will be a Royal English Rake in later life.
The TREES. The most unexpected, magical thinking-outside-the-box, and what is more, underplanted with lily of the valley for complete spring woodland bliss. Totally inspired, suprisingly edgey and they quite brilliantly framed the the whole aisle area. They helped forget my mild disappointment about the rest of the Church flowers which took restraint dangerously close to dullness in my (admittedly inexpert) opinion. But, hurrah for the fact they were all sourced in Britain and were thoughtfully chosen for their symbolism and provenance. The bouquet was small but perfectly formed, more beautiful close up than from afar.
The fact the rain stayed away, and they came out of the Church into sunshine. Welled up at that moment.
That Aston Martin.
Brother Middleton reading like an absolute dream.
John Rutter's breathtakingly beautiful anthem for them. Choked me.
Kissing on the balcony and The Fly Past. What a great tradition that is.
Military brass bands and all those insanely ornate and immaculate ceremonial uniforms.
My hubby for making a full English breakfast for us all, and a young guest who brought cake.
That all 3 Middleton females have the most unfeasibly minute waists. More pressure to address the muffin top. Less full English breakfasts and cake maybe....but then is life so lovely.......?
Fergie's girls' stylists should be made to atone for their terrifyingly nutty sartorial advice. And was it mean not to invite aunty Fergs?
Sloanypony overkill of Kate's evening dress with fluffy cardi combo. She still looked ridiculously lovely though, can't help herself.
Amount of camera time spent on the Camerons and Elton.
That Johnny English, and particularly the coronation scene, has forever made me fear Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich creating slapstick at a State occassion!
It is a funny thing, that for a country that generally has an air of vague embarrassment about patriotism, that can never quite be sure these days what it really stands for, or aspires to, that is painfully aware of how it is rubbish at so much of what historically made it great, we actually do the huge, pageant-filled, ceremonial events like no other nation on earth, we really are bloody good at it! And it does seem to bring the nation together, even if only for a day of street parties and celebration.
More importantly, all the best in the world to the gorgeous Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!