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Why I loved watching the #RoyalWedding

On Saturday my life basically stood still for several hours. I made myself comfortable in front of the television (wearing my active wear, of course) to watch Prince Harry and Hollywood sweetheart Meghan Markle tie the knot. I didn’t move until much, much later.

See, I was determined to not get caught up in the excitement of the Royal Wedding, but over the course of the past few weeks, I couldn’t help but look forward to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials and on Saturday morning I made myself comfortable in front of the television, where I remained for several hours.

I loved every moment of watching this wedding – from seeing the guests arrive and interact, to watching the Queen walk down the aisle, Amal Clooney’s gorgeous yellow outfit to receiving a voice note from a friend simply stating “Camilla’s hat!”

Here are the six main reasons why I just loved being a witness (from across the world) to the moment that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I do”.

Okay, technically, they said “I will”. That’s beside the point.

Real Life Fairy Tale

I realize that people used to call Diana’s story a fairy tale, but to me this was the true fairy tale. The sweet British Prince with a heart of gold, fell in love with a normal American girl (sure, she’s famous… but her career hasn’t yet exploded). Then, just seeing the way that Prince Harry couldn’t keep his eyes off of her at the start of the sermon, how they constantly wanted to touch each other, the pure joy in their eyes, and the beautiful way in which they looked at each other… it confirms that love is real and that we all have a prince waiting for us. Not literally, but you get my point. It gives people hope. And it was beautiful to witness.

“You’re Amazing”

I’m absolutely certain that the majority of people around the world are now aware of those two little words the Prince said to his bride when they finally met at the end of the aisle. It was lovely.

Beautiful Image of a Strong Bride

Most of us know that health conditions prevented Ms. Markle’s father from joining the wedding. I thought that seeing her walk down the aisle in the chapel all by herself was such a beautiful image. The sacrifice she had to make in order to marry her Prince (her career, home, and a more free way of living) takes courage; walking down the aisle on her own was the perfect manifestation of that courage and strength.

The Gospel is Alive!

I thought that the couple combined their religious traditions in a beautiful, clever way. We had the more formal ceremony of the Church of England, after which Reverand Michael Curry lead a more informal sermon about the true message of the love of Jesus Christ. The fact that this was followed by a beautiful gospel choir performance of “Stand By Me” not only made me happy, but also gave me a bit of a chuckle (oh the irony of seeing an American Gospel Choir perform at the wedding of British royalty).

The Young Royals

I absolutely adore the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; any chance I get to witness them on live TV is time well spent, and Prince Charles and Princes Charlotte did not disappoint! Such beautiful, cute little ones…

Family Love

Don’t you just love seeing families get together? I thought this wedding was filled with the sweetest family moments. Prince William trying to help his little bro relax by joking around before the bride’s arrival; Prince Philip having a little chat with the groom before taking his seat; and, something that had the internet go nuts – the moment when Prince Charles walked over to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, to hold out his hand and have her join him and Camilla in leaving the chapel. There’s nothing like family!

In the end, it just made my heart smile to see how happy and in love the couple is. I truly hope and pray that they will have a very blessed, happy marriage.

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!

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