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Royal Wedding Bouquets and a War Memorial

Today’s the day in the United States when we take a break from our busy lives to remember the military men and women who have died in the service of our country. We celebrate the day with parades, backyard barbecues, and camping trips. More importantly, in cemeteries across the nation, the graves of fallen soldiers are decorated with flowers and flags.   But the U.S. is not the only country that has developed traditions to honor military heroes. The United Kingdom has Remembrance Day in November, which commemorates the day the armistice ending World War I was signed - November 11, 1918.  And to further mark the end of that terrible war is the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior  in Westminster Abbey . There the remains of an unidentified British soldier who died on a European battlefield are interred, as a way of honoring all those who were killed. This tombstone is the only one in the Abbey that no one is allowed to walk on. Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminste

Echoes of the Regency in Harry & Meghan’s royal wedding

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attending church services together at Sandringham last Christmas.  (Wikimedia Commons) It’s been a while since I posted here - I’ve taken a hiatus to work on a new book. But I just can’t let the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pass without comment, especially since I've found a  few  parallels  between this  modern event and the Regency era. But first I have to note that Meghan, unfortunately, has had to endure a lot of family-related drama and heartache this past week, marring what should have been a happy build-up to this weekend’s ceremony.   Her father, who was supposed to walk her down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel Saturday, dropped out at the last minute because of the scandal that erupted when it was discovered he’d sold staged photographs of himself prepping for the royal wedding. The Queen, according to some reports, was not amused by the publicity stunt. And Thomas Markle said he was very embarrassed by the