By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
A Fine Romance: 75 Years of Royal Weddings
Edited by Lisette du Plessis (Hardie Grant, $29.95, hardcover, 199 pages)
The pomp and ceremony, particularly associated with royalty, has fascinated the world since time immemorial.
A Fine Romance is a splendid, majestic record of the many memorable alliances and love stories that have defined our understanding of modern European royal families.
How does one define the memories that live on? The colour photographs, defined by words with elaborate histories, are a timeless reminder.
The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on April 29, 2011, was one event that united the world. What memories do you have of the occasion?
Apart from the couple, almost no one will remember the words spoken during the marriage ceremony, but those lingering glances will be easily recalled.
Even though the throng of faces, some painted red, white and blue will be remembered in a haze, the balcony kiss will be the picture that’s re-run in perpetuity.
It’s the same image that the world remembers when William’s mother and father married 30 years ago. However, the big difference in 2011 is that the newlyweds are genuinely in love.
From a serene Grace Kelly to the blushing, shy Lady Diana Spencer (an image that’s forever embedded in the subconscious), Part 1 of A Fine Romance is an astonishingly all-inclusive record of royal weddings that have made history, fairytale brides and handsome princes since January 1937 to the present.
Part 2 is an amazingly graphic pictorial chronicle of the wedding of the century— seven months ago—that carried the hopes of the British monarchy.
The romance of Prince William and Catherine Middleton is the stuff of dreams. It shows their journey from the announcement of their engagement to their arrival at Westminster Abbey. It is richly illustrated.
There’s a poignant significance, in particular to the Windsor family history, which provides compelling pageantry.
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