Wistful thoughts on a royal wedding

Posted By on April 13, 2011

Joanna Bogle has a very thoughtful piece over on Mercatornet:

There is something slightly sad about this Royal Wedding, something a bit wistful, that gives the thing a complicated feel. The trimmings are all there: the commemorative mugs and plates, the bunting, the red-white-and-blue hats, the feature articles about what the wedding dress will be like. And there is genuine affection for the young couple – Prince William is a fine young man, who is serving in the Royal Air Force with dedication and skill, and Catherine Middleton is a charming young woman from a cheerful upper-middle-class family who seems capable of taking a royal future in her stride.

So, why the sadness? Well, there are the obvious things: the marriage of Prince William’s parents ended in divorce, as have a number of other royal marriages of recent decades (Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret). And then there was the death of Princess Diana in a Paris car crash. But these things do not necessarily make this April wedding sad: on the contrary, it is lovely to see young love blossoming in the next generation, and this could bring a message of healing, unity and hope.

No, it all goes deeper. The reason why things aren’t quite as joyful as they ought to be has much more to do with Britain, with marriage, and with families in the country as its stands today, in 2011.

Read the entire piece HERE.

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2 Responses to “Wistful thoughts on a royal wedding”

  1. doreen says:

    I live in Britain. And compared to the wedding of Prince William’s mother, the interest just isn’t there.

    The media are making an effort, but the atmosphere is quite different.

    There seems to be more fervour in America for it than over here.

    I’ve lived long enough to see this nation reject God and most everything to do with Christianity.

    Since marriage is God given, and marriage is on the decline over here, then I don’t look for much excitement when any wedding is announced.

    But, whatever happens, I look to God, and that His name would be glorified.

    God bless.

  2. Mrs. Zwieg says:

    I really enjoyed this article, thank you so much for sharing it! I have posted it to my facebook.

    I remember when Princess Diana was married and the Royal Wedding! My mother took the whole day off of work, bought me the paper doll and we sat and watched the whole wedding on a very small Television set. I was quite young, but I remember it well! I remember wanting to grow up to be like Princess Diana and visit people in hospitals and children in orphanages (I do that now…I am just not a British Royal).

    I do find it uncomfortable to go to weddings because of what they have become. We do not attend if we know the couple is celebrating specifically to enjoy a night of drunken lewdness. I also am not fond of going to a wedding and seeing the bride standing out in the church parking lot with a cigarette in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other (the first time I ever saw that I was more than shocked). Whatever happened to the blushing bride?

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