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What are you doing starting around 4:00 a.m. ET on May 19? Feel free to show up here and live-chat your day - oh, Farmer's Market, a late lunch with friends, let's fly some kites, maybe...

I will be mainlining ridiculous amounts of caffeine, stalking the Fug Girls on-line, and switching between the approximately 83 channels covering the wedding of some couple, Harry and Megs. Maybe you've heard of them?

CHAT HERE, if you so desire!

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My work friends and I are going to one of our coworker's houses for crafts (we are making fascinators) and food.  At 7am. On a freaking Saturday.  LOL.

As a Desi, I plan on wearing a salwar kameez or sari (if I'm feelin' fancy).  #ByeColonizers  It's a statement, but in truth, I'm wearing it b/c it is very comfortable. Hee.

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I have woken up for the British weddings ever since Charles and Diana when I was a wee child, and I'm not missing this one. It's Diana's 2nd son and this "cast of characters" are much more interesting than oh-so-proper William and Kate.

And I'm sure reading live posts will be fun. I'll be in Toronto this week too so, yay!

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I am so excited, and have not missed a royal wedding yet.  My husband on the other hand, has agreed to cat nap so I can have someone to talk with.  I cannot wait to see her dress.  She has mentioned before about falling in love with Carolyn Bessette Kenndy's dress.  I am so excited to see this board.  

We are also still undecided as to which channel.  Normally we watch BBC America, and (Do not laugh) GMA.  CNN starts at 8:00 CST with an all night broadcast.  BBC America has a bunch of shows starting on Wednesday including Charles and Diana's wedding, William and Kate's wedding, and one where those who watched or stood in line for Charles and Diana.  Our poor DVR is going to hate us come Saturday afternoon.

My heart just broke:  Her father is not coming after all to give her away.  Embarrassment and health problem.

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Yay my new friends to watch and talk about the wedding with. I'll be watching on PBS here in the states and I'm making a little brunch to eat while I watch. I'm super excited.

So what do y'all think about her dad? Like he seemed to kind of be a low key guy, but then he listened to his opportunistic daughter * eye roll* I mean he had ONE job that's it. 

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1 hour ago, carolinagirl81 said:

Yay my new friends to watch and talk about the wedding with. I'll be watching on PBS here in the states and I'm making a little brunch to eat while I watch. I'm super excited.

So what do y'all think about her dad? Like he seemed to kind of be a low key guy, but then he listened to his opportunistic daughter * eye roll* I mean he had ONE job that's it. 

He's an idiot.  I don't know why he would listen to his daughter.  She has been trashing Meghan (i.e. her half sister/your other daughter) for months now.  He should've known any advice she gives him is not looking out for either his or Meghan's best instincts.

If this was a case of him not wanting to attend, he should've made his wishes known to Meghan and Harry.  To fly to England only to NOT attend the wedding and cause all this unnecessary drama.  My heart hurts for Meghan.

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1 hour ago, DkNNy79 said:

He's an idiot.  I don't know why he would listen to his daughter.  She has been trashing Meghan (i.e. her half sister/your other daughter) for months now.  He should've known any advice she gives him is not looking out for either his or Meghan's best instincts.

If this was a case of him not wanting to attend, he should've made his wishes known to Meghan and Harry.  To fly to England only to NOT attend the wedding and cause all this unnecessary drama.  My heart hurts for Meghan.

Excatly he seems like he's shiftless and can't depend on him when you really need him. 

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Now he's saying he wants to be apart of history *eye roll* how about apart of your daughter's wedding and a moment that all women look forward to in her life to have her father walk her down the aisle at her wedding. That's such a milestone, can't get back moment. Ugh the whole Markle side of the family is trash.

 

http://www.tmz.com/2018/05/15/meghan-markle-dad-thomas-hospital-chest-pains-walk-down-aisle/

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Ha!  Watching BBCAmerica's marathon: they're showing Andrew & Sarah drive off.  I'd forgotten that the Queen chased after 4-year-old William, who was running behind the carriage, and snatched him back from harm's way.

Just like a grandma.

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Carolinagirl81, I am also making brunch while we watch.  All this excitement over who is walking Meghan, and my heart breaks for her.  I cannot imagine what she is going through with all of this mess.  Wonder what kind of heart surgery Dad is having.  I do not know which is worse:  Not having Dad for my wedding, or not being there for the surgery.    I remember Elizabeth running behind William, and I cannot wait to get home to watch the marathon.  We saw some of the coronation while I was getting ready for work this morning.  10 page boys and flower girls.  Wonder who is going to wrangle them, and keep them in order with no Maid/Matron of Honor.

