Friday, April 29, 2011
Charles and Diana's wedding
I admit, I slept in that July day in 1981 and didn't get up at 4 or whatever to watch it. And while I wanted to love her dress, and did love the general froofiness and big marshmallowness, it was not the wedding gown of my dreams. (My wedding gown looked a lot more like that worn by Sarah Ferguson in 1986.)
But who could help but get sucked in by Diana -- her beauty, her shyness, her insistence on standing in line (sorry, "queueing") with her sons in McDonald's, her fight to raise them as normally as possible and so they understood the world around them more than their father did? She made some hella stupid mistakes (hello, so did Charles), but overall, the world was a better place with her in it.
Her death in 1997 seemed so needless, so premature, so senseless. Damn paparazzi. Damn drunken drivers. Damn princesses who think they don't need to wear seatbelts.
Congrats, William, and may your own marriage be as joyous as we had hoped your mother's would be.
Are you watching Wills and Kate? What are your memories of Diana and Charles' big day, or Andrew and Fergie's?