The Royal Wedding

We recorded the royal wedding on a couple different channels and I did end up watching some of it yesterday, with my finger on the fast forward button most of the time. Just a few thoughts.

First, although the Brits do a big ceremony very well, I had a lot of esthetic complaints about the program. They have this venue, these musicians, and a universe of musical choices—and they came up with that program? Unbelievable. If you’re going to sing “Ubi caritas et amor,” for heaven’s sake, sing the great setting by Duruflé! The fanfares sounded like they were taken from some old Hollywood movie.

I also thought the sermon was a missed opportunity. I always listen to the sermons at the weddings I shoot. I’ve heard some great sermons about marriage—some that really deserved to be heard by the whole world. This wasn’t one of them.

Prince William and Lady Catherine on their wedding day
Picture Credit: Photograph by Hugo Burnand

On a more positive note, for starters, they are certainly going to have a great wedding album.

I like the young couple. She was a very beautiful bride and he a most handsome groom. I don’t know much about Catherine personally but from the little I know about William, I rather like him. Good strong name, for starters. I admire the work that he does piloting a rescue helicopter—dangerous, real work. Come to think of it, I like her name too. Our youngest daughter is named Catherine, and our oldest daughter’s middle name is Elizabeth.

But in the end, they’re just another couple getting married. Obviously they have some terrific advantages. I don’t think they’re going to worry much about paying their bills. But look at the marriage of Diana and Charles and you should see that there is no couple in the world whose marriage lacks for challenges.

“Still, the institution endures, even when a particular marriage falls apart. Our failure to attain it doesn’t change the ideal.” That’s a comment by Jennifer Marshall at the National Review online, and I agree. A royal wedding is, in the end, just another wedding. I pray that God blesses them and guards their love. I get the impression that they really do love one another and that’s a good start. Now I hope the rest of the world can leave them alone at least from time to time.

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