Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Royal Anniversary
Today marks 3 years since I pulled an all nighter that I will never forget. It was so magical that it felt like my own wedding day. Even though it wasn't, it was my very own little girl crush on a prince's day. I always said I wanted to grow up and move to London and marry Prince William. "You're a commoner. He can't marry you", they said. But, he did just that... and to one of the most beautifully stunning and deserving commoners, Kate Middleton.
For weeks prior, I watched special after special talking about the royal wedding. The hype was bigger than a presidential election. There were shows on William's family, Kate's family, how they met, the school they went to, where they lived together, predictions on where they were going to live, his current job, the engagement, predictions on the dress and who the designer would be, what the cake would look like, William's favorite cake, Kate's personal involvement in her own wedding, replays of the former and late Princess Diana's wedding, memorabilia collectors. And, of course, I watched it all! It was so much fun I was like a sponge soaking in all the fabulous things these people were telling me about my favorite royal family. Yeah, I'm a bit obsessed.
My night started out with determination that I was going to stay awake for everything and see this whole thing through even if no one else saw the importance. I remember people around me saying they weren't staying up, and people on my Facebook complaining about them being on their television... or tele as the British calls it. On that first hour of that remarkable Friday morning, I sat alone in my bedroom with my television on and adrenaline that would keep me up through every last moment (until 11 a.m. to be precise). It was so remarkable that I forgot I had not slept or that I was even tired. My biggest concern was which channel I would watch. I bounced back and forth between ABC, E! news, TLC, and some other history channel before settling on ABC so I could hear more details and facts about the royals. While DVRing Giuliana Live across from Buckington Palace so I could watch later to get the scoop on the fashion.
I will never forget the anticipation and excitement I felt as I turned to twitter to keep me company and to read tweets (mainly from west coasters) about the wedding as we all waited for the first footage from over seas. The moment I saw my first fascinator, I knew I was in for a night I would never forget. It was David and Victoria Beckham that appeared on my screen. She was glowingly pregnant in navy blue with what I still consider one of my favorite fascinators on her head. And, Mr. Beckham was stunning with his faux metal pinned to his suit. As the guest arrived and began to be seated, I couldn't help but admire the simplicity of the church. The trees that lined the walls and aisle were to be planted afterwards as the couple didn't want a lot of flowers to die so they opted for the least amount possible and settled on the trees. After what felt like a lifetime wait but realistically was probably more like 2 hours, the vehicles started to move and one by one the royals were transported to Westminster Abbey where people lined the streets. Oh, how I wished I had been one of them! Each event and action that took place had a specific time it had to take place in order for the whole day to stay on track...not a second too soon or too late. Prince William arrived with his brother, Harry, both wearing their military attire. The last event he attended there was for their mother's death. Harry was always caught saying something to put a smile on his brother's face which captured the authenticity of this day. Watching these two interact was one of the highlight moments for me. Then.... the wait was over! The moment we watched Kate climb into the car along side her father from the hotel she and her family had stayed the night in.
Her father walked the fashion icon down the aisle in that iconic "Kate" wedding dress by the late designer Alexander McQueen designed by Sarah Burton. When William took her hand and whispered "you look beautiful" I knew the way the royals would be viewed was forever changed, and Princess Diana would have been proud. Tears were shed because I know how much it would have met to him if only she could have shared that day with them. Just as I wish my biological mother could have been there to share my own little private viewing party with me. I couldn't help but think what that night would have been like for us. We could have stayed up all night in pajamas in bed with tea and little finger foods watching the whole thing together. But just as she was there in spirit with me, I know Will's mother was every part of that whole day with him. Love was continually seen when the world watched the smiles, looks, and whispers exchanged by the couple throughout the ceremony. The vows were the first time we had heard Kate speak publicly. And, the carriage ride back to the palace would become another highlight as we got to watch the way the newlyweds interacted with one another and the crowds. Everyone only wishes they could find love like that, and I would have given anything to be there.
Then... Those balcony doors opened. Both families made their debut, aircraft flew over and we got to see another history in the making... not one but 2 sweet kisses from the royal newlyweds that would later unexpectedly leave in an antique car. Harry planned the reception which included a DJ and lots of dancing while the queen left the palace for the night and the duke and duchess would postpone their honeymoon for a later date because he had to work.
There will never be words that can explain/capture this day and the feelings that came with this experience and how it felt to be watching this with the rest of the world from other countries. This is one of those times in life where words fail me. They really are people that make you want to call them friends. Happy Anniversary, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your memorable day and watch history in the making. To the day I die, I will never forget that whole experience.
I felt this post was appropriate since they are on a royal tour to Australia and New Zealand after becoming parents this past year to baby George. And, I knew this was something put in my heart to write about when a couple weeks ago I made a quick stop into one of my routinely visited places, Home Goods. As I walked without thought to my go to spot in the store, I saw this pillow out of the corner of my eye. As I made my round looking throughout the store it never left my mind so much I had to go back the next day to make it mine. It instantly reminded me of that beautiful wedding day and my love for the royal couple. Now that I've taken a walk down memory lane this morning. I think I will go make me a cup of English breakfast tea in honor of this memorable day.