William Arthur Philip Louis WILT thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?
Catherine Elizabeth WILT thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?
I William Arthur Philip Louis take thee Catherine Elizabeth to my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
I Catherine Elizabeth take thee William Arthur Philip Louis to my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.
WITH this Ring I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. BLESS, O Lord, this Ring, that he who gives it and she who wears it may abide in thy peace, and continue in thy favour, unto their life's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ah! Wonderful! I never took so much interest in weddings and engagements but for a couple of months now, i have started to observe things closely. Well, it is a wonderful feeling. Isn't it? A wedding isn't about just a man and woman coming into a holy wedlock. It is much more than that. If we talk about the Royal Wedding, the equation encompasses over two billion people. People giving wishes on their official website, via youtube and watching the royal wedding on TV sets, Laptops and iPads. Technology tried its level best to bring people close to the Royal Wedding.
Let's not go deep into the technology or the rituals associated, let's go to the emotions associated with a Wedding.
There were some 1900 people invited for the royal wedding. We classify guests as follows:
Concerned: Those who have come to witness the occasion in its full ambience and grandeur. They greet and meet fellow people. They talk about the lady’s dress and Man’s personality. They look and observe all the proceedings with their attention. These generally people close to the family who have worked day in day out for the wedding to be the best ever. They relish at what they have done to make it what it is.
Unconcerned: Those who have been invited and they know they have to be present there for so and so time. They are least bothered about the proceedings, and mostly concerned with the party and food.
Teenagers: The young men and women, well the only reason they come for is to have drinks and look at the most beautifully made up women and men of all sizes, built, complexion and other properties. All they go for is to grab a couple of good phone numbers and chit chats that hopefully go a long way, I mean up to the next wedding party.
Up Next: These are the most interesting people; they also look at the proceedings very carefully and imagine them to be at the bride/groom’s place. They alternately look at their girlfriends or ought to be fiancés and share the glitters in eyes, and smiles across faces. The time is near.
Parents: They are the most concerned ones. Cautious of one and everything. Their hearts are filled with happiness, fear and hope. They feel really happy seeing their son and daughters going through the most important phase of their life. The transition isn’t just about change of marital status but the life as a whole. The three big days of one’s life are: Birth, Death, and the day of marriage. We have no control over the first two, all we can witness is the final one and we want it to be special than any other day, with the most special person of our life. That’s what a marriage is all about. Beautiful! Isn’t it?
Experienced: All those people who have been married look at the couple. They look into their eyes and think about the time they were getting married. They feel as if it was just yesterday. They imagine that day, and today, what has changed in those years. How things have complicated and simplified! How much I love to love today! How much I love to see her happy! She doesn’t seem that pretty now, but her eyes still look the same. And when she looks into mine, I see a silver streak across hers. Yeah! I still love her more than anyone else on this planet. I just want to steel you away from one and everyone and go back home to show you how much I love you …Ah! Lovely!
Bride: Jittery. She hopes her make up stays on. Nothing spills on her white dress. She’s really nervous. She’s concerned she’s being watched by millions and billions of people worldwide and she should not mess anything up. She has full faith in his husband but still has traces of fear. She knows what about to come is a long enjoyable life filled with responsibilities. She’s ready and excited about the journey ahead. A new home, a new name, and a new life await her.
Groom: Finally, we land in the prince’s heart. He’s equally excited about the occasion. A little more excited than the girl because he knows now he can have fun in the night without anything to worry. He knows he’s being watched by large number of people around the world but, he’s more concerned about the girl standing next to her. He looks at her and says, I love you! Stay this way forever for me.
Finally when every ritual has been completed successfully, everyone wakes up to a new morning where everyone is happy going to their monotonic jobs, discussing about what happened last night, from food to dress everything that hardly mattered otherwise at the time when they all should rather be working. A few people aren’t as lucky-the investors of the wedding, the parents. They are the ones who are home calculating of payments made and due.
Now let’s come back to where we begin it from- The Royal Wedding of course. As William was not the heir-apparent to the throne, so the wedding was not a full state occasion. Still, it cost the state quite some money. Firstly, it was a public holiday in Britain. A day of strike and holiday are equal to the state. It has been estimated that a sum of $ 1 Billion was spent on the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton. Amazingly, the taxpayers instead of raising a voice against their money being wasted like water were in open support to the event. This goes on to show that England still believes and respects aristocracy. England is still a part of United ‘Kingdom’. Like always, the subjects of a kingdom are the last people cared about. England is going through a tough phase in time similar to those in 1981 when William’s dad was in William’s place. The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Stillwood Frances Spencer took place on Wednesday, 29 July 1981. n 1981, the United Kingdom suffered serious riots across many major cities in England. They were race riots between communities, in all cases the main motives for the riots were related to racial tension and inner-city deprivation. The riots were caused by a distrust of the police and authority. The four main riots that occurred were the Brixton riot in London, the Handsworth riotin Birmingham, the Chapel town riot in Leeds and the Toxteth riots in Liverpool. At such a difficult time, when neither the people nor the authorites have faith in the governing authority, the economy is collapsing; the prince decides to get married in all glory. It costs the state a great deal, but not the people. Amazing! Isn’t it?
Friday, 29 April 2011 the circumstances are not very different. England is going through yet another economic crunch that has been continuing since 2008-2009, all countries came up, but England didn’t. At this moment, England has some 2.5 Million registered unemployed people. At this moment, some $ 1 Billion drained out of the royal treasury, these silly people contributed to someday.
I raise a question here,
Why the royalty is always for the royal and not for the loyal?
A beautiful thing about this alliance is the love crossing all obstacles. England has been hard on its rituals. It might sound astounding but royal families are much more discriminant than any other East Asian or African countries. Catherine's parents were flight attendants. She is not of royal blood. She herself has been working in retail sector. William isn't the best of men either. He has been accused of various night brawls.Love is accepting imperfections rather than searching for someone perfect. Nothing could deter the spirits of the two love birds. They showed this world What love is.
Finally we leave you with videos of the royal wedding! Enjoy!