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Old 05-25-2011, 05:17 PM
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Why did Michael and William hold Kate's hand up like that? Were they told not to link arms for a specific reason?
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:13 PM
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What I like about the wedding (but you have to pay attention to it) are the shots of the famillies (mainly the BRF) while the ceremony going on. Serena Linley and James Olgivy had big smiles when William and Harry came in (before Kate started her walk) and Peter Phillips when William and Catherine are saying their vows.
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:15 PM
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Why did Michael and William hold Kate's hand up like that? Were they told not to link arms for a specific reason?
I think- and others may know better- that is the formal/correct(?) way to escort a lady but I'm not sure on that.....

It's funny on my wedding day my husband actully walked me into the reception like that when we were presented and I thought it actually sweet like he was 'presenting' me but in a proud look at my gorgeous new wife way! :)
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:10 AM
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:52 AM
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Why did Michael and William hold Kate's hand up like that? Were they told not to link arms for a specific reason?

I sincerely doubt so. I'm fairly certain it was personal preference, nothing more.
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Old 05-29-2011, 04:17 PM
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It was the first Royal wedding I had watched. I did not see Princess Diana's wedding (until after she had died) and did not see Sarah Ferguson's wedding. It was fun watching Prince Williams wedding. We recorded it on TiVo because there was no way we were getting up at 5 a.m. in the morning (U.S. time). We watched the BBC channel which was alot better than NBC (Lauer and Viera so annoying). It was nice but a lot different than Princess Diana's wedding. I was a little shocked at Earl Spencer. All of his red hair was gone and I understand he was with his soon to be 3rd wife. Prince Charles had a sadness in his eyes. Some of the hats some women wore were ridiculous.

Prince William's bride was beautiful. She was glowing with happiness. I know that alot of people were thinking how sad that Prince William's mother wasn't there.

I loved at the end that Prince William and Catherine rode off in the snazzy car. I hope that they have a wonderful life together.
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This was the first major royal event I have watched and I must say, I could hardly sit still I was so excited. I watched the BBC coverage in its entirety on one of the pay-TV channels here in Australia and I was very impressed by the overall program, especially how the hose was silent for virtually the entirety of the service. Unfortionately, this meant that I was forced to provide commentary for my grandparents and therefore spent most of it saying things like "And just at the bottom of screen in Crown Princess of Victoria of Sweden looking lovely in that orange ensemble" and "The Archbishop of Cantebury, the most senior anglican cleric, is the one coming towards Wills and Kate" and so on.

Despite this, I was still somewhat awestruck by the whole occasion. I did tear up a bit when Kate walked up the aisle to "I was glad" by Parry - which happens to be one of my favourite pieces of all time - and felt rather emotional for most of the service. I am pretty sure my heart almost stopped when the ring didn't go on automatically, but my fears were allayed and I continued to be silenced by the shear pomp and glory of the occasion. I felt thoroughly carried away with the sense of majesty of the wedding and decided to sing along to "God Save the Queen" regardless of my non-existant singing abilities.



I thought that the bride looked beautiful and the rest of the Royal Family looked very nice, although Zara Phillips hat was a bit silly in my opinion. Princess Alexandra and the Countess of Wessex were the best dressed in my opinion, alongside Crown Princess Victoria and Pippa Middleton.

The procession back to the Palace was also lovely to watch, especially the fleet of buses arriving only shortly after the carriages and mounted soldiers.

In my opinion, the balcony appearance topped off a wonderful day, especially when Prince Charles had to hold Camilla's granddaughter and the flowergirl who wasnt coping with the noise. The Royal Wedding was, in my young and idealistic opinion, the greatest television programming I have ever seen. The Royal Family has recieved a much needed boost, even here in Australia, and I think this is indeed the beginning of a new era for the Widnsors. I wish the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all the best and cannot wait for the next glorious royal event of this scale.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:22 AM
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Taped NBC but watched CNN (mostly). Was disappointed that the foreign royals' arrival at the Abbey wasn't televised!
I was disappointed the BBC didn't show many foreign royals either, and it didn't bother discussing the one's they did show. Overall I found the BBC's coverage superb, but I would have preferred David Dimbleby over Huw Edwards
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:16 AM
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We say for all bride's gowns :
Something new : Her earrings
Something old : Diana's ring
Something blu : Diana's ring
Someting borrowed The tiara

