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By 04/29/2011January 31st, 201721 Comments

My sister Elizabeth (who just moved to Yarrow) invited me, my mom and the rest of my sisters over to watch the Royal Wedding this morning (I arrived last night). Two of my sisters are not speaking to each other so one did not join our little wedding watch on the wee hours of this morning. Lea brought over 4 teacups and saucers and a little two tiered cookie tray (below) with pastries and at 7:00 am this morning we ate cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches with the crusts removed.

Until I met my best friend (whom I will marry very soon) I would listen to couples who were interviewed in books or on TV who talked about their relationship and how much they loved each other and I was convinced they were mostly just making it up to look good.  Now that I’m in a happy and supportive relationship I get it (but it took me a few years to get there).  It looks like William and Kate are one of those couples who are also best friends and I’m happy for them.

Photo by Maria Killam
This is the mountain view my sister has from her house, it’s at the very end of the street and on the other side of a little stream which runs alongside train tracks.  My 2 and 4 year old nephews get so excited when one goes by. It was great to be with my family this morning!
How early did you get up to watch it?
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  • Ideezine says:


    I awoke at 3:00 a.m. and it was worth it. To be a part of such a lovely day was worth it. The choir, guests, church and of course the Wedding of Catherine and William was love filled, sensible, refined, regal, calm and moving. Seeing all wedding party children and the breath taking Abbey with trees oh my goodness just stunning.

    As You experience the joy and wonder of marrying your best friend I know it will suit you well Maria. When you embrace life and love people it spills over into all area's of your life. Next month I will celebrate 26 yrs. of wedded wondermeant and it truly is a wonderful life to live.
    Blessings to you Amen.


  • Donna Frasca says:

    I just woke up early by chance because I went to bed too early the night before because of a migraine. I started watching it when Kate was just getting to the church. I enjoyed watching history in the making and thought it was a beautiful ceremony . . . . even though I thought Kate's flowers were too small.

    Isn't love grand? Can't wait to see your wedding pictures!

  • Elizabeth Brown says:

    I too was up at the crack of dawn to witness such an amazing spectacle. True love, pageantry, history unfolding, remembrances of Diana. I don't know if it was because I had had little sleep or was just overcome with emotion, but there was a tearful release. I am so happy for them and for everyone who has found their soul mate. How special to have shared it all with your siblings.

  • Anonymous says:

    Such a beautiful wedding it was. How sad that your sisters are in disagreement. In years to come, they probably won't even remember what the disagreement was about, but they'll remember you weren't all together for this special day.

    So foolish. Life is too short.

  • Windlost says:

    How delightful!! I got up at two minutes to 4am and just caught Kate as she was about to get out of her car. Perfect timing. Watched for 2.5h, had a brief nap and then went to work – where I proceeded with an exhausting 8h day. Ugh! I think Kate was stunning. Loved it all and watched about 4 more shows about the wedding this evening. I love all the fuss.

    P.S. I hope your sisters make up.

    xo Terri

  • Naturally Carol says:

    Fortunately for us, in Australia it was on from 6pm til 11pm they got married about it was a perfect evening of viewing! I enjoyed her quiet serenity and obvious sincerity in what was being said. I loved her dress, veil, tiara, hair and her smile..and he was stunning too. The whole day was incredible!

  • De tout, de rien says:

    Don't you just love that grumpy little munchkin in the left hand corner of the balcony kiss pic? She's precious!

  • Mary says:

    I got up at 5am but only because I'm always up early. I almost forgot to turn on the TV! I'm happy I got to see the ceremony.
    I'm also happy for you that you found your prince.

  • Dovecote Decor says:

    Hi Maria: We had a fun group, all decked out in either suits or PJ's at Washington Perk at 5:30am. We had coffee and scones, and lots of Boos when Camilla came on the scene. It was a great occasion, and loved watching all the fanfare. What a bride!! We all loved every inch of it.

  • Shana says:

    I watched the whole thing because I was already up because I was at work. Yes, I get to watch TV all night at work.
    And yes, they sure do seem to really care about each other. And Kate seems to know what she is getting into with marrying an heir to the throne, unlike Diana all those years ago.
    I am happy for you too. And I am in love with my best friend after searching for a nice guy my whole life. It is nice when things work out.
    Happy day!!

  • Barbara Bussey says:

    HI Maria,
    I'm glad to know that we're not the only family with annoying spats from time to time. Since getting up at 1a.m. Is beyond me, I watched "best of" videos yesterday. They're a lovely couple and I wish them and you continued success!

