A Royal Wedding Day Toast To William and Catherine. 29th April 2011
Diana Would Have Loved It!
Princess Diana would have been so proud!
To see her elder son, Prince William, walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey ~ supported by his younger brother, Harry ~ to await the arrival of his new bride!
He had set off at 10 am, ready for the marriage service to begin at 11am.
The two boys looked very happy and relaxed ~ and William showed very few signs of nerves. He obviously knew that he was doing exactly the right thing!
The royal family arrived in a cavalcade of cars and coaches.
Just in case it had remained dull, the queen had brought her own bit of sunshine, by dressing in a delightful yellow outfit!
After a period of beautiful weather, it was a little bit dull, but at least it kept dry ~ and the sun did peep through on occasion!
With the queen, was her ebullient husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Like so many male members of the family, he was dressed in military uniform.
William wore his uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards.
The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles
Prince Charles was in attendance, of course, seated next to his parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and with his wife beside him ~ not the groom's mother, since Princess Diana of Wales was killed in a car crash, several years ago.
No, it was his present wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall ~ the woman whom Diana once described as the third person in their marriage.
The Bridal Party in Westminster Abbey
'Who Giveth This Woman?'
History in the Making
Shortly before 11am, it was Catherine Middleton's turn to drive to the Abbey, accompanied by her father.
Her mother and brother were awaiting them there ~ as were her sister and the other bridesmaids, page boys and flower girls.
Kate is very attractive and she looked lovely, in a beautiful gown and rather old-fashioned looking veil.
Westminster Abbey - At The Altar
Rousing music announced to William, and to the hundreds of guests, that his bride had arrived ~ and the service began.
Kate walked up the aisle, in her dress-with-train, on her father's arms, followed by her attendants.
Beautiful music, beautiful words, beautiful clothes ~ and a beautiful couple, so obviously in love.
No wondering whatever love might be, as Prince Charles had mumbled, when he announced his engagement to Diana Spencer.
After a lengthy service, with both Welsh and English hymns, the couple left the Abbey together as the bells pealed out.
Leaving Westminster Abbey
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the 1902 State Landau
Then the couple returned to Buckingham Palace, in an open 1902 Landau carriage, as thousands of well-wishers lined the route.
Thousands more were watching at home ~ indeed, millions ~ all around the world.
Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I wish them well!
The 'Sunshine' Queen Is All Smiles - It Has Gone Well!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Wave to the Crowds from the 1902 State Landau
Nearing the Cenotaph - Union Flags!
Arriving at Buckingham Palace
The Prince and His Bride Enter the Palace
The Balcony Scene
The 'wedding' images are photographs, which I took, myself, of my own television screen, while I was watching BBC coverage of the royal wedding.
I do not know if this might cause any copyright problems. I hope not ~ but will remove the images if necessary.
The actual, photographs are my own ~ I took them, of my TV, and I then edited them. They must not be copied.
The words are my own. Copyright Tricia Mason. All Rights Reserved.