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Bronxville Grad Celebrates Royal Wedding with British Friends in London PDF Print Email


By Kim Warner Bottoms, Bronxville High School Graduate, Class of 1987

May 23, 2018:  As a young girl, my mom woke me up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. Groggy and grumpy to be up at such an early hour, I wondered to myself what all the fuss was about. But as the sun began to rise and I watched with awe as Charles and Diana married at St. Paul's Cathedral, a royal fascination was born.

Several years later, as a student studying for the summer at Oxford University, I stood on The Mall in London and cheered along with the crowds as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson rode by in their wedding carriage.

When Prince William married Kate Middleton in a grand and gorgeous ceremony, I hosted a proper British tea party for friends full of hats, fascinators, and, of course, lots of champagne. One could say that my royal fascination had turned into a royal obsession!

So, when the opportunity presented itself to watch Harry and Meghan's special day from inside a London news studio, how could I resist? It was, after all, a royal wedding!

Landing in London, I could feel the excitement in the air.


Union Jacks flew high above the streets, brightly colored flowers adorned doorways, tea canisters boasted Harry's and Meghan's names, and the warm sunshine lit up the city.



On the morning of the wedding, I dressed in my best with a Union Jack scarf tied around my neck and made my way to the studio. As I sipped Pimm's Cup and nibbled on scones and cucumber sandwiches, I pinched myself to not only be watching the wedding but also be surrounded by Brits as their prince married an American girl.


The studio was abuzz with wedding fever--there were seasoned royal commentators, fashion editors who evaluated every hat that walked into Windsor, and even a vicar who recited the prayers and sang aloud to all the hymns! I hung on every word as the commentators shared their enthusiasm, thoughts, and perspectives.


Harry and Meghan's wedding was a royal wedding like no other, and I'll always remember being on the sidelines in a studio watching a new era dawn in Britain.


It may be some time until there is another royal wedding, but when there is, I'll fly my Union Jack flag, sip tea from the commemorative mug I brought home, and soak up every regal moment.




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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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