William married his love, Catherine (Kate) Middleton at Westminster Abby. Despite traveling for work, I again got up at 3:45 am to watch and found myself tearing up more than once.
I've been surprised by how negative and critical some have been of the royals, the wedding, Prince William, and even Kate. Was it a fairytale wedding? In many respects, it absolutely was.
In today's cynical world of war and disappointment, the idea of a Prince marrying a commoner and making her a Princess seems more than Disneyesque but actually makes some angry. For those, I challenge you to consider what else is driving those emotions - beyond these two young adults who are in love and making a commitment before God and the world to be together in their circumstances?
Prince William and his brother Prince Harry is that they are 'gentle'men. Whenever I see, read, or hear anything about them I am always struck by their dignity, their compassion, their sense of honor, loyalty, and love. Princess Diana said in many interviews that she wanted her boys to learn the value of work (so they had chores), the value of people (they were never allowed to order others around despite their privilege), and the value of giving back (in their case, volunteering and charity). She encouraged them to FEEL! No stiff upper lip as the British are known to demonstrate. She encouraged them to 'marry for love' first... which William has now done. She taught them to be who they are.
Watching the Prince William over the years (and Harry also), I've been amazed at how truly kind and considerate he is. Both boys are accomplished men now.
These two young men are true role models. Yes, they've had fun, gone to pubs, etc. as all young adults do... but they are grounded. In watching the wedding yesterday, I loved their posture, their grace, and their genuineness.
She was a confident woman who knew her worth...
Six weeks later, William who admitted to being miserable without her, was back. Let me say again, SHE KNEW HER WORTH! Young girls (and the rest of us) could take a lesson from Kate. We forget our own worth.
The result: A MARRIAGE... not simply a beautiful wedding.
Bishop of London's sermon. The bishop reminded us that the DECISION to marry highlighted their devotion to a spiritual life designed to bring each person into the fullness of themselves.
William and Kate matter because they are choosing to live their lives to the best of their ability, becoming their best selves AND doing it together.
They are thoughtful, graceful, devoted individuals who give us all a glimpse of the possible...
Consider what you want in your spouse or partner. Consider the qualities of these young people... I then encourage you to WRITE down the characteristics you personally would like to strive for as well as those characteristics you need from your life partner. You can't get what you want if you don't know what you want. So, perhaps start by examining two young people who seem to be doing it right! And then begin to believe that God will bring you the prince or princess your heart truly loves...