“British Royal Weddings of the Twentieth Century”

Unrivaled Splendor

Amos Lassen


We have to give it to the Brits—they really know how to put on a show especially at a wedding. This DVD arrived just as the right time to tie with the hoopla surrounding the wedding of heir to the throne, William, and his bride and queen-to-be, Kate. The DVD looks at the royal weddings of the last century and it is glorious. We begin in 1922 with the wedding of Princess Mary to Henry Charles George, Viscount Lascelles and to the 1947 wedding of Queen Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. We are the wedding of Prices Margaret, sister of the queen to Anthony Armstrong-Jones. There are other weddings of course, a total of 18 of them. The disc closes with the ceremonies of two marriages that did not make it, Prince Charles and Lady Diana and Prince Andrew and Sarah Fergusson.

The pomp and ceremony is mind boggling as are the outfits. The viewer gets a history of fashion of the twentieth century. It is also interesting to take note of the people who camp out to see the wedding processions and there are street parties to go along with the royal celebrations. I watched the DVD today and had great fun. It is interesting that here in America the royal wedding of William and Kate is such big news but I believe that also has to do with our love of ceremony and costume, things we do not have very much of here. I am sure that many will rise early to watch the wedding and here is the perfect way to prepare for it.

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