Is that correct for Catherine's dress????
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:20 AM
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Let's stay on topic...this thread isn't about Diana.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:42 AM
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Why did Michael and William hold Kate's hand up like that? Were they told not to link arms for a specific reason?
It is the correct way in which to escort a lady at a formal event and has been done that way for hundreds of years. My parents did this at their marriage and countless others have done it too. There are certain ways to hold and conduct yourself, like there is a certain way to dance the fox-trot or a waltz, or to curtsey or bow, it's kind of just the way it should be done.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:47 AM
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I seem to remember being abit fed up with too much choral music (or maybe just fed up with shots of the choir all the time) but since then, I've downloaded the music onto my ipod and have to say that the music is amazing. My overall impression is that the wedding was a historic day that will be looked back upon for generations to come, just as I look back photos and film footage of the Queen's wedding all those years ago. In fact, there are many things I think William and Catherine took as inspirations from the Queen's wedding.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:59 AM
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Yes! The music was a nice surprise to me as well. I remember not paying much attention to it before, but since the ceremony the I'm glad version of the day is on my List. so powerful! Also the last one, when the couple is leaving the abbey I remember thinking "Jezz, this is really what fairy tales are made of" It sounded and looked like a movie.
Kudos to Prince Charles for helping Catherine with the selection.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:26 PM
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Kate's eye makeup was a mistake. Oddly, it really showed up badly through the veil. Looked much better without the veil. She made a mistake not having someone professional check out her eye makeup IMO.

Otherwise, the dress was a winner. (As was Pippa's - really outstanding).

The trees in the Abbey were an inspired touch.

The rest was too 'down played' - too much of an attempt to be 'normal'. What is 'normal'? There seems to be a hang-up on that. Standing up to eat? My jaw dropped with that one. I attend a wedding, I want a nice sit-down meal. I attend a royal wedding - I want a very nice sit-down meal!
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:19 PM
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I have "I Was Glad" on my iPod as well as "The Prince of Denmark March" from '81. I'm trying to listen to the music from the 2011 wedding now and I'm still not that impressed. Then again Ive only gotten through "God Save The Queen" and "Jerusalem".
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:11 AM
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Kate's eye makeup was a mistake. Oddly, it really showed up badly through the veil. Looked much better without the veil. She made a mistake not having someone professional check out her eye makeup IMO.
Completely agree. When I saw her heavy eye makeup through the veil upon her arrival to the Abbey, it brought me back down to earth [insert cringe here] after having a mini spaz attack over her dress. I didn't notice it as the wedding progressed, but it still bugs me today!
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The rest was too 'down played' - too much of an attempt to be 'normal'. What is 'normal'? There seems to be a hang-up on that. Standing up to eat? My jaw dropped with that one. I attend a wedding, I want a nice sit-down meal. I attend a royal wedding - I want a very nice sit-down meal!
I'm confused. Even though I'm not familiar with a Church of England service, I thought it was primarily a very religious ceremony and their solemness reflected that. I didn't think they were attempting to be 'normal', but maybe a more serious version of themselves, as they thought was necessary for the ceremony. But did they really stand up to eat (I'm assuming at the Queen's reception)? I never heard that before, and honestly it doesn't make any sense. Perhaps it wasn't a complete sit-down meal, but I cannot imagine hundreds of distinguished guests standing around eating canapes!
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:41 AM
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I would have loved to hear the speeches from Mr. Middelton, Charles and of course William.
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Has it ever been mentioned what sorts of gifts the couple received, both from members of the BRF and the Middleton family?

(I know they wanted donations to charity, but surely they got some personal items as well?
What did Prince Charles give them?
Or the rest of the RF?)
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In a Q&A in Billed Bladet #26, 2011, a Otto Grove points out the L on the motor grill on the sportscar Kate and William drove in when leaving Buckingham Palace shortly after the wedding.
L of course meaing: Learner. Otto Grove wondered if it was a little joke about learning to drive on "the highway of love" or whether it was just coincidental.
It was not commented by commentators in DK.

Do any of you know whether that little detail was commented on?
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It was not especially commented on here in the UK because the L-plate is quite often seen on the car that a newly married couple drive away in (along with balloons, tin-cans etc tied to the back). It's a joke to mean that they are novices/learners in the art of a long and happy marriage and have many years to go before they are experts! The L-plate design is, I think, only used on motor vehicles and so is instantly recognisable here as a learner sign.
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