I confess to being lukewarm beforehand, about weddings in general if I'm honest. A very wise friend from Bingley Rotary Club days was the popular headmaster of a public school who got invited to loads of weddings. He once told me that the likelihood of the marriage lasting was in invererse proportion to the poshness and pomp of the 'do'. At that rate yesterdays event stands little chance of lasting success. But I hope not.
Being still sort-of confined to barracks I found myself watching the event on TV, for want of anyting better to do really. Hours of television were punctuated by little things which brought the whole thing down to earth. Posh for sure, but pompous no.
Some things struck home for me.
David Beckham (a footballer) shook hands with a policeman.
US Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry stole the ecclesiastical show by several miles.
The British ability to put on a pageant like this will have impressed the World.
Those crowds on the carriage drive will have given president Trump something to think about.
A near total absence of politicians and heads of state.
And the most abiding memory? The looks on the faces of the royalty and toffs during Bishop Michael's sermon. Priceless.