I was a 10 year old little girl the day Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles on Wednesday, July 29, 1981. I watched the wedding no less than 10 times that day. My mother had to force me to go outside that evening as I was beginning to watch the wedding yet another time. My life was transformed that day, when I look back over the history of my life that day is one of the top 3 dates I base my memories from. Princess Diana made such a healthy impact upon my life, I don't even want to consider what I would have been like without her "presence".
Prince William is soon to marry Kate Middleton and I have two daughters 10 and 11 years old, who are eagerly awaiting the wedding and have been patiently humoring me as I educate them on the British Royal Family. I have a sinus infection and have not felt very well these past couple of days so I have done something I rarely do, sit on the couch and watch TV. We have watched all about Princess Diana's dresses, jewelry, portraits and more. I feel like I have traveled back in time and gone to my happy place where Princess Diana rules my every thought.
I have been a little hesitant about getting re-hooked on the Royal Family. You see when Princess Diana died, a part of me went too. I know that sounds trite but not until my mother died have I cried so much or have been that depressed for that long. When Princess Diana was alive, every time I went to the store I would have my eyes out for anything "Diana", "Princess", "Royal", etc.. Recently my husband was fast flipping through the TV guide and I suddenly yelled "STOP...go back...I saw Diana". He was amazed that I could do that. I was amazed that I still had it. When Princess Diana died I turned it off, because I couldn't bear to read about her death. Whenever something came on about her death, I avoided it. I can't relive that event.
My hesitancy with following this Royal Wedding is that my heart aches that the one person who would have had the MOST joy is missing. I'm afraid I will spend much of the day in tears and swallowed back up in that depression because Diana is not here. But now I have two little girls who are quite interested and I cannot deny them the same thrill I experienced 30 years ago. So I'm pulling myself together and the alarm is set for 2:50 am - I have to get a good seat! The girls are having a slumber party tomorrow so they agreed to watch on a re-run tomorrow. I warned the whole family that they should expect the only thing allowed on TV Friday, April 29, 2011, is the Royal Wedding of Prince William Arthur Philip Louis to Miss Catherine Middleton.