The alarm went off at exactly 3:00 a.m. Don and I jumped up and put on our clothes because we had to be dressed to watch the Royal Wedding. I put on the coffee, and over coffee and sausage biscuits, we took in all the pageantry and excitement of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
We had been there at those same gates looking in to Buckingham Palace, and we had paid our fee and toured Westminster Abbey a few years ago. We watched as she got into the car to go to meet her prince. What a lovely dress she wore, and with such dignity, poise, and grace, with a hint of pure joy.
Every little girl dreams of her Prince.
We are not little children anymore, and we can look at the picture with a different set of eyes, and experience. It saddened me to see Kate wearing a veil covering her face because today women are not bound by the Middle Eastern tradition of covering their faces before they see their husband.
It also saddened me to see a 29 year old woman given away by her father to her husband, as if he had ownership of her which allowed him to do so. We have a lot of traditions without thinking about where they came from. These traditions seem innocent enough, and we do it because our friends do, or because it looks pretty.
We may find beauty in the picture, but let’s not forget that women do not have to cover their faces, and they can not be given away to a husband, even if he is a prince.