No regret at being swept up in modern fairy tale

May 9 2011 - 10:28am


Illustration by NATALYA ESSLER/Box Elder High School/
Illustration by NATALYA ESSLER/Box Elder High School/

It's infectious, intoxicating, you can't help but be swept up in the glorious story that Kate Middleton and Prince William are living!

OK, I admit, I have allowed myself to get a bit swept up by this amazing modern fairy tale -- I can't help it. It truly is a fairy tale. I mean, honestly, I couldn't write a better love story if I tried!

I stayed up all night -- yes, all night -- to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I know that sounds crazy and being honest with myself here, it is crazy, but let me explain my logic. I wanted to watch the "red carpet" event as well as the wedding. I wanted to see all the celebrities, friends and family file into Westminster Abbey, and I figured why not knock out a couple hours of homework while I waited -- and I did.

I dutifully worked from 9 p.m. all the way to 2 a.m. doing homework, cleaning my room and doing chores. Lastly, I made batter for crepes. At 3 a.m. I woke my mom up and I made us some crepes with Nutella, and I plopped myself down right in front of the TV. I was hooked. From the guests, the fashion and the gossip, I loved every minute of it.

In essence, I wanted to do everything I could to be there, because had I been in London on that day, I would totally be out on the streets, camping out the night before to ensure a spectacular view of the balcony kiss, and of course I would be wearing a "Kate Middleton-esque" hat.

I won't go into all of the details; there has been enough publicity of this wedding. An example of this over-the-top publicity would be a conversation my brother and I had a couple of weeks before the wedding. I was talking about the Royal Wedding with my mom, and my little brother made some comment about Kate. I looked at him in surprise and said, "You know Kate?" My mouth was open in astonishment.

His response pretty much sums it up: "Who doesn't know Kate? She's everywhere!" He muttered that last sentence in something closely resembling disgust. Despite his lack of enthusiasm, I was still gung-ho for this Royal Wedding.

I guess the question that remains is what's the big deal? To be honest, there really are many other things going on in this world and this really is just a wedding, yet at the same time it is so much more than that. This wedding came at a time when people needed something to believe in. And the fact that it is a beautiful and classy romance, complete with a handsome prince, a gorgeous princess and a castle definitely helps.

It is nice to sit and read about this couple and the hope they bring to their country. Now, I do not know Kate or William (though I wish I did), but that does not stop me from being gloriously happy for them. Because sometimes it is just nice to hear about good news in the world and simply stated, that is what the Royal Wedding was to billions of people -- good and happy news. News that makes you smile.

I for one enjoyed so much staying up all night and watching this history live. Despite the many suggestions from friends and family of recording and watching it later, I wanted to participate in the live event. And needless to say, I am so glad that I did.

Lynette Randall is a junior at Clearfield High School. She loves river rafting, rock climbing, wave running and reading. E-mail her at


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