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29 April 2011 @ 09:23 pm
HORSEYS!  
Intellectually, I am all over the Republican side of things, but when it boils down to it, most politicians end up being twats or numpties, and despite the many shortcomings of the Monarchy, they really do cavalry tremendously well! I find I have confidence in a head of government backed up by swords on horseback.

That was a very satisfying wedding. Everyone looked terrific, or terrifically silly (which is just as good), the bride was the prettiest, no one else was dressed exactly like the Queen, and all the readings and lessons were generous and appropriate.

And I bet Harry volunteered to be in the kids' coach so he could encourage vigorous waving and giggling.
 
 
 
Susanlil_shepherd on April 29th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
I liked the frock.

The guardsman riding to the left hand side of the coach was having real trouble with that animal with the big blaze...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
Yes! There was another one who has having a couple of helmet issues, but dealt with them through a combination of lowering his head and jutting out his jaw. Slightly Neanderthal, but effective!
Susanlil_shepherd on April 29th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
One guardsman did get thrown during rehearsal... I wonder if it was the same horse.

I thought the trees gave the Abbey a sort of Tolkienian look.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope not, it would be in terrible disgrace after two days of naughtiness! They all had a beautiful long stride, especially those two flanking William and Catherine.

They did, and I really liked it! It's hard to be different at a wedding without being weird or naff, but I thought the trees managed it with elegance and a nice natural note that seemed to fit in with William and his father.
inamacinamac on April 29th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
.. a nice natural note that seemed to fit in with William and his father.

You mean that they gave Charles someone to talk to when he got bored?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
It's as though you can read my mind!
The dreamer is still asleepinspiredlife on April 29th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
That was definitely worth getting up at 3:30 am! And, I LOVED Harry in the kid's coach. :) Now, back to reality and work...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
Keep a mental image of Amusingly Vigorous Prince Harry to cheer you through the day!
The dreamer is still asleepinspiredlife on April 29th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
Oh, i think i shall!! ;D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
XXX!
Emmaemmacmf on April 29th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
I wonder if Harry passed around sweets to get them sugared up for the wedding photos?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
I would think so! And probably a sip of coffee, too ;-)
FEELS TERRORIST!momebie on April 29th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
I think maybe I just don't get the Royal Wedding thing. (Which isn't a comment on monarchy, most weddings are boring.) But by all accounts Harry is freaking adorable. What the hell? And I also find I have confidence in people backed up by swords on horseback.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
I think that you need a certain set of experiences to have the right mix of fondness and comedy, with a slight edge of the absurd, for a royal wedding.

And yeah, Harry -- hot, nice with kids, has muscles, likes animals. Was a bit of a numpty in his youth, seems to be well over it.

Swords + horses = instinctive trust in most civilisations ;-)
inamacinamac on April 29th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
I also noticed Harry eyeing up the Chief Bridesmaid in the procession out of the church (of course, the CB is traditionally the Best Man's perk).
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that wasn't just my mind going there!
FEELS TERRORIST!: Architect Williammomebie on April 29th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
You're probably right. I do get a kick out of other people getting a kick out of it, though.

OKAY, SERIOUSLY.



He looks cheeky and adorable. I kind of want to keep him in my pocket.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
SO MANY rude jokes about what he probably keeps in his pockets ... all wholly inappropriate to a solemn occasion ... (even the one I was going to put in this parenthesis.)
drbunsen: grokedrbunsen on April 29th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, and he's a dead ringer for his old man *cough*
auntpurl: Big Benauntpurl on April 29th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
HA HA!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
We know it's shallow, but tastiness is so attractive ...
AutumnHearti_autumnheart on April 29th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
It was all very speccy, and the sun had wonderfully stage-managed timing. But WTF was Eugenie wearing on her head?
Susanlil_shepherd on April 29th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
That's what I'd like to know! Both girls seem to have inherited their mother's fashion 'sense', which is a great pity.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
As long as they never wear a duvet in public!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
Some say that it is a Masonic symbol. Some say that it is a mathematical model. Some say that it was designed by Professor Brian Cox in an attempt to explain what they spend their money on at CERN. We may never know!

