August 2, 2011

{Book's Prologue} Part Two: "Landmark Event"

[This is the second excerpt of the Prologue, "Front Row to a Royal Wedding," from The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride upcoming book; honoring the 30th anniversary of Diana & Charles' wedding.]

This landmark event, broadcast in 74 countries and watched world wide by over 750 million people, brought a multi-generational global community into a unified present and set the tone for remarkable changes to come. The largest media event the world had known, it was as though we all had circled around a giant snow globe to witness the next enchantment—with our noses pressed to the glass and our eyes feeding on the magic.

What happens to a collective consciousness when so much of the world's attention is focused on the same thing at the same time? What happens to the main players in such an event?

Whether you were watching this glittering spectacle or not (or even if it happened before you were born); whether you are a man or woman; whether you were watching as a child, or if you were a bride-to-be, or single with no interest in marriage; or if you were already a wife, mother, or grandmother (husband, father, grandfather); wherever you were in your life at that moment, this event dramatically changed the world you live in then and now.

The wedding of Charles and Diana, and the woman the bride became, presented a catalyst for a huge shift in a culture ready to explode into a garish new incarnation that became the 1980’s, heralding in the last two decades of the twentieth century. ~

["The Wedding Morning," the next part of the Prologue of The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride, will be posted in a few days. To see all Prologue excerpts, click on "Prologue" in the Labels list below.]

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