Not to take away from Meghan and Harry, has anyone heard if Eugenie will have her wedding aired, or private.

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i'm not interested in watching 6 hours of this but i just found out that at 7:30 on hbo, threre coverage of the wedding with will ferrell  and molly shannon. cord and tish...is there a topic for this here anywhere? sounds like fun.

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I was supposed to watch this with my mom over tea and crumpets but she last minute has to go out of town. I'm debating what time to start watching but I'm leaning towards 6:00 am my time and now that I have found the BBC America channel on my TV I think I will watch their coverage although the Will Ferrell/Molly Shannon coverage sounds awesome too! I'll be here with you guys regardless! 

I took the day off of work for Will and Kate's wedding and woke up at 4am for the coverage. I'm glad this wedding is on the weekend :)

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I wonder if it will be half as hilarious as "The Windsors" wedding special. LOL You can Netflix it in the states. Princess Anne is the best! Not waking up at 4 am to watch, but I'll watch the replays.

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7 hours ago, Bessiesue said:

Carolinagirl81, I am also making brunch while we watch.  All this excitement over who is walking Meghan, and my heart breaks for her.  I cannot imagine what she is going through with all of this mess.  Wonder what kind of heart surgery Dad is having. I do not know which is worse:  Not having Dad for my wedding, or not being there for the surgery.    I remember Elizabeth running behind William, and I cannot wait to get home to watch the marathon.  We saw some of the coronation while I was getting ready for work this morning.  10 page boys and flower girls.  Wonder who is going to wrangle them, and keep them in order with no Maid/Matron of Honor.

Not to take away from Meghan and Harry, has anyone heard if Eugenie will have her wedding aired, or private.

 

I heard the heart surgery involves clearing blockages & putting in a stent. If Meghan's too busy personally, I would think/hope someone from Harry's staff/Kensington Palace has perhaps been tasked with figuring out the time change so as to make a phone call (or calls) to check on his progress. Otherwise, I hope that they have some sort of Email, text, or video call system (Skype, FaceTime) set up, or have arranged for the hospital/surgeon to call them as soon as the surgery's over & there's something to report, so that they can be updated promptly.

Who'll handle the kids in the wedding party? Well, the Duchess of Cambridge (William, Charlotte, & Louis' Mom) either got asked, or decided on her own, to be the "wrangler" of the junior bridesmaids & the page boys (including her then-2 eldest kids, George & Charlotte) during her sister Pippa's wedding (there's pics out there where, among other things, she's standing with her 2 kids [at the time] & the other kids in Pippa's wedding at an entrance to the church/chapel where the wedding was, & she's got a finger to her lips like she's asking/telling them to quiet down because they're about to go into the wedding; & she's comforting her own kids, or something, in another.

Some people say she won't be doing/wasn't asked to do anything since she's still recovering from delivering Prince Louis, & they knew that. Others think the Duchess will be either the official or the unofficial "kids wrangler" again, since she was so good at it during her sister Pippa's wedding.

Regarding Eugenie's wedding: The Mirror (UK) says It's still a major event, but it won't be televised. I guess that's what happens when you're a British Royal, but you're only 9th in the line of succession. At least they didn't have to ask Her Majesty's permission to marry.

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At Diana's wedding to Charles, she blew the order of his names (& yes, she had to say all 4); she said "Philip Charles Arthur George", instead of "Charles Philip Arthur George".

I thought Catherine messed up William's names at their wedding (but a quick consultation with that part of their vows on YouTube shows that Catherine said all of William's names in the right order "William Arthur Philip Louis").

Anyone wanna make any bets as to whether or not Meghan screws up Harry's name ("Henry Charles Albert David") on Saturday?

Also, I thought Diana was great but I thought her wedding dress was, honestly, fugly with all the ruffles at the neck & the super-pouffy sleeves, among other things (despite those, the dress was actually considered a trendsetter, & "the gold standard" in wedding dresses, for some years after). Considering she wore that dress (which I wouldn't have), I was amazed that so many arbiters of fashion thought she dressed so well during her marriage & then until her death (I would agree with that; but considering her wedding dress, who knew she had the fashion sense she at least tended to exhibit?).

On the other hand I really loved Catherine's dress when she married William. If I'd gotten married, I would've worn something more like her gown as opposed to Diana's.

I also looked at photos of Sarah Ferguson's dress--which was still a bit pouffy for my tastes, but better than Diana's dress; Princess Anne's dress from her first marriage in 1973, which is another dress I'd have worn; & Sophie, the Countess of Wessex's dress when she married Prince Edward; I'd have probably worn that dress too.

