CelebRAtion SatuRdAy!  The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle,  May 19, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1164)

I’m all aflutter with the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (image below):

Not since my own wedding 28.5 years ago have I had such palpitations about a wedding–the guests, the venue, and the weather–as I do for the wedding of British Prince Harry (not that Harry, below;  sighhh!) and American Meghan Markle.

Part of my restlessness for them stems from the notion that there are always wedding snafus to contend with:

  1. Wedding invitations that have to be reprinted because the printers forgot to print the name of the church on them. Or in the case of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with different people invited to different parts of the wedding, the right invitations and directions inserts to the wedding invitations envelopes.  Wouldn’t want to mix those up and have, say, a certain scandalous family member turn up at the wrong venue—where Grandpa might take them to task.  Or in our case, my husband’s late endearingly curmudgeonly father refusing to have his picture taken in the group wedding photos after the wedding.  He had done the individual shots with my hubby, his son, before hand.  And by the time the wedding service was finally over, he was tired, and hungry.

    2.  Worrying about whom to invite—not wanting to leave out important people of your parents’ friends, even if you don’t know them.  One lady invited to my wedding called up my Dad and grilled him as to why she was invited.  We eventually figured out who she was—an acquaintance of my mother’s who had gotten lumped into the not wanting to offend someone category of mercy invites.  She’s actually a very nice and funny lady whom I have gotten to know over the years.  And I would definitely invite her again—were my hubby and I to do a vows renewal.  Nope!  That’s not happening.  One wedding was enough.  Ha!

    3.  Wondering if the wedding guests who do show up will behave themselves.  One tip is to not serve alcohol at the reception.  God love my college friends and such.  Their weddings and receptions were wonderful, but very booze laden—with the attendant antics, especially when one groom used other than his fingers (*cough*) to tug the garter off of his brides’ leg—to then toss it at the single men.    I think that he started the wedding night right then and there.   My wedding reception was held at the church with fruit punch as the only beverage refreshment to the appetizers and cake.  Ha!

    4.  Hiring a reliable wedding reception caterer only to find out one week before the wedding that they are due to go out of business the day after the wedding; and then having to remind them of their contract.  This is everyone’s nightmare—or was at least, mine.  Yet despite my worries, the caterers did a great job.  Except, they did forget to put the little bridal couple figures on the top of our wedding cake.  But the 300 bbq meatballs appetizers left over from the 600 meatballs ordered with the other appetizers—since my cousins could not travel 1 hour to our town for my wedding due to dense fog that day making travel hazardous, and thus were not there to consume at least 150 of the meatballs–were tasty to munch on for months.

    5. The wedding gown has to be perfect—something between a fluffy meringue (the late Princess Diana’s wedding gown, below A), an embroidered extravaganza with star symbols abounding (Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown, below B), and an elegantly simple ivory sheath with illusion sleeves being the only skin showing and nothing cleavage baring (that channels the late Princess Margaret’s wedding gown, below C);

A) Princess Diana’s wedding gown:

B) Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown (I love the bodice embroidery, though not the skirting embroidery):

C) Princess Margaret’s wedding gown (breathtaking!):

Whatever Meghan Markle wears for her wedding gown, she is sure to be a beautiful bride.  As we ponder her processional to her groom awaiting her in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor castle, let’s enjoy a bit of Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary—what Prince Harry’s late mother Princess Diana walked up the aisle to at Westminster Abbey:


And the smouldering British actor Richard Armitage (from 2016 below, thanks to DurinLass)  couldn’t look sexier on this celebration SatuRdAy, but also pensive–and maybe a little tired from his then Berlin Station promo blitz.  Yet, he almost seems to be daring me to look away …  from watching the Royal Wedding.

So I’m pondering right now if I can get to sleep for 2.5 hrs and then wake up at 4am Chicago time to watch the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan?  Or should I sleep in and wait for the summary videos later?


Gasp!  I blaspheme!  I will awaken promptly and eat lemon cake and drink hot tea from my own Royal Doulton Princeton  wedding china tea cup while I livestream the Royal Wedding and its surrounding hoopla.  I can sleep later, I hope.

Joining in on watching the wedding is part of the fun.  For the late Princess Diana’s wedding many years ago, our college friends group hosted an American Tea Party Royal Wedding Watch at a friend’s home.  That Tea Party phrase has unfortunate connotations these days, that it didn’t have back then.

