Thursday, December 25, 2008
Engagement at Hatfield: She's Getting Married!
The Chemistry Geek Princess has been a great fan of Britian's greatest Monarch, Queen Elizabeth I for many years.
Of English ancestry on her father's mother's side, she is also related to some of the first families of New England, but it is English history that has captured her imagination. Thus, this winter trip to England was a dream come true.
But only her step-father, the Engineering Geek, knew what other dream would come true in England. The Very Serious Man Friend had called him the day before leaving for London to request permission and blessing to ask for the CGP's hand in marriage. The EG was sworn to secrecy and kept mum until after the CGP told me herself. I could have kept the secret but . . .
On Monday evening, December 22, after several days of sight-seeing in London and the surrounding countryside, the VSMF took the Chem Geek Princess to Hatfield House, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, for a Madrigal Dinner in the Great Hall. The VSMF had made his arrangements well ahead of time, and in the course of the festivities, he was called up and "knighted." The "serving wenches" then brought the CGP up to the head table, and the VSMF got down on one knee and made a flowery proposal speech.
How romantic and how fitting for our Princess.
I have no pictures (yet--they have been promised), but I have been told they have some, and that the couple seated next to them also videotaped it all and will be sending it over. In the meantime, the picture on the right is of the Great Hall at Hatfield House.
My firstborn is GETTING MARRIED!!
And after this fairy-tale engagement story, I can't wait to see what they want to do for the wedding.
I think there is a Bridal Show in Albuquerque in a few weeks . . .
So now, I can't call her fiance the VSMF anymore. Since she is our Chemistry Geek Princess, and since he was "knighted"--all in good fun--I shall call him the Knight Errant.
We will see them Sunday, when they arrive home after spending the weekend in Dallas with the KE's family.