". . .invisible threads
tugging participants and spectators alike back
towards ordinary religious practice . . .
There was pomp and circumstance,
but its spiritual context was never forgotten.
Prince William and Kate Middleton ,
now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,
had written a prayer, which the Bishop of London read out.
. . .
The young couple asked God to grant them
joy in their marriage,
energy with which to discharge their royal duties –
and keep their eyes fixed on what was real"
God bless William and Kate!
The bouquet . . .
Sweet William for gallantry (and a prince?),
lily-of-the-valley for return of happiness,
hyacinth for constancy of love,
ivy for fidelity, marriage, wedded love, friendship and affection.
plucked from a myrtle bush planted by Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight in 1845
for the emblem of marriage and love.
The Prince stoically faces forward as Harry glances back to see the bride.
William expressed the wish not to see Kate until she was by his side.
How tempted he must be to turn around.
Of all the millions watching the wedding,
William's eyes were the last to behold his bride. . .
The second kiss on the balcony . . .
A metaphor for grace . . .
"I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line
which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world,
and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread."
~ G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown