The Brits love a good wedding and the events of 19 June were no
exception, despite the happy couple’s attempts to keep it low-key. Now
the vows and flag-waving are over, how has the latest royal wedding been
received and what impact, if any, has it had on the reputation of the
The overall impression was that the bride and groom were a modern couple
who had thought seriously about marriage before walking down the aisle,
and who had a significant amount of control over the proceedings.
This differentiated Sophie and Edward from previous royal couples, and
the choice of Windsor Castle emphasised the desire to do things
The choice of format for the day was also a shrewd move. The late start
gave the TV coverage a more relaxed feel, and we felt we were getting a
snapshot of events rather than a full day’s pomp and ceremony. This
captured the sprit of the times and led to a slicker and more stylish
The departures from tradition say many things about the couple, but I am
not convinced that this contemporary image will extend to the rest of
the Royal family.
The wedding was more low-key than those of both Charles or Andrew, but
it was far from ordinary or simple. However hard they try, the Earl and
Countess of Wessex are an integral part of a British institution based
on wealth, class and pageantry.
But we shouldn’t forget that being part of the modern monarchy is a
tough brief. We want them to be ordinary but to retain their mystique;
we wanted to see a wedding which cost less and yet we expected all the
The media have not had a royal story for some time, so it is all credit
to Sophie, Edward and those involved in the wedding that they generated
so few headlines in the run up to the big day. The Sophie holiday snap
expose printed in the Sun was swiftly dealt with and worked in a
positive way for the couple, generating high levels of public
The wedding must be seen as a success for the Royal family. There is a
general feeling this this one will work and, if anything, the wedding
left people wanting more of the royals. After years of less than happy
news about the family, this can only be a good thing.