Yes, I’m late to this party, but it’s still being re-run on BBC America, so if they can talk about it 50+ hours later, why can’t I?

Anyway here goes.  I am a proud US citizen who is perfectly content to live in a country without a monarchy, but I am also an unashamed Anglophile who woke up at 4 a.m. Eastern to watch William and Kate’s wedding, and am happy I did.

The wedding was beautiful.  Kate’s dress was gorgeous. Stunning.  Magnificent.  Classic.  Any superlative I can think of.  Pippa’s dress was gorgeous.  Mrs. Middleton looked lovely.  The Duchess of Cornwall looked wonderful (full disclosure — I am not a big fan of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and so have no problem at all saying that the Duchess of Cornwall looked very nice — it’s such a relief to see an older woman dress appropriately for her age and body type).  The Queen’s yellow outfit suited her, even though she herself looks rather tired (she just turned 85, so I cut her a whole lot of slack).

Of course, it’s even more fun to laugh at the fashion disasters (there are some really snarky comments here).  The York girls looked dreadful.  Just because you tend towards overweight it doesn’t mean you have to dress in such a way as to make yourself look even heavier. Princess Beatrice’s hat made her look as if she had antlers. Princess Eugenie’s outfit made her look like a blue heifer.  Their father, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is about exactly the same age I am (early 50s), but his dissolute lifestyle is coming back to haunt him — he looks much older than he actually is.

Posh Spice’s hat was silly looking.  So was Tara Palmer-Tompkinson’s entire ensemble.  And what was Sam Cam thinking, not wearing a hat at all?  I wasn’t even invited, but even I know that hats are de rigueur at such an occasion.  Her dress was nice, but her shoes looked clumsy, and her hatless head stuck out like a sore thumb.

But I loved it.  All of it.  I’m still checking out the British papers to see what they have to say.  When I watched the ceremony again, after I learned that William had told Kate how beautiful she looked when he first saw her at the altar, I got all teary-eyed.  I don’t know these people and never will, but this sure looks like a love match to me.  William refused to ask Kate to sign a pre-nup.  They seem to be very down-to-earth, decent people and I wish them only the best.  I admit to being a little put out that he thinks she should be called “Princess Catherine,” but I’ll probably get over that sooner than I should.

The next royal wedding is for Zara Phillips, the Princess Royal’s daughter, who is marrying a rugby player named Mike Tindall.  I don’t follow rugby and so cannot tell you anything about him other than what’s been in the papers since their engagement.  But I do know that, despite the fact that the Queen will be in attendance, this wedding will not be televised, so I won’t have to worry about waking up in time.  

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On edit — I need to clarify that last paragraph.  Zara Phillips is the next BRITISH royal to get married.  Her wedding is scheduled for July 30.  But Prince Albert of Monaco will be married earlier than that.  The civil ceremony will take place on  July 2, and the religious ceremony on July 3.

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