We were invited to a Royal Wedding Party hosted by my friend Helen. It wasn't hard to figure out which house was hers, as they decorated it from top to bottom in fluttering British-ness! This did not seem to phase the German neighbors, several of which attended the gala.
My son was seriously impressed but confused when he asked "where are the stars?" on her flags! I thought that was a hilarious statement being we were the only American guests. He spent the rest of the time fluctuating between riding a hobby horse while wearing a paper knight helmet and dancing around with butterfly wings on elastic straps.
Helen took it upon herself to teach us how to sing "God Save the Queen." I was dumbfounded to realize that it's to the same tune as "My Country 'Tis of Thee." So not only did we Americans steal the colors of the Union Jack, we also re-wrote their song. Sheesh. I guess the pilgrims weren't exactly Twist Defiant! Good thing I got dressed up as requested in my crown jewels and tiara.
Check out Helen's ring, awesome right...? I have no idea which was more fun, hearing our hearty singing attempts or when the English cape came out. To top it off, we got a lesson in fascinators which is the technical term for the crazy art people wear on their heads at formal events.
What was even weirder was trying to explain to the other German guests why I had actual photographs from the wedding on my camera since they were shots I took of the TV during the event. *cringe* However the photos were very helpful visuals when discussing Princess Beatrice's head piece which if you somehow missed it was a Dr. Suess-like bow balancing on her brow.
If you've been a reader for awhile I'm sure you can nearly taste the official hat, feather and fascinator study that is on the way...