|Sarah and Camilla's wedding bouquets reproduced by Dianthe Eisendrath|
Almost everyone loves a wedding and on holding these, I felt like marching down the aisle again. On the left you see Sarah (Fergie) 's wedding bouquet and on the right, Camilla's. Central is the book's subject. Dianthe displayed the following text from the book to call people's attention to two festive occasions mentioned in the book and the Queen's attitude:
Dianthe wrote, "Americans have little fondness or respect for Sarah Ferguson or Camilla Parker Bowles. When you read 'Elizabeth the Queen', her celebratory sense on each occasion will become more clear."
Near Sarah's bouquet Dianthe shared from the book: "Elizabeth II was charmed by Sarah, who loved to stalk, shoot and fish at Balmoral (castle in Scotland) - all of which gave her an automatic edge over Diana." Fergie regularly rode with the Queen, and "felt favored and blessed...I was robust and jolly and not too highly strung." ..."She's very sharp and clever", said Princess Michael of Kent,"and she has made very great friends with the Queen."
Under Camilla's wedding bouquet, Dianthe pulled from the book, "Everyone was in high spirits at the reception hosted by the Prince's (Charles) mother in the state apartments at the castle (Windsor)." The Queen gave a rousing toast "to a huge roar of approval", and kissed Camilla off on her honeymoon. "The Queen recognized her good qualities: humor, resilience, warmth, common sense, and above all devotion to Charles. Camilla enjoyed the field sports so important to the royal family and she embraced all their traditions. Through years of vilification, Camilla maintained a discreet silence, which also impressed the Queen."
Families are always complicated and amusing. I am fortunate to live in a town of book, flower and music lovers among people who support library offerings. Now to smell those roses, gardenias, that Dianthe must have had fun putting together!
|I took a photo of the table that came out in the newspaper yesterday so you could see more!|