Ooops, sorry that's Monday nights……!!! Before I begin, on behalf of the bridesmaids I'd like to thank Jon for his kind words, and I might just add that his thanks are fully justified because they have done an incredible job and look great. Indeed, they are only eclipsed by Jo herself who I'm sure you'll agree looks absolutely stunning today. When Jon asked me to be his best man I was well chuffed. They say that being a best man is like being asked to make love to the Queen Mother — it's a great honour but nobody really wants to do it. I've already congratulated Jon on the nuptials.
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C all me a sappy old romantic if you will, but I love the movie Father of the Bride both the Steve Martin remake and the Oscar-nominated Spencer Tracy original. It encapsulates the bittersweet journey of a parent: watching your daughter grow up; doubting that any boy can be good enough for her; footing the bill for a social event that takes over your family's life; and the big day at the end of it. Last summer Philip Robinson told his version of this journey in a wedding diary. Sample entries: "22 May: My wife thinks 52mins 11secs is too long for a FOTB speech" and: "2 August, wedding day: In the wedding car I needed to say memorable, poignant words.
The groom was the heir apparent to the British throne, and the bride was a member of the Spencer family. The ceremony was a traditional Church of England wedding service. Notable figures in attendance included many members of other royal families, republican heads of state, and members of the bride's and groom's families. After the ceremony, the couple made the traditional appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The United Kingdom had a national holiday on that day to mark the wedding.