Cheerful weather for the wedding

Ann Schlee

The wedding is over. Everything went very well. The image on the television screen looked just as we would have it look. In a year when the wedding guest’s vague fear that something might go wrong had taken on new dimensions, nothing splintered that image. Now we have taken a tentative step into day one of Ever After and look back at this generous distraction, like Philip Larkin’s Whitsun wedding guests: free at last and loaded with the sum of all we have seen.

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[*] Their Royal Highnesses. Weidenfeld, 160 pp., £7.95, 29 June, 0 297 77982 6.