It’s the best news this country has had for a long time! Kate Middleton is to marry His Royal Highness Prince William.
The media hype which naturally surrounds their engagement speculates a great deal about the relationship they have, and how it will bear up in the future.
I heard one commentator say that Kate’s coming from an “un-broken home” gave strength to the future marriage. It was as if the “Palace” had learnt from the mistakes of the past and chosen a girl from a good home.
Marriage does indeed involve two families. But I sense more than ever before that this is a marriage chosen by just two people, William and Kate.
Whilst the commentator was right about the value of a good home, I believe Prince William brings invaluable qualities from the cauldron of extreme suffering.
He suffered greatly at the tragic death of his mother. But instead of bitterness, he brings her considerable humanity to all he does.
He also marries this humanity with a regal dignity and royal composure directly inherited from The Queen.
That the engaged couple have taken their time to announce their plans is no surprise. It shows caution and wisdom. Caution over the history of Royal disharmony and wisdom to “grow into” their lives in the front line.
To marry is a triumph of hope over experience. All those who have succeeded and many of us who have also failed in relationships share their hope.
But it’s not just two people or even two families looking on. The whole world has great hopes too. To carry this weight of expectation is indeed a courageous decision.
The nation cheers!