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Saturday, 30 April 2011

A view from the ledge...



I loved the dress... And, as in the picture above, I thought it had hefty overtones of Grace Kelly's elegant lace ensemble, with a different neckline of course. The veils and bouquets seem practically identical.

In my view it was lovely, tasteful and understated, with a nod towards both the past and the future, very stylish. I loved it that she had chosen to go with the House of Lee McQueen - A nice touch. British, eccentric, troubled - Shades of the Monarchy there, methinks!

I thought the mahogany tones of many of the Middleton family, including the bridesmaid, Philippa, were a trifle overdone. But who cares about my opinion, eh? Mr Lagerfeld does not have my number in his little black leather book!

I felt the Abbey looked wonderful with the golds and the reds, heightened by the greenery provided by the trees.

In spite of myself, and I only watched a little of the mad hours of televised footage, (FGS, it's still going on this morning, and I've been reduced to watching the Fishing Channel with John Wilson, to avoid it!), I believed it looked almost natural, a real wedding complete with nerves, doddery old relics that don't get on, and not to be trusted, wobbling best man, in spite of all the pomp and ceremony that surrounded it.

I loved the music choices, particularly Jerusalem, which courtiers sang at Fhina's own wedding almost 25 years ago...

We chose it because of its rousing tradition and untarnished beauty, the poem by the quite mad, William Blake, that I had loved at University.

I'm just not going to go there with the lot that believe it champions an ideal of England, not a United Kingdom.

I see myself more as European, rather above all those bigoted arguments.

And so - Voila. (CLICK HERE PLEASE)

7 comments:

slommler said...

I too watched the wedding and enjoyed it very much. What a beautiful bride. Dress...beautiful...groom uniform...perfect!! Fun to view all the festivities.
Hugging you
SueAnn

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Fhina:
For the Monarchy it was, by all accounts, a triumph, demonstrating that with all the stops, organ and otherwise, pulled out the regal propaganda machine is still quite capable of delivering a coup. No, a triumph. HM The Queen must this morning be resting easy on her daybed!

Mrs. Middleton has, of course, pulled off an even greater coup. We learn that she is currently house hunting for something larger. No rest there yet!

Chairman Bill said...

We do pageantry so well - and riots too.

Jinksy said...

I thought it was tasteful, real and exceedingly moving. And I'm talking about the actual ceremony, not the hours before and after showing manic crowds out on a jolly! The specially composed Anthem 'This is the day' by John Rutter was exquisite.

Saz said...

I wasnt planning on watching, but it came to pass that I watched some of it... ( I turn them off after Diana and the french/anglo Paris fiasco)

not a fan of weddings myself, the frru fru dresses, the ceremony...the families at war..the cost, the doing for the sake of it...

but hey everyone to their own...

in my wildest dreams I can't imagine doing it ecer again...
but you should never say never huh! it'll bite me on the arse!!

the moment she stepped into the taxi sorry Bentley I thought of Graces dress...classy

luv ya

saz x

Deborah said...

I do agree...and I loved the link! Wonderful :o)

sage said...

My dog got me up at 5, so I had to look when I let him run to the bushes. But only a few minutes and then I went back for another hour of sleep.

Something I wrote earlier...

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