Friday, April 29, 2011

The Sceptred Isle

This post is a tribute to everything British. The royal wedding was lovely, and I have to admit to tearing up a little when Will and Kate kissed on the balcony. Why? Because I was happy for the glowing bride and groom, for the people of England. Their joy was so evident.

This isn't a fairytale, it's better.

I feel a strong tie to this wonderful country. For me, it is a place of memories and dreams. Years ago, I lived in England and met my husband there. Discovered myself.

Have you seen The King's Speech? Loved it. Loved Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Excellent writing and acting. I thought about this movie for a long time afterward. I could watch it again.

Shakespeare said it well, dear readers.

"This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection, and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,—
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England." King Richard II

God bless the sceptred isle.


  1. I loved the King's Speech, too! Very well done. And ahh, Shakespeare. Brilliant man.

    I wish the lovely couple all the happiness life can offer. :)

  2. It's quite a moving quote from Shakespeare that you've chosen. An old favourite.

  3. I still haven't seen the King's Speech, but I hope to soon. The wedding was televised at 3 am here (which I was sleeping through). So I will have to do some catch up and find some footage. =)

  4. What a lovely tribute! And I haven't seen the King's Speech, but it's on our to watch list. Have a great weekend!

  5. We just watched the King's Speech last night. It was great!

  6. I absolutely adored the King's Speech!!! And today was really nice - the sun even came out to play!!! Yay!! Take care

  7. I couldn't agree more - with ALL of it. Beautiful post, Roxy. :)

  8. Your tribute is gorgeous. So glad you had your adventure across the pond. I didn't care a hoot about the royal nuptials until I read your post. I LOVED The King's Speech. I'm hoping my boys give me the DVD for Mom's Day.

  9. I loved watching Prince Harry in the background being a super dork. He is just too cute for words.
    And still single, luckily for us. ;)

    Lovely tribute. Geoffrey Rush is one of my favorite actors of all time. He's so good, it's like his wrinkles change whenever he's in a different character. Magic wrinkles for magic acting. :)

  10. I love that quote! And a wonderful tribute to England where, for once, we are having some really nice weather in Spring :)

  11. I have lived there too and loved seeing the places of interest as I watched coverage of the wedding. Cute couple. Great event!

  12. Hi Roxy! See, I really do read your blog!!! Love it and love you too. Thanks for coming to Cory and Shauntae's big day. You are a talented woman--keep writing and I'll keep reading! Love ya, Shell

  13. I teared up when they were exchanging vows and when they kissed outdoors on the balcony. I'm happy for them and I was thrilled to share the video (we don't get satellite) with my six year old as she "watched a mommy turn into a princess!"

    Loved all the beauty that surrounded their day.