Despite being claimed as part of the British Empire as recently as the 1840s — long after the rest of the country had torn down its George III statues — the Pacific Northwest felt a little distant from the April 29 royal wedding. This was partly due to Prince William and Kate Middleton holding their event between 1 and 5 a.m. our time.
Still, there’s something to be said for any wedding that features the Household Cavalry. In most American weddings these days, you’re lucky to have an open bar.
Not to mention a location for the wedding ceremony that was built in 1245; the future king of England driving the bride down the parade route afterward in his own Aston Martin; a horse-drawn carriage outfitted with everything except a glass slipper; and a procession of ladies’ hats apparently created by Marie Antoinette leafing through a geometry textbook.
So you can see why, in a world that no longer believes either in princesses or in happily ever after, hundreds of thousands of wedding enthusiasts showed up on the streets of London and hundreds of millions around the world attended by TV — and that’s just those who will admit it.
There’s a deep appeal to unbounded pageantry, something that goes beyond even a Super Bowl halftime show. And there’s always a certain hopefulness to a wedding, especially one featuring two participants who seem deeply pleased with each other and a groom who seems just slightly bored by all the rest of it.
The Portland, Ore., Oregonian (May 3)