I am someone who likes to pick up lessons out of everything. I know sometimes it gets a little bit too much because there are times when all we need is to unwind and catch some fun, but I am just that way. Besides, I think we never stop learning and I enjoy learning in every way that I can.
When things happen, I often reflect on them and try to bring out lessons from them for myself. Remember, I mentioned these lessons are for myself, you may or may not appreciate them but since you are here, I’m happy to share with you. These lessons might not necessarily be something new, but I don’t mind refreshing every once in a while.
So, the big royal wedding finally happened. Prince Harry married Meghan Markle at Saint George’s Chapel in Windsor. The bride walked herself down the aisle and then Prince Charles walked her to the foot of the altar. She was accompanied by 10 bridesmaids and page boys. The groom’s best man was his older brother, Prince William.
600 guests were invited to the wedding including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, David Beckham, and Serena Williams. There was quite a number of actors present as well. A reception was held for the 600 invited guests and the couple had a second reception for 200 other friends. The couple is now referred to as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It was a beautiful ceremony and I’d say it was elegant and simple. While I watched the event, I had gushes of different emotions, mostly good. I love Nigerian and African weddings, I mean, we know how to get down. I don’t really love attending weddings, but at least, I love watching them on screen and this very royal wedding, I really, really enjoyed watching.
I am, however, not comparing this wedding with any other one, neither am I saying one is better than the other. We all have to appreciate our uniqueness and style. But, I really enjoyed the Royal Wedding in so many ways and in the process, I picked up the following lessons:
10 lessons I picked up from the royal wedding
- Don’t be afraid to break tradition if you have to. Meghan wasn’t afraid to bring in a bit of her tradition with her, even though it was going to break the British tradition a bit, not to talk of the royal tradition that has been for years. The first biracial bride walked herself down the aisle and then accompanied by Prince Charles, instead of her dad (he was ill). The bridesmaids and the page boys weren’t just from the royal side. The guest list was filled with a who’s who of celebrities. The couple held hands throughout the service. The sermon was taken by an American reverend with a multicultural content. (This part made me laugh because the English people looked a bit confused). But at the end of the day, none of these harmed anyone, everyone was alright.
- If you have influence, popularity, and attention, you can cause others to do positive things. Sometime during the wedding, one of the reporters mentioned that Prince Harry once took the HIV test and because of that, there was a 500% increase in people who took the test. If he likes, he could wear a crazy shirt, people would wear it too.
- Elegant can be simple. The way the two brothers got out of the car and walked down to the chapel was one of my favorite parts. The simplicity got to me. Just the two of them, gisting casually with each other. The bride’s simplicity was on another level. Some people had issues with her dress and makeup but it blew my mind away. Her car had no decorations on it, although, who needs any decoration on a Rolls Royce anyway? The procession had no drama, the service was also drama free. Everything was simple, yet very, very elegant.
- Don’t be afraid or intimidated to say yes. Is there even anyone that’d say no to the prince? That was a big call for Meghan. It is quite a big responsibility that she has put on her shoulder by accepting to marry into the royal family. Maybe she had moments of doubt when she thought she would never be able to fit in or do the job like someone else, but she said yes! Don’t be afraid to say yes to that thing that seems bigger than you.
- Value your friends and the people around you because you never know. While they were shooting ‘Suits’, they never imagined they were ever going to attend a royal wedding. I am sure you saw the way the ‘Suits’ cast walked into that wedding.
- Keeping time makes everything better. Everyone was on time and everything happened right on time. It made the ceremony interesting to watch.
- Organization is Key. It was hassle free. Everyone was seated appropriately, nobody walked around. The entrance was clear, everything was in place. It was very pleasant to watch. Even the cameras were well positioned and they functioned well. We were able to watch the wedding hassle free.
- Everyone has his time to shine and all the guests knew that. The wedding had a very star-studded guest list. From Oprah Winfrey to Serena Williams to David Beckham and the rest. There were major A-listers in attendance, but it wasn’t their day and they all respected that. They weren’t really interested in being in the limelight. If it were in one country that I know like that, some people would have outshined the couple…hmm, let me just be quiet.
- The sermon: There’s power in love, couldn’t be truer. Henry married for love and He wasn’t afraid to break so many codes. The power of his love shifted some traditions to the side a little bit. He married the first ever biracial into the royal family. Because of that, history got created forever and a young woman’s story and life just got significantly changed forever. A lot of people’s lives will also change for the better because of the power of this love.
- Be yourself no matter where you find yourself.Never throw away your personality. Meghan isn’t afraid to be who she is neither is she afraid to show off her personality. She didn’t even hide her freckles. I believe that’s a message for young girls and women, to be who they are and believe in themselves. Prince Harry also has a strong personality that he isn’t afraid to display. I heard he loves jewelry and maybe that added to the reasons why he decided to wear a wedding ring, breaking yet another tradition. Both weren’t afraid to display their affection for each other at a royal wedding in the way that they did.
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I Hope you enjoyed the lessons that I shared with you.
As usual, I would love to hear from you. Did you watch the royal wedding and did you pick up any lessons for yourself? Did you pick up any lesson from my lessons? Please share your thoughts with me in the comment box below. Don’t forget to share this post with family and friends.