My interest in English history has made Anglophiles of my children. There are three shelves in our library with English histories from the Angevins to the Tudors. No Stuart history for me. As much as I'm a republican, I have no stomach when it comes to chopping off the king's head.
No surprise that Friday morning dawned with all the females in the family watching the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. If there's one thing that the Brits do well, it's pageantry. Precise and punctual. Every details exquisite.
And her dress! Did you see her dress? William was right to whisper "Beautiful" when Kate had processed to the altar.
Her dress proved that a woman can be sexy without being slutty, stately without being stuffy. Please, American women, follow Kate's lead!
Not that Carolyn Bessett looked slutty when she married John-John but as with many other things that Americans take to extremes, there has been a steady decline in decorum in brides' choices of wedding dresses. What started as a trend of mannequin-built brides showing off the dedication to diet, exercise, and healthy genes has devolved into backless dresses that show too much decoletee, either in front with breasts or in rear with buttocks.
Weddings used to be solemn occasions celebrated in churches. Hotels, parks, judges chambers have been pressed into service when the happy couple considers themselves free from the restraints of the Church. Yet they still invoke the same rites and, in some cases, words that are heard in a church.
Who in her right mind would wear a sleeveless or backless or VPL-denying swatch of drapey or clingy material under God's roof? Again, it goes back to Carolyn and John. Where once women showed respect by at least wearing a lace bolero during the service and shedding it for the reception, now every woman wants to show off her sculpted body - front, side and back.
Hurray for Sarah Burton, she of the House of Skulls! Kate's dress was reminiscent of Grace Kelly's, another commoner who married a prince.
I'm hoping this heralds the beginning of a new age of restraint and respect in weddings across America.