Those girls could do with being a little less fashion forward ...
AutumnHearti_autumnheart on April 29th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
If that counts as fashion, then I'm opting out!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
I think it's the Edina Monsoon school of fashion appreciation.

Oh lordy, just heard someone say that Kate is going to be the next Diana ... WEAR YOUR SEATBELT, KATE!
wemyss: true bluewemyss on April 29th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Not quite.
It WAS in fact designed by Brian Cox, but in an attempt to model Duckworth-Lewis. He failed. Again.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Not quite.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I don't even need to click the link!!
This Girlthisgirl_is on April 29th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
Clearly a Lady Gaga fan, I reckon.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
Just reading your recap -- SO TRUE!
drbunsendrbunsen on May 2nd, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
I rather get the impression Eugenie and ... the other one ... have nary a brain cell between them.
Kitten Kommissar: rightchickenfeet2003 on April 29th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
I find I have confidence in a head of government backed up by swords on horseback.

A very good argument for Oliver Cromwell.
Susanlil_shepherd on April 29th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
There are plenty of good arguments for Ollie, at least when compared to Charles I.
Kitten Kommissar: rightchickenfeet2003 on April 29th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
Indeed yes. Compared with most kings or queens.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced. I know too many Irish people to feel any affection for Cromwell.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
Charles I was crap, but Cromwell was a mass-murdering bigot, so I can't make a good argument for either of them, I'm afraid.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
He had more footsoldiers than Charles, who had more cavalry than Cromwell. Sadly for Charles, Cromwell also ended up with more guns.
Kitten Kommissar: widmerpoolchickenfeet2003 on April 29th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
But Cromwell's great contribution was creating a cavalry arm that could beat the Royalists. It was Cromwell's cavalry that was decisive at Dunbar and Worcester.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
True, he did introduce a more structured style that swung things in his balance. Still dislike him profoundly, though.
Vertelemming: Glasses Lemmingvertelemming on April 29th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
*Cough* Point of order. The Queen of Australia is head of state, but not head of government.

... oh, don't give me that look. It's midnight and I'm feeling pedantic. :P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 29th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
You are of course quite right, as she is in the UK, which is where my originally English head was at time of writing. Alas, my head is also full of snot, Pimm's, Prince Harry and hot chocolate, so it is certainly not at its shiny best!

Just as well I have no horses in this country, and the swords are all up on the top shelf where I cannot reach them!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 30th, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
It was a very good address, wasn't it? I thought that it very beautifully respected the relationship they had already built while setting the stage for the next part of it, which I hope will be long and happy. Young people in love need hope! And yes, I agree that they fit nicely together. Always very nice to see happy couples taking the plunge.
auntpurl: Big Benauntpurl on April 29th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Loved the dress, the bride was stunningly gorgeous, Abbey looked great with the trees in, Harry and Wills SO adorable together I almost DIED (apparently a lipreader was commenting earlier online and said Harry kept asking Wills if he was okay - AWWWW), loved the kiss, Kate beaming in the carriage and on the balconey, and everyone in their finery. Fantastic hats (except the one reindeer one - Eugenie or Beatrice? I get them mixed up). I was very glad to be in London for all the festivities and enjoying the still-partying atmosphere here today!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 30th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Oh BLESS! And yes, they all looked lovely. I do like a good bit of pomp and circumstance! I wasn't keen on either Eugenie or Beatrice's hats or outfits -- both were fine in and of themselves, but belonged on fifty-year-olds, not pretty young girls.

I'm half jealous, you know! In the immortal words of Bill and Ted, party on, dude!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 30th, 2011 10:52 am (UTC)
You sound like enormous fun! Off to friend! And yes, I waver on Republicanism and Constitutional Monarchy -- intellectually, I am slightly in favour of the former, though I can also give a good case for the latter, but as shiv5468 has said, royals are better than pollies for launching ships and for visiting hospitals.