I basically chose the dresses worn by the Queen's daughter, daughters-in-law (except Camilla didn't wear 1 when she married Charles), & her current granddaughter-in-law to compare. I didn't, however, feel the need to go back as far as Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth's dress from marrying Prince Philip.

I really hope Meghan's taste in wedding gowns leans more towards that of her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Catherine, or even most of the other females who preceded Meghan into the Royal Family after Her Majesty, as opposed to the taste in wedding gowns of her late would've been mother-in-law. Guess we'll see which way Meghan went with that on Saturday.

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On 2018-05-12 at 10:37 AM, Snow Apple said:

I have woken up for the British weddings ever since Charles and Diana when I was a wee child, and I'm not missing this one. It's Diana's 2nd son and this "cast of characters" are much more interesting than oh-so-proper William and Kate.

And I'm sure reading live posts will be fun. I'll be in Toronto this week too so, yay!

I think I started with Princess Anne.  Why would anyone miss the pageantry?

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18 hours ago, BW Manilowe said:

I really hope Meghan's taste in wedding gowns leans more towards that of her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Catherine, or even most of the other females who preceded Meghan into the Royal Family after Her Majesty, as opposed to the taste in wedding gowns of her late would've been mother-in-law. Guess we'll see which way Meghan went with that on Saturday.

I really like Meghan's style from what I've seen of it.  I can't imagine her picking a clunker of a dress.  I can't wait to see what she looks like!

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I will be here watching with the rest of you! I think i will watch BBCAmerica and I was thinking PBS, but if TLC doesn't have commercials I might tape it there and watch again later. I have to work at 8am(boo!) so some of the wedding will have to wait until I get home.

I got up for William and Kate, but I was too young to care about Charles and Diana. I love a royal wedding!

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I always watched with my mom every wedding since Andrew's (I was a baby when Charles and Diana got married) even though she's gone I'll still be watching. 

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I haven't decided which coverage I'll choose to watch live - BBCA or PBS; I have set my DVR to record both, just in case.  I'm also on the fence about other coverage; I doubt I could tolerate GMA or E, but you never know - I might just check them out, too!

 

32 minutes ago, andromeda331 said:

I always watched with my mom every wedding since Andrew's (I was a baby when Charles and Diana got married) even though she's gone I'll still be watching. 

I always watched big events with my Mum, too (we lived far apart but enjoyed marathon phone sessions).  I will sorely miss sharing this with her.  :-(

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I'll be watching from here in Toronto! Most likely the CBC coverage which begins at 4:00am EST.  I absolutely cannot wait.  Plus it gives me a great excuse to dig out the china teacups.

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On 5/14/2018 at 6:46 PM, Scarlett45 said:

I am debating watching on TLC vs E!- as TLC says there will be no commercials. 

I have my DVR set for the BBC Channel. I have debated whether to record off another network. I didn't know about the non-commercials on TLC. Thanks.

I have recorded the specials PBS and BBC have been airing recently. I collect these royal specials and documentaries. I have many on disc from over the years. The ones I recorded on VHS tapes I had to put on disc. 

Is Guiliana hosting the E! airing? If so, I don't want to record it.

I recall Diana's wedding like it was yesterday as I was 16 years old. Watching her sons get married is bittersweet.

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5 minutes ago, Kazu said:

I have my DVR set for the BBC Channel. I have debated whether to record off another network. I didn't know about the non-commercials on TLC. Thanks.

I have recorded the specials PBS and BBC have been airing recently. I collect these royal specials and documentaries. I have many on disc from over the years. The ones I recorded on VHS tapes I had to put on disc. 

Is Guiliana hosting the E! airing? If so, I don't want to record it.

I recall Diana's wedding like it was yesterday as I was 16 years old. Watching her son's get married is bittersweet.

I wasn’t alive for Diana’s wedding but I watched Will & Kate’s live. 

Guilana embarrassed us so much during Will and Kate’s wedding- she called Prince Edward, Prince Philip. Woman look at a family tree before you get on tv and start running your mouth!

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1 hour ago, lizzie3 said:

I'll be watching from here in Toronto! Most likely the CBC coverage which begins at 4:00am EST.  I absolutely cannot wait.  Plus it gives me a great excuse to dig out the china teacups.