  • Teresa says:

    I love your blog, even though this post had nothing to do with your absolutely AMAZING gift of color knowledge!
    I hope against hope that your sisters get beyond their difference…life is way too short, exceedingly short, to take a sister for granted.
    Have a blessed weekend,

  • Kathy@apointofhue says:

    I was invited to a wonderful Royal Wedding Watch party…complete with fancy invitations. Everyone was told to arrive in their pajamas and tiaras. My good friend, without a doubt throws the most creative parties I have ever been to and has helped me with several of my own. Her home was beautifully decorated in honor of the royal couple. There were beautiful flower arrangements with "crowns" and British Flags, pictures of the couple in all the picture frames everywhere in her house…on the mantels, everywhere. She had a large British flag with a large picture of Kate & William on it. There were British or Royal items displayed tastefully, everywhere you looked. She prepared a wonderful breakfast of scones and eggs, biscuits and sausages. Plenty of tea and coffee. About 20 of us sat in white chairs, as if at a church wedding and watched the BBC version of the wedding. It helps that her husband produces BBC America— It was fantastic! If I could figure out a way to put a picture in here for you I would. Perhaps I can email them to you.

  • Jane says:

    Much to everyone's surprise, I was at my neighbor's home at 5am…with scones! We had a pajama party/wedding watch party. On the menu was scrambled eggs (or as my son's English soccer coach called them…"Crazy Legs"), fresh fruit, and hot-buttered scones. What fun it was sharing this event with good friends!

    Best wishes on your upcoming nuptials…

  • camdesign says:

    I was working all day and night thursday…home at 9pm, tried to sleep at 10pm got up at 10:30pm afraid of sleeping through…started watching the CBC coverage at midnight and watched with tea and cake until it was all done at 7:30am calgary time…
    when they got engaged I took the 29th off as a holiday so I could sleep the day away after staying up all night…
    I loved the dress, the trees in the church…and the 1903 carriage was amazing…

  • Judy says:

    I'm showing my age to be telling you that I DID stay up to watch the wedding of Charles and Diana. I had a new baby, he was up most nights then anyway, so it was all quite enchanting. I fell asleep waiting for Kate and Wills but was so happy to see the full complete coverage on TLC when I awakened.

  • pve design says:

    There is something so fascinating about fairy tales and love stories and creating flow in homes and in one's own family. As I watched the wedding guests and royal family arrive, I thought about this happy day for each of them and that they all were able to gather for this moment of historical grace. I hope this couple lives with love and has a happy ending. It always seems so many royals or distinguished celebrities befall to the hand of cruelty either by public scrutiny or by life's ravage.
    Go and see Jane Eyre with your sisters….be the heroine and gather them to love one another. Life is really too short to hold a grudge or be spite full.

  • Nan says:

    I watched the re-runs. I have confidence they will be happy for a long time! She was so stunning – and confident – and will keep her feet on the ground. Maria, I married at 37 – a long wait, but worth it for the right person! Best wishes to you!

  • Donna says:

    What a delightful post! I was sad to read that all of your sisters were not part of the event. I hope things work out for future special events.
    Your blog is lovely.

  • Donna says:

    Hi Maria, Oh how fun to get together with family to watch the wedding! I wish we could have done that but there just wasn't time. Hubby and I did spend some morning time looking at ALL the photos. It brings back so many memories of when Princess Di and Charles got married. How I loved that wedding!

    I've read a little bit about their relationship and it seems to really have stood the test of time. We ladies on 'nursery duty' at church were all talking about it. It must be so challenging to marry into a royal family.

    I've been married 24 years this July. Tim and I were best friends for two years before we married. Our favorite topic of conversation this last two or three years as we've begun to see the 'light at the end of the tunnel' with child-rearing is all the fun we will have when it's just US. :o)

    We can't wait for our 'second honeymoon' to start. We try not to be too loud about this to the kids-Ha! :o) We've had plenty of difficulties..some at the very beginning…some in very stressful times of life …and some over children who were having a hard time getting along with Dad (personality differences), but we've never quit loving each other. Our marriage comes first. Period. Funny… it's not that we are completely happy with everything about each other. I would love for Tim to be even slightly romantic-Ha! And Tim would love for me to be more frugal..sigh.. But there's no one else in the whole world who thinks exactly the way we do–except us. So we just let some things go, accepting that if we haven't changed yet, we probably never will..but that's OK. Batting a 100% is not a requirement for a happy marriage. :o) Being best friends is though. I'm so happy for you Maria!


  • Susan S. says:

    Hi there….great post! I got up at 3:00 a.m. (Houston,TX time)and drove the short block over to my friends house to watch it all on her big screen tv. We were going to have TEA and scones, but she discovered all her tea was de-caf and at that time of day we needed CAFFIENE! I was a recently married young woman when Diana got married, so it was just natural to get up early and watch this one. Who KNOWS when anything more exciting will take place.
    The whole thing was awesome….and you can tell they are so in love. Who didn't swoon when William looked at Kate and told her she looked beautiful. I stayed at my friends until the couple kissed and went inside….then it was back to reality, home for a shower and getting ready for work. Thank goodness my boss was considerate and let me leave at 3:00 p.m. to go home for a much needed nap!
    PS: So happy for you and your sweetie. I'm divorced now but still hold out hope to meet another someone special.

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