(CBS) CBS News royals contributor Victoria Arbiter, reporting from London, will be giving CBSNews.com readers daily updates on plans for the April 29 royal wedding.
Three weeks from today, on Friday, April 29, we shall be in the midst of the wedding of the millennium. Kate will have been catapulted from mere commoner to royal princess, a dress designer will be in the hottest demand of his or her life and the world's media will be breathing a collective sigh of relief that it has survived the ultimate endurance test.
The question is: What are we all going to do the next day? I expect most of the country will be nursing a hangover. The paparazzi will desperately be trying to get the scoop on the honeymoon and bets will get placed on when Harry will walk down the aisle. Or worse yet, when Kate will be pregnant with the next heir to the throne. My biggest hope, however, is that the royal family will be basking in a post-wedding afterglow of optimism.
Britain's first family has suffered greatly from years of bad press - not helped, of course, by pictures of toe sucking, tape recordings of conversations between illicit lovers and criticism over how much it costs to keep the royal family. But Will and Kate's popularity appears to have wiped the slate clean and I say, long may it last.
I hope the country hangs on to this sentiment of national pride. It's been years since we've seen an event of this scale, and we still have so much to look forward to between next year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics.
The year 2012 also marks a decade since the Queen's "annus horribilis." So come on, England! As a special gift to our most noble monarch, let's celebrate all that's great about the royal family. They've been around for 1,000 years, which shows impressive fortitude. That's got to be worth something, don't you think?
I'm excited to see what the future holds for William and his new princess. April 29 is D-Day for the re-launch of the royal family. They'll be back, bigger and better than ever and with just a hint more glamour. I may be sleeping the day after the royal wedding, but I can assure you my national pride will be firmly in place.
Until next time, royalphiles, keep calm and carry on.
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