By Kim Warner Bottoms, Bronxville High School Graduate, Class of 1987
May 23, 2018: As a young girl, my mom woke me up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. Groggy and grumpy to be up at such an early hour, I wondered to myself what all the fuss was about. But as the sun began to rise and I watched with awe as Charles and Diana married at St. Paul's Cathedral, a royal fascination was born.
Several years later, as a student studying for the summer at Oxford University, I stood on The Mall in London and cheered along with the crowds as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson rode by in their wedding carriage.
When Prince William married Kate Middleton in a grand and gorgeous ceremony, I hosted a proper British tea party for friends full of hats, fascinators, and, of course, lots of champagne. One could say that my royal fascination had turned into a royal obsession!
So, when the opportunity presented itself to watch Harry and Meghan's special day from inside a London news studio, how could I resist? It was, after all, a royal wedding!
Landing in London, I could feel the excitement in the air.
Union Jacks flew high above the streets, brightly colored flowers adorned doorways, tea canisters boasted Harry's and Meghan's names, and the warm sunshine lit up the city.
On the morning of the wedding, I dressed in my best with a Union Jack scarf tied around my neck and made my way to the studio. As I sipped Pimm's Cup and nibbled on scones and cucumber sandwiches, I pinched myself to not only be watching the wedding but also be surrounded by Brits as their prince married an American girl.
The studio was abuzz with wedding fever--there were seasoned royal commentators, fashion editors who evaluated every hat that walked into Windsor, and even a vicar who recited the prayers and sang aloud to all the hymns! I hung on every word as the commentators shared their enthusiasm, thoughts, and perspectives.
Harry and Meghan's wedding was a royal wedding like no other, and I'll always remember being on the sidelines in a studio watching a new era dawn in Britain.
It may be some time until there is another royal wedding, but when there is, I'll fly my Union Jack flag, sip tea from the commemorative mug I brought home, and soak up every regal moment.
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