Will you watch Prince William wed Kate with your children?

I have literally been tearing up all day over Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton, and when I saw that she was wearing Princess Diana’s engagement ring it turned into full blown crying!

I’m not sure why I feel so attached to Prince William or why I care so much about a new royal wedding. I guess it’s because I loved Princess Diana as a young girl.

I was 10-years-old when Prince Charles marred Diana in July of 1981. My oldest daughter will be exactly that age when Prince William marries next spring or summer. I clearly remember my mother waking me up in the middle of the night to watch the wedding. I loved it so much and always felt an attachment to Princess Diana. That Christmas my mother gave me a large book of photos of the Royal Wedding, and I remember poring over every photo of the gown, the ring, and her honeymoon photos. (I was baffled by Prince Charles’ kilt.)

It was heartbreaking to learn so many years later that even on their honeymoon Diana was unhappy. I was working a temp job at The Daily News in New York City the week that Princess Diana died. It was amazing watching the paper’s staff cover her death and the funeral.

I will definitely wake up Rose to watch the next Royal Wedding and will find her a large photo story book so she can remember all the pageantry. (I took Rose to see the Princess Diana exhibit last spring. Princess Di’s wedding dress was there. She loved it and all the other clothes as well.)

I posted about the royal engagement on Facebook today and was surprised by negative comments.

One friend wrote:

“tearing up??…come on…. yet another wedding with a bunch of rich royals??…..blah, blah, blah….I think I should keep my daughter away from this viewing since it might make her actually think that fairy tales do come true. again…blah….”

Another friend wondered if she would bother to wake up early for it.

Will you wake up early to watch the wedding? Will you wake up your children to share the experience?  If so why do you want to share that? If not, why don’t you want your child to watch? Do you feel an attachment to Prince William? Is it because of his mother and we were young when she wed?

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4$

November 17th, 2010
1:39 am

I won’t be watching look at the bride to be just awful she’s no Diana and this is not the 80’s either.The magic of the monarchy is pretty much over her terrible family will definitely bring it down.Real Royal watchers pretty much know what that woman is all about!

Lisa

November 17th, 2010
2:03 am

Yes, although I don’t have children to share this experience with, I will watch the wedding. It is a very happy day for those who watched Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding. I was in high school and it was the fairy tale of our time. So to see Prince William get engaged to Kate with his mother’s ring is sentimental. Hopefully the Royal Crown learned from Diana and Sarah (the original Fergie) and have been preparing Kate and her family for this. Marriage is hard no matter who you are I wish them all the best. and don’t get upset over people’s negative comments — its not worth it. At least this is a happy blip of news and not who is in rehab, or whomever someone is having a kid with, who is embezzling, something about a corrupt politician etc.

DB

November 17th, 2010
4:55 am

Oh, my. I was one of those who was enchanted by the fairy tale in 1981. I was married the next year, so I was even more particularly interested! And while I will get up and watch again, it will be as a much more gimlet-eyed realist, with much more awareness of the business of royalty vs. the sentimental view. I think Kate Middleton walks into this a far more savvy realist than Diana did, and I hope that William succeeds at this marriage as spectacularly as his father botched it up.

And yes, seeing The Ring did startle me a bit – personally, I’d be a little superstitious, but while it is an icon to
us, to William, it’s his beloved Mummy’s ring. Best wishes to the Prince and Miss Middleton – no matter what we may think about royalty, when it comes right down to it, they are just two young who have been lucky enough to meet, fall in love, and had the sense to wait and make sure they were both growing in the same direction How can anyone fault that?

shaggy

November 17th, 2010
6:27 am

Yes, we really need more celebrity worship, or in this case, royalty that we kicked out over 200 years ago, right?
We should do that instead of teaching them why we kicked their butts out, and the patriots that died doing it to found this country called, “The United States of America”, not The United Kingdom.
Maybe the kids will now choose Willie as their role model, instead of their drab and unglamorous parents. “Mommy, I don’t care about school; I’m going to be king, when I grow up…just like Willie.”
Ugggggggghhhhhhhhh!!!

motherjanegoose

November 17th, 2010
6:27 am

I was up with my college room mate and our landlady, who crept up the back steps and knocked on our upstairs apartment door. We all watched to together.

