Wedding allowed us to feel proud of Queen and country

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In the aftermath of the Royal wedding, bunting is still draped across some streets and Union flags still flutter in the breeze.

We owe Wills and Kate a big thank-you because their nuptials have allowed us all to come together, not just to celebrate but to feel proud about being British again.

Normally we only experience such a mass outbreak of flag-waving at World Cup time, when the cross of St George appears painted on white vans, trailing from car aerials and hung in windows.

But this has been a very different sort of gentle patriotism – a reminder that, for all its faults, there’s still a Great in Great Britain and we still love our Queen and our country.

Cue National Anthem, hand on heart and moistening of eyes.