It’s 4 AM in New York and I am watching the Royal Wedding. Last night, I was very excited before going to bed. It was the same feeling as when you’re seven and it’s Christmas Eve. That’s silly, I know. It’s a wedding for two people I will never meet. It’s still very exciting (not enough so that I would have flown to England this week) and a lot of fun to watch.
I understand she won’t be leaving the hotel until 5:51 AM (our time) but it is a lot of fun watching people show up to the church in their hats. Maybe I’m delirious from waking up so early, but I am seriously considering making everyone wear hats or at least fascinators to our wedding. Some of these hats are phenomenal.
4:12 AM : There’s a man sitting in the crowd wearing a top hat and sipping on champagne. Perfect way to start this.
4:15 AM : Prince William and Kate Middleton will receive the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William will also become the Earl of Strathearn, and the Baron of Carrickfergus. No Princess title? Really? C’mon, Queen Elizabeth. It’s Kate’s wedding day. Let her be a legit Princess.
4:16 AM : David Beckham looks handsome. Victoria looks lovely as well. She does not look pregnant at all. And good for her for wearing her own label.
4:18 AM : Just saw the wedding programs. I’ll need to get a coat of arms.
4:19 AM : First batch of commercials. That’s not bad because 1) I’m sure they’re making a ton of money for any commercials and 2) I’m surprised there weren’t any earlier commercials.
4:22 AM: Shortest commercial break ever. They’re showing the Beckhams again. It’s funny because once you’re in the Abbey, everyone is at the same level and just rushing to get to their seats.
4:27 AM : You’re at the royal wedding, and you’re not even going to put something in your hair. Really? It’s your opportunity to wear a ridiculous hat or fascinator.
4:28 AM : Commercials again.
4:30 AM : These commercial breaks are so short! And we just saw Mr. Bean. Awesome. My uncle looks JUST like him. It’s like he’s there!
4:31 AM : For some reason, they keep showing us the Rolls Royce parked outside of the hotel. No one’s in there and we all know what they look like. Calm down people. Side note – it makes me a little sad we’re not getting a Rolls Royce for our wedding. They’re so classic and make for lovely photos.
4:34 AM : Talking about her dress. The Palace will send an email with all the details on Kate’s wedding dress. They will literally hit the send button when she steps out of the hotel. These ladies seem to believe that it will be Alexander McQueen. Who knows!
4:36 AM : Will hats come back in fashion? These ladies (and me!) hope so.
4:37 AM : Another batch of commercials. I can’t believe how short these commercial breaks are. I barely have enough time to make tea for myself!
4:40 AM : Where is Elton John? Do you think he’s in one of the cars who just left Buckingham Palace.
4:41 AM : Interviewing Clemintine Hambro. Aside from having an amazing name, she was a bridesmaid for Princess Diana.
4:46 AM : IT’S SIR ELTON JOHN! Doesn’t he look dapper in his morning jacket?? The later you get there, the more important you are so yeah, he’s special.
4:49: AM : The hats coming into Westminster Abbey are getting larger. I love this.
4:53 AM : These drummers are wearing tiger skin throws. Seriously. They look like rugs on top of them. I don’t really understand why.
4:57 AM : Commercial break!
5:02 AM : I love the English Maples in the Abbey. They’re so pretty. At the same time, it’s such a pretty church that I’m not sure if I would cover it up.
5:05 AM : Apparently the Prime Minister stood outside and watched the wedding of Princess Diana to Prince Charles. Now he’s in Westminster Abbey to watch the wedding between Prince William and Kate. Talk about knowing you’ve made it.
5:07 AM : Prince William is breaking tradition by having Prince Harry be his best man (rather than just being a supporter). I think that’s very sweet. Maybe I’m naive, but the Princes seem to be very down to earth.
5:11 AM : Oh no, the Prince was supposed to leave at 5:10. He’s late!
5:12 AM : THERE’S THE CAR! It’s a Bentley. I love that both of the Princes are in uniform. They’re also wearing white gloves. You can see them when they wave. I wonder if Kate is watching this on TV so she can see what he’s wearing.
5:16 AM : The church bells are a-ringin’!
5:18 AM : And they’re at Westminster Abbey. What a short drive. Prince William just saluted an officer in a ridiculous hat.
5:19 AM : Prince William & Harry just took off their gloves and hats! Looks like he’s sporting a comb over.
5:22 AM : The Princes are saying hello to people in the front area. So friendly.
5:24 AM : Just sneaked a peek at Carole Middleton and her son James. She’s wearing an aquaish blue – it’s a very pretty color. Also, how excited do you think she is right now? Her daughter is getting married – and to a Prince.
5:28 AM : I am getting nervous for everyone.
5:29 AM : I love that they’re all in British cars – Jaguars, Bentleys, and Rolls Royces.
5:31 AM : Momma Middleton and her son, James, just got to the church. She looks fabulous.
5:35 AM : Prince William & Camilla, and some other royals, just left Buckingham Palace. He’s wearing uniform as well. It’s cute because he’s matching his sons.
5:38 AM : Camilla looks like she’s wearing white. I hope it’s just a very light color that appears white in the quick glimpses we see of her.
5:40 AM : The headpieces are getting so good. Thank you, Princess Beatrice.
5:41 AM : The Queen is wearing yellow! She and Prince Philip just left Buckingham Palace.
5:43 AM : The bridesmaids & page boys are leaving the hotel. They are adorable.
5:44 AM : Camilla is wearing a blue/champagne color. Phew! Everything is okay.
5:48 AM : The Queen just got to the Abbey! Joe just commented on how she just hopped out of the car (even though she’s 85). Also, these bells are going crazy.
5:50 AM : We’re going to see Kate Middleton soon. I am SO excited!
5:51 AM : WE SEE KATE!! Long veil, long-lace sleeves. Her bouquet is on the small side. The Palace released information on her dress on the Royal Wedding website.
5:53 AM : To the church! I love that the top of her car is class. I can see that he hair is down. Also, it looks like a full wedding skirt.
5:55 AM : She has drop earrings and a tiara.
5:56 AM : The bridesmaids, page boys and Pippa walking into the church. Pippa looks good.
5:58 AM : Kate is very good at waving. I wonder if they have classes.
6:00 AM : Kate is at the church! Pippa is coming out to help Kate. Sarah Burton (of Alexander McQueen) designed the dress. It’s got a modest sized train. Lots of embroidery and lace.
6:02 AM : I am nervous for them.
6:04 AM : Prince William & Harry are walking up the the altar.
6:05 AM : Kate & her father are walking down the aisle.
6:09 AM : Kate & Prince William are on the altar together. Prince William is quite chatty!
6:10 AM : Just caught a glimpse of Kate with her veil set back. She looks so pretty. Her make up is very natural.
6:14 AM : No one has objected to this union. That’s good.
6:15 AM : The service is starting. So fun! They’re taking their vows.
6:24 AM : James is doing the only reading.
6:29 AM : So much singing. I wish the television announcers would stop talking over it. The choir is very beautiful.
6:32 AM : It’s Saint Catherine‘s Day! How funny because Catherine is getting married today. Was that planned??
6:52 AM : Everyone is singing “God Save the Queen”… except the Queen.
6:54 AM : Signing the registry. Making it official!
7:01 AM : The family just walked out to their seats.
7:05 AM : Kate & Prince William are now walking out of the church. Prince William just flashed a little smile.
7:08 AM : Walking out of the church and getting into their carriage! Wait – Prince William has to put his hat and gloves back on. The crowd is going wild. They look so happy.
And now I must go to work. The United States did not shut down today, unfortunately. If only we had stayed British.