I wish them the best but may or may not watch the wedding. Hopefully, they have found true love and will have a long and happy life together. Time will tell.

bunch of yentas

November 17th, 2010
6:31 am

Frankly, I am not sure why anyone cares about these people at all. Royals?

I find it odd that anyone anywhere would care about it, but much less Americans. If the English were smart, they’d throw these people out of that palace and auction off everything in it. Be done with that ridiculous Monarchy once and for all.

First time poster

November 17th, 2010
7:14 am

Ah, no, I won’t be watching.

catlady

November 17th, 2010
7:16 am

I was 30 when the other wedding took place. I watched reruns of her entrance and on the balcony, but, then, as now, there are too many really important things going on in this world to invest any time in this. Tearing up, Theresa? Oh, my!

mom of 3

November 17th, 2010
7:22 am

Nope won’t be watching. My life and activities surround real people in real world situations. The USA and the world have too many important issues we need to be focused on and not fairytale romances. The people of Great Britian do not need to be paying for a royal wedding anymore than the people of the United States needs to be paying for our president to go on vacations once every 6 to 8 weeks. Money is too tight in too many families for such waste by people that don’t care about their nations.

deidre_NC

November 17th, 2010
7:27 am

honestly it makes me happy to see that people are still sentimental over things such as this. personally i have lost that somewhere along the way. i loved watching diana and her wedding. i thought she was a wonderful and real person. the news and way of her death were very disturbing. i have no idea of anything about this new bride-and really it just doesnt interest me at all. maybe i have become too cynical…i dont know. i just dont follow much in the way of celebrity news…..most is so bad…and the ones who arent bad end up being bad–maybe not all but a lot. i have too many real life issues going on and just dont have time to have people i dont know take up my time. that probably sounds pretty bitchy…i am a caring person…i just have people i know in real life to care that take my time.

to all who things like this still bring wonder and hope and happiness…i am glad you will get to see all of it. its just not for me. that kind of makes me sad. it feels like i dont believe in fairy tales anymore…i didnt realize this about me til this blog post. now im gonna be sad …dammit lol

Camilla Parker

November 17th, 2010
7:29 am

Watch this? You must be kidding. Hopefully Michelle Obama won’t go to this spectacle and spend the entire week there like Queen Nancy did along with her 40 person travel party, including her astrologer. This royal family is the biggest welfare recipients in the history of the world. I hope somebody gives this couple a prescription for birth control pills as a wedding gift.

shaggy

November 17th, 2010
7:31 am

Didn’t Photius point out women as being beautiful, but flawed, hormones, etc… creatures? I’m betting this blog will prove him right. I guess the princess thing starts with Sleeping Beauty.
Not saying that men are anything close to perfect. We mostly start at the GI Joe stage to get pretty violent tendencies and our own hormone thing going.
It’s like in Chinese philosophy, the yin yang : yin – soft / yang – hard – Interconnected and diametrically opposed.

E.T.

November 17th, 2010
7:32 am

MAYBE ITS JUST A GUY THING, BUT CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME ONE GOOD REASON
WHY I SHOULD BE WATCHNG THE WEDDING OF THE PRINCE OR ANY OTHER CELEBRITY?

BRC

November 17th, 2010
7:36 am

Watch the wedding if you want to, but why wake up in the middle of the night? Two words – Ti and Vo.

motherjanegoose

November 17th, 2010
7:43 am

@ BRC..two words black and white….I am pretty sure that is the kind of TV my roommate and I had in college and what we watched it on….LOL. We went without a TV for 6 months when we were first married as we did not have 50 cents to our name. My husband’s grandma gave us an old B/W which we put on a box covered with a tablecloth. Kids today would not dream of it.

"Tearing up?"

