Did you get up early enough this morning to watch the royal nuptials of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton? If you’re a parent to an infant, perhaps you were awake at 4 a.m. when the festivities began (London is five hours ahead of those of us on the East Coast), or if you’re an early riser you did.
Needless to say, I wasn’t awake at 4 a.m. I didn’t make my way to the television downstairs until just about 8 a.m. when the rush to pack Amber’s lunch, Jacob’s diaper bag and get something in their stomachs for breakfast began. At that time, NBC’s “Today” show posted a “Countdown to the Kiss” in the top right-hand corner of the TV.
Amber sat in front of the TV as I explained the royal wedding of William and Kate and reminisced about the wedding of his parents, Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, on July 29, 1981. I remember hearing the TV down the hall from my room and peeking out to see my Nana sitting on the couch watching the goings-on across the pond. Nana was a native of Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and fond of the royal family. She was almost always up at 4 a.m. with a cup of black tea.
The countdown intrigued Amber, who let me know as I got things together how many minutes were left. The countdown complete, I asked her if William and Kate made their way to the balcony at that point.
“Not yet,” she replied. Within seconds, however, she said, “Here they come!”
We marveled at the beaming bride and groom who seemed quite relaxed and enjoying their special day. We waited for the coveted kiss, which was short and sweet. Not a moment too soon, a swell in the crowd could be heard chanting, “Kiss her again! Kiss her again!”
I caught that second kiss on the TV and said, “Oh look! He kissed her again!” but Amber had turned around already to get ready to wait for the school bus and missed it.
I asked Amber if she liked Kate’s wedding dress, and she didn’t. It was simple and elegant, nothing like that mass of silk and taffeta that her late mother-in-law wore nearly 30 years ago. I thought it was nice, but not something that I would have worn. Even her bouquet was toned down, a nosegay compared to Diana’s cascade that practically touched the ground.
I’m not even sure that Amber gets the whole royal family thing, and I wouldn’t expect her to at age 7. But it was neat to share this history-making wedding with her, and perhaps we’ll be able to share a bit more about it in the days to come as photos and stories pour onto the Internet.
Now let’s hope that Wills and Kate do continue their fairy tale and live “happily ever after” until “the end.”