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No one can do Pomp and Ceremony Like The British

Updated on May 5, 2011

A Royal Wedding

Pomp and ceremony goes hand in hand with a visit to London if you´ve never been before.

As a child l never understood ´the changing of the Guard´but always looked forward to seeing all these wonderful red coats and enormous bearskin hats on the soldiers outside Buckinham Palace. Of course it was a ceremonial way of changing shifts, really. Time for one group of men to go off duty and another group to come on.

Unless you´ve been living on Mars, recently, or the Wilds of the North pole, l´m sure you´ll know that a Royal Wedding makes the Changing of the guard (a daily ritual) fade in comparison and a Right Royal Wedding is upon us on April 29th.

During a recession when everyone is tightening their belts, so to speak and cutbacks are a word that comes up on every single news buletin, you could be forgiven for thinking. .........

that the Wedding of Prince William in a few days time is going to cost a fortune and the money could be spent elsewhere. Well, sorry any anti-Royals, closet communists or those wishing for an over throw of the Royal family in favour of a republic, but there´s nothing the Brits like more during a recession than a lavish affair to take their minds off the gloom and doom.

One thing l´ve noticed about Princely weddings is the amount of money that is MADE for the small business man!!! Yes. It´s true and something that l am guilty of myself,......wittering on about the small businessman being hit the hardest during ´´cutbacks´´.

So just think for a moment of the amount of people who, not only will be lining the streets on this special day, but will have camped out on the pavement all through the night before to get a good view of he Queen and countless other Royals driving slowly past.

Not only will these literally thousands of people need to eat more than the packed supper and breakfast they may have brought with them, but they´ll be very thirsty. Every small shop around will sell masses of bottles of water, juices, colas and beers. More than they sometimes sell in a week.

Think of the souvenirs. Everything from a beautiful china plate with a picture of Prince William and the lovely Kate to the tackiest thing you can think of WILL be sold. Tacky in these circumstances is not meant to be insulting. It´s a fact we all recognise as we dry the dishes with a picture of the happy couple on the tea Towel, or drink tea out of a mug with the royal crest on it. This time l notice there is something called the Royal sick-bag very akin to what you´ll find in your seat pocket in flight, but more colourful and , sorry to say with a picture of the happy couple on it. l still haven´t worked out if it is the sarcasm of ´´all this palaver is making me sick´ or genuinely for people who overindulge there in a great crowd...... You have to make your own mind up about that one.

The point is there are hundreds and hundreds of different types of souveneirs that will make the small business man very happy.

  drinks coaster. .. Hmph.
drinks coaster. .. Hmph.
the inevitable tea-towel
the inevitable tea-towel
slightly more ellegant souveneir
slightly more ellegant souveneir
Well if you British,  there just HAS to be a tea-pot, right?
Well if you British, there just HAS to be a tea-pot, right?
plate, presumambly for cucumber sanwiches, or cup-cakes OR hangng on the wall.
plate, presumambly for cucumber sanwiches, or cup-cakes OR hangng on the wall.

The Dress

Needless to say millions of women cannot wait to see THE dress. l hope they won´t be disappointed. Think about it. How does the lovely Kate dress now???. Very simple outfits. Always super smart, but not fussy. l just can´t see her going for the enormous dress filled with yards and yards of lace and pearl and ruffles. i may be wrong . We´ll have to wait and see. One thing is for sure it will be beautiful. She is a beautiful young woman whatever she wears.

One newspaper article said she wanted to wear flowers in her hair (aaww) but has been told she must wear a Tiara. (can´t always believe the press,) but somehow it sounded likely that flowers in her hair would be her style. Again we´ll have to wait and see. The other thing mentioned in the same newspaper article was that she wanted to arrive in a car with her dad, not a Royal coach. Really can´t blame the girl for that. Those carriages look so uncomfortable, and being drawn by beautiful horses may look lovely but l´m sure the ride would make anyone sea-sick. (Hey she could get one of her own sick-bags!!!)


Another thing that sounds precarious is the fact that Prince william has asked his brother Harry to organise the Stag Night. O my gosh!!! Having Prince Harry to organise a party would fill me with dread. William may never arrive at Westminster Abbey. We could find him chained to a railing somewhere, and Harry won´t be able to remember where!!!!

Being fair to young Prince Harry, he has changed a lot from the teenager always being photographed falling out of London nightclubs in the early hours of the morning into a young man who does good charity work, loves his life as a soldier and has generally ´grown - up¨

Having said what a remarkable change we´ve seen in this charming young man , Prince Harry, it´s still a stag night, so l still find the idea a bit scary. As long as they all make it to the altar in one piece, that will be fine.


The East end of London is known for loving what they call ´´a good knees up´´ ,so parties in the street have been arranged in various parts of London and l´m sure the Londoners will be happy to forget the recession and enjoy theirday to the full. Oh, in case you are unfamiliar with term á good knees up´´ just means letting your hair down, all ages get up to dance and sometimes (groan) sing.

