Unbeknownst to many the British Royal Family is not as stuffy as we would like to think because Queen Victoria who is Prince Harry’s great great great great grandmother had an African god daughter who was Sarah Forbes Bonetta.
Millions of royal watchers were waiting with bated breath for the 19th of May to watch as Harry and Meghan took their vows , when they did on what was a glorious bright May Saturday morning,millions were smiling through out the ceremony and the world would not be the same again.
When we though we would not see another earth shifting moment after Barrack Obama became the first African American president of the US,we were here witnessing a person of color being welcomed into the British Royal family with all the pomp,color,good cheer and pageantry that the Brits are well know for.
Something you may have missed which for me takes the picture of the day was Prince Charles ever the gentleman walking down the 22 steps of St Georges chapel after the wedding with Meghan Merkel’s mother on one arm and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall on the other .
Being a huge fan of the Royal family and having followed them closely over the years , I was quite excited when their nuptials were announced and was looking forward to watching the Royal wedding.Contrary to what we read in the press many people in Britain are in favor of . the monarchy being retained as it is seen as being good for the country
Of all the things that took place on that day , the most enduring memory of the Royal wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex has to be the sermon that was delivered by the Most Reverend Michael Curry of Chicago.His sermon that lasted 13 minutes and 36 seconds minutes was titled the Power of Love and was a based on text from the Song of Solomon.
This is a sermon that was watched and discussed by millions that watched the wedding and will continue to be a conversation piece in many homes and social places for days to come.
The Reverend Curry is the first African American Bishop of the American Episcopal Church and he was presiding over a wedding where the bride boasted of an African heritage , getting married into the British Royal Family,something a lot of people alive today did not expect to see in their life time.
The sermon delivered to 600 invited guests of the couple in a packed 1000 year old St Georges chapel at Windsor Castle was also watched by an estimated 1.9 billion people across the world.And what a timely sermon that was at a time where we are seeing heart breaking events across the world.
A significant thing about this wedding that took place at the burial place of many British monarchs in a place steeped in history by an African American clergy man a descendant of slaves , where the Kingdom choir, a gospel choir of people of color from South East London sang a beautiful rendition of Stand by Me is that is was precedent setting.As Reverend Michael Curry quipped,two young people fell in love and we all showed up.People from all walks of life ,varying skin shades showed up at the chapel or watched the event were aware time had stood still,we were witnessing the power of love,of what it can do when it brings people together.
We were witnesses to history being made and the world hopefully will become a better place,a more tolerant place where we all experience the redemptive power of love no matter where we come from or what history we carry.
Love has been likened to an energy like fire and we know that when we harness energy we can use it to move from place to place,change the form of things ,bring warmth,color,give life,love like all forms of energy is powerful and if harnessed it it can change the world for the good of everyone.
You can watch the whole sermon here.
Also of interest was that the dress Meghan Merkle wore,designed by the first female Art Director of Givenchy British born Claire Waight Keller had a silk tulle veil that was 5 meters long ,embroidered with flowers from each of the 53 commonwealth countries,19 of which are from Africa.
With the royal wedding over and with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex now a couple,I hope we all realize where we are headed to in the world, we are living in a world where the color of our skin should not define how we treat other people.We can use the power of love ,the redemptive power of love to change the world into a place where the earth can become a sanctuary of God’s love.
At Maridadi,we want to send our best wishes to the couple and wish them the best as they start a new life together!