|The laughing, dancing policeman listening to 'his' crowds!
Memories are made of this .. well I hope my rumblings on, two weeks after the event, will be looked at occasionally in the months, years to come – ever hopeful perhaps!
I’m glad I waited as a few other fun aspects have come to light .. a letter to The Guardian by a staunch non-royalist and a humanist, who declared he had a confession to make ... “I really enjoyed and was moved by the royal wedding. Kate looked fabulous and William is clearly a decent bloke.” What a very British statement from an English man!
Where else in the world would you have thousands of people held at bay by a few policemen, with a British bobby in shirt sleeves, no gun, wandering down The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace ... taking the limelight, nearly going on one knee, half-tripping .. and expansively encouraging the crowds’ loud cheers and laughter at his antics ...
Wonderful unexpected delights that will be the talking points for many a day ahead ... the cart-wheeling verger and his act of exuberance, .. the vaudeville policeman ... the soapless ring, the JU5T WED vintage Aston Martin ... unexpected headlines – many ... and the cartoons ... the cartoonists – witty and so clever ... Hubert Parry, the ‘unkown’ composer whose arrangements performed the soundtrack to the ceremony ...
... in fact Sir Hubert (1848 – 1918) was a musician and teacher, who has been rated as the finest English composer since Henry Purcell; he’s best known for the choral setting of William Blakes’ hymn “Jerusalem”, the Coronation anthem “I was glad” and the hymn tune “Repton”, which sets the words “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” .. all pieces I’m sure we’re aware of.
Yeomen of the Guard in the procession to the
annual service of the Order of the Garter
at Windsor Castle. (Yeomen were first
created in 1485 by Henry VII).
Peter Brookes’ cartoon in the Saturday Times ... portrayed the Yeomanry ‘march-dragging by his toes’ a poor commoner towards The Tower, because he didn’t watch the wedding on tv! Great take on a historical probability 500 years ago.
Organisation, the precision and attention to detail of this event puts to shame our railways ... another letter, this time to The Independent, titled ‘Royal rail’ – wondering “if we could ask the people who organised the royal wedding to sort out our railways?” – our rolling stock is rather elderly .. we’ve been around a long time – seeing as ‘we invented’ the railways – and our country is a little... well little ...
Why do I look things up? Ancient railways – well they only go back to the 6thC BC – that six km track ran across the Corinth isthmus in Greece for 600 years ... then along came wooden rails .. operated by human or animal power. The world’s oldest working railway, built in 1758, is the Middleton Railway in Leeds ....... haven’t I heard that name somewhere else recently ... ?
The Collier, aquatint by Robert Havell 1814,
showing a Matthew Murray steam locomotive
(Salamanca) on the Middleton Railway.
Where was the soap? I thought they might have needed some for the ring – and Kate’s finger by now presumably has recovered that very public ordeal of push and shove .. this circle of Welsh Gold IS going on that future Queen’s finger ... it did .. the Middletons now forever entwined with the Crown.
Then there was a title in The Sunday Telegraph’s Souvenir Supplement ... which says it all from another perspective ... “Despite some trepidation, the middle-class Middletons showed a grace and assurance that must have impressed their illustrious new in-laws” ... I think I’d concur here ...
The folder of newspaper
web offset printing press.
Also – I bet the print media is rubbing its hands with glee – so much print has been and will be bought ... yes – the instantaneity of the net, but we all love pictures and glossy books ... certainly the Saturday and Sunday papers had a field day ..
The Princes have brought ‘the Firm’, as the Royal Family is known, into the 21st century ... and the Palace et al ... are using all the tools at their disposal vis a vis websites, Twitter and Facebook ... The Queen, who is 85, has been known to use and love technology gadgets .. and since seeing the Princes’ ipads, has asked for her own. No point in living in the past is there!
On this day we saw that in Britain, love of country and the monarchy are still inextricably bound together ... Royalty give us “a permanent connection to the past, and a possibility of a future”. It has been a rare opportunity – in a country with no national day – to participate, to put up the bunting, and share a moment in history.
|Welsh gold dust and
A miner’s great-great-granddaughter has married her Prince – fairy tales are made of this ... and the two are in love, as their happiness together shone through in this most intimate of weddings, that still was broadcast to the world ... in what has been proclaimed by one and all as a very happy, successful day ...
Apart from many other snippets I’ve missed, two main component parts are missing .. the menus on the day ... food, food, glorious food – I thought that deserved a separate post ...
... and then the solemnity of the Service itself, the sermon, I thought I’d combine with this year's 400th anniversary of the King James Bible ...
. .. and after my mother’s antics on Thursday .. another post will be coming about discussions, laughter and hysterics from a hospital bed!
Extra links etc:
Fab Magazine .. has some lovely photos and short notes, as well as at the end ... links to the dancing policeman and the cart-wheeling verger .... see here
Daily Mail - Royal Wedding - Cart Wheeling Verger
ITV clip of Cart-Wheeling Verger - slow motion repeat
British Pathe – Royal Weddings Collection – many videos from 100 newsreels are available at this site.
British Monarchy's Official site at FlickR
View the official website of the British Monarchy and see the prominent centrally positioned Facebook link, as well as Twitter and Flickr links on the right.
PS - dear Blogger I do hope you're not going ill again any time soon ...
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