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- the fairytale & tradition. Every little girl (and perhaps boy) has read them, has watched them, and has imagined being a prince/ess. We were raised on them, and as modern as Will and Kate might be, it still has the essence of a fairytale. America doesn't have royals, celebrities are our makeshift royals, so the tradition of the ceremony, the traditional garb and tunics, the Abbey...its historic. They did add their own touches though with trees lining the Abbey, to incorporate nature into the service. Also, since William by tradition wasn't allowed to look, Harry looked for him, then a large smile came across his face; and lip readers have said that when Kate and her father approach William, he leans over to say "it was supposed to be a small family affair."
- the dress. Again, I didn't get caught up in the debate of what designer it would be and what it would look like...but it was GOR.GEOUS! I couldn't have imagined anything better. It was a 50s style, lace-sleeved, fitted....Its something I would like to wear (and wouldn't look nearly as good)...and that train! The public wouldn't have been happy without a train like that. (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen)...the tiara didn't hurt either.
- the hats: I wish we wore more hats. I try to get into fedoras, but I haven't made the leap to more outrageous. Some were hilariously silly, some were understated and slick, but all were entertaining.
- the beautiful chorus: being raised in the Anglican church (aka Episcopal) I was probably a bit more open to the service and hymns. It was long, I give you that. It was obviously more religious than most modern/American ceremonies would be, but didn't you expect that? Regardless, the choir voices, singing the traditional hymns was breathtakingly beautiful.
- the ring and lack of ring. Anyone else notice that William didn't get a ring? Anyone know why? I tried to find out if it was some sort of tradition, like he is married to the country or something...but no, seems to have been his decision. I mean, everyone knows who he is, therefore for that he's married...some say it might be as simple as that he doesn't like to wear jewelry.
- the sermon after the vows (where Kate promised to comfort, not obey). As previously stated, I expected this, though most people felt the service should have ended after the vows. I liked that the Archbishop of Canterbury quoted Chaucer, and when he said, "You have both made your decision today" in a very foreboding manner, like "hope you made it wisely." The couple looked at one another with a small smile and big eyes, almost as if you could hear the ominous "don, don, don" music. It was both hilarious and heartwarming.
- the Kiss. History was made with 2 kisses. The first was lackluster. They, especially Kate (who said "wow" as she saw the crowd), were a little nervous. It was awkward, so when the crowd started cheering "2nd kiss, kiss, kiss," the couple obliged, with a much better attempt.
Overall, I give it a thumbs up, if you can rate such things.