Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Royal Weddings - The Stuff Fairytales Are Made Of

Mindy here. I remember sitting in my parents' living room on a July morning, the sun pouring in through the picture window, creating a glare on the console television as I watched then Lady Diana Spencer emerge from her carriage amidst yards of billowing taffeta and tulle. A relatively common girl, though one of royal lineage, had found her prince. It was a beautiful day. And at the end, the words happily ever after whispered in many a mind.

But alas, real life did not live up to the fairytale.

Fast forward thirty years. The world is preparing for another royal wedding. That of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Media outlets everywhere are abuzz with talk of the dress, the carriage, and Westminster Abbey.

But given the disappointment of William's parents, why all the hype?

Because so many of us still believe in fairytales. From books to movies, Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, we have this inate desire to believe that there is someone out there who is meant especially for us.

William and Kate are a modern fairytale. And, personally, I think this one will stick.


Well, first of all (and mind you, I'm not a royal expert by any means), I don't think William was under the pressure his father was to marry and produce an heir to the throne. It also appears William didn't have to worry about royal bloodline. Which, I think, is one of the smartest things the royals have done in ages. I, for one, believe Kate will make them a fine queen.

With less rigid criteria, William was able to find a woman who could be his friend and help mate. One he truly wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Just look at some of the pix of these two. Willam and Kate are comfortable with each other and enjoy one another's company. They're happy.

Are you a royal follower? Even curious? Do you think William and Kate are truly in love? Go ahead and share.

Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. Hi Mindy:

    I feel close to Prince Charles and Diana. I watched Charles grow up. I knew he was very much in love with Camilla and would have married her. The queen said no. But Charles never stopped loving Camilla. (I liked Camilla at the time as well!)

    Diana and Charles had a default marriage. He still loved Camilla. I think this was a marriage of convenience to Charles but not to Diana. I think she believed the fairytale. She was too young and too inexperienced.

    Charles and Diana got married three years to the day, after my wife and I married. I’ve read books on Charles and Camilla.

    I don’t see William and Kate as a fairytale marriage. They are older and Kate knows what she is getting into. They have lived together for years. What fairytale has that feature? Kate is a friend first and she is a Plain Jane without makeup. I think this is love.

    I think the marriage will last and I think it will be very dull for the news media.

    I also think Charles will never become King which makes me sad because he spent a lifetime preparing for a role that will not be his.

    NBC has already cut back on the TV coverage because they say the couple is just too dull. But I think that is just what England needs at this time.


  2. I don't know that I'd call it a fairy tale marriage. But I do think they're in love. Look at their eyes in any of the pictures - you cam see the love they have for each other in their eyes.

  3. Interesting insight, Vince. And I totally agree with your thoughts on Charles and Diana's marriage. I've always felt like she was kind of duped. A very sweet young woman who, in my opinion, was robbed of her fairytale.

  4. Edwina, I'm with you. I believe they are truly in love and both know what they're getting into.

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  6. I can't say I'm a royal follower.

    But, a year or so ago Charles and Camilla came to my hometown of Hamilton to visit a castle here.

    The castle was owned by Sir Allen MacNab who came here in the 17th Century and is Camilla's great, great, great grandfather. I hope that's the right amount of greats :)

    Anyway, one of the funny things Charles said while here was that everywhere in the world he goes smells like paint. And it's so true because everyone always repaints and refreshes everything in anticipation of his visits :)

  7. That is too funny, Eva. Paint? Who'da thought?

  8. I do love fairy tales and the idea of them. I watched Charles and Dianna get married. I think William and Kate are a good couple.
    At the grocery yesterday the headline of one of "those" mags said Kate was pregnant and they were going to announce it after the honeymoon.
    Not believing it here.
    Edwina--yeah, I see the love. It appears to be real.
    I like the pics Mindy.
    Vince, you do have great insight.
    Eva---funny story about Prince Charles.

  9. I'll be up watching the wedding! I remember getting up at the crack of dawn to watch Charles and Diana and wanting so badly to have a long, long train and the fairy tale wedding someday. :) Of course, I also wanted to get married in Westminster Abbey. Either that or in the church where Maria and Captain VonTrapp got married with that glorious music playing. hehe :)

    So Vince, you think he'll abdicate?? I don't know. At times, I've thought he might. But most recently, I decided he probably wouldn't.

  10. Hi Missy:

    No, I don’t think Charles will abdicate. I think the queen will never give up power and that she will outlive him. She will probably live to be over 100. She knows how to be queen but I don’t think Charles would be a good king and I think the queen is of the same opinion.

    I will watch the wedding no matter what time it is in the morning. If you can’t have fancy weddings, why have royalty at all?


  11. I do enjoy following these beautiful ceremonies. I think they mark history. I have no idea whether they will or won't make good monarchs. I hope so. I hope they'll be able to be amazing marital role models in this world of broken marriages. I was disappointed that they lived together first. Actually it surprised me that the monarchy changed so dramatically to allow that at all.
    I'll be traveling during the royal wedding, but I'm definitely taping it. As much as the cost is being talked about, I think it's also a great spur for their economy.

    The one thing that's disappointed me is how some folks talk negatively about the interest in their wedding. It's historic, it's beautiful, it celebrates love. I think we all need a little romance in our lives and a royal wedding is the height of romance. I'm very curious to see how the personalities of each will be evident. Ah, the stuff for writer imagination ;-)

  12. Vince, you may be right. She sure has longevity genes!

  13. Nice post! It's quite inspiring and influential. Keep it up!

  14. Angie, definitely an historic moment! I hope they'll be happy and will stay together.

    MV Weddings, thanks for stopping by!