All over Britain people will have their own ways of celebrating.  Personally being slightly immobile at the moment l´ve opted for the best seat in the house, T.v.   You get better views from the camera than being there. (though l do understand people like to go for the atmosphere)  But , if l can´t be there l´ll feel like l am. l might just lock myself in the bedroom with needed supplies of chocolate and drinks, switch off the mobile and let my husband deal with any callers if he wants to. If not he can sit with me and we´ll put a Do Not Disturb  sign on the door,  Ha Ha,!!

l wonder what the cake will be like ...........................


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Amen to that. Thanks for still reading my efforts.

    Take care of your health. x

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    Micky Dee 

    7 years ago

    God bless you Dim. I - would indeed - put them all to work. I love you Dim! Great article!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Ha Ha! Poor Tony. You will not be alone, being among the men who just don´t ´get it´!!!!

    l must admit souveneir condoms seems to be going a bit too far, similar to the Royal sick bag.

    The china souveneirs are the most acceptable, l think.

    loved your comment, thank you. l´m still chuckling. l too have one eye on the weather forecast.

    Thanks for reminding me about tissues. Nearly forgot.!!

    Tut tut!

    love and peace as always,


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    Tony McGregor 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    You are right about the British and their pomp and ceremony - no-one quite gets it right the way they do!

    At the same time I guess there is a point to all of this hoopla but I must admit it kind of passes me by. My wife (another Catherine!) will be glued to the telly but I will pretty much do what I do every day, with maybe a glance at the box from time to time. My Catherine is already fretting about how the weather will be in London on Friday!

    Saw a brief insert on our TV last night about the souvenirs being produced - including condoms!

    As you say it's probably good for some of the small business people and that's good.

    Thanks for the interesting Hub and I hope you enjoy your day in front of the telly. Don't run out of tissues now, will you?

    Love and peace


  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Lovely to see your big smile on my page. !!

    l agree, William is like his mum. but he aso has his own gentleman--type personality. A sense of humour that occassionally peeps through........AND Kate. She seems to be lovely. l really hope they will break the spell of the nastiness that went on for a while. l think they will. New generation. New blood.

    l´m looking forward to a day with my feet up in front of the t.v. Thanks for the comment. Take care

  • acaetnna profile image


    7 years ago from Guildford

    Great hub. Lets hope that these two love birds remain in love forever. Diana changed the crown forever and now it will live on through this wonderful couple. Hooray - William has adopted his mother's genes and thankfully not his fathers!!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Helo Lady Wordsmith,

    Thanks forlthe comment. l also am the only one in my family in this area who´ll be watching, Some others(my brothers and my step-mum) will be watching down in Wales. It´s going to make the May Day bank holiday into a nice long one. All we need now is the weather we´ve been having for the last couple of weeks.. Enjoy your day. Cheers! Dim

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Sunnie Day..... Nice to know you are with me on this one. l´ll be thinking of you as l sit doing the same as you. Ha Ha..

    Have a good, wedding day...!!!

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    Linda Rawlinson 

    7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

    I love the Royal Family too :) They represent the history of our country to me, which is fascinating - good stuff, and bad stuff, it's all still fascinating. I visited Windsor Castle a few years ago, and when I saw my favourite painting (one of Elizabeth I, as a princess) I cried!

    I will be watching the wedding (much to the disgust of the rest of my family who think that the Royal Family are a bunch of lazy spongers!) in the comfort of my living room, all by myself. I'll have a supply of tissues, as I'm sure I'll cry. Love it!

    I think you are right: in general, people like to try to enjoy nice times when things are not so good.


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    Sunnie Day 

    7 years ago

    Good Morning Dim,

    I love love love the royal family. I think they are fascinating. I cried like a baby when Princess Diana died. I am going to have a front row seat in my living area to watch the wedding.. Thank you for this post.

    Up and beautiful.


  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    thanks for stopping by my page. Kind of you to vote up.

    pleased to meet you on hubpages

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    7 years ago from Sacramento, CA

    Thanks for posting this one! I'm sure it will be quite a wedding. Voted up!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    l appreciate your comment. l think a lot of people are excited about this wedding because it is William and they loved Diana so much.

    Must admit l´m not one of them, l just love a good excuse to watch the big event and my heart is always with the small busines man.

    good to see you here. Thanks.

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    Sandria Green-Stewart 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Dim Flaxenwick, I've been watching so much tv about the wedding. Kind of remind me of Princess Diana's wedding. I suppose though that I was more tuned in then because she happens to be close to my age.

    While I do wish the young Prince and his bride to be the best, I have not cleared my schedule for Friday. I know that I'll watch whatever I can.

    I never thought about the economical impact on small business and in that light it is a great thing.

    Anyway, I love London and the changing of the guard. I suppose on occasions like this Royalty is relatable.

    Thanks for giving another side to this event.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Good for you. Thanks for reading.

  • CASE1WORKER profile image


    7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

    it will be a good time for all- a celebration and yes, some of us, me included, will have made a little money from the wedding


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