Pomp and circumstance

I’m neither ashamed nor afraid to admit it: I watched the live broadcast of the Royal Wedding. It meant I had to set my alarm for 3 a.m., and resulted in a very long day, but it was well worth it.

I’ve long been a monarchist, and am proud of it. I adore HM The Queen, and think she and her family an important part of Canada’s history and its future. And so, I, along with nearly 12 million Canadians and almost 2 billion people around the world, delighted in the spectacle that took place on April 29, 2011.

To witness, as we all did, the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton, was to witness a bit of history in the making. And what a bit of history it was!

I dare say the event was flawless, every aspect executed with military precision. Cars left the various palaces neither a minute early, nor a minute late; everyone arrived at Westminster Abbey on time, as expected; the ceremony went off without a hitch; the day unfolded exactly like officials said it would.

Brilliant.

More importantly, however, I genuinely believe this Royal Wedding — one for the ages, to be sure! — didn’t simply meet the world’s expectations, it exceeded them. Fantastically so.

That dress! The trees in the Abbey! Those hats! Pippa!

Not one, but two kisses from the balcony!

Without a doubt, HM The Queen said it best: “Amazing.”

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