Our pomp and ceremony is better than anybody else’s

RELAXED Kate and Wills on the Buckingham Palace balcony
RELAXED Kate and Wills on the Buckingham Palace balcony
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I’m wondering if, like me, you enjoyed the Royal Wedding a lot more than you thought? Was it initially just on in the background, but you ended up watching every last minute?

I’ve lost count of the number of friends I’ve spoken to who’ve said how much they loved it.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I only wish I’d done a little bit more than put a cross of St George flag and some bunting on the front of my house.

Many of us were surprised at how relaxed and normal the Royal Wedding was.

From the moment Princes William and Harry left Clarence House in that Bentley with beaming smiles, to the little private moments in Westminster Abbey between the obviously very happy couple, it made this a very special occasion.

And that dress. Yes, I too rolled my eyes when it was mentioned how much people were looking forward to seeing it. Obviously a woman thing!

But when Kate Middleton first emerged from the car, my instant reaction was ‘wow’, a masterpiece.

She looked stunning. The dress was perfect, elegant yet stylish and modestly opulent. My word, I’m starting to sound like my other half!

By the time Wills drove Kate away from Buckingham Palace in his dad’s beautiful open-top Aston Martin, I was hooked and started to well up with patriotism.

To me, it felt like Britain may no longer be the world’s most powerful country with a vast empire, but the ‘mother land’ still has a vital role to play.

We showed the world we have moved with the times, but can still do pomp and ceremony better than anyone else.

I’m sure people from other nations who were watching on realised on Friday that Great Britain is still very much alive and kicking.

We find it so easy to moan as we feel things aren’t as good as they were, but now we’ve all had time to reflect.

Britain was in an awful state in 1981 when Charles married Diana. Margaret Thatcher’s reforms were biting, civil unrest was at its height and Bucks Fizz won Eurovision.

To me, we feel a much healthier and happier nation today.

Good on you Wills and Kate.