A Display Fit for a Queen


She’s the first person who comes to mind when I think of the royal family. I have to admit that on the day she died, I was getting ready to start my job here at the Everett Public Library and I was feeling a scared excitement over entering a new phase of my life.

But on that stifling August day I was glued to the television. I had no real interest in the royal family. Yet here was this woman who wanted nothing but to live a normal life and who loved her children the way a mother should: unconditionally. That is what we should remember.

But what is it we do remember best? Tragedies. People recount where they were when a life changing event happened. Kennedy’s assassination. Challenger. Columbine. 9/11. The list goes on.

On April 29th another life altering event will happen. The heir apparent to the British throne will marry his long-time love. For awhile, even for that one day, memories of tragedies will melt away, replaced with hope, awe and an eye to the future for the royals.

On a lighter note, I work with some truly amazing people. They’re a small group of knitters who have been knitting a royal wedding  using the book Knit Your Own Royal Wedding by Fiona Goble. With skill that borders on the mystical, they’ve whipped up a royal wedding scene which can be seen and enjoyed in the Main Library circulation office display case. Look for it by the check-out desk next time you’re in.

I took a peek at it and my jaw dropped open. I’ve seen my co-workers knitting on their lunch hour, talking and sharing ideas. What really blows me away is the fact that they’re not even looking at their hands while they’re knitting!

If you’ve got royal wedding fever, here are a few more books you should definitely check out:

The Royal Wedding for Dummies by Julian Knight

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton from Life Books

The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl


4 thoughts on “A Display Fit for a Queen

  1. I loved the humanness you brought to this blog. I too remember the Charles and Diana wedding and the tragedy that befell her. I will come see the knitted version of the Kate and William wedding at the library. Thanks.


    • Thanks, Gloria! It’s not something I would normally write about but I figured it would be good to get outside of my comfort zone writing wise. The knitters were inspiration enough! They amazed me. They still do. They deserve ALL of the credit.


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