For our Lady Diana Wedding Tea Party, everyone had to come up with an outlandish guest name, wear a hat, and bring gracious party foods to share:

  1. One Black friend came as Lady Diana Ross. I think I was something like Princess Chantal Radishwill.
  2. And Lady Diana Ross rocked his small pink pill hat fascinator with a short veil. My hat was a feathered turban of my mother’s that would have also worked well for a conehead wedding, too. In Mom’s defense, I never saw her actually wear that hat—which was probably from the 1940’s.
  3. For the food, our hostess supplied kiwi margaritas—and much other alcohol—along with icing laden desserts shared by others.   I’m the guest who made forty tiny triangle chicken salad and cucumber finger sandwiches from small specialty cocktail breads with the crusts cut off and served on a silver platter!


So it’s another Saturday with a wedding—albeit a Royal Wedding.  I will definitely be up at 4am Saturday, May 19th, 2018 and eagerly watching the Royal Wedding live feed.  Below is the Yahoo link for that live stream feed:


But most of all on their wedding day, I wish for Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle every happiness that they wish for themselves.   Weddings are a joyful new beginning for two people—creating a new family for the future.  Many blessings to them and to you!


Hugs & Cheers for a glorious day!


P.S.  And here’s a reminder of Prince Williams and Kate’s wedding processional at Westminster Abbey:

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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25 Responses to CelebRAtion SatuRdAy!  The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle,  May 19, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1164)

  1. I’m watching the BBC coverage at Windsor right now. Great stuff. Lots of interesting people to watch as well as intriguing interviews. Both of them certainly have a wide range of friends. I didn’t even know the bride and groom even knew George and Amal Clooney.

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  2. May 19, 20, and September 27, 2018–Thanks for voting/starring my SAL blog Post #1164! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers! Grati

    Eagle-eyed Editor, Esther, nellindreams, & gypsytraveller7


  3. May 19, 2018–Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown is exquisitely elegant in the simplicity of its design.

    Image via The Telegraph:

    For the full article, please visit: https://uk.style.yahoo.com/meghan-markle-apos-wedding-dress-111305460.html


  4. May 19, 2018–And the lovely design of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding tiara is beautiful! She shines rather being overpowered by this significant diamond bling.

    Image via The Telegraph:

    For the full article, please visit:

    For more about the tiara, please visit this People article:
    “Meghan followed in Kate Middleton’s footsteps wearing a tiara straight from the Queen’s jewelry vault, the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau.”


  5. May 19, 2018–Kensington Palace tweeted a clip of newly married Harry & Meghan (the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) wearing new wedding formal attire to head to a wedding reception hosted by the groom’s father Prince Charles


  6. May 19, 2018–The mother of the bride, Doria Ragland smiling joyfully during her daughter Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry:


  7. May 19, 2018–Remembering Prince Harry’s Mother, Princess Diana, on his wedding day:


  8. May 20, 2018–Esther on her Book of Esther blog shares her impressions of the Royal Wedding in pictures:

    And I/Grati especially liked that the color of Queen Elizabeth’s and Doria Ragland’s gowns/hats seemed to mirror the colors of the church season (still “Easter season” on Saturday since Pentecost started today/Sunday)–as represented in the design on the stoll/scarf of the celebrant of white, and accented with pale greens, yellows, and violet, etc.



  9. May 2018–Prince Harry poignantly honored his late mother Princess Diana by leaving a seat open next to his brother and best man Prince William:

    image via https://hellogiggles.com/news/prince-harry-empty-seat-princess-diana-royal-wedding-2018/


  10. May 20, 2018–Weddings are gatherings to bring people together. And Prince Harry had long spoken of his wish for his Aunt by marriage Sarah Duchess of York to attend his and Meghan Markle’s wedding. He got his wish as his still stunning and surprisingly understated Aunt Duchess Sarah joined him for his big day:

    image via: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/duchess-sarah-ferguson-makes-surprise-appearance-royal-wedding-103811719.html


  11. May 20, 2018–Prince Charles escorting the bride’s mother Doria Ragland and his wife Duchess Camilla down the Chapel steps after the Royal Wedding:


  12. May 20, 2018–This side by side slide show pix of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they’re growing up is so darling!

    Thanks to Trudy Brasure for sharing the link from “Slideshow Metamorphosis”!


  13. May 20, 2018–Saturday evening the newlyweds headed to their evening wedding party for their close family and friends:

    image via: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/05/20/meghan-markle-wears-princess-dianas-aquamarine-ring-to-wedding-reception.html


  14. May 2018–And right after they emerged from St. George’s Chapel as husband and wife, Prince Harry and his Duchess Meghan sweetly kissed:

    image via: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6324880/prince-harry-first-married-kiss-royal-wedding-meghan-markle/#


  15. May 22, 2018–Such a cute pix of Prince Harry and his Duchess Meghan with the kids in their wedding party! Thanks to DurinLass for sharing the image!


  16. May 25, 2018–Thanks to Vidala for sharing this lovely video tribute to the compassion of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex:


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