The wedding of Great Britain's Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton dazzled the world in April 2011, and this BBC documentary, The Royal Wedding
, is a must-have for all royal fans. Those who watched the long coverage on American TV will appreciate the care with which the BBC has edited the processionals to a very crisply moving hour-plus, covering all of the pomp and magic of the fairy-tale day. Even the most ardent anglophile, who's already gasped in admiration of the lovely Kate and her charming prince, will find The Royal Wedding
the perfect remembrance of that day. It's all here: The radiant Middleton in her dreamy long-sleeved Alexander McQueen gown, the handsome William in his military uniform, the comely Pippa Middleton carrying her sister's train, the grumpy flower girl, the sea of hats--and the two kisses from the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the adoring crowds to see. The wedding ceremony itself is also quite lovely, with choirs who'd rehearsed for months, and a sermon of simplicity and depth for the solemn state occasion. After the ceremony, William and Kate, newly christened the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, wave to adoring crowds and look genuinely happy.
The disc includes a fascinating mini-documentary about the relationship of William and Kate, who met at university and dated on and off for many years before becoming engaged. The special feature, William and Kate: A Royal Engagement, gives context and humanity to the young couple's courtship, and is the perfect companion piece to the official wedding DVD. Anyone who loves the British royal family, or history, or fairy-tale love stories will want to have The Royal Wedding--and watch it every so often to relive the magic. --A.T. Hurley