As we are still waiting for our official invites (we concluded that they must have got lost in the post), we decided to have a warm up with some early royal wedding celebrations in the Music Library.
A happy bunch of over 20 “guests” listened to words of wisdom from Shakespeare – “shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” – to Pam Ayers – “He never leaves the seat up” – on the virtues and pitfalls of love, romance and marriage. We sang along to some cunning adaptations of favourite wedding songs: “Katy, Katy, give me your answer do….” And pondered whether an expensive white frock would indeed look sweet or in fact be a bit of a nuisance on a bicycle made for two.
Our resident pianist entertained us with some romantic music – was that smoke getting in your eye or was it a tear? And finally we raised our glasses and wished the happy royal couple a long and lasting marriage, and left the final word and the best advice on marriage to Ogden Nash:
To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong admit it;
Whenever you’re right shut up.