November 17th, 2010
7:46 am

…surely you jest – just another of the incredibly weird things that gets TWG’s motor running….

catlady

November 17th, 2010
8:01 am

mom of 3: Did you feel the same way when Bush left Washington for a week at a time every other week to either go home to Texas or go to Camp David? He spent–what was it–a fourth of his time on vacation.

RJ

November 17th, 2010
8:03 am

I remember watching the wedding at school in 4th grade! I will only tear up when my kids get married.

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
8:09 am

No I won’t watch. I think it is way overblown for some segments of the population but it is their right to make it so in their mind.

I do, however, think they have a pretty good shot at making it work. They’ve spent the last 8 years getting to know each other and the marriage seems like a legitimate choice THEY are making. It doesn’t appear to be coerced or an obliging action from either one of them. Then again, if I saw a runway model who went to a great school and waited 8 years, I’d probably marry her as well. Alas, I ain’t got it like that. :)

mom of 3

November 17th, 2010
8:09 am

@catlady – actually I did. I don’t think the taxpayers should pay for the add’l security it takes for the president to go on so many dang vacations. Do or did you go on vacation as much as they? So sorry it’s not a republican or democrat thing for me (so you can’t blast me for being bias). I just believe the politicians should act like they remember the real world – you know the one they lived in prior to Washington.

GR

November 17th, 2010
8:13 am

Of course I will watch the wedding live!!! My father was from England and we got up in the early hours to watch Prince Charles and Lady Di’s wedding as well as Prince Andrew’s and Fergie’s. I woke up early to watch Princess Diana’s funeral too. This morning my 8-year old son asked if he could wake up early to watch the wedding – the family tradition continues!

Dave

November 17th, 2010
8:20 am

You can’t be serious……..nothing would be further from my mind. Why in the world would I give a second of my time watching another wedding regardless of who it is? I try everything I can to get out of going to a RELATIVE’S wedding, let alone someone that I don’t know and most likely won’t meet. You people are really, really strange……

JJ

November 17th, 2010
8:21 am

I’ll set the DVR. I watched Diana wed Charles, and this is just another piece of history. I think William is very handsome, and Kate is just stunning. Their children will be beautiful.

I wish them luck. And they are going to need it, as Kate is just as beautiful as Diana. Hopefully she will live a long happy life, and be Queen on day.

mom of 3

November 17th, 2010
8:21 am

Anyway Catlady – isn’t Camp David like the mtn cabin some of us are lucky enough to have to get away on a week-end retreat or to spend the holiday? I don’t consider going to Camp David as much of a vacation as a place to be quiet and renew your energies. Anyway, taxpayers paid for Camp David and still pay for the upkeep.
Sorry to burst your political bubble – not all of us Southerner’s are just finding ways to pick on him.
If the Royals decide to pay fot this wedding out of their own pockets the I applaude thier insight into the financial stress of their nation. It they choose to allow the public to pay as in the past then shame on them.

LKJF

November 17th, 2010
8:27 am

My memories of The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana is so very similar to your own. I was also 10, and my Mother woke my sister and me up to watch all snuggled up on the fold out sofa bed in front of the TV. I will definitely be watching, but with an entirely different vantage point. As the “Diana” generation learned, fairytales don’t always work out. After the initial excitement of another Royal Wedding wore off, my thoughts turned to the unbelievable pressures this young woman will face as she marries Prince William. Kate will not just be a Princess, but will be mother to the future King or Queen. I hope her future husband and father-in-law will be protective and supportive of her!

BShepC

November 17th, 2010
8:28 am

Oh I remember watching Princess Di get married and I am planning to watch this wedding too. Like it or not, we’ve watched William grow up (thanks to People and the paparazzi) and I think it is an interesting story. I really don’t do the celebrity watch thing…but this to me is different. I wish them the best, she is about to embark on a life that is harder than you think…sure there is lots of $$ but you give up so much for that lifestyle…privacy for one. If she truly loves him and he does her as I think they do I am all for it. About time for a happy news story!!!

