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Friday, April 29, 2011

The World Will Always Welcome Lovers

(Having now watched the wedding and the balcony scenes, I am able to add my own review and photos. ☺ Edited bits are posted in red.)

Why I'm writing today is anyone's guess as I'm sure that every eye around the globe is on some tv screen watching the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

I've been known to expound on this topic a bit...was it in your blog???...about all the hype and hoopla. I went the hype and hoopla route for Prince Charles and Diana and had/have no intention of going that way again. Prince Charles really was a cad for whatever reasons and, while I have more hope (way more hope) for the current royal couple, I simply wasn't going to get involved this time around.

"I can not believe what Vee said about me!" ~Prince Charles

Late yesterday morning, I found a couple of somethings that changed my mind a bit. Another royal couple was hanging out in my sewing room. What? You don't believe me? Just follow along and I'll show you.

Right up to the top of the stairs we go.

And into the sewing room...don't trip on the vacuum cleaner or that wrinkle in the carpet!

See that bag on my chair? Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Entry for January 30, 1939

Nan's diary saying that my grandfather "Jack came in around 1 a.m." Yadda, yadda, yadda and then she went to see the movie You Can't Take it With You. "Swell too" she adds. Now I want to see that movie. I'm a sucker for a good review.

And who is this?

The Queen Mother!

And her beloved King George VI!

What a radiant smile she had!

THEY WALKED among their people — and to the day of departure, everywhere joy was manifest.


There are some striking similarities and interesting parallels between Prince William and Kate's courtship story and his great-grandparents' story. You can Google it and find out more. (Wikipedia offers this {under Marriage} and this.) I think that The Queen Mum would give Kate her heartfelt blessings and approval.

The last thing in the bag? A music book...first song up... As Time Goes By. Seems appropriate somehow...

As Time Goes By
by Herman Hupfeld

You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you"
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by

Moonlight and love songs never out of date
Hearts full of passion, jealousy, and hate
Woman needs man and man must have his mate
That no one can deny

It’s still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by

Of all the outfits worn, after the bridal couple's, I most loved the Queen in yellow. Did you watch? What did you think?

*** The magazine covers are from the Canadian tour taken by King George VI and his Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon) in 1939. They were married April 26, 1923. Yes, Queen Elizabeth and her mother shared the same name. Queen Elizabeth became known as the "Queen Mum" after her daughter became Queen. This is not to eliminate confusion so much as to make a distinction between her status as the King's wife and her status as the King's widow. (Queen Mary was King George VI's mother married to King George V.) 

I think my grandmother's 1939 diary was in with the magazines because of the year. Sadly, Nan did not write about the royal trip to Canada, even though, as a loyal Canadian, she kept the magazines. This should be a lesson to us all when journaling. Do talk about the events of the day! (Just clearing up a couple of misconceptions because I wasn't clear in my explanation yesterday.)

It's interesting to note that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Canada from *June 30 to July 8.* (Note the date on these magazine covers.) What a great time for Canada to have the royal couple over Independence Day!


  1. I think this is the greatest honor you could give to the new bride and groom ~ a tribute to the Queen Mother and King George VI. What a timeless song! I hope you'll share your own movie review, too.

    I think this young couple was so smart to have announced their pending wedding just a few months before the actual date. Can you imagine listening to "who is the dress designer, etc." for longer than a few months. I'm ready for more exciting news - baby news!

  2. Now that is cool! I love this post.
    I am enjoying the coverage of today's wedding but I think what I love about it is that not a lot has changed when it comes to the traditions of the ceremony and the excitement of the people.

  3. Yes, yes, I wish the Royal Couple well.

    -But I've been around since The Little Princesses were "quite little."

    -Through the present queen's wedding,

    -and through all the saga which surrounded her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose.

    -The births of the present Queen's children...

    -And every tiny detail, about Diana, becoming-and-being Princess of Wales. For THIS, I got up in the middle of the night!

    -Not watching this one, in "real time." Will look at pics after though.

    -Oh and tune in to some of Shep Smith's coverage, from London. No one like Shep, to put a *certain ring* on a big event. -giggles-

    Gentle hugs,

  4. OK, I covered that. Now on to the really important stuff!!! Your new Sig Line reads; "Consider me reformed, Vee"

    Reformed??????? From what, pray tell?

