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Country Life Royal Wedding Souvenir Issue

Country Life Royal Wedding Souvenir Issue

Country Life Royal Wedding Souvenir Issue - Special

The 10 highlights of a magical day; insightful commentary on the day and behind the scenes by Clive Aslet and Matthew Dennison; the guests; the jewellery; the music and the sermon analysed; how history saw previous royal weddings and what the future holds for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, all with superb photographs to produce a really special souvenir of the day.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.

It was a day of joy, a day of pride, a day of love with, at the centre of it all, two young people whose adoration for each other has thrilled our ancient nation and the rest of the world. We were all allowed to share their love. The marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle was no ordinary ceremony–it was different from any other Royal Wedding that had preceded it–but it was gloriously of its time. This was a good-news story of the rarest vintage. We wish Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex a long and happy marriage.…

4 min.
highlights of a very happy day

Arrival of a beautiful bride It was hard not to catch one’s breath at the sight of Meghan Markle’s solitary, dignified procession up the steps into St George’s Chapel. One of the best-kept pre-wedding secrets had been the identity of the dress designer—and everyone, even the country’s leading fashion commentators, guessed wrong. As the bride stepped calmly out of the car, an unflustered vision in soft, gleaming panels of silk cady, the discreet genius behind this simple, structured elegance was revealed to be Clare Waight Keller from Givenchy, whose confidence-giving tweak of the train went virtually unnoticed. The grinning pageboy As beams of sunlight followed the bridal procession down the aisle, seven-year-old Brian Mulroney obviously couldn’t believe his eyes and ears. When the first fanfare sounded, he broke into a wonderful, disbelieving, gap-toothed…

19 min.
official wed ding service

The following Pastoral Introduction is taken from Common Worship: A WEDDING is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as He turned water into wine. Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as His blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in…

11 min.
we’re going to the chapel

FoR television viewers, one of the unforgettable images of the Royal Wedding came when Meghan Markle, as she still was, entered St George’s Chapel. The state trumpeters of the Household Cavalry blew a fanfare, the long gossamer strand of the bride’s veil was picked up and, oh, the pure rapture that beamed from the visage of the open-mouthed pageboy. All weddings are wonderful, the same in fundamentals although widely different in particulars. This very special event was, like all weddings, intensely human, the predominant emotion being that displayed on the face of young Brian Mulroney: unmitigated joy. The sunshine helped, of course. It seemed to confirm the Royal Family in its decision not to stage the wedding in central London, but at Windsor. The pictures of the castle, the Long Walk and…

4 min.
buried treasure

HIDDEN beneath Chancery Lane, behind a deliberately unassuming door, lies the largest retail selection of fine antique and contemporary silver in the world—the London Silver Vaults. Once a labyrinth of privately owned strong rooms, it was only after the Second World War that the potential of the vaults as a showcase it self was seen and it was opened to the public. The catacomb of vaults retains its original Victorian John Tann bank-vault doors, measuring more than 6ft high and weighing almost a ton each. Many of the original firms remain in the control of the descendants of the first tenants and have long-established relationships with their clients that last a lifetime and span family events, from Christenings to engagements, weddings and subsequent anniversaries. An Aladdin’s cave of antique and contemporary…

8 min.
‘two young people fell in love, and we all showed up’

AND now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. From the Song of Solomon, in the Bible: ‘Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.’ The late Dr Martin Luther King Jr once said and I quote: ‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way.’ There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise it. There’s power, power in love. If you…