Friday, May 18, 2018

Royal Wedding, Fond Memories

It seems everyone is obsessed with the upcoming royal wedding of 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19 at Windsor Castle. 

While we celebrate the royal marriage this week, 
we also remember William and Harry's mother, Princess Diana. 
People are recalling special memories of Princess Diana, 
whether it's of her many charities or something more personal.

I have my own special memory of her.

Although I have traveled to England a few times, the visit I most remember was in the late 1990’s. We had enjoyed a double-decker bus tour of London, marveled at Harrods Department Store, 
minded the gap in the Tube, and swooned over the lush gardens and amazing architecture.
(I found some old snapshots from this trip which were taken before digital cameras).

Then, one day we boarded a bus to Eton to see Windsor Castle,
the oldest castle in the world, built in the late 11th century. 

As we strolled along the cobbled streets and admired the royal swans 
floating along the River Thames (apparently the Queen owns the swans!), 

we heard that Princess Diana was visiting her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry,
at Eton College to celebrate Prince William’s birthday
and that she had taken them to McDonalds for lunch. 

Although we didn’t get to see her, we were thrilled that Princess Diana was nearby,
doing what she did best -- giving her boys a “normal” experience,
one they probably still remember as do we.

Best wishes and happiness to Harry and Meghan on their wedding May 19 
which happens to be my own parents' wedding anniversary.

They would have been married 77 years.
Many happy years Harry and Meghan. 



  1. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 Wishing the Royals a wonderful day and a great beginning to their lives together.

  2. Simply lovely. And what a wonderful memory for you to have personally.

  3. I truly hope the best to the Royal Couple and many years of happiness.Have a great weekend.

  4. A very nice tribute to the royal couple. I am so glad that you had the chance to visit England and see the things you mentioned. Of course, my favorite pic is the last one. I like to remember Mom and Dad when they looked that happy. Sickness sure does change things.

  5. Lovely memories, Pat, and a sweet coincidence that the two anniversaries fall together.

  6. I stayed up to see the Royal Wedding live and wasn't disappointed. What I like most about Meghan and Harry is their belief in good causes. That will be their make the world a better place. Wish them the best. Our anniversary was the next day - lots of special memories 23 years and going strong. Your mom and dad look so sweet.

  7. Hello Pat!
    So nice to visit here with you again! Wasn't the Royal wedding just beautiful??! I recorded it on two channels and watched on PBS here in Texas starting at 3:00am last Saturday. :) Didn't want to miss any of the fun or miss anything said. ;)

    I love hearing your wedding memories of your parents and about your trip to England! It would have been fun just to have a glimpse of Princess Diana, and I agree. It was good that she tried to bring the kids up to know that most people don't live as the royals do. I hope this next generation doesn't lose that with their kids ~ haven't heard whether Prince William or the Duchess of Cambridge take their kids to McDonald's or not. Maybe someday.

    Thanks for sharing your memories with us all! I pinned a couple of photos to my Road Trip! Plane Trip! board for you.
    Barb :)