    And that's kind of anti-climatic, isn't it? I want to know the *juicy details,* of what you had to reform FROM! -giggles-

    Gentle hugs,

  5. Aunt Amelia, I am "reformed" from not giving a royal hoot about this wedding. ;>

  6. "You Can't TAke It With YOu...

    Can't top "screwball/romantic comedies" made by Frank Capra. :-)

    Gentle hugs,

  7. Gotcha! On the Reformed part.


    That's pretty mean, ya' know. Kind of like how stores offer "loss leaders," to get you in, and then have mostly regularly prices items to sell.


    Yes, I'm going out to hack and prune and neat-up front of house and leave "Pretty Blog Land" in peace. ,-)

  8. I didn't get up to watch the wedding....but in time to see the carraige ride to the palace, long enough to see Kate get out of the carraige so I could see her dress.

    I enjoyed this post Vee and I love the song.

  9. The royals interest me to a degree. Charles is such a loser and was just disgraceful with Diana. He should have just married who he wanted in the first place even though I think Camilla is as much of a cad as he is. But. . . I love watching things like this and seeing the pageantry and the dresses and wishing for a few short hours that my life was like that. . .never having to worry about paying a bill. They have no idea how the other half lives. That's what irritates me about them.

  10. Great post, Vee, and love the song. I watched the Charles/Diana wedding and we all know how that turned out. I didn't want to jinx this wedding...ha!...so I've just caught some of the highlights this morning. I so hope that this marriage will be much, much happier than Charlie/Di's. Love the Queen's yellow outfit. I must say that I hope she is queen until she's 100! Even tho I don't live there, I'll be really ticked off if the Rottweiler (Diana's word) gets to be queen. And frankly, I don't want that loser to be king, either. :D

  11. Just a great post!!!!!!!!!!! Yes love is in the air and hope for their future...as it should be. With all the tragedy in the world it was kinda nice to have something on the news that was cheerful and joyous.

    I love the diary and the pages kept from years ago...what a treasure...in a world that tosses everything that is just awesome.

  12. Great glimpses into the life of the royals from way back then. How neat to have Nan's diary...and keepsakes!

    Though I have the entire wedding recorded...I have probably seen all I need to see of the highlights this morning. Though I have not yet brewed the Earl Grey tea...or pulled out the fine china! A lovely bride...a handsome groom...and a life under the microscope ahead of them. I wish them many blessings!

  13. Vee,
    I'm singing that song now.
    I, too, followed Charles' and Diana's wedding. Didn't follow this one though.
    Wonderful treasures in the bag!

  14. Hi Vee!

    Oh, I hate to admit it, but I did get caught up in the Royal Wedding and all the hoop-la! I just happened to be up at 4:30 this morning, so I just stayed up and watched the wedding!

    I think that Kate looked so elegant, and the Prince . . . well, he is very handsome and charming....and very unlike his father!

    And, yes, I thought the queen looked beautiful in yellow! I loved the pictures of the queen and the and the king on their wedding day! The English really know how to be romantic don't they. Like you, I don't usually get caught up in these things, but . . . what a romance William and Kate had! The two kisses at the end (even though we only saw one) was the icing on the cake!

    How wonderful to have your Nan's diary! What a treasure!


  15. I loved the Queen in yellow. Noticeable ..as she should be. The bride and groom seem in love and I so am a sucker for a love story.
    I so enjoyed watching the King's Speech and perhaps their story of love will be a wonderful example for the young couple.

  16. I am still watching it over here!

    It has been a wonderful day here, Katherine's dress was unbelievably lovely and her mother looked beautiful.

    The Abbey service was amazing, the music, decorations, everything.

    And we're still not finished with the celebrations and street parties.

    Great Day!

  17. All the world loves a love story - or something like that. This post proves it.
    And I think the collective hope for Will and Kate is for a happy marriage, such as his great-grandparents had. I don't think Charles will ever redeem himself in the eyes of the world.

    The Queen looked delightful in yellow. Kate - elegant and classic, and the couple, so much in love. Ahhh.

