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April 29, 2011

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

There are very few reasons I wake up before 7 a.m., but today, my alarm went off at 5 a.m., and although I did hit snooze for a bit, I popped out of bed before 6 a.m. to watch the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

April 29, 2011: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed
Many are critical of the Monarch and its purpose, but for me, I'm all for the history and tradition of the Pomp and Circumstance. When it comes to the Queen, she graces our money and gives us great holidays and can remain a figurehead for Canada. I'm fine with it. And today, I, and millions around the world, watched with great interest as the future heir to the throne married his commoner future-Queen. History was happening before my eyes.

Let's get one thing straight: there's nothing common about Kate. She is quite possibly one of the most beautiful women in popular culture today. She has become an automatic style icon and is without a doubt popular among Brits. Princess Di was known as the People's Princess, but Kate is the World's Princess. She has proven to all little girls that life can be like a fairy tale, and anyone can marry a prince.

And what a princess she is. She will not be called Princess, though, but Duchess of Cambridge. Today, she stepped out of her Rolls Royce in an elegant, understated lace appliqué gown designed by Sarah Burton for the House of McQueen. And she rocked it. She floated down the aisle of Westminster Abbey with her sister Pippa carrying her 2 metre train.

The ceremony was formal and shorter than I imagined, but filled with quirky moments: the bride and bridegroom sharing awkward smiles, the Queen looking on, Prince Harry smirking and some of the most hideous - and awesome! - hats and Fascinators I've ever seen.

Following the vows came the horse and carriage ride through London and to Buckingham Palace, and then, the kiss - traditionally held on the palace balcony. I'm not going to lie: the first kiss sucked. It was a puny peck not fit for a King, or Queen. Luckily, the second kiss (!) was much more relaxed and natural.

All in all, a glorious wedding and I actually feel like I was a part of it. Tomorrow it'll be all over, but at least I can say I remember watching when William married Kate.

The Royal Wedding by the Numbers

2 metres, 70 centres: The length of Kate's train
1936: The year the Cartier halo tiara was created; it was the Queen's tiara which was given to Kate
1900: The number of guests at the wedding
4 minutes: The length of time it took for Kate to walk down the aisle
650: The number of guests invited to the lunchtime reception, hosted by the Queen
85: The age of the Queen. Her husband is 89.
10,000: The approximate number of canapés made for the lunchtime reception
70 million: The approximate cost of the wedding


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