Get set for a royal week

We have a confession to make: We’re in love with a much younger man – Prince Louis.

OK, so he’s only 3 weeks old but he has stolen our heart. Prince Louis is already a star — thanks to his shutterbug of a mother, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge — but even he will have to take a backseat this week as we get set for the Olympics of romance. We’re talking, of course, about the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry May 19 at 7 a.m. (EDT).

As with any such event, this is not a sprint for the press but a marathon. We at WAG have been among those whetting your appetites with wedding previews, such as our May story about the peony-passionate bride-to-be’s bouquet and how it will honor the matriarchs – past and present – of the royal family

But reading alone is not enough. We must immerse ourselves in every last TV program. No detail will be too small, including and especially the fascinators – those headpieces that make women look like they’re wearing birds. Fortunately for all of us, Time magazine has put together an article on “Every Meghan Markle TV Special You Can Watch Before the Royal Wedding.” 

Once the big day comes and you are sufficiently well-informed – or, should we say, saturated? – might we suggest an appropriate accompaniment? We intend to have an English breakfast ensconced in our cherry blossom-accented bedroom wearing our rhinestone tiara as we watch the nuptials on the telly and blog about it. Why not have “breakfast at Windsor Castle” in style with William Edwards Home’s Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Royal Wedding Set? As per the website:

“The central focus of the set is the initials H & M intricately intertwined in both 22-carat gold and platinum with a delicate wedding bow beneath. Gold coronets are around the border, and the National Emblems of the United Kingdom – rose, thistle, shamrock and daffodil – sit proudly amidst the scrolling to further enhance the items.”

This bone china set includes a pillbox, a teacup and matching saucer and a plate and is wrapped in a turquoise William Edwards Home gift box that complements the set. The cost is 100 pounds or $137

It’s a lovely memento of the day.

Some will want to enjoy viewing the event at Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan.  The wedding will be shown on large-screen TVs throughout the inn.

Guests can watch Harry and Meghan say “I do” over Champagne cocktails and a lavish buffet breakfast, complete with elderflower and lemon scones, the flavors of Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake. Joining in the festivities will be a special guest, Chris Ely, former footman to Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales. Ely will share his experiences performing estate management duties at Buckingham Palace and many of the state and private residences of the British royal family. (In this country, Ely was the personal butler to Brooke Astor.)

“This is the one wedding where you can come as you are – casual Saturday morning attire with a fanciful hat, perhaps?,” teases Roger Sherman Inn owner and creative soirée planner Nes Jaffre. “We host a lot of weddings at our beautiful New England inn, but this will be our first daybreak wedding and we can’t wait.”

The cost is $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations can be made by calling 203-966-4541 or visiting rogershermaninn.com.

Now, why should we in America – who fought a revolution to be independent of the crown – care, or anyone else for that matter? It seems silly to get wrapped up in people you don’t know. But celebrities are to an extent the digital age’s Greek mythology. Theirs are public narratives that we as a society can share, particularly at a time when many have lost faith in traditional institutions. Few public narratives have been more absorbing than the British royal family. Princess Diana – whom we’re sure will be there in spirit — called it a soap opera that went on and on. Let’s just say that it’s one of the world’s longest running shows, dating from Egbert, the first English king, in 827.

We’re eager for the latest installment. Besides, we’re sure Louis will be watching.

Georgette Gouveia

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