英中對照／出席英國皇室婚禮Dos and Don’ts
On May 19th, Prince Harry of the United Kingdom married actress Meghan Markle. People around the globe watched the royal wedding, including more than 29 million Americans. Why were Americans so interested? Perhaps because Ms. Markle was born in the USA. Still, people all over the world were curious about what the ceremony would be like. Royal British weddings are full of traditions and rules that must be observed.
The easiest of the traditions to see is hats for ladies. One of the rules for the wedding was that all female guests had to wear a hat. Younger generations have stopped wearing hats for fashion, but in very formal settings, like the royal wedding, hats are a must. Oprah Winfrey wore a wide-brimmed hat with flowers and feathers. Serena Williams chose a hat that looked like a delicate sculpture.
Another rule that guests must follow at any wedding, royal or not, is to dress modestly. That means not showing too much skin in order to be respectful of the bride and groom. At royal weddings, women’s dresses should always cover their shoulders. Female guests should also wear closed-toe shoes and stockings or tights. As for men, a well-fitting suit is ideal. Military officers should be in their dress uniforms.
You and your friends may love taking selfies, but during a wedding ceremony, it’s considered a no-no. The guests of the royal wedding were allowed to take photos with their smartphones before or after the event, but while the service was happening, everyone watched respectfully.
No chef ever wants to give a guest food poisoning, but it would be especially bad at a wedding! To make sure that didn’t happen, no raw shellfish, like oysters, was served at the royal wedding. In fact, royals generally avoid eating crustaceans at public events, even if cooked. These delicacies may be delicious, but it’s not worth running the risk of making hundreds of guests sick.
You probably know exactly what a wedding cake looks like. But did you know a royal British wedding cake is traditionally a fruitcake? That’s a bit strange considering fruitcakes are not very popular in Britain or North America. This may be why Ms. Markle decided to have a sponge cake instead. The royal couple chose a lemon and elderflower sponge cake with buttercream frosting. That certainly sounds more delicious!