April 29th, 2011

Fishy Circumstances

Westminster Hallows

I was always going to watch today's wedding if it were convenient. I grew up without a television but on one occasion, my parents borrowed one from the neighbors: Charles and Diana's wedding. Symbolically, it seemed appropriate that I watch the next installment of grand British royal weddings.

The rest of this household had not intended to have anything to do with the festivities down in London. I was following the guest arrivals at the Abbey on my laptop, sound on silent with commentary from the BBC Live Text feed. And then someone else put on the television. And later someone else again fetched prosecco so we could toast the newly-weds.

Favorite parts: close-ups of the round of bells at Westminster Abbey, full peal; the extended family royals arriving by mini-coach; and trees lining the nave of the Abbey. More weddings should involve trees.
Edited to add: And, of course, the mentions of St. Catherine of Siena and Chaucer in the sermon!

And then tonight, after roast beef and Yorkshire puddings and horseradish sauce and gravy and parsnips and vegetables and rhubarb crisp and other things, we watched another Chosen One (the world has many of them, you know) with his Loved One. Only this time, it was Harry and Ginny and the first of the Deathly Hallows movies, which we have now finally seen.