Monday, August 1, 2011
Posted by Gail Hart
Last Friday afternoon, I was checking my e-mail when I caught sight of the yahoo! headline, “A look back to other royal wedding that captivated the world.” Following the link, I discovered that July 29 was the 30th anniversary of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding.
30 years? Where did the time go?
I remember that day very well, not so much for the wedding as for the other momentous (to me!) event that took place – the first day of the Pennsylvania bar exam. I was staying in my aunt’s unfamiliar house and worrying that I’d get lost on the way to Villanova Law School to take the test. No way could I sleep. So getting up in the middle of the night to watch a royal wedding was the perfect distraction.
750 million people all over the world watched with me as the glamorous 20 year old bride and the homely 32 year old groom said their I do’s. Sure, her dress was an abomination, with its 25 foot train and linebacker shoulders, and sure, she messed up his name the first time (calling him Philip Charles instead of Charles Philip), but we all thought it was a fairy tale.
Reality turned out to be very different. The age gap was the least of Charles and Di’s problems. They had dissimilar educational backgrounds, dissimilar tastes and interests – and he was in love with another woman. One who, unfortunately, was considered unsuitable to be a royal consort.
Now that princess from 30 years ago is dead, the prince is happily married to the woman he loved all along, and their oldest son was married this spring in another fairy tale wedding watched by hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Times have changed, though. Will was allowed to wed the woman he loves despite her status as a “commoner.” He and Kate, his college sweetheart, have been together for years. They know each other’s hearts, minds, and yes, bodies. Unlike poor Diana, they’re going into royal marriage with their eyes wide open. I predict a happily ever after.
As for that bar exam 30 years ago, it was more successful than the wedding. I passed, and I’m still practicing law.
at 2:32 PM