I have many (inherited) tea cup & saucer sets that are as old as Queen Elizabeth.  I suppose I shall pull out my favorite childhood set and spill drink some (spiked) tea while watching ... ;-)  If I manage to rouse myself enough to shop, I may also indulge in an English breakfast - totally within my realm of possibilities, since I often awake at 1 or 2 in the a.m., West Coast time; frequently ravenous and thirsty!   ;-)

 

33 minutes ago, Kazu said:

Is Guiliana hosting the E! airing? If so, I don't want to record it.

Yes, which is why I cannot bear to watch, either.  E Live from the Royal Wedding lists Giuliana Rancid, Brad Goreski, Melanie Bromley & Sarah-Jane Crawford.  YIKES!!!

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I'm excited too. A royal wedding gives us a chance to forget all the awful things going on in the world now.

I had NBC's coverage set to record, then learned Megan Kelly would be a part of it, so I canceled that recording and switched to ABC.

Also recoding HBO's odd coverage later on in the evening, with Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon. Should be fun in the aftermath of the wedding.

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2 hours ago, Scarlett45 said:

I wasn’t alive for Diana’s wedding but I watched Will & Kate’s live. 

Guilana embarrassed us so much during Will and Kate’s wedding- she called Prince Edward, Prince Philip. Woman look at a family tree before you get on tv and start running your mouth!

Have you been able to watch any of the documentaries on their wedding? It takes me back. Back to when I thought those two would last forever.

I had the privilege of going to the Queen Mary and viewing Diana's dresses. They have them on exhibit there. http://www.queenmary.com/tours-exhibits/tours-exhibits-attractions/diana-legacy-of-a-princess/

When I look at old footage of her on these documentaries and she is shown wearing the dresses that are at the exhibit, I get a wee bit excited knowing I had the chance to see many of her dresses up close. Very awe-inspiring. There are many of her private and personal items on display as well.

 

1 hour ago, walnutqueen said:

Yes, which is why I cannot bear to watch, either.  E Live from the Royal Wedding lists Giuliana Rancid, Brad Goreski, Melanie Bromley & Sarah-Jane Crawford.  YIKES!!!

 

Rancid is perfect!

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Just now, walnutqueen said:

Typo - I meant "stick insect".  ;-)

Yes, a stick insect on a diet.

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1 hour ago, Kazu said:

Have you been able to watch any of the documentaries on their wedding? It takes me back. Back to when I thought those two would last forever.

I had the privilege of going to the Queen Mary and viewing Diana's dresses. They have them on exhibit there. http://www.queenmary.com/tours-exhibits/tours-exhibits-attractions/diana-legacy-of-a-princess/

When I look at old footage of her on these documentaries and she is shown wearing the dresses that are at the exhibit, I get a wee bit excited knowing I had the chance to see many of her dresses up close. Very awe-inspiring. There are many of her private and personal items on display as well.

 

Rancid is perfect!

Yes I’ve seen documentaries. I saw some of Diana’s dresses at Kensington palace when I went for the jubilee. 

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35 minutes ago, Scarlett45 said:

Yes I’ve seen documentaries. I saw some of Diana’s dresses at Kensington palace when I went for the jubilee. 

That sounds so amazing! I have never been to London. My husband wants to visit there.

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BBC America and GMA for us, and we have been watching the docs as well.  We are on Harry in Afghanistan, and just finished The Coronation.  I thought Princess Kate's dress favored Princess Anne's more than Princess Grace's.  Dad was stationed in London when Princess Anne married.  I was three, and Mom said you could hear the crowds.  I remember Princess Diana's and Fergie's very well.   

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I don't know why, but two things stick out about Fergie's wedding. First, Diana was criticized for the polka dot dress she wore. Some felt she could have done better. Second, I remember Diana being so excited as the family waited for Andrew and Fergie to exit the palace to head out on their honeymoon. She was also outside, looking through a large window while the rest of the royals were inside.

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9 minutes ago, carolinagirl81 said:

I'll be watching PBS'S coverage no commercials and I can tolerate Meredith Vera a lot better than some of the others.

Good idea.

 

Anyone else watching Will & Kate's highlight reel on BBCAmerica?

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1 hour ago, Scarlett45 said:

Good idea.

 

Anyone else watching Will & Kate's highlight reel on BBC America?

Yes. 

I can't believe those two are already parents to three children. Time flies so fast. I remember when it was their wedding day.

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On 5/16/2018 at 4:07 PM, WarnerCL45 said:

I think I started with Princess Anne.  Why would anyone miss the pageantry?

Princess Anne was my first as well.  I stayed with my grandma during the day and I'm sure it must have been on GMA since she watched that every morning.

