So, a royal wedding is to be bestowed upon the UK next year sometime... Something that the country (or at least those who have a passing interest in the Royals beyond their role as a tourist attraction) has surely been waiting for ever since William and Kate got together? But what does this mean for us as a country?
The UK, and Britain, it has to be said are very much seen by the rest of the world as a kind of kitsch nation - one that still has a Queen, a bunch of (sometimes feuding) royals and a people that tend to get a bit delirious when one of said royals gets married. National pride is one thing but I wonder if the hysteria of past years will manifest at Wills and Kate's big day. We are in a recession so they will no doubt try to 'tone it down' a bit but maybe we need something like this to pull everyone together and have a day of celebrations... I for one hope that the day will be declared a national holiday, with old time street parties held across England and that Kate will wear a beautifully classic dress made by one of Britain's greatest designers.
The dress is obviously bound to spark a huge debate - I would love to see her in Vivienne Westwood personally, but perhaps she could do something a bit different and go for a vintage
dress, maybe Ossie Clark?
In the end though I suspect she'll go for something simple, classic and a bit ordinary like Amanda Wakeley...
(minus the desert and camels obviously!)
Whatever the dress, I am imagining a day of national happiness - hopefully due to a day off for all, raucous-in-an-English-way street parties with plenty of British regalia and bunting lining the streets, Victoria sponges and tiny triangular sandwiches served with Pimms, and huge televised screens so that we can ooo/aaah or bitch at what she's wearing... Congratulations Will and Kate!