A

November 17th, 2010
8:33 am

I seriously doubt my 8-year-old son would even care about this. He knows there is a Queen of England, but beyond that I don’t think he needs to know all of her family members and who is getting married.

Spacey

November 17th, 2010
8:38 am

Theresa, Enjoy! What a fun memory for you and Rose.

Call it like it is

November 17th, 2010
8:51 am

Oh yes, lets have a royal wedding, where more money will be spent then some small countries see in a year. And most of that money will come from the citizens of the UK. But of course all the who’s who’s will be there, and the common folk will flock to the TV only if Oprah is not on at the same time. I’m sure Mrs. Obama is picking out her dress right now. I wonder what that trip is going to cost the American taxpayer?

JATL

November 17th, 2010
8:59 am

When I posted on Facebook, I headed off ugly comments by putting, “I know some of you may think I’m silly and these people are ridiculous, but I love Britain’s royals!” I actually got bombarded with comments from people about how they also couldn’t wait to watch and they remembered getting up in the middle of the night at age 10 or 11 too! I was 11 and it was SO exciting when Charles and Diana got married. YES -I will be up, making bloodies and watching it all in great detail. My children are 2 and 4 year old boys (he will be 5 by the time the marry), and I HIGHLY doubt they will care one bit. I know my husband certainly won’t! So, it will be me and my bloody mary pitcher alone in front of the big screen -but that’s okay! I do have some good friends who are into it as well, so maybe we’ll turn it into a pajama brunch affair!

JATL

November 17th, 2010
9:15 am

@TWG -I’m in the spam queue again, evidently, and this one wasn’t even long!

@DB -I felt the same way about the ring. On one hand I thought it was so sweet, and it is his beloved “Mummy’s” but I also thought -”Wow -this did not bode for a happy marriage the first time around!”

I doubt I will cry at the wedding. I did flat out BAWL at Diana’s funeral -but obviously a very different subject. I was actually surprised at how upsetting I found Diana’s death. Not that I didn’t love her, feel for her and enjoy reading about her -and of course it’s horrific any time a young woman or mother of two is killed, but it REALLY got to me! When I saw that card from her boys on her casket that simply said “Mummy” -now THAT still makes me tear up!

I think these two are light years ahead of where Charles and Diana were. Diana was extremely young and naive and Charles had basically been told -settle down and get a suitable wife who can breed before you’re too old! I LOVE the fact that Kate is “upper middle class” and not from the royal circles. I love the fact that they met at school while being housemates and no one arranged it or forced it. I also am very happy that they’ve been off and on again for 8 years, are 28 years old and have had time to know one another. She’s had time to decide if she could handle the life she has now stepped into -and evidently in 2007 she took a big step back because it was getting to her -so I don’t think she’s going into it with blinders. They’re young, fresh and lovely -and I wish them a true fairy tale and great happiness!

Lori

November 17th, 2010
9:35 am

Nope!! I don’t really care about the wedding of two complete strangers. I don’t think we should teach our children to care about the lives of “royalty” or “stars” in that way. Great, I hope they’ll be happy together, but it’s really not anyone’s business. I also don’t buy in to the whole “royalty” thing. There title’s really mean nothing, and their lifestyle robs the Britons of tax dollars.

JJ

November 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Well, like it or not, it will be historical. I like to watch historical happenings as they happen.

My dad used to wake us up at the ungodly hour of 5:00 when we were younger, to watch the Apollo rockets blast off. Everytime there was a lift off, we were watching it.

I remember being outside playing, and my parents made us come into the house, to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. I will NEVER forget that day!!!!

I like to watch history in the making.

Michelle

November 17th, 2010
10:02 am

I doubt that I watch it live! That would require breaking up sleep! :o) I hope they have a good, long happy life filled with love. Hopefully William learned that having a marriage for “pretense” is not worth it.

PR

November 17th, 2010
10:03 am

Undecided – our World (and technology) and has evolved alot since 1981. The Charles & Di wedding was big stuff back then all over the World, but this will probably just be a big event across the pond and in Europe. I might watch it to get a glimpse at the ceremonial, grace & civility aspect of it all, which I so deperately miss from our culture.

