By Cindy Allen, Managing Editor
Enid News and Eagle
I’m about to nod off into the keyboard this morning. I didn’t intend to watch the royal wedding festivities starting around 3:30 a.m. our time.
I woke up with a sinus headache, and I’ve been awake ever since. But, I did lay there and watch the whole darn thing, from the arrival of the guests to the carriage ride to the palace after the ceremony.
I also watched the last royal wedding which took place 30 years ago. I was living in Norman in an apartment for the summer and was working on sorority rush for the University of Oklahoma.
I don’t know if I intended to watch that wedding 30 years ago either, but I did. I must say high definition television is much better than the small TV I had 30 years ago!
I also liked the wedding they had today much better.
The main reason is we all know that William and Kate are actually in love. We know they have known each other for some eight years. They’ve been through a few breakups, which means their relationship has already been tested somewhat.
The wedding 30 years ago, as we look at the images from that time, was obviously a farce. Diana was a lonely, unsophisticated girl forced into the marriage with Charles. As for the prince, he was in love with another woman, but she was not acceptable because she was a divorcee. Charles was into his 30s and Mumsy was worried he wouldn’t produce an heir to the throne.
The whole thing 30 years ago was set up to fail, and we can all see that clearly in hindsight.
This union is different. Diana eventually became the “people’s princess,” and in doing so she raised William to be the “people’s prince.” He’s good at it, and he has been able to make his wishes understood and known as the wedding plans proceeded. And, he obviously wants to protect his bride and help her understand the new role she is about to play.
It is all very sweet, really, and that is what made me stick with watching this wedding this morning, despite my persistent headache.
I’m not a royal watcher or even pay much attention to what they do. Other than thinking Harry is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, the British royalty doesn’t occupy my thoughts much.
Yet, after watching the wedding today and seeing those two beautiful young people with their whole lives ahead of them, I feel a small sense of ownership in hoping this relationship really works out and becomes a model for the royal family in the future.
Allen is managing editor of the Enid News & Eagle.