Saturday, 30 April 2011
Pomp and circumstance...
OK I have to admit having watched the thing, I do see why the royals vetoed the Chasers.
The Royal Wedding was an absolutely splendid show that truly illustrated the importance of ritual - and why ditching it was such a disastrous mistake for the Church. The last thing one would want is to go to all that effort and have its effects subverted out here in the colonies...
Not for Prince William the uniform of the Air Force flight lieutenant that he works at as his current day job; instead he dressed as a Colonel of the Irish Guard (an honorary position his grandmother granted him a month or two back): this is the heir presumptive to the throne, not just another officer.
Not for this wedding the modern, rather catholic-banal wording of the Anglican ritual, but rather something rather more Sarum Rite in tone (Joshua has a rundown on where it all comes from).
It was all truly splendid.
And now we must pray that there was substance beneath all the glitter, and that the happy couple truly have learnt the lessons from the disasters of Charles and Di's marriage, and take their marriage vows seriously (unlike most of the rest of the royal family). I'd have to say that their co-habitation prior to the marriage doesn't seem a positive sign however - how very far we have departed from the traditional, and morally appropriate, treatment of such a relationship on the part of a royal or anyone else!
Oh yes, and despite the power of the ritual I'd still prefer a local monarch (or better still a republic with an elected Prez). Sorry, just don't have that Brit connection. Bring on King/President for life Lord Nicholas Windsor!
And tomorrow the next bit of contested ritual, with that beatification...