I did watch coverage of Di auto wreck in the early AM hours, and watched her funeral with many others in an airport bar (somewhere).

I get the personal aspect of “I don’t know them” so I don’t care to watch. That’s the line I used when everyone but me watched MJ’s funeral last year. The stores were pleasantly quiet that afternoon! :)

Sue from Lima

November 17th, 2010
10:09 am

Why the heck would anyone want to watch an extravegant wedding leveraged on the back’s of taxpayers, even if this is happening in GB. I highly doubt any of you know the Royal couple personally.

Becky

November 17th, 2010
10:13 am

Yes, I watched Diana and Charles get married and I will watch William and Kate..Not because of “celebrity worship” but as JJ pointed out, it will become a part of history..Besides that, I like the romance of it..

@4$..Wow.No, it’s not the 80’s and No she isn’t Diana.. She is a very pretty girl and her family works for their money, so what’s the big deal? If William loves her and they can make each other happy, I wish them all the very best..

@mom of 3..Why do you think they aren’t real people? They are very real and this is a part of how they live..The Queen Mum has already said that she is aware of money issues and that things aren’t like they used to be..Isn’t finding true love a fairytale for a lot of people? Again, glad that they found this type of love..

Kate

November 17th, 2010
10:19 am

I can’t wait to watch the wedding with my daughter (replayed, we will NOT be getting up in the middle of the night to watch it!) She will be about the same age I was when I watched Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding. I was just a little kid at the time, but I can remember watching that wedding very clearly. At the time I thought it was all so beautiful and exciting. It was just like watching a fairy tale come to life. Yes, I know a royal wedding is a colossal waste of money, but they’re fun! There’s nothing wrong with a little brain candy now and then. Besides, I doubt William and Kate’s wedding will coast anywhere near as much as one of our Royal, oops I mean First Family’s state trips or “family vacations”.

TechMom

November 17th, 2010
10:20 am

I’m sure I’ll check it out online but waking up in the middle of the night? Um no. Maybe because I was too young to really get the fascination with Princess Di (I was 3 when she got married so while she was always in the news while I was growing up, I didn’t really understand the hype). I have a son who won’t be the least bit interested so nothing to share there either.

HB

November 17th, 2010
10:20 am

I’m not really into the whole royalty thing, but like JJ, I like to see historical events as they happen, so I’ll probably get up and watch it. It wouldn’t be earlier than 6 or so EDT, would it (11am Britain time)? That’s not so bad.

Valstake

November 17th, 2010
10:21 am

I wouldn’t get up in the middle of the night for my own wedding, let alone to watch anyone else’s. Why do some of you even care about these people? I ask this question seriously, not to be nasty. You don’t know them, in all likelihood will never meet them, don’t live in the same country, etc. It’s also, in my opinion, a lousy example to little girls, i.e., ‘oh, look at Prince Charming and his lovely bride, off they go into the sunset and they lived happily ever after.’ That’s not my world, but I guess if it works for you….

JATL

November 17th, 2010
10:36 am

For all of you who seem to genuinely be upset that any of us would be interested in the royals, it’s quite a fascinating subject for many of us -much like birds or model train sets are for other people. I have been fascinated my entire life by the British Royal Family and its history. I’ve been to England numerous times and focused on Medieval and Renaissance British literature and history in college. I don’t care if you don’t like it, but there seems to be real outrage here. If it’s because you think the whole thing is a colossal waste of money, go ask some of the British people. True, there are some dissenters, but overall they LOVE their monarchy! That’s why the monarchy is still in place there. They don’t make political decisions, but their people love them and don’t seem to mind supporting them. Who cares if I know them personally? Do you know any of the sports stars, music stars or other celebrities you watch or listen to personally? No -then quit watching them. You don’t want to quit? Oh -must hold some interest for you.