I was a small child, so I don't think I really got the whole "royal" thing, but I was entranced with it.  I thought she was so beautiful and her dress seemed like such a dream to me.  The thing I remember most (one of the few things I remember about it) was the revelation that she had four given names.  Four!  I didn't know that was even allowed! All of these years later, it's still stuck in my head, Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise.  No wonder I don't have enough room in my brain to remember what I had for lunch yesterday. :D 

On 5/16/2018 at 1:01 PM, BW Manilowe said:

Also, I thought Diana was great but I thought her wedding dress was, honestly, fugly with all the ruffles at the neck & the super-pouffy sleeves, among other things (despite those, the dress was actually considered a trendsetter, & "the gold standard" in wedding dresses, for some years after). Considering she wore that dress (which I wouldn't have), I was amazed that so many arbiters of fashion thought she dressed so well during her marriage & then until her death (I would agree with that; but considering her wedding dress, who knew she had the fashion sense she at least tended to exhibit?).

Diana's dress was very much of its time.  Puffy sleeves and big bows just scream "early 80s".  I think it sticks out quite a bit because most royal brides go more 'timeless' than 'trendy'.  Hey, she was barely out of her teens and hadn't even been all the way around the block yet.  I can understand why she wanted all the ruffles and frills and bells and whistles.

I loved Sarah Ferguson's dress.  It's probably my favorite royal wedding dress (Anne's will always be the most special, because I was an awestruck little girl at the time), especially all the little details like the embroidered thistles and the A on the train.  But most of all, I remember her looking absolutely beautiful and radiant and that really made it that much more spectacular.

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Didn't Amanda on the tv show Dynasty have a wedding dress similar to Diana's?

It was the 80s and you are right about the whole puffy look being the style of that era. I had my quinceañera the year before Diana's wedding and my dress was poofy and had somewhat puffy short sleeves. It was all about that Cinderella-style look.

I will go with PBS being the other network that I will record. I have been watching the royal wedding specials nightly on PBS with Meredith Vera. It is a five-part series.

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Time has flown since November, and we are now at 24 hours and counting.

I thought Andrew fought frontlines during the Falkland War, Harry's special said he was the first on the frontline.  How cool to see Harry run out on the interview when he saw everyone running.  Also calling out William being smart and bald.

I love the idea of Louis having to stay behind.  Very few people have a newborn at a wedding, much less a Royal wedding.  The press maybe out of stories for now.

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And this just in, her father in law, Prince Charles will walk Megan down the aisle. I think that's a sweet gesture for him but dang she doesn't have any close uncle's or anything from her family to do this. 

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1 hour ago, sadiegirl said:

And why can't her mother do it?  They seem to have a good relationship.

Maybe she doesn’t want to. Walking down the aisle in front of all those people and cameras is not everyone’s wildest dream. The PoW is at least used to it.

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13 minutes ago, Conotocarious said:

Maybe she doesn’t want to. Walking down the aisle in front of all those people and cameras is not everyone’s wildest dream. The PoW is at least used to it.

Plus her mom will be in the carriage with Megan on the way to the church, so she'll get some tv time lol

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My mom worked as a bridal consultant in the early 80's and said that after Diana's wedding people were going crazy looking for replicas of her dress. 

Unfortunately, I got word last night that my grandpa passed away- not totally unexpected but heartbreaking none the least. I've been soaking up all the wedding specials on BBC America to help keep my mind off of my grief. I was originally going to get up at 6 but I may bump up that time to 5 just to get more of the joy in :)

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48 minutes ago, Mountainair said:

My mom worked as a bridal consultant in the early 80's and said that after Diana's wedding people were going crazy looking for replicas of her dress. 

Unfortunately, I got word last night that my grandpa passed away- not totally unexpected but heartbreaking none the least. I've been soaking up all the wedding specials on BBC America to help keep my mind off of my grief. I was originally going to get up at 6 but I may bump up that time to 5 just to get more of the joy in :)

I am deeply sorry. My condolences to you and your family.

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1 hour ago, Mountainair said:

My mom worked as a bridal consultant in the early 80's and said that after Diana's wedding people were going crazy looking for replicas of her dress. 

Unfortunately, I got word last night that my grandpa passed away- not totally unexpected but heartbreaking none the least. I've been soaking up all the wedding specials on BBC America to help keep my mind off of my grief. I was originally going to get up at 6 but I may bump up that time to 5 just to get more of the joy in :)

I am so sorry for your loss, @Mountainair. No matter how "prepared" we seem to be, the grief is inevitable and palpable.

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