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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Friday, April 29, 2011


Wasn't the wedding beautiful?  Weren't you touched watching William and Kate becoming husband and wife?  I thought it was perfect.  Well, nearly perfect.  I, like many others, was  shocked by Prince Andrew and Fergie's daughter's hats and the fact that Mrs. Cameron chose not to wear one at all.  But other than that, the wedding went off without a hitch.

I spent the morning at a "Royal Wedding Party" given by a friend who is a Brit and who wanted to share her national pride with this event along with her friends here in Germany.  I was asked to bring a Traditional English Trifle, pictured above.  From all reports, I pulled it off even though I have never had nor baked a trifle before in my life.  I followed a recipe on the BBC website that instructed me to make the sponge cake by scratch along with the custard and honest-to-goodness real double whipped cream!  Sinful, it was.

Here is our lovely hostess mixing the Pimms for her guests.  While the Pimm's flowed, repeated corks from champagne bottles continued to pop during the nuptials.  The women were excited, delighted, and amused as the BBC presented the Royal Wedding and over 2 billion people over the world viewed the wedding.

Being fashionable women, we oohed and aaahed as the guests arrived and their hats were displayed.  With the exception of Fergie's daughters, we were thrilled with the gorgeous ornamental hats on view.

We did our best to follow suit and wear our finery and our decorative hats.  Wearing a hat, for most women today, is not a most popular accessory in our wardrobe.  Choosing the most flattering one can be daunting.  Judging by my friends, I would say that their choices were happily suitable for the occasion.

In fact, I would judge the efforts of my fellow Royal watchers as being very successful, indeed.  Any one of us would have been quite at home in Westminster Abbey today, had we received an invitation, that is.

After the wedding, and before the desert, we participated in a quiz about Merry Old England.  To help the non-British, we were given a handicap.  There were prizes for the winners; a Royal tote bag, Royal biscuits, and a Royal notebook.

Unfortunately, even with my handicap, I was only able to answer 7 out of 25 questions about British Royalty correctly.How was I to know that Diana's step-mother whose name was Rain was nicknamed "Acid Rain" by Diana and her siblings?  I did know the date of Diana's death; however, it was August 31st, my birthday.

This young lady was a very talented baker and made magnificent creations to help us celebrate the monarchy.

It was a fantastic day.  A thrilling day watching the Mountbatten-Windsor family share in the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Great drinks, great food, great friends, and a great celebration.

I will always remember where I was when Wills married Kate.  In Munich with my wonderful friends.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am jealous. I would have loved to go to a party. Looks like it was wonderful. I loved the wedding and I am so glad I watched it. I can't wait for my trip to London in six weeks to I can buy some special treasures.

Formerly known as Frau said...

It was a beautiful wedding and what a fun party you and your friends had. Have a royal weekend!

Bobbi said...

WOW, when you party you really do it right! The quiz sounds like loads of fun...and I love those trivia bits..."acid rain" hahaha!

Tammy Doane said...

Glad you enjoyed the day-the party looked fabulous. I watched some of it last night (lost power due to tornado) and it looked like a lovely, fairytale wedding. Whoever had this idea of a party is one creative person!

Christi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
I think your wedding party was beautiful. That was a great idea! Loved the hats and all. I love hats...but never wear them.

Christi said...

I think my comment got lost?...:(
I loved the wedding party idea and the hats. I love hats but never wear them.