@momof3 -you never read or watch fiction? You only focus on “real people” in the “real world”? How utterly boring life must be for you! And quite honestly, Prince William and Kate are more real than anyone you may be watching in a television show or movie -or reading about in a book. Those are CHARACTERS. True, the royals lead a life of wealth and privilege, but the British people overwhelmingly want them in place. As far as being “real” -well, the rich are real too, just in a different way than we are. I think unhappy marriages, adulterous affairs, divorce, problems with in-laws and ex-in-laws, death and death of a parent by a child are all too real. There are some things money cannot change!

Since none of you know them personally either -it’s quite judgmental of you to decide how “real” they are or what they should or should not be doing!

JD

November 17th, 2010
10:50 am

No, I definately won’t be getting up for this. We’re going to see it in media for the next year and after the wedding, it’ll be on every station for 6 months. I’m sick of it already!

MS

November 17th, 2010
10:57 am

A date hasn’t even been set. How do you know it will be on tv? Charles and Diana were almost 30 years ago. I doubt the current generation has any interest in this at all. Wish them both all the best and feel they will fare much better than Charles and Diana. Of course, William isn’t being forced to marry Kate because she is a more suitable match than a horse face ex-girlfriend. Kate is gorgeous, smart and much more experienced with the whole royal thing than Diana was. They both seem pretty down to earth and may not even want the spectacle that was Charles and Diana. Especially since they know that the British people will have to pay for it. But maybe not.

Tiffany

November 17th, 2010
11:19 am

I, too got very emotional when I read about William’s engagement. I also watched Diana’s wedding and felt very close to her for some reason. She was VERY special to me. I remember the births of her children…and watching the boys grow up over the years just like they were family members of mine. I know it may sound strange to some-but that’s just the way it is for me. Part of the reason I got so emotional is that Diana would have so loved to have been here for William at his wedding. I know she would have been so proud of her boys and how they have turned out. I think she would really love Kate as well. I took my babies down to the Diana memorial here in Atlanta when she passed away…our whole family took that loss very hard. You can bet we will all get up early to watch William get married. Diana taught her boys well and instilled her love of helping others in them and I am so proud of both of William and Harry. I just pray that William and Kate will be happy in their marriage, and that it will work out well for them.

FCM

November 17th, 2010
11:37 am

Emotional over it? UH NO. But hey I am not you…you have every right to feel whatever emotion you’re feeling. Obviously Princess Diana’s wedding put a special bond with you and your mother…one you hope to build with Rose (no mention of Lili in the post).

I do recall waking up to see the wedding. I even recall I was at my Great Aunt Margaret’s house…so we must have been seeing the family in KY at the time. My mom and I watched it. I was around Middle School and recall all the pagentry of the whole thing. I thought all weddings should look like that. (My actual “wedding” was me eloping on a public beach a far cry from Windsor eh?)

We may or may not wake up and watch…I am sure YouTube or E! or something will capture the moment and play it until we all get sick. :)

Like DB said, I wish the couple all the best in their life together. This is a time to celebrate for them and their families. For the people of the UK…Keep in mind this is the spouse of their future leader…you do not elect the Monarchy!

However, I do not recall Chelesea Clinton or Jenna Bush generating the OMG we have to see the wedding furor. Certainly they both got attention.

MannyT

November 17th, 2010
11:50 am

Not a big deal to me. Biggest change that impacts decision since Diana/Charles wedding.

D-V-R.

No need to sit by the TV at 3 AM.

Rlh

November 17th, 2010
11:57 am

NO!. Who gives a fat rat’s butt.

catlady

November 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

I DID tear up last week when I read in our local weekly paper that 2 strangers (to me) got married. Their “wedding announcement” picture was printed right next to the picture of their newborn, born less than a week after the wedding. This is their 4th child (between or among them), the bride looks to be 16 and is at the adult learning center trying to study for a GED. The groom works at a plant nearby. I felt emotional because, unlike William and Kate, they have incredible challenges ahead of them and their kids, rather than having money, “work”, education, a free ride financially.