  18. I haven't watched any of the Royal wedding. The first pictures I've seen are the ones right here on your blog.

  19. I watched --- it was SO early, but I kept awake from 1 - 4 this morning. I thought the wedding was simple and elegant. Besides the beautiful bridal pair, I most loved the beautiful music.

  20. Yes, I watched! I stayed up the entire night, it was so worth it, seeing it live!!! Such a lovely ceremony, the dress was beautiful, and so was Kate's sisters. I loved the carriage ride, so fairy tale. I enjoyed the hats and feathers, all the fashion.

  21. I've been catching bits and pieces on the "after shows" and must admit it was lovely!

    They seemed much more at ease than Chuck and Di, and Kate's dress was understated elegance, quite contrary to Diana's gazzilion yards of fabric and frills.

    The hats! Oh my stars and garters, the hats should have a show of their own!

    And the Queen? I thought she looked a bit like an oversized daffodil :O

  22. Vee,

    You tickle me to the tips of my toes.



  23. I certainly do not see it all as hype Vee.
    There is nothing in the world like the pageantry and tradition that England has at it's heart.

    I watched the wedding and all the leading up to it and afterwards from 8.30 am until 3.30 pm and loved every minute of it.

    At times I had butterflies in my stomach as if I was right there and tears too.

    I loved the Bishop's address to the couple. Straight plain speaking of the truth.

    Altogether spectacular day. My son went into London so will wait to hear his report.

  24. I have always loved The Queen Mother's and her King's story.
    Have seen the movie The King's Speech. It is so good but that is just one good story about them. There are many,many more.

  25. What a sweet romantic post for a romantic day. Fun to find treasures appropriate to the occasion!!

    Blessings, Debbie

  26. I have always been a fan of Queen Mary! She seemed to be so genuine and so cheerful and caring. The trinket I bought in Belfast was a tribute to her! (now only you know...lol!)

    I am hoping that William and Catherine will share a happy loving marriage always. They looked so in love this morning!

    Yes, yellow hat and dress on Queen E was very pretty and spring like!

    So happy of them all!

  27. I needed an escape from reality, and I really enjoyed watching the ceremony.
    I awoke at 3:00 and watched the entire ceremony.
    They look like they're really in love.....I loved Kate's dress...simple and elegant.

    Love your tour and memories...

  28. Yes it was an early start to the morning at 3 am but I loved every minute. I took quite a few photos from my "front row seat" and will look forward to the U tube videos that will be produced today. What a treasure the newspaper articles and journal are. some things are definitely worth saving!

  29. Love this post Vee. I think the royal wedding gave us all a welcome break from the economic crisis here in Europe. Unlike the British we here in Ireland did not have a national holiday, but the wedding ran as the first item on the news, the first positive item in months. Love the song. Big hugs, Margie.

  30. Yesterday was a wonderful day when I was proud to be British. Thankyou for a lovely tribute to the British Monarchy

  31. What a fantastic review, Vee. I loved it all.
    I did watch the wedding of Will's mom and dad..nothing even compared to Will's wedding. The sweet glances, the whispered "You look beautiful" from Will to Kate...the beautiful dress and flowers...I loved it every bit.I so pray their marriage will be happier than his parents union.

  32. Just loved this post Vee, I enjoyed watching the special last night on CBS. They truly are a beautiful couple, and look so much in love, of course I said that about William's parents.Yes! Charles was a cad!
    I have always thought that the Queen Mum, was a jewel.
    What beautiful treasures you have of your Nan's, and of your Mother's, and Oh how I would love to of had such treasures of my Grandmother's. Enjoy them as I enjoy you sharing them. You are so right about journaling!
    Enjoy your day.

  33. Like so many people I've always admired the Queen mother and some of that is because of the really good marriage she seems to have had. I hope Kate and William will share a similar good one, but longer!

  34. What a great post! And how wonderful that you have the rememberance of your Nan..and those photos of the Queen Mum? Priceless! Seems she was not a stuffy-moth-ball at all!

  35. I loved seeing these photos! What treasures.

  36. i thought the queen looked like a pretty little
    yellow bird. loved her dress! kate must be
    as tall as diana was!

    my husband and i danced to "as time goes by"
    as our first dance after married. and to think
    of how the time has gone be . . . so sweetly.


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