Lisa's week: A very British affair!
The scene was set.
A batch of traditional scones had been made, to be served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. There was Coronation Chicken on a bed of shredded lettuce. A hot, strong pot of tea was standing ready to be poured, and a bottle of champagne was in the ice bucket with two glasses waiting to be filled with bubbles. The TV was on. The coffee table was covered with red, white and blue confetti. And last but not least, some Union Jack bunting was hanging across the window. All that was left to do was to make sure I had a pack of tissues at the ready, sit back and enjoy the German perspective offered by the TV commentators on something that was just about as British as it comes. A royal wedding! Prince Harry (he’s the one with the red hair if you don’t follow the British royal family) married Ms Meghan Markle (she’s the American actress who starred in the TV series “Suits” in case you need a point of reference for her) and they are now known as the Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
This had been in my diary since the date was announced many months ago. The schedule had been blocked and all other weekend plans had been made around it. A highlight for me, and something that won’t be repeated for many years.
I have to say that I thought the wedding was perfect. Blue skies and sunshine bathed the day in a warm, golden glow and from my perspective, I don’t know how they could have done things any better.
I appreciated the mix of American and British ideas that had been brought into the ceremony from the Bishop of Chicago’s address and the Gospel choir to the typical array of sweet little bridesmaids and pageboys and the mix of beautiful hats worn by the female guests. This day was all about the couple bringing together their own views and cultures and making a thoroughly modern royal wedding. It made me think about my own special day and how we tried to do the same thing – mixing up the British and German ways of doing things and making something very much our own.
I was particularly thrilled to hear that Meghan’s dress had been designed by Clare Waight Keller who is the first female Artistic Director for the House of Givenchy and comes from my own hometown, Birmingham! Good things come from Brum (that’s slang for Birmingham just in case you were wondering)!
Yes, there was a tear or two – hence the need for tissues at the ready. When Meghan walked down the aisle, when Harry lifted her veil, when they said their vows, when they played God Save the Queen. I thought it terribly moving, sweet and romantic. This is a couple who are clearly in love and I can only wish them all the happiness in the world for their future together. It’s not easy being a royal in these modern times but I think they know the job and have prepared themselves for it.
On a lighter note, I think I will never forget the little pageboy’s look of glee when he entered the church, proudly holding the end of the 16-foot-long veil and heard the trumpet fanfare! A fabulous, toothless grin that is surely one of the best moments of the whole day and one that was seen by billions of people around the world! I hope he remembers it with pride in years to come!
All in all, I loved my mini royal wedding party and it made me terribly proud to be British.
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London
Episode 5: Not just a last resort
Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise
Episode 7: Title talk
Episode 8: The Union Jack
Episode 9: Why Thursday?
Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?
Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!
Episode 13: Up in the Highlands
Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends
Episode 15: Pie in the sky
Episode 16: Through the tunnel
Episode 17: Keep left!
Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise
Episode 19: How do you say that?
Episode 20: Back to School!
Episode 21: Sweet cravings
Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?
Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"
Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)
Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?
Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.
Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!
Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot
Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?
Episode 30: Bless you!
Episode 31: What are you thankful for?
Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?
Episode 33: What's behind the door?
Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!
Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?
Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year
Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?
Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2
Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?
Episode 40: Sweet Valentine
Episode 41: A Reminder
Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!
Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils
Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question
Episode 45: The whole world's going green!
Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs
Episode 47: The joke's on you!
Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!
Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings
Episode 50: We use German words too
Episode 51: Celebrating St George
Episode 52: The perfect start to the day
Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)
Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)
Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)
Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!
Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1
Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2
Episode 59: Summer Solstice
Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20
Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live
Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Episode 63: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!
Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge
Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ
Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)
Episode 68: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)
Episode 69: Joking around in Scotland
Episode 70: The first day of school
Episode 71: Let's go down to the Wiesn!
Episode 72: Celebrating language
Episode 73: It's a Harry thing!
Episode 74: My favourite time of the year
Episode 75: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading
Episode 76: Grinning like a Cheshire cat
Episode 77: Enjoying the downtime
Episode 78: Talking Tenners
Episode 79: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?
Episode 80: Just another few minutes!
Episode 81: Counting the cards on my shelf.
Episode 82: What sign are you?
Episode 83: Great if you have a sweet tooth
Episode 84: It's an acquired taste!
Episode 85: New Year's Resolutions
Episode 86: Quick Tip of the week - go/come & take/bring
Episode 87: My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose
Episode 88: Once in a blue moon
Episode 89: Learning by Listening - part 1
Episode 90: Learning by Listening - part 2
Episode 91: This is the travel news!
Episode 92: The "Beast from the East" hits Western Europe!
Episode 93: The flu hits Lisa's Week
Episode 94: Spring forward and fall back
Episode 95: Holy Week
Episode 96: Quick Tip of the Week - prepositons of time
Episode 97: Perfect for dunking!
Episode 98: Part of the family
Episode 99: It's a boy!
Episode 100: Happy Anniversary to me!
Episode 101: To all the mothers out there
Episode 102: Up, up and away