It's funny to see so many people fascinated with Friday's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. We happened to be in the UK at the time of the last Royal Wedding, and I don't recall this kind of fervor surrounding it.
Could it be because the two people joined together in holy matrimony were these two?
Our reason for being in Britain in the middle of the school year was that my father-in-law had suffered a stroke - so it was just one of those things that our visit happened to coincide with the wedding.
I don't remember a lot about that wedding, other than the sweeping feathered hat Camilla wore for their Anglican ceremony at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel (which followed a civil service at Windsor Guildhall; the couple changed their clothes inbetween).
Of course, it's a bit harder to get as enthused over a second marriage - especially when the world blames the happy couple for the tragic end of the groom's first wife. Prince Charles' wedding to Diana was a royal spectacle, broadcast to the world from St. Paul's Cathedral. His wedding to Camilla was a small, civil service at Windsor, Guildhall (followed by a formal blessing in the family chapel at Windsor Castle). BBC coverage of the event was pretty low-key, and there wasn't anything close to the kind of foreign coverage surrounding the nuptials of William and Kate (NBC alone has sent hundreds of people to cover the event - and that's just one American network).
I did not see a lot of wedding souvenirs in the shops of Cardiff, my husband's home town in Wales. I did, however, make a special trip to the post office to purchase some stamps commemorating the event. And, as we happened to be driving back to London the day after the wedding, we decided to make a pit stop in Windsor (which was on the way).
Yellow caution ribbons and no parking signs were still in place... and the Windsor shops were full of wedding tzotschkes, like the shotglass depicted above.
I love it, because it's got the wrong date (Pope John Paul passed away the previous week, and Charles had to attend the funeral -- which forced the couple to move their nuptials up a day).
I've asked my brother-in-law and nephew to be on the lookout for a companion shotglass depicting William and Kate. I don't know if they realize I'm serious. I am. After all, it's the next best thing to being there.