‘Af­ter years of ex­ile in the outer or­bit’


Jack and had thought very much the same, hence this choice of read­ing. The dean took it as the theme of a ser­mon which stuck to its five-minute slot to the sec­ond.

As a princess of York, eu­ge­nie had asked the Arch­bishop of York, John Sen­tamu, to say the prayers, af­ter which the bridal party re­treated to sign the three reg­is­ters.

The cou­ple reap­peared for the na­tional an­them and the bride’s tra­di­tional knee- scrap­ing curt­sey to the Queen. At which point, i caught one of the most poignant images of the day as the bride’s par­ents watched their youngest daugh­ter step out in to the world as a mar­ried woman.

The mar­i­tal woes of the Duke and Duchess of York might have been dis­sected more pub­licly than al­most any­one’s over the years but there were the two of them side by side, al­most over­whelmed.

Out­side, the Scot­tish state coach was wait­ing, the weather be­ing deemed too risky for an open As­cot lan­dau. Pulled by four Wind­sor greys, the cou­ple set off on a pro­ces­sion which has in­voked much carp­ing. The pur­ported £2mil­lion se­cu­rity cost of this sec­tion of the pro­ceed­ings was a lu­di­crous ex­ag­ger­a­tion (un­less Thames Val­ley Po­lice pay their of­fi­cers foot­ballers’ wages).

St Ge­orge’s hall and the state apart­ments had been decked out ex­actly as per last time for speeches and the cut­ting of the cake. There was no short­age of mu­si­cal tal­ent, in­clud­ing James Blunt, Ricky Martin, el­lie Gould­ing and, of course, proud dad, Rob­bie Wil­liams.

his­to­ri­ans will cer­tainly be keen to ex­am­ine the wed­ding cer­tifi­cate.

how does a 21st cen­tury non-pay­roll princess fill in the box marked ‘pro­fes­sion’? And will this be the first time any­one has in­scribed the royal mar­riage reg­is­ter with the words